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 (454 reviews) - 92% of the 454 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (8,986 reviews) - 93% of the 8,986 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 (454 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (8,986 reviews)
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○Beathogn○
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Really nice programm but i'm just too bad in animations and stuff. i'm gonna watch some tutorials.
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Pirangunter21
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
+Good for making Character Pose or Landscape
+Good at making animation
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fences
( 94.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
-rep needs an update
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Medical DDOS| Sinark <3
( 93.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Can this make movies?
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[DKK] Vidictivegame
( 98.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
Everything is amazing but please add the new maps in TF2
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Chester
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
When i start animate cs go models, it starts streching and gets bad shapes. how can i fix it ?
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Corkscrew
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Highly recommended for 3D animators alike! :)
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wy1998623
( 252.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
Never Update.
much Buggy.
Daxxmned HDR and cubemap error.
Software Crash all the time.
Don't fit the lastest source well.

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I LOVE IT!
BEST PONY ANIMATION Software EVER!

.....P.P.S.:Well.you can add -nosteam to your sfm,so that you can open it without Internet and steam.
I did so and i didn't get any "Using time"

11/10
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Sun Ken Rock
( 1,178.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Obsession ? Dedication ? or Retardation ?
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*VIBraNT*
( 81.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
The first and probably the best animation tool I've used.
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AmbientStudios
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
if it wasnt for this my youtube channel wouldnt exist
i recommend everyone with film making/ adoby editing skills to get this
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R3D C3NTURION
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
it just aint right
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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
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
so HD so fun!
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PurpleKittyCat
( 18.9 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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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
( 8.8 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,128.0 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
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Love it.
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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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
391.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Made me realize I want to be an animator.
10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
831.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
It's a better animation tool then drawing it
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
127.1 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 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
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
+Good for making Character Pose or Landscape
+Good at making animation
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
idk much about films cuz i usualy make posters ,but anyway its fun easy to lern fun to use useful for thumbnails on youtube get items for selling the artwork





10000000/1 would sfm again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Absoulutly amazing, I'm practicing to make some posters. And maybe 1 day I will be able to make a video!
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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
Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
This program is very helpful, although it may seem hard to understand, the program gets easy once you understand it. It is very customizable and even lets you get models/items made from other gamers! If you want to start 3D animating, start here
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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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