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Source Filmmaker is a video creation program developed by Valve on Source game engine.


Valve uses Source Filmmaker to create trailers and short movies on their games. The most notable video series made to date is Meet the Team and several Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 videos. Usually, Source Filmmaker is used in cases when the creators need to dynamically change the character's facial expressions or much more cinematic movement animations.

The capture process is fairly easy - the creators have to record the movement of each character present in the scene, record their animations, add camera movement, sounds, and only after that, it is possible to properly record the facial animations, change the lighting, and add special effects. All these things can be done directly throught Source Filmmaker without resorting to any other software.

Source Filmmaker supports a wide range of cinematic special effects and post-processing filters. The creators can use any assets of Valve games that are made on Source free of charge. It is also possible to use the resources of the community-made Source mods that are published on Steam, or add their own ones directly into the Source Filmmaker.


Valve puts a heavy emphasis on the educational value of Source Filmmaker, as the company helps out the animators, by publishing the source files for their videos, and holds the annual Saxxy Awards, where the most notable SFM works are given awards from Valve.

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System requirements for PC

  • 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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Last Modified: Sep 17, 2019

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Source Filmmaker reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3LadffZJaik Hello guys waht do you think about my first SFM animation? :D
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Microsoft from French
Great software! a little hard at the beginning to use, but looking into some video, I managed to do some nice little animations!
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Microsoft from French
I know not to use it XD but when you see some players what are able to do with! It makes you want (pity I do not know how to use it) it's worth trying frankly:)
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Source Filmmaker (SFM) is super simple and also really entertaining:D I'm not good at it, but you learn something new day by day (if you deal with it more often or completely)
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Microsoft from French
Very good software in addition to create by valve (the creators of steam) we have the official models of the games created by valve is mostly I use it for Bendy and the ink machine is five nights at Freddy's is it is free.
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Microsoft from French
Complicated to take in hand. It's a pity, because the possibilities that this software offers seem limitless. If we add bugs to the shovel, it can quickly disgust you. But if you are patient and motivated, it is an exceptional way of creating.
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Microsoft from French
SourceFilmmaker is a very good software for making "posters" and animations in 3D. Looking at tutorials on the Internet, the software is not difficult to take in hand and you can Faires sympatiques projects. If you like animations and "posters" made in 3D, I highly recommend this software.
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Microsoft from French
Created by valve using the source engine. A lot of functionality, quite complete, but easy to take in hand. Information: no violence price: free positive points ✔-free-very simple, and useful-no need for a gamer PC I'm having fun doing my little creations: ') super video editing software. This software is excellent, nothing to say on it.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
SFM is very great, because, I found it difficult at the Beginning, but learned it quickly. It's super cool that you can even make Scenes look realistic (with the rich-like Lightnig) and almost don't crash it lately. So if you're looking for Software to animate 3D, SFM is perfect for that. You just have to take your Time, but over time you get faster and better, and it will also be easier for you to do everything
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Source Filmmaker is an extremely good and easy-to-use Program! It even offers the Ability to create animations for CSGO. As I said, the Program is easy to use and very clear. It offers a lot of Ways to move and modify the NPCs. I am still a Beginner but I have already published a few Screenshots on my Profile! You can take a look and be inspired ^^.
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