Source Filmmaker

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The Source Filmmaker


Source Filmmaker The Source Filmmaker Beta (2012) is a powerful tool that works with the Source engine to create a flexible, modifiable 3D recording that can be exported as a movie or as a still image. The 3D recording you create in SFM can contain recorded gameplay, objects, cameras, lights, particles, animations, effects, and sounds—and the motion information for how each element changes over time.

With Source Filmmaker, you can essentially film "on location" in your favorite TF2 map—whether it's one that Valve released or one that you modded yourself. You can use the SFM's large library of maps, models, animations, objects, sounds, and effects, or you can import your own. Because you're working with a virtual world, and your recording stores all the 3D motion data about every element, you can modify any aspect of the recording at any time, which makes it easy to make the kinds of last-minute changes that would be extremely expensive in a live-action studio.

The Source Filmmaker Workshop is bigger than ever with over 6000 items to download! So now, even if you aren't a professional when it comes to 3D modeling or just 3D in general, you can make animated shorts of many other games with the graph or motion editor.

Source Filmmaker is the movie-making tool built and used by Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. It's how we've been making all of our animated short movies. By using the hardware rendering of a modern PC gaming machine, SFM allows storytellers to work in a "what you see is what you get" environment so that they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.

There is a caveat, though: despite the deceptively simple UI, this is a very powerful and complex tool without a lot of safeguards. Think of it like a tractor: it doesn't have railings or a lot of padding like you might find in a normal app or game. We recommend that you watch the video tutorials first and then read the documentation to familiarize yourself with the tool as much as possible before you dive in.

Official Valve Shorts

Title Date Game Notes
Day Of Defeat: Prelude To Victory 2005-12-09 Day of Defeat: Source SFM Team / Valve Corporation, published 23 May 2013, retrieved 28 May 2013.
Meet The Heavy 2007-05-14 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 5 January 2013.
Meet The Soldier 2007-08-22 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet the Engineer 2007-09-11 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet the Demoman 2007-10-09 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet The Scout 2008-04-19 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet the Sandvich 2008-08-19 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, published 19 January 2009, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet the Sniper 2008-06-07 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Left 4 Dead Intro Clip 2008-11-02 Left 4 Dead Valve Corporation, published 2 November 2008, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet the Spy 2009-05-18 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Left 4 Dead 2 Teaser Trailer 2009-06-01 Left 4 Dead 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Left 4 Dead 2 Batter Up 2009-10-28 Left 4 Dead 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Left 4 Dead 2 Trailer - Zombie Survival Guide 2009-11-17 Left 4 Dead 2 Leaked Left 4 Dead 2 Trailer
Half-Life 2 on OS X - Free Yourself 2010-05-26 Half-Life 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 20 December 2012.
Portal 2 - Full Co-op Trailer 2010-09-10 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Portal 2 Co-op Intro trailer 2011-02-18 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 18 February 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Portal 2 TV Spot 2011-03-18 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 18 March 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Aperture Investment Opportunity #1: "Panel" 2011-03-24 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 24 March 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Aperture Investment Opportunity #2: "Bot Trust" 2011-03-28 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 28 March 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Aperture Investment Opportunity #3: "Turrets" 2011-04-05 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 5 April 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Aperture Investment Opportunity #4: "Boots" 2011-04-12 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 12 April 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Portal 2 ending cutscenes 2011-04-19 Portal 2 Turret Opera, Wheatley epilogue, and Co-op ending.
Portal 2: Perfect 10 2011-04-29 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 29 April 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet the Medic 2011-06-23 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Dota 2 Gamescom Trailer 2011-08-15 Dota 2 Valve Corporation, published 15 August 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Portal 2 Peer Review DLC "Art Therapy" ending video 2011-10-04 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 2 March 2012, retrieved 19 June 2014.
Wheatley's Nomination Speech for the VGA Best Character Award 2011-12-20 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 20 December 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Wheatley's Acceptance Speech for the VGA Best Character Award 2011-12-20 Portal 2 Valve Corporation, published 20 December 2011, retrieved 6 January 2013.
Meet The Pyro 2012-06-27 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, published 27 June 2012, retrieved 24 November 2012.
Mann vs. Machine Trailer 2012-08-13 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, published 13 August 2012, retrieved 24 November 2012.
Dota 2: Diretide 2012-10-30 Dota 2 Valve Corporation, published 30 October 2012, retrieved 30 October 2012.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Trailer 2012-08-17 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive retrieved 18 November 2012, published 17 August 2012.
The Second Annual Saxxy Awards are HERE! (Almost) 2012-11-28 Team Fortress 2 Valve Corporation, published 28 November 2012, retrieved 31 January 2013.
Dota 2 - The Greeviling 2012-12-19 Dota 2 published 19 December 2012, retrieved 19 December 2012.
Mann vs. Machine: The Sound of Medicine 2013-11-21 Team Fortress 2 published 21 November 2013. retrieved 28 December 2013.
Expiration Date 2014-06-17 Team Fortress 2
Jungle Inferno 2017-10-16 Team Fortress 2
CS:GO - Operation Broken Fang 2020-12-03 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Valve-sponsored Shorts

Title Date Game Notes
Robotic Boogaloo 2013-05-17 Team Fortress 2 The Robotic Boogaloo update to Team Fortress 2 was the first ever 100% community-created update for the game. The video is credited to the writer The Heartsman and the animator MrPopulus89. The video was then featured by Valve on TeamFortress.com for the update's main page.
End Of The Line 2014-12-08 Team Fortress 2 While End Of the Line was made by Violet McVinnie and her team. Valve took interest in the project after a short trailer uploaded on 28. August 2013 and allowed McVinnie to make a community update centered around the video. The video itself was directed by McVinnie and features animation by Luke "Walker" Murray.
Invasion 2015-10-06 Team Fortress 2 The Invasion Update for Team Fortress 2 was released on 6. October 2015, as the third 100% community-created update for the game. It features a Source Filmmaker video animated by Brent "CobaltGemini" Kennedy and Harry Callaghan (who also did post-production work and sound design), produced by Jayson "The Ronin" De Castro, and features original voice work by Cameron Nichols and Sandra Espinoza.