- 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)
- Graphics: 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)
- Hard Drive: At least 15 GB of Space
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible USB headset with mic (suggested)
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Source Filmmaker Review: What Does It Do Among Games?
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While the margin between cinema art and game design gets narrower, there is always a temptation to create a video scene within the gaming environment. It may be a local video meme or a self-sufficient piece of art utilizing game engine. Well. Now anyone can download Source Filmmaker, a professional video editor for scenes based on Valve’s Source game engine. Having gained its popularity after a leak, now it’s a popular tool used by millions.
Functionality — 5/5
The editor is made for creating video scenes based upon the Source engine. That is, you can import any Source-based environment as your location, and the characters will be taken from the game too. Play each of them to make them act, and capture all you do to them. As you capture one character, you can put another into the same scene, so they can interact (like talking to each other, touching, hitting and even killing). Of course, you’ll need to make out the order of appearance.
The resulting videos can be anything – from in-game video memes to parodies or self-sufficient art pieces.
Design — 4/5
If you have ever seen any video editor, you know what it looks like. The preview mode, advanced menus and the pipeline session window below. If you’re in it for something really complicated, you may need to complete the work in external video editors for mixing sounds, adding titles, maybe inserting some real-life footage. So it’s good to know that Source Filmmaker has much in common with video industry defaults.
It may look dull compared to games it’s to process, but pro applications are like that.
Usability — 5/5
While being basically similar to Sony Vegas or other video editing apps, with a preview screen, session window and element menus, Source Filmmaker is closer to 3D editors, with scenes and objects importable. But there is the difference: you’re powered (and limited, at the same time) by Source features. So there’s only one pipe in WYSIWYG mode. It’s recompensed by switchable cameras and combined filming in the same scene.
Various effects and manual correction of moves are also there. That’s why just capturing some gaming process wasn’t enough: ads required some extra actions. So do video interludes in games, so an external capture tool wouldn’t do.
The thing about Source Filmmaker is an interaction between the game you’re recording videos within and the video editor itself. In games you do all the actions, in the editor, you capture and edit them. Use F11 to switch between modes, so you can combine acting and editing.
The official tutorials for beginners are provided by Valve itself. We’ll tell you that mostly you’ll have to use the keys and gestures used for gaming (WASD to move the camera, mouse wheel for scrolling, R for rotation and so on).
Cross-Platform Use — 2/5
The editor is only available for Windows, and that’s a shame. Mac and Linux users may also like to edit the game videos as they like to play, but it’s not available yet.
On the other hand, the application doesn’t require all of your performance, so other OS can run a virtual Windows machine and Source Filmmaker under it. This way it won’t affect the overall performance of the system. Since being introduced in 2012 the editor hasn’t changed much, so its requirements are still back in 2012, while hardware evolves. So it may need a virtual machine, but it’s sure to run.
Well, if we don’t include games you’d like to involve in your resulting videos, the editor is completely free. It’s been developed by Valve for its own needs, like creating ads for its games. Later the company realized that providing such a creative tool would make its games more attractive as sandboxes for users as well. The application is available for free since then. But the games you would want to import scenes from may be paid.
The editor is, in fact, a sandbox on a higher level, where you can make your characters do whatever you want them to, in whatever location you need. Remake scenes from your famous videos, combine gaming episodes with movies OST or dialogues, unleash your creativity. Maybe you’d like to disassemble games as kids do with toys, to see how they’re made. That’s a good reason to download Source Filmmaker too.
That’s a new game level, where you don’t have to obey the set rules. You make your characters and locations act outside the box, before the virtual camera, and now they’re yours.
Pros : Free and easy to pick
Doesn’t require much performance
Official video manuals available
Lets you play and record various scenes within the gaming environment
Cons : Only for Windows
Limited by Source engine
Replay Value 2.0