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 (3,697 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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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
32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
135.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
8/8 wish i knew how to use it -IGN
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
287.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
386.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Its one of the best software in the world in my opinon cause you can make maps and actions filmz or kinky filmz.... I highly recommend u get this if your into making animation or construting maps!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
made a pyro dance like an idiot - 10/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
129.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
0/420 cant make good gmod videos because i am a sucky animator
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
155.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
(But it is really hard to use)

BUT STILL AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Great pretty easy and very fun!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
12/10 Would do more group events and screw around. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
good :3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Wow. This is an Amazing Software Tool. Good job Valve! Keep it up!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
It's an awesome progam if you have a powerful PC I highly recomend you download it and make some animations.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Its more easy than Gmod stop motion! xD
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I always use SFM to make my animations,
well SFM IS BEAST!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I love this! And btw i make sfm profile pictures for 1 ref! you can deside all in it !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
its hard to use but great once you get the hang of it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
i made some pretty ♥♥♥♥ty movies with this
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Hard to use up first, but it gets easy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I love this software a lot.
It's pretty fun to make posters.
I recommend it!
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