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 (387 reviews) - 91% of the 387 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (9,187 reviews) - 92% of the 9,187 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 (387 reviews)
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Ponycide
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
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A little complex but I'll get used to it.
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North Korean Alan Partridge
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
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Very hard but capable of alot of ♥♥♥♥
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Cap
( 1,366.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
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When you learn how to use it, this ♥♥♥♥'s fun.
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Disturbingly Fuzzy Waffles
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
probably the best animation tool on steam, with just one TINY problem:




NO LINUX SUPPORT ;-;


gaben plz I don't ever want to have to go back to windows 10 again, it was so bad >.<
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firefight40
( 35.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Is this for mac yet? Oh wait no... No it isn't
I hope it will thoe in the future
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bionic spring lock
( 1,139.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
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Its Gud
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Repwiel
( 85.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
A Free Movie Maker! IT'S FREE!!!
10/10 -ElTioRep
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Speed Strike
( 56.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Super powerful and easy to use software for 3D animation, sign me up.
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[Poopet] JAM
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Yes.





This is the greatest.
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| PooT | Hoovy
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
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:)
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Gargos☭:76 | Double.tf
( 37.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Don't give up like I done,This is a really good animating/posing program which beats gmod by far,but you will have to explore and learn,it might be hard to use it at start or even 3 months later but that's why the internet was made.Still black cosmetics are my nightmare.
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Dr. Wolf
( 112.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Well I will have to say, it is a very cool little system but what buggs me the most is one, when your in the middle of posing it glitches out and starts spazzing out as you're trying to pose the character. and second, they need to add the stuff from tough break, may flower, and last but not least invasion.
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MASTER 888 | trade.tf™
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
i love this program
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Jebebus
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
*Short*
I love this program for stop motion and creating posters.

*Long*
Personally I love SFM, because it’s fun to use and the tools are very powerful, and rendering done in real time and look gorgeous. The only problem I have with SFM is the process of adding custom models from software like Blender or Maya and putting them in Source Filmmaker. Also it bugs me that I have to buy the game for part of the maps to work to their full potential. I use Blender a lot and I will continue to use it for animating and modeling, but for my render purposes SFM will be the way to go. So for any aspiring animators or for someone who wants to make a goofy video with Valve’s game characters.

*Rating*
9/10
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✲♡~Temmie~♡✲
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Hard To Make xD
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Corn on the Drill
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I reccommend it only because to tell some bad pc users to get a better pc to use this
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ROBEEEE
( 33.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
nieeeeeeeeeeez
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Tracer
( 53.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Ehhh this animating program is fine but there is a chance where you mess up and your models are giant 10/10 best animating program.. I mean it's great but we need more updates with the current updates you last updated it in 2015 or something when I was like 15 and I had a different account other then the one I have today.
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BonkedOutRainbowScout
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
Love it, just wish I didn't have to manually update it every time new items came out.
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140 of 171 people (82%) found this review helpful
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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
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It's a better animation tool then drawing it
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
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2.4 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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25 of 28 people (89%) 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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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11 of 11 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 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
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Posted: May 8
Great software to create great hentai. 10/10
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10 of 10 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
365.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Product received for free
Awesome applicatrion! I give it a 10/10! Makes amazing animations :)
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18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Product received for free
Crashing intensifies....


Great program tho.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
113.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
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This Is Amazing :)
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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
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15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Very hard, very but 11/10 three thumbs up
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
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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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
759.7 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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Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
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Source Poster Maker
Well at least thats what everybody I know uses it for.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
really good to make animations and posters 10/10
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