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: Very Positive (6,468 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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"(free) movie-making tool built by Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine"
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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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524 of 577 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
First 12 Hours = Noob
First 24 Hours = ummm not bad work
First 40 Hours = im doing Great job i must continue
First 100 Hours = Starts Making simple animations
First 300 Hours = Better Animations
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First 1000 Hours = ummm maybe i will try to enter Saxxy Competition
First 8000 Hours = FINALLY I WON !!!!!!

10/10 Best Program to waste your life in it -IGN
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342 of 433 people (79%) found this review helpful
154.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I use this to animate and make hentai ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)‎
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73 of 76 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
879.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Source Filmmaker -- oh, where to start with the flatter? Initially, I found this program absolutely complicated, confusing, and I was skeptical about using it. I would give up constantly, and say, "Man, I can't do this!" It was all a bundled mess- until I watched Valve's tutorials, fan tutorials, and inspiring videos made in the program itself. It took me months to figure out how to use the Graph editor. It looked complicated at first, but then, I learned about the bookmarking technique. I then learned the very basics of Source Filmmaker, yet I still continued to doubt myself. I wanted to quit. I wanted to say, "That's it; I'm done with this program." Then, I told myself, "No, I can't give up. Animating is such an accomplishment." I watched the SFM videos people made; and that's when I developed my animating style. I have spent nearly 500 hours in SFM, and for most of the time, I practiced, and practiced, and practiced, and I wouldn't stop until I was satisfied with what I animated. Ladies and gentlemen- don't EVER give up this program, because once you're adapted to this fun world of animation, you won't ever have to worry about failing in it. Give this program a go.
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100 of 116 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,755.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I'VE SPENT 2.5 YEARS IN THIS SHET AND I STILL DIDN'T GET ANY CARD DROPS WTFFFFF
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
628.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Oh my life... where have you gone..... SFM is love, SFM is life
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