Source Filmmaker

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Source Filmmaker
Source filmmaker logo.jpg
Source Filmmaker, using Team Fortress 2 assets (Meet The Scout).jpg
Source Filmmaker UI, beta release[1][2][3]
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Development status Ongoing (Public Beta)[2]
Written in C/C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows via Steam
Platform Source (game engine)
Size 12.32 GB[2][4]
Available in English[2]
Type 3D computer graphics software
License Freeware[4]
Website www.sourcefilmmaker.com

The Source Filmmaker (abbreviated as SFM) is a video capture and editing application that works from inside the Source game engine.[5][6] The tool, created by Valve Corporation, was used to create over 50 animated shorts for its Source games, including Team Fortress 2, the Left 4 Dead series, and Half-Life 2. On June 27, 2012, Valve released a free open beta version of the SFM to the gaming community via its Steam service.[1][2][7][8]

Overview[edit]

Unlike most movie-making tools, which only create a small part of a movie, the Source Filmmaker merges all animation and effect workflows onto a single PC. With SFM, one can create movies and posters by using assets and events from the video game world, providing creators with a "'what you see is what you get' environment".[4][7]

SFM gives the user a "Work Camera" that enables them to see what they are doing without messing up the scene cameras. It also uses three main user interfaces for making films with:

  • The Clip Editor is used for recording, editing and arranging shots, which can contain recorded gameplay and user-placed assets. The Clip Editor also allows the user to place and arrange sound files and video filters.[7][9][10][11][12]
  • The Motion Editor is used for motion adjustments over time, such as seamlessly grafting two animations together. Motion presets (e.g. jittering, smoothing) can also be applied onto selected motion paths.[7][13][14][15]
  • The Graph Editor is used for editing motion through creating keyframes; this is extremely useful in pose-to-pose animation.[7][16][17]

SFM allows users to record and edit motion from gameplay or scratch, as well as record a character many times over in the same scene, creating the illusion of multiple entities. SFM can support a wide range of cinematographic effects and techniques such as motion blur, Tyndall effects, Dynamic Lighting, and depth of field. SFM also applies motion blur per-object.[4][5] It also allows manual animation of bones and facial features, allowing the user to create movements that don't occur in-game (as in games, nearly all character animation sequences are stored in a set of different movements, and the amount of different animation sequences is limited).[7]

Production and updates[edit]

Pre-release[edit]

Before the SFM's official release to the public, Team Fortress 2 carried a simplified version of the tool called the Replay feature; it is limited to capturing the actual events occurring over the course of a player's life with no ability to modify actions, repeat segments, nor apply special effects beyond those already used in-game. However, arbitrary camera angles are possible, like tracking the actions of other players in action at the time. Replay incorporates the ability to upload completed videos to YouTube.[18]

Beta versions[edit]

On June 27, 2012, the same day as the final Meet the Team video, "Meet the Pyro", was released, the Source Filmmaker became available on a limited-basis through the Steam network.[1][7][19][20] It has been in open beta for Windows as of July 11, 2012.[3][4][21][22]

On April 1, 2013, Valve announced that the Steam Workshop now includes a section for Source Filmmaker assets.[23][24][25][26]

Official animated shorts created with SFM[edit]

See also: Saxxy Awards

Valve[edit]

Title Date Game
Day Of Defeat: Prelude To Victory[27] December 9, 2005 Day of Defeat: Source
Meet The Heavy ("Meet The Team" series)[28] May 14, 2007 Team Fortress 2
Meet The Soldier ("Meet The Team" series)[29] August 22, 2007 Team Fortress 2

Meet the Engineer ("Meet The Team" series)[30]

September 11, 2007 Team Fortress 2
Meet the Demoman ("Meet The Team" series)[31] October 9, 2007 Team Fortress 2
Meet The Scout ("Meet The Team" series)[32] April 19, 2008 Team Fortress 2
Meet the Sandvich ("Meet The Team" series)[33] August 19, 2008 Team Fortress 2
Meet the Sniper ("Meet The Team" series)[34] June 7, 2008 Team Fortress 2
Left 4 Dead Intro Clip[35] November 2, 2008 Left 4 Dead
Meet the Spy ("Meet The Team" series)[36] May 18, 2009 Team Fortress 2
Left 4 Dead 2 Teaser Trailer [37] June 1, 2009 Left 4 Dead 2
Batter Up trailer[38] October 28, 2009 Left 4 Dead 2
Zombie Survival Guide trailer[39] November 17, 2009 Left 4 Dead 2
Half-Life 2 on OS X - Free Yourself[40] May 26, 2010 Half-Life 2
Portal 2 - Full Co-op Trailer[41] September 10, 2010 Portal 2
Portal 2 Co-op Intro trailer[42] February 18, 2011 Portal 2
Portal 2 TV Spot[43] March 18, 2011 Portal 2
Aperture Investment Opportunity #1: "Panels"[44] March 24, 2011 Portal 2
Aperture Investment Opportunity #2: "Bot Trust"[45] March 28, 2011 Portal 2
Aperture Investment Opportunity #3: "Turrets"[46] April 5, 2011 Portal 2
Aperture Investment Opportunity #4: "Boots"[47] April 12, 2011 Portal 2
Portal 2 ending cutscenes (Turret Opera, Wheatley epilogue, and Co-op ending) April 19, 2011 Portal 2
Portal 2: Perfect 10[48] April 29, 2011 Portal 2
Meet the Medic ("Meet The Team" series)[49] June 23, 2011 Team Fortress 2
Dota 2 Gamescom Trailer[50] August 15, 2011 Dota 2
Portal 2 Peer Review DLC "Art Therapy" ending video[51] October 4, 2011 Portal 2
Wheatley's Nomination Speech for the VGA Best Character Award[52] December 20, 2011 Portal 2
Wheatley's Acceptance Speech for the VGA Best Character Award[53] December 20, 2011 Portal 2
Meet The Pyro ("Meet The Team" series)[54] June 27, 2012 Team Fortress 2
Mann vs. Machine Trailer[55] August 13, 2012 Team Fortress 2
Dota 2: Diretide[56] October 30, 2012 Dota 2
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Trailer[57] August 17, 2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Second Annual Saxxy Award announcement[58] November 28, 2012 Team Fortress 2
The Greeviling[59] December 19, 2012 Dota 2
Mann vs. Machine: The Sound of Medicine[60] November 21, 2013 Team Fortress 2
Expiration Date[61] June 17, 2014 Team Fortress 2

Valve-Sponsored[edit]

Title Date Game
End Of The Line[62] December 8, 2014 Team Fortress 2

While End Of the Line was made by James McVinnie,[63] Valve took interest in the project after a short trailer uploaded on 28 August 2013[64] and allowed McVinnie to make a community update[65] centered around the video.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Source Filmmaker homepage". Valve Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Source Filmmaker". Steam. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Valve Tutorials". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "FAQ". Valve Corporation. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Valve Corporation (June 27, 2012). "Source Filmmaker". Steam (software) (v0.9.5.17). 
  6. ^ "Source Filmmaker". Valve Developer Community. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Introducing the Source Filmmaker". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Source Filmmaker is LIVE!". Team Fortress 2. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "00 basics". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "01 recording". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "02 editing". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "03 sound". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "04 manipulating". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "05 time selection". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "07 puppeteering". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "06 graph editor". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "13.1 Pose To Pose Animation". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Valve Corporation (2007-10-09). "Team Fortress 2". Steam (software) (v1.2.3.3). 
  19. ^ Valve Corporation. "Showcase". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Free Source Filmmaker brings Valve's 3D animation tools to the public". Ars Technica. 2012-07-0. Retrieved 2012-06-27.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  21. ^ Daw, David (2012-07-12). "Trying Out Valve's Movie Making Tools With the Source Filmmaker". Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  22. ^ "Happy New Year! (0.9.6.1 Released)". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  23. ^ Alden (1 April 2013). "Source FilmMaker Workshop Brings Models & Sounds For Your Next Movie". steamcommunity.com. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  24. ^ SFM Team (1 April 2013). "The SFM Gets Its Own Workshop!". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  25. ^ SFM Team (3 April 2013). "As Promised, We Have All Collectively Lost It". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  26. ^ SFM Team (2013-07-31). "Source Filmmaker". Source Filmmaker. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  27. ^ SFM Team (23 May 2013). "Day Of Defeat: Prelude To Victory". Valve Corporation. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Meet the Heavy". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "Meet the Soldier". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  30. ^ "Meet the Engineer". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  31. ^ "Meet the Demoman". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "Meet the Scout". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  33. ^ "Meet The Sandvich". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  34. ^ "Meet the Sniper". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  35. ^ "Left4Dead Intro Clip". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 2 November 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  36. ^ "Meet the Spy". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  37. ^ "L4D2 Teaser". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  38. ^ "Left 4 Dead 2 Batter Up". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  39. ^ Leaked Left 4 Dead 2 Trailer - Zombie Survival Guide (Web). Valve Corporation. 2009. 
  40. ^ "Half-Life 2 on OS X - Free Yourself". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  41. ^ "Portal 2 - Full Co-op Trailer". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  42. ^ "Portal 2 Co-op Intro". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  43. ^ "Portal 2 TV Spot". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  44. ^ "Aperture Investment Opportunity #1: "Panels"". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  45. ^ "Aperture Investment Opportunity #2: "Bot Trust"". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  46. ^ "Aperture Investment Opportunity #3: "Turrets"". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  47. ^ "Aperture Investment Opportunity #4: "Boots"". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  48. ^ "Portal 2: Perfect 10". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  49. ^ "Meet the Medic". YouTube. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  50. ^ "Dota 2 Gamescom Trailer". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  51. ^ "Portal 2 Peer Review DLC - Art Therapy Room Ending Scene". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  52. ^ "Wheatley's Nomination Speech for the VGA Best Character Award". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  53. ^ "Wheatley's Acceptance Speech for the VGA Best Character Award". YouTube. Valve Corporation. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  54. ^ "Meet the Pyro". YouTube. Valve Corporation. June 27, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  55. ^ "Mann vs. Machine". YouTube. Valve Corporation. August 13, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  56. ^ "Dota 2: Diretide". YouTube. Valve Corporation. October 30, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  57. ^ "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Trailer". August 17, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  58. ^ "The Second Annual Saxxy Awards are HERE! (Almost)". YouTube. Valve Corporation. November 28, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  59. ^ "Dota 2 - The Greeviling". December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  60. ^ "Mann vs. Machine - The Sound of Medicine". November 21, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  61. ^ "Expiration Date". 
  62. ^ "End Of The Line". 
  63. ^ "James McVinnie". 
  64. ^ "End Of The Line Trailer". 
  65. ^ http://www.teamfortress.com/endoftheline/

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