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 (6,148 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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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
627 of 663 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
481.7 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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288 of 292 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4,115.4 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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432 of 478 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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335 of 370 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
54.8 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
...
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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205 of 254 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
154.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I use this to animate and make hentai ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)‎
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