News: Valve Turns Gamers into Moviemakers with Source Filmmaker Beta

Valve Turns Gamers into Moviemakers with Source Filmmaker Beta

If you're familiar with games like Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, then you've probably seen some of the cool animated movies that Valve has made for them using their Source Filmmaker moviemaking software. It's a tool built to make animated films inside their Source game engine. It's even been licensed to make the upcoming animated film Deep.

Here's just a taste of what the Source Filmmaker is capable of:

Yesterday, Valve opened up SFM to the general public in beta mode. Now, anyone who plays Valve games can use the Source Filmmaker toolkit to make their own video game films on their own computers.

To gain access to the Source Filmmaker beta, just head on over to their website and hit the "Sign up for a FREE invite" link to apply for a beta key. You'll need to have Steam already installed. You can download it here if you don't already. Right now, it looks like SFM is only available for Windows machines running Vista or higher.

SFM is basically an all-in-one tool to create animated movies using maps, characters and items that the Source game engine provides, allowing gamers (aka storytellers) to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment so that they can see exactly what the outcome will be.

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Already have your beta key for SFM? Then start making movies today! Valve has already released a bunch of moviemaking tips for SFM. Check them all out below and start making your animated movie!

Step 1: Basics

Step 2: Recording

Step 3: Editing

Step 4: Sound

Step 5: Manipulating

Step 6: Time Selection

Step 7: Graph Editor

Step 8: Puppeteering

Step 9: Locks

Step 10: Lip Sync

Step 11: Rigging

Step 12: Lighting

The End Product

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valve might have compensated the somewhat disappointing pyro update with this filmmaker thing!

however... most of us TF2 fans are still excited about the upcoming man vs. machine update!

(no, its not scheduled, but there are machine heads for all the characters already included into the pyro update so you know its coming!)

Wow!! If Mass Effect came out with a video production software such as this, I would

Goodbye Garry's Mod and hello SFM

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