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.
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Very Positive (386 reviews) - 92% of the 386 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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 (386 reviews)
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TheOnePlushtrap
( 393.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
best film maker
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pm58790
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Looks gold, but I got trouble with it ever since it keeps crashing.
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The Terrarian
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
It is anoying to use but if you get it right but if you get it right the finished product is amazing
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Bjöяηє ✫
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
A pretty fantastic program, loving it. I'm going to try out some still pics later on..
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Raptor Gaming
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Once you learn it and get good at it. You can make some amazing stuff.
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Fluffers
( 255.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
10/10 if you learn to make good artwork you can get some good pay
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hudedant
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
It is hard to use but it is relly fun to make and learn Source
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Cuphead
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Easy pornmaking software, I'd give it a solid 10/10.
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TAD
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
coooooooooooooooll
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goldenking277
( 172.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
great app for animated
(i used to suck at every thing but this thing made me awsome)
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Ender19912
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
sumetimes it will crash plz help :(
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Hitler-Liebhaber 666-nazi
( 23.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
It's alright
not too hard to learn
just make sure you have a beefy pc
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FNAFMASTER15
( 225.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
its laggy if only its for windows 10 it will be cool because i nedd more fps update this to windows 10 for me so i can have no lag pleas it's a cool software to use.
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Rieddav
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This is a very fun tool! I have created some amazing csgo poster artwork and a few little animations! The software is easy to use and there are plenty of tutorials for it! Great software VOLVO
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KitZ_PlayZ
( 33.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I think this is the best app for making a game poster :) 10/10 IGN RATING
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squishythewolf
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
My map Doesnt Work It Just Says "No Document" WHAT THE HELL???
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159 of 196 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Source Pornmaker
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44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
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Posted: May 3
It's a better animation tool then drawing it
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
this platform does not support making fnaf porn of chica and minecraft steve.

thats why its good.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
101.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The Source Filmmaker (abbreviated as SFM) is a video capture and editing application that works from inside the Source game engine. The tool, created by Valve Corporation, was used to create over 50 animated shorts for its Source games, including Team Fortress 2, the Left 4 Dead series, and Half-Life 2. On June 27, 2012, Valve released a free open beta version of the SFM to the gaming community via its Steam service.

Unlike most movie-making tools, which only create a small part of a movie, the Source Filmmaker merges all animation and effect workflows onto a single PC. With SFM, one can create movies and posters by using assets and events from the video game world, providing creators with a "'what you see is what you get' environment".
SFM gives the user a "Work Camera" that enables them to see what they are doing without messing up the scene cameras. It also uses three main user interfaces for making films with:

The Clip Editor is used for recording, editing and arranging shots, which can contain recorded gameplay and user-placed assets. The Clip Editor also allows the user to place and arrange sound files and video filters.
The Motion Editor is used for motion adjustments over time, such as seamlessly grafting two animations together. Motion presets (e.g. jittering, smoothing) can also be applied onto selected motion paths.

The Graph Editor is used for editing motion through creating keyframes; this is extremely useful in pose-to-pose animation.

SFM allows users to record and edit motion from gameplay or scratch, as well as record a character many times over in the same scene, creating the illusion of multiple entities. SFM can support a wide range of cinematographic effects and techniques such as motion blur, Tyndall effects, Dynamic Lighting, and depth of field. SFM also applies motion blur per-object. It also allows manual animation of bones and facial features, allowing the user to create movements that don't occur in-game (as in games, nearly all character animation sequences are stored in a set of different movements, and the amount of different animation sequences is limited).
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
+Good for making Character Pose or Landscape
+Good at making animation
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.1 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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Source Film Maker can be a bit tricky at first, but after a few weeks it becomes really easy to use! :D
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
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4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Great software to create great hentai. 10/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
365.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Awesome applicatrion! I give it a 10/10! Makes amazing animations :)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,374.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
When you learn how to use it, this ♥♥♥♥'s fun.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Crashing intensifies....


Great program tho.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Souce Filmmaker is one of the greatest, if not the best creation for people to make animations. Highly developed, very amazing, it even stars Team Fortress 2, The best game in my opinion. Anyway, I find it very hard to use. If you wanna make an animation, you better get on Youtube right now and start watching tutorials, because getting on this with no idea of what is going to come up is not the way to go. I feel that its too hard for early people, and there's hardly any updated videos on youtube for this updated version. For that said, I am suggesting this to people who HAVE experience in animation and modeling... But anyone can use it! I don't know how to use it, but I am learning! So go out there and make some animations!

Oh and I rate this 4/5. Recommended? erm.. Its hard to choose. But I'd say YES! Recommended.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Very hard, very but 11/10 three thumbs up
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Dont know how to use Rip
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
763.8 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
113.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This Is Amazing :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Source Poster Maker
Well at least thats what everybody I know uses it for.
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