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:
Recent:
Very Positive (349 reviews) - 93% of the 349 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (9,465 reviews) - 93% of the 9,465 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)
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (349 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (9,465 reviews)
Recently Posted
[Mi5] NetroGamer
( 38.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I love it! Great for making entertaining little skits with your favorite games.
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amg23369
( 27.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
its hard but you can learn from the mistakes
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jonjjboy
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
EPIC AND HARD TO USE BUT ITS STILL EPIC 10/10
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|The Asian Wolf|
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
First 101 minutes
- Start
- Accidentally remove everything
- Uninstall and reinstall hoping it fixes
- Doesn't fix
- WtfdoIdointhissituation.avi
- Fix it on accident and forget how to do it again
- Not know how to do anything
- Install every addon
- StillwtfdoIdointhissituation.avi
- Stop, quit

After about four weeks I came back and actually followed a tutorial like many suggested

- Instantly know how to do many things except take a picture
- Mess up and lose all progress
- DamnitIwassoclosetoit.png
- Ragequit

Overall it's a great software to use for animation/posters/images
It's hard to use if you didn't find that one tutorial on Youtube
ie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG02JftoiLU
Uploader: Alexander Kaminsky

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Pootis Weapons Guy
( 32.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
made a crappy video of demoman punching the camera,

teyn
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Flynn_bat Skinodds.com
( 43.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Great peice of equipment i strongly suggest!
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Killer memestar
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
so ♥♥♥♥ing hard to learn
But it is dank
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
Recommended
158.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
After 56 hours I finally learned how to load a map.

Edit: Finally learned how to open the Model screen
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62 of 82 people (76%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
You clicked the helpful button. For some reason you feel satisfied, but wonder why you did it. Everything is clear now. All the secrets of the universe, no longer secrets, all your dreams, a reality. I guess clicking that one button can change the world.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
260.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
10/10 if you learn to make good artwork you can get some good pay
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Sfm is amazing! I highly recommend this for gamers or just people who are into advanced animating.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
666.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
The 600+ hours I spent in this software were all used to idealize never executed projects.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
What can i say about SFM...
Its a beautifull tool that is very hard to master, but its worth the effort.

9.5/10
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
MY SFM EXPERIENCE


*1hr- I can make faces?
*4hr-I redid Meet the Heavy.
*24hr-I made a 5-second animation!
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
you can make stuff in here
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Cool and fun,but takes a bit time if you want to make good-looking artworks,easy to learn the basics though.
And really helpful for people that wants to make profit,i used to make SFM Animations for 1 Dota/CS/Tf2 Key,and it went pretty well so i made a bit money from it.If you're bored spend time on this.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
639.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This is beautiful.


For the first time ever. I haven't cringed.
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