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 (341 reviews) - 91% of the 341 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (9,736 reviews) - 92% of the 9,736 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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noruski
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
ÇOK ZOORRR LANNN!!!!!
REHBERLİ BİLE BİR ŞEY BECEREMEDİM.
AMA SONRA CRASH VERDİ SANIRIM...
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KIM DONG UN
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I'm not writing a review, got it?
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blitzdivi2015
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
It is waaayyy! Too confusing and it's really laggy and it is constantly crashing
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☯NeOn☯
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Great software.










for a 'beta' finished piece of kit.
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CrackerJack
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Used For A Couple Of Hours And I Finally Know How load A Map
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TheAwsomeScales180
( 374.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
this is a nice neat app but too muck fnaf ♥♥♥♥
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Echo
( 85.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
It took a long time to get the hang of but the more I use SFM the more I enjoy it
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WarBreaker
( 90.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This software has worked fine for me until about three days ago where trying to play or edit my animation crashes the whole program. Hopefully this WILL be fixed
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absolutelynotaspy#teamkys(vac)
( 1,382.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
420/21
Would lose my life again.
Never knew I could waste my entire life on this...
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69 of 87 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3,237.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Source PornMaker [In Beta For 10 years]
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1,644.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I use to have a life.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
931.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
+ Any game in the current day can have it's assets ported in, so long as it's 3D
+ 2D characters that don't have initial 3D models have fans to recreate them
+ Meme recreator
+ Poster making
+ Thoughtless shorts
+ Long (as in over 5 minutes to even 30) cinematic films

Need I say more?
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Get ready for the download time and the tutorials. This takes patience.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
408.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Let's me make film with character
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
It looks pretty intimidating at first, but after a few go's at it and understanding how it works, it's truly fun and easy to use.. The way you move the models around are somewhat annoying and can get a bit frustrating at times, so be sure to take your time. I personally use it as an art references for poses and have dabbled a bit into making a movie...So if you have the free time, then I'd suggest screwing around with this program learning how to use it.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I have no fricking clue how to use this, but I've seen what it's capable of. 10/10 software.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
606.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This software, in my opinion, is even better than the big names such as Blender, Cinema 4D and even Maya.

You can basically only animate in this software. It can do FAR less than the other softwares, but this is the best software I've come across for animating. It makes it easy and intuitive.

The leading softwares try to cram every single possible ability into them. Modeling, rigging, etc. Not SFM. SFM lets you animate. I appreciate that because it's a focused software that gets the job better than any other competitor.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Get a Job Simulator.
Then: Lose Faith in One's Dreams.
Finally: ♥♥♥♥ It, I'll go into buisness.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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