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 (5,127 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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"Source Engine tool for makeing movies from Your games!"
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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)
Helpful customer reviews
782 of 857 people (91%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
121.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Picked it up few days ago and after 15 hours of use I was already posing and animating with ease. Very addicting!

pssst....I use it to pose rule34 pics, please don't tell my mom.
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183 of 195 people (94%) found this review helpful
135.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Similar to other 3D animation software and so very easy to learn. Great fun to animate characters from Valve's games - especially considering how well Valve rigs their character models for facial animation. And of course it's free because Valve is awesome.
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248 of 300 people (83%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
8/8 wish i knew how to use it -IGN
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91 of 103 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
637.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I simply love this tool, it has some glitches and can crash sometimes, but it's still good, and it's kinda simple when you know what you're doing


Pose a character,s c r u b in time, pose again, transition through poses by adding the round preset, and done, you've made an animation, simple, right?

10/10
also i dunno why "S c r u b" got censored...wait...
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76 of 82 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
209.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
So...SFM...Yea...Someone told me it wasn't as hard as people said it was, so I decided to download it.
In the beginning I raged, yelled, broke a few monitors and I may or may not have ♥♥♥♥♥ myself! But after getting some help with the software(and my newly discovered mental problems) it got bearable! Yea, I could finally tolerate it.
So hang on newbies!

Pros:
+ Even though it takes time, finishing something is always a blast!
+ Creating a porno in 3D is awesome(Don't tell my mom)
+ "Feeling" like you know what you're doing is amazing!
+ It's free!!! Even for the phishers.
+ The workshop(and the internet) Provides you with loads of downloadable content, such as horses, strap ons and of course horses equipped with strap ons.
+ There is loads of tutorials for all of you drunken ♥♥♥♥ers who can't teach yourself anything. Just in case you are wondering,Yes! I am refering to myself...Again.
+ Opening SFM removes me from all contact with the outside world, Yes that's a good thing.

Cons:
- It's complicated as ♥♥♥♥ for beginners! Like seriously, What the ♥♥♥♥ is a Graph Editor?
- Rendering grass takes years!
- I can't get my strap ons in blue. Fix it Valve!
- Everyone is and will always be better than me! And that Ferexes is why you're a ♥♥♥♥(Don't kill me senpai)

Overall I think Source Filmmaker is a great software for anyone who have at least 7 unbreakable monitors and the time to render 1.000 frames filled with grass...
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185 of 247 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
126.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
it seduced me :^)
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108 of 136 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I barely know how to launch a map.
10/10
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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
171.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Anything is possible with a bit of practice and patience. Valve has made an incredibly powerful tool that anyone can pick up and start learning right away. Obviously it's still considered a "Beta", so there are some bugs to watch out for. I've only experienced crashes while doing things I probably shouldn't have been doing, but otherwise it is very stable.

Try finding an animation suite that has all of the features the SFM does for free. Yeah, SFM is that awesome. You can't beat free!
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
I can make a poster of a spy riding a magical pony heavy into the sun set!
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
222.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
An excellent, excellent software. Simplifies almost every part of the process. Animation is very easy, much easier than most other programs with the same function.

I managed to learn how to make a short animation sequence in less than 2 days! If I can, you can too. ;) It's seriously not hard at all.
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
506.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
While it may be a lot to take in at first, and tough to master, it is a powerful tool that the community has [thankfully] used to its full potential.

Animating is especially the most grueling part of this program, but it has high reward to it, as you can make HD videos. Of course, it needs to be re-itterated: You can't make a Valve-quality video overnight. It takes years to reach that skill level and months to finish the project. And in the defense of some that may not be used to this type of program, SFM is not what would be considered 100% user friendly.

It is like many powerful programs that carry this minor setback such as literally any adobe product. It takes a lot to learn the ins and outs of the program but once you do it, you can make amazing things.

And I will give this piece of advice to people who might be using this for posters: Pick up GIMP, Photoshop, or Paint Tool SAI, post-processing is recommended, even if you render posters in 1080p.
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Overall I would totally recommend this software to anyone willing to sit down and make something and keep their focus on that project. My only complaint so far is how hard it is to launch the program sometimes. It's a shame, because even my computer with 8GB of RAM chugs a bit while using this program. But perhaps that's a tiny sacrifice I got to make for the sake of making something great.
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122 of 178 people (69%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
1,776.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
this game sucks you can't even jump
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126 of 187 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
4,587.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
BESP APP EVAR 11/10
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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
99.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I use this to animate and make hentai ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)‎
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
SFM is like anal,
Hard and painful, but you'll get used to it.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,410.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Relatively easy to get the hang of, and there's plenty of tutorials out there if you need help. There's also a huge fan base on YouTube for Source Filmmaker videos to help keep you motivated. Even if you've never animated before in your life (like me) I highly recommend this. With enough effort and time, anyone can make a SFM video. It's also really versatile- you can readily add custom textures, models, maps, anything! Not to mention the SFM Steam Workshop that is full of great content. Cannot recommend this software enough. Give it a go!
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This is the only game I can safely direct barnyard animal pornography without judgement.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
48.5 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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
173.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Now I can make fantasies of things I didn't think were possible.
8/8 m8 it's gr8 can u rel8

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26 of 43 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
129.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
0/420 cant make good gmod videos because i am a sucky animator
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