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 (246 reviews) - 89% of the 246 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,116.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
After 1000+ hours, I can say this is the best software I've used.

Sure it's tough at first. But after reading a few tutorials...You'll get used to it, I highly recommend this.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
718.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
great for making dank memes
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Compared to other software i have seen and used, this very compact and powerfull tool.
"Easy" to understand, in one day you can already do some sort of an animation :P
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
123.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
After using 100 hours on this and making silly videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odNImz1K5qg (this being my favorite)

It's a pretty fun tool to use.

It's hard and looks like you need to know rocket science at first, but after a couple of tutorials you should be fine.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
93.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Through my experience in the Source Filmmaker, here are some reasons why you should be interested in SFM.

If you are interested in animating 3D models, then this is where to start. Throught Valve's Offical Tutorial, it show you the basics of the SFM, and shows some intermediate steps. If you are new, look at some tutorials that show you some basic stuff. Then when you feel comfortable with the SFM, try and look depper into doing IK rigs, smooth animations, etc. Ideas are the main thing that you will be working on in SFM. Popular SFM creators come up with ideas such as "Scout runs out, gets blown up, and demo laughs.". That is a basic idea. If you want to make bigger animations, I suggest writing the basic animation on paper, and while you animate along the way, you can add some minor details that make it feel more realistic. You can also use some editing tools (Sony Vegas, Adobe, etc.) to add music in a dramatinc/fighting scence. You can import custom sounds/music throught Audacity aswell into SFM.

Conclusion:
Source Filmmaker in all is a pretty good animating tool and is a good software for people that want to start animating 3D models. You can get custom maps/models through the SFM workshop. It can also be inspirational to atleast enter a Saxxy Awards (while writing Saxxy Awards 2016 is comming up) animation if you work hard enough on it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
466.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This helped me alot why not try this out,it might be hard but some people can help you,make your dream come true :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
150.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I really enjoy this piece of fabulous software, i find it simple to use, yet has so many features i havent even discovered yet. Would i reccomend? 9/10, especially because it is free. A few bugs so exist however, as it still is only in "beta". One of them is that it is nearly impossible to do anything with a crappy computer, like mine. So i have hard time rendering and just making them, but that is just my crappy computer. nother thing, which may have to do with my computer also is that when i spend 6 hours rendering a .avi file, it sometimes is corrupted, e=which is sad, and tat may or may not have to do with my computer. Only 9/10 because minor bugs, not perfect. Overall, best 3d animation sofware i have yet to know.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I've seen what some people are capable of with this software, and I recommend it for skilled people that are into it. But make sure your PC is able to handle it. Mine nearly exploded and wouldn't work for an entire day when I tried using it.

My old PC aside. This is still a great movie-making software.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,845.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
SFM is by far the best program I have found. I use it almost everyday, it is always my go-to game to create art and to totally relax myself. There are a few problems but hey I can get past those easily thx to steam discussions.
With 1,000+ hours I'm an especially proud poster maker and animator, and I know SFM will help me achieve my goals as a 3D computer animator. I highly recommend this software for anybody like me, or others who mostly love the 3D world <3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
im not very good yet, but its a good program to animate on.
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The broken little soul...💔
1,062.8 hrs
Posted: October 1
Very good animation program so I can animate
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Greese
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 1
all of my posters, movies, and anything that i think would look cool for my steam pic, pc background, or just flat out cool to show off to friends is done on this sftware. BEST software for animating with game characters.
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Octavia
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 1
is good
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Cloro Sphere
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
i can make 3d pr0n with this
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kencom999
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
How to use it?
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Freakin' Blur
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
I saw many people used this Software to make money. It's very nice software, you can make your own poster or even the movie. Like Team Fortress 2 movie or poster. You can download it and try to make your own. Hope you like it!
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Seamus the Scout
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
i used it for creating my profile picture
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Slothium.tf
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
I've got tons of issues with this program.
I'd leave a list of it, but the list is longer than how long the Earth has existed for.
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Toasty_Killer
103.9 hrs
Posted: September 30
I love this software it makes me a better artist in animation and for posters! it helps add videos to my yt channel and gets me a few views on my videos too. it helps me connect to people that use it also like other youtubers. It keeps me active and makes me be creative let my mind run wild! I LOVE IT!
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JurassicJuan
35.7 hrs
Posted: September 29
After using this tool for along time. I recommend all those animators to get off stopmotion and do this! The uploading needs work but the rest is just amazing!
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