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 (400 reviews) - 93% of the 400 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (9,429 reviews) - 93% of the 9,429 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 (400 reviews)
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Duckpio
( 98.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Now I can pretend to be an artist.
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Bananaツ
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Really cool only have 3 hours on it but you should check out my SFM posters I made and I do reccomend you get this.
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m00sical_
( 583.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
582 hours in.



I barely know how to use the Motion Editor, the simplest and less efficient way of animating in this.


I don't think I'll ever use the Graph Editor, simply because I don't wanna spend another 24 days trying to figure out how to use this program correctly.





who am i fooling i'm most likely gonna end up doing it anyways
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TwilitOkami
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Its hard to learn, but gets amazing results.
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juicycore
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Took me two weeks to find the move button. Still good.
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Yagami Light
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
i meaby have it uninstalled becose my parents tough its something dumb and its realy hard to master even if i suck at it. I basicaly will use it another time by reinstalling it even becose its realy low fps becose i have a 2007 computer soo im reinstalling it when i get a new one.
my rate for this
8.9/10
when you master this
you can do things that other peopel that don't use this Can't.
You can even impress a school teacher if you show him some of the animations you did. an computer teacher (i don't know how to say it in english) and he will probably give you and A+ or in my Land a 5, or in germany a 1 , or in italy a 10.
IMPRESS PEOPEL WITH THIS WHEN YOU MASTER IT
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Lmao ={:::::>
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Hey guys, for some reason all the graphs and camera stuff have disappeared and i dont know how to fix it, can anybody help?
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PRINCESS FIESTIA CAT
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
if this was on mac the world would go crazy plz make this on mac
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Doge
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Very easy to use. Takes time to learn, but after that, you're good!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
53 of 57 people (93%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,462.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
When you learn how to use it, this ♥♥♥♥'s fun.
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
70 people found this review funny
Recommended
128.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
After 56 hours I finally learned how to load a map.

Edit: Finally learned how to open the Model screen
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46 of 60 people (77%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
You clicked the helpful button. For some reason you feel satisfied, but wonder why you did it. Everything is clear now. All the secrets of the universe, no longer secrets, all your dreams, a reality. I guess clicking that one button can change the world.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
260.2 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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Sfm is amazing! I highly recommend this for gamers or just people who are into advanced animating.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
664.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
The 600+ hours I spent in this software were all used to idealize never executed projects.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
What can i say about SFM...
Its a beautifull tool that is very hard to master, but its worth the effort.

9.5/10
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
MY SFM EXPERIENCE


*1hr- I can make faces?
*4hr-I redid Meet the Heavy.
*24hr-I made a 5-second animation!
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
you can make stuff in here
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny