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Source Filmmaker lets you create your own Source engine movies

Meet the Pyro... and then make your own Team Fortress 2 movies with Valve's new Source Filmmaker, now in beta.

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Now that you've had a chance to Meet the Pyro, do you want to make your own Source-powered machinima creations? Well, now you can! Valve is releasing the Source Filmmaker (SFM), the movie-making tool Valve uses to make movies inside the Source game engine. SFM has been used in quite a number of Valve trailers.

SFM is currently available in beta. To apply, simply visit the official website with a computer that already has Steam installed on it. "Initially, we are limiting the number of beta users, but soon we will release the SFM to all users on Steam for free," Valve's FAQ explains.

At launch, SFM will only work within Team Fortress 2, meaning fan-made Half-Life movies using SFM won't be possible for a while. However, Valve notes that "users familiar with modding with the Source engine will be able to mod the SFM build of TF2 to create new worlds."

If you're interested, here's what you'll need for Filmmaker:

  • 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)
  • Hard Disk Space: At least 15 GB of Space
  • Video: 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)
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • USB headset with mic (suggested)

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    June 27, 2012 11:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Source Filmmaker lets you create your own Source engine movies.

    Meet the Pyro... and then make your own Team Fortress 2 movies with Valve's new Source Filmmaker, now in beta.

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      June 27, 2012 12:21 PM

      this is fucking genius

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      June 27, 2012 12:52 PM

      If this is easy enough to use, I would probably spend an unwise amount of money on models/props from the workshop so that I could make a lot of dumb videos and post them online.

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        June 27, 2012 1:05 PM

        So much free user generated content.

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        June 27, 2012 1:09 PM

        YouTube is going to be fun....

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      June 27, 2012 1:02 PM

      Between Garry's mod and TF2 there is already a significant number of hilarious videos, I imagine this just cranked it to 11.

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      June 28, 2012 6:10 AM

      Valve man. They get it.