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 (344 reviews) - 93% of the 344 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (9,492 reviews) - 93% of the 9,492 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 (344 reviews)
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Simplex
( 57.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Best software of all time. Earnt $10 from it :D
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Kelstonz_Baddest
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
extremely hard to use
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Mikey Games.com
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This is one of the greatest engines I've used and probably the easiest! If you're looking for a great animating tool, use this!

Totorials
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ParadoxSFM
( 1,604.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I use to have a life.
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★Rephlex★
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Doesn't work at all and it's required to use a very high-end computer or a "supercomputer" to use it. What are you waiting for? Use Garry's Mod instead!
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Crepe God
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I have not used much of this, but I recommend a tutorial video to go along with it because it is very hard to use, but it is also very fun. Totally recommend for anyone looking to express some creative freedom into an animation.
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XXX_GetRekt_XXX
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
i am too bad at it!!! :(
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ZovaTF
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Love the source film maker, its a very cool program and im haveing alot of fun with it!
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vanilawafer;
( 30.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
you can make gifs and
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
58 of 64 people (91%) found this review helpful
99 people found this review funny
Recommended
166.0 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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32 of 35 people (91%) 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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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
25 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 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
639.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This is beautiful.


For the first time ever. I haven't cringed.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
you can make stuff in here
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Cool and fun,but takes a bit time if you want to make good-looking artworks,easy to learn the basics though.
And really helpful for people that wants to make profit,i used to make SFM Animations for 1 Dota/CS/Tf2 Key,and it went pretty well so i made a bit money from it.If you're bored spend time on this.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
OH MY F*** GOD AM I... Am i Stupid? Am i dumb? am i the stupist person.. For not understanding any of this?!



I have seen videos of what SFM (Source film maker) Can do and it is insanly amazing if you know how to do it.. Good for you because it is as confusing as S***
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
492.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Source Filmmaker is by far one of my favorite applications to use. I get to express these ideas I have and get to make them come to life. I find this community good, but sadly killed off from the wrong content. (FNAF, I'm looking at you!) This community is amazing, and I think that is has the right potential but the wrong content. Games like FNAF (Yes, only FNAF) Have plagued this community and everything related to it. You can't find a decent video without finding FNAF! It was just a fad, like Pepe. (Here comes Dat Boi!) Sadly, you find videos of twerking robots and poorly animated animations. That is why we need to take a stand, and work together to repair the dark plague. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was SFM. #MakeSFMGreatAgain
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