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 (3,350 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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Use Source Filmmaker

Source Filmmaker is available for free as a public beta.

 

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
272 of 282 people (96%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Takes some time to learn this software but is very fun and unique , i give VALVE props on this ,Since this is free the question is really is this worth the time ?

As i ask you this keep this factored in your nogin. Do you like to make videos? Are you interested in scene development,char development , animation-without bone rigging, creating a story or parody?

If you said yes to any of those then this is for you , if not dont waste the time it will take to learn this unique software.

8/10
Posted: May 28
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495 of 666 people (74%) found this review helpful
278.9 hrs on record
Best 3D Porn Maker in excistance.
Posted: June 8
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
92.4 hrs on record
Once you get it This tool is amazing and i only started 2 days ago and i can make pictures!
thanks for Kain i learned all i needed
so if you have problems ask people who use SFM and watch videos all the day and trust me. you will know everything
this is the best tool ever i look it as a game becuase i do enjoy it and i do spend time on it i am happy its free
thanks valve for everything!!!
Posted: June 25
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,055.6 hrs on record
Incredible software.

Easy controls, much customizability, easy to get into, very stable (only crashed on me like 10 times total in my current use time) and produces amazing results.

Sometimes you have to deal with some really annoying problems, like fixing broken materials or what not, but that's not too bad (and only is the case for TF2 stuff, really).

Only thing that'd maybe help newer people are some fixes to item painting so that you don't always have to 1. use a script and 2. not dig around the material files. Same can go for unusual effects and adding special variants of weapons (festive, botkillers, multi-model and multi-style items, ...). But that's all just focused on TF2 stuff.

If you are an eager movie maker or artist that wants to use assets from already existing games, this is the program for you. The community is also very helpful about any questions you have!
Posted: October 14
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23 of 37 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
gets boring after the first boss
Posted: July 7
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624 of 652 people (96%) found this review helpful
422.0 hrs on record
I'll admit, the amount of time it takes to learn this is hard. Very hard. Maybe it's even a turn off for some of you. But I promise, once you get used to it, you can make true art in the form of Valve games. Wether it's posters, or animations. It's something to give a try. It is free after all.
Posted: September 6, 2013
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