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 (333 reviews) - 90% of the 333 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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Very Positive (333 reviews)
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Very Positive (9,974 reviews)
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B A P E
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Gay.
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Szuster
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Why did I even try XD
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Airsickcoot
47.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
I like it, you dont gotta be great at it but its a fun thing to make pictures posters and little videos to show your friends i think its great theres allot of things to do!
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Zweat
23.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
When I downloaded sfm, I didn't had any idea for posters. Then I saw that everybody made their class with their loadout. So I decided to make my engineer. Then I saw the other posters and I had lot's of ideas.
The best part about sfm is that it's free! So you can download it and make great posters. I love to create scenes, like if the Scout had a minigun and the Heavy had a scattergun.
So yeah I totally recommend it.
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Chuck Yeager
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Wow! This software is amazing! I just used 3 hours, but I can tell my opnion about this game.
So, I think this animation program is the best what you can donwload legally.
You can make very cool (really cool) posters, animations and you don't need to make modles and maps what you can copy to this software, only you click 3 and you'll have a model. Oh and not just 1 model...
There're a lot (about 150) characters, a lot of movement, emotions, and more...
And the best thing is that, this software is free, and very easy to use! I made a poster with 3 TF2 characters, lights, weapons, miscs in less then 1 hour. (I haven't got any experience in animation softwares just in C, C++ programming). Oh and you have a lot of other characters (not just TF) like garry's mod, half life and more... And this is FREE! There're a lot of 30-40$ animation softwares, but this is FREE and very useful, and easy to use... There're a lot of how to/tutorial videos on the YouTube and finished animation videos... In TF2 the "Meet the xxx" made by this software and those short animation videos are very cool! So, I think if you like TF2 and you want to get a cool wallpaper you have to donwload this software.
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Italian Wolf ( Gianna )
13.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
When Is It For Mac?
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Pineapple
20.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
Who needs ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ anyways.
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Scoot
49.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Animation.
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Black_Ronin
15.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
It sets my creativity free! A lot of fun to use, and easy once you watch some videos on how to do the basics. 10/10.
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Awesome Gamer8797
12.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
THIS IS THE BEST ANIMATING TOOL IVE SEEN PEOPLE USE IT
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,629.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Saying as how I've been using it since release almost non-stop to become one of the best SFM artists, yeah it's okay.
Just ingnore all the MLP and FNAF cancer that gives the community a bad look.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
TLDR: Good ♥♥♥♥ but you need to be willing to learn how to use it


If you've seen the 'Meet The Class' series that Valve put out as trailers for TF2, you've seen what this software can do at it's peak.

If you've seen the animated gifs of Overwatch characters ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ing, or the animated shorts of the daily life of a citizen from Half-Life, then you've seen what a reasonably skilled user can do.

If you've seen 'poseters' of characters mid-fight, you've seen what someone at a mid-level can do.

If you've seen negative reviews of people claiming SFM is broken, you've seen what someone impatient looks like.

I'll be blunt: Source Filmmaker is a bit like learning how to cook. If you bum-rush it, you can probably make something like what you wanted, but to get good it takes time. If you're willing to take the time, you can make amazing things. If you aren't, prepare for assaches. This isn't Pivot, this isn't Flipnote, this isn't Photoshop, and this sure as hell isn't any kind of drawing program you didn't pay for. This is professional-level software that a company, litterally worth a hundred times- at least- the house you are sitting in, has created. This is VERY high-end content production potentional- as evidenced by the examples I mentioned above. If you aren't willing to donate time to figure out what you're doing, you shouldn't be reading this review in the first place.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,689.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
cool game, nobody on multiplayer, and driving physics are a bit odd but i give it a solid 7/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
531.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
This certainly is a great software with a lot of capabilities.
It is a great tool if you want to make fan works for pretty much every Valve's source based game, and thanks to the workshop, the community and external resources, SFM can even be used for other popular games with a decent outcome.

Be prepared though, as this is not an easy program to use, and learning to use it to it's full extent will take quite a lot of time. Even more time will be required if you decide to start animating and don't limit yourself to posters.

Thankfully the community has made quite a lot of guides and they can be found everywhere from the Steam SFM hub to YouTube and other obscure sites on the endless world of Interwebz.

SFM is both frustrating and satisfying at the same time. The endless search for inspiration and motivation, the struggle of posing and crashing and the satisfaction of exporting, until it crashes again is truly a must have experience that can only be useful later on in life.

Remember, you won't get good straight away, and previous knowledge in other animating software, Garry's Mod and photography/filmmaking theory is certainly helpful. But eventually you'll be able to make great things with it.

The only downside is that Valve hasn't been updating it for over a year, and manual content updates take time and are painfully complex. Also the software really isn't up to date with the constantly evolving computer tech. But this downside is minimal compared to the potential of SFM, and I'll use it as long as I can.

Get it, experiment with it, and hopefully you'll learn to love it as much as I do!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Apparently people donate items when you make them ~free~ posters
11/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
136.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Honestly, this is hands down the best way to make amazing Posters and Animations, the program is simple and easy to use, and its super easy to get a hang of it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
When I downloaded sfm, I didn't had any idea for posters. Then I saw that everybody made their class with their loadout. So I decided to make my engineer. Then I saw the other posters and I had lot's of ideas.
The best part about sfm is that it's free! So you can download it and make great posters. I love to create scenes, like if the Scout had a minigun and the Heavy had a scattergun.
So yeah I totally recommend it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,179.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
I love source filmmaker for being easy to learn and to handle. You can do so much different things, it's amazing. The only thing to bother about are small bugs here and there, which are the reason why you always should save after 10 or 15 minutes.
But overall it is really fun to work with it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
The supreme porn making software
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