The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (461 reviews) - 91% of the 461 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (8,970 reviews) - 92% of the 8,970 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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"(Free) movie-making tool built by Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine."

About This Software

The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By utilizing the hardware rendering power of a modern gaming PC, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment so they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.

To get started, just click the button above to install. The SFM includes all the base game assets from Team Fortress 2 along with assets from some of the first “Meet the Team” short films.

Resources

Once you're up and running, here are some general resources for finding help and learning how to get the most out of the Source Filmmaker.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista (Windows 7 64 bit suggested)
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
    • Memory: 2GB (4 GB suggested)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 200 series card or better, or AMD Radeon 3000 series or better (NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon 5000 series preferred)
    • Monitor: 1366 x 768 (1920 x 1080 suggested)
    • Hard Drive: At least 15 GB of Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible USB headset with mic (suggested)
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Very Positive (461 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (8,970 reviews)
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Atryxio Dalenzio Dapricaré
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
I ♥♥♥♥ing can't do ♥♥♥♥ and no tutorial can help me because the program refuses to ♥♥♥♥ing work like it should according to those tutorials!
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Keppy
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
Awesome program for animations.
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ummwell
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
so HD so fun!
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PurplePandaCat
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
Ok, this is fun, but it takes HOURS AND HOURS of time, about 200 till you can do videos slightly, but seriousely,y take your time, and watch the tutorials @youtube. :3
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[SM] Snow
( 48.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
i need help all my stuff on sfm is gone !!!!
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Adolf the Kraut
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Amazing software, easy to create animations or SFM posters, and it allows you to be creative.
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Luna
( 831.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It's a better animation tool then drawing it
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♫Đømi✘012♫™
( 106.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
♥♥♥♥ This Stupid Think
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YourMumsDirtyLaundry
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This software is amazing for making SFM Movies or Posters. It allows you to add lighting, game characters associated wit hHalf-Life 2 and much, much more. I really do recommend it for people who like using things like Photoshop or Movie Makers because of what it is involved with. Even for Beginners, i would also recommend this software, its a great start of editing.
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dildo
( 682.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
its like blender except you can't make models or edit models or do anything with physics or edit bone hierarchies or create anything that isn't imported using valve's own terrible .dmx or god forbid .smd file systems.

But yeah it's pretty cool 7/10.
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toaster_on_my_back
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This Is THE BEST ANIMATION SOFTWARE IVE EVER USED! :3 I Would Totally Recommend This And I Loved The....Well.... EVERYTHING!! :D
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⭐viperbro6113⭐
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
warning the following item you're about to download takes skill and hard thinking just like a scrip
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ry18
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Spent 3 hours looking at a blank screen becasue I accidentaly clicked out of the "No Loaded Map" screen and toolbar and I can't make a new session. 10/10 would use if I could.
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SuperWiiBros08
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
"Connection Timed out" best error message 0/100000
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SithDestroyer
( 65.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Demo Man is still a Spy. 10/10
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Squidward Testicles
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Very good app, great for youtube banners\thumbnails
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DRayArceus
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I like it!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,120.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
*Click* Noice, it might be glichy sometimes (cuz I'm on a Laptop right now xD) But it's still RLY Fun to use!! I recommend Using this! :3
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
195.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
It was difficult at first but after a while it gets quite easy to use after you learn the basics and practice, at first i was also struggling but through inspiration, determination and practice, i was able to learn SFM. I rate SFM 9/10. Why?, Possibilities are endless just about in SFM, Load custom maps or even make your own through scenebuilding, Can be used to make some pretty cool SFM animations and posters. only downside i could think of is it crashing sometimes but other than that, its really awesome.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
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Love it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I don't have a clue on what I'm doing but YEAAAAAA!

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
323.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
I have no idea what I'm doing
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
831.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
It's a better animation tool then drawing it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I dont know how it works ... sooo .. heres a good review
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
390.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Made me realize I want to be an animator.
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
This program let's you do many different thing's to help you make animation, I would 100% recomend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
124.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
even though, I don't know how to animate yet, I like making posters and other stuff on sfm. it's fun! ^^
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Very good and very fun. Is a little complex at the beginning but becomes easier after awhile
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I work hard for 2 hours, and I am about to save my work. Then I am distracted by my dog. I forget to save my work, and I think to myself about how I try my best, but I always fail.
Well, at least the software works, just not for me.
Try it out, I guess.











And don't forget to have fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Killing time in a creative way!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Spac leiks this
Spac thunks u should leik this
Spac thunk u lek
Spac says

DOWNLUD TUS NOW
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
-Spend 3 months creating SFM animation for Saxxy awards
-Finally finish
-Computer craps itself
-Lose the animation

"Besht anymashun softwer 10/10" -IGN
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Took me a month to get this working.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful