Valve’s Source Filmmaker now available on Steam

Valve has produced some pretty slick promotional videos for its games, most notably Team Fortress 2. Now, anyone can try their hand at making videos using the Source Engine. After a short closed beta, the Source Filmmaker is available to all. The movie-making tool is still in beta, but it can now be downloaded by anyone with a Steam account and 15GB of storage.

Why the hefty install? The Source Fimmaker, or SFM for short, includes all the tools required to create a movie from scratch. It also has all the assets from the initial release of Team Fortress 2. SFM is limited to creating creating videos in the TF2 world for now, although Valve notes that modders will be able to tweak the build to “create new worlds.” It’s also possible to make custom TF2 items and import them into SFM. No movie would be complete without hats, of course.

There are a couple of limitations. SFM doesn’t work on Macs, and Valve’s assets can’t be used in commercial products. Otherwise, users can do what they like as long as the resulting movies are released free of charge. Valve has already posted a series of tutorial videos to help folks get started.

Machinima, the use of game engines to make standalone videos, has been around for quite some time. Looks like Valve has made the process much easier, which should encourage more aspiring filmmakers to try their hand at directing Team Fortress 2‘s lovable cast of characters. Already, there are a number of user-created videos on The Source Filmmaker’s Community Spotlight YouTube playlist.

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    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    Valve always has the most interesting and odd ideas.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      If you were to personify companies from the gaming industry, how would Valve look like?

    • Joerdgs
    • 7 years ago

    Still my favourite: [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz_dj4u6pGA[/url<]

    • Game_boy
    • 7 years ago

    Looks better than Windows Movie Maker, and free is much cheaper than Sony Vegas etc.

    They should consider supporting imported video and audio clips, not much work to get everyone unhappy with WMM to get Steam on their PCs.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      This is really more along the lines of 3dsMax/maya animation (where you control the camera viewing angle, etc) then it is to WMM.

        • Game_boy
        • 7 years ago

        It has a multi-track timeline. That’s almost all of the way there.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          So does 3dsMax and Maya. Editing video footage and rendering a sequence of scenes of animation are very different.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]SFM is limited to creating creating videos in the TF2 world for now[/quote<] Don't tell me you caught the "developers develop" fever from Ballmer.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] SFM doesn't work on Macs[/quote<] Macs != OS X SFM will work perfectly fine on a Mac dual booting, it will not however run on OS X natively (given the success of running Valve PC apps through wine however may also allow for it).

      • dashbarron
      • 7 years ago

      You’re technically correct…but I think the term Mac implies OS X to pretty much everyone [b<] especially [/b<] since the OS was quite recently known as Mac OS X. This just rubs me the wrong way as if you're someone who wants to prove how universal and awesome "Macs" are. By default configuration you don't have access to this program without installing and purchasing additional software/licenses. Your Mac needs Windows to function correctly in this scenario -- it's not so magical after all. I stand by Geoffs casual comment.

    • Washer
    • 7 years ago

    Evil Valve! I just know there’s some insidious motivation behind this!

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      [quote=”lilbuddhaman”<]I assume this will be used to make porn, right?[/quote<] There it is.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    I assume this will be used to make porn, right?

      • bthylafh
      • 7 years ago

      The Heavy as Goatse, perhaps.

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