Source Filmmaker

Source Filmmaker

Glitchy647 Oct 27, 2013 @ 11:12am
If you have a mac and you're p issed off because SFM isn't for mac, here's your solution.

Get SFM for Mac:
You will need: A good mac, and A GRAPHICS CARD. Check SFM requirments.
1.) Go to and download the windows version of steam. Source is built-in, not big surprise.
2.) After you download and install it, find and download Source Filmmaker. Make sure your graphics card is installed, and run it!
UPDATE: A friend of mine got this to work on his 2012 iMac. It runs beautifully, without any problems as long as you ignore the occassional bug or two.

REMEMBER: Your biggest nightmare will be rendering. True Story. Your computer will be around 30-40% slower when it comes to downloads and stuffthan normal, nothing you can do about it.

ATTENTION! LAPTOPS AND SHTUFF: You're not completely hopeless. I run all my Steam stuff on my Retina Mac Pro, and yes, IT HAS NO GRAPHICS CARD. Installing one would mean saying goodbye to HD Retina Graphics, until I unplug it anyway. More importantly, here's how to get a graphics card to work with your laptop. Remember, IT WILL BE BULKY AND REQUIRE A POWER SUPPLY. But it's a solution, and it works pretty well, as long as you keep it clean, dry, and out of the hands of the 5-year olds that play TF2.

Build Your "External Graphics Card"
-A SFM-Compatible Graphics card (Windows Comp.)
-Thunderbolt-to-express card adapter (which can be expensive, so if you need to, get 2 cheaper adapters, (I reccommend firewire) however, the key here is fast graphics so don't use too many adapters, it will slow graphics down A LOT.)
-Express Card (NOT AN ADAPTER, an ACTUAL expresscard)
-PCI Express Adapter
-Power Supply (I reccommend
-Basic Computer Knowledge
-Willpower not to throw your Mac at a wall
-And nutella.

1.) Buy all of the things. All of them.
2.) Unbox all of the things. Put all of the things in front of you. Try not to panic.
3.) Take your graphics card and attach thr PCI express adapter to it.
4.)Take your express card and jam that into the other side of the PCI adapter.
5.)Take your thunderbolt-to-express card adapter and attach that to the express card
6.) Attach thunderbolt to your mac (With dramatic music in the background, while you make a dumb face and hold your breath) and then when the music breaks into the main part after the cymbal crash, plug your graphics card thingy into your computer. TA DA! Then, if you haven't already, follow the steps above and you're ready to run SFM!

This WILL work! If you have any questions or comments, or just want to annoy me- go ahead and comment below!

Thanks! Enjoy!
Last edited by Glitchy647; Dec 10, 2013 @ 7:25am
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Pte Jack Oct 27, 2013 @ 2:55pm 
Most excellent, Glitchy... I'm glad to see someone take some possitive action on this topic and attempt to provide a solution. I am not a Mac user and personally will never own one, but listening to every SCREAM about SFM not being compatible and as you say "been crying in the corner like tiny BABY coward" I knew that someone like you would eventually stand up and take action.

GOOD SHOW!!! BLOODY EXCELLENT!!! and a ton of KUDOs to you!!!
Sarsour Oct 28, 2013 @ 2:13pm 
Amen to that!
Dr. Cooldude Dec 10, 2013 @ 9:34am 
this works wow whoa
on.du Feb 7, 2014 @ 11:51am 
Oh no, ERROR!
Ballantyne Feb 11, 2014 @ 2:47pm 
Very interesting. I already installed bootcamp on my mac, but I have a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ intel HD graphics card.

How much do you think that external graphics card rig would cost? Like, if I bought a good AMD or Nvidia graphics card (plus all that other stuff you mentioned)- could I get it all under $250?

Also, do you have any SFM quality tests you could show for comparison?

And maybe a pic of that graphics card set-up?

Sorry if this is too much to ask, but I'm just interested in getting more info.
Dr. Cooldude Feb 11, 2014 @ 3:00pm 
Uhm, OP was joking. But yeah, it runs ♥♥♥♥ on Intel Graphics. :/
I have no idea if an external graphics card is even a real thing.
Last edited by Dr. Cooldude; Feb 11, 2014 @ 3:01pm
Ballantyne Feb 11, 2014 @ 3:59pm 
Originally posted by Beats by Dr. Cooldude:
Uhm, OP was joking. But yeah, it runs ♥♥♥♥ on Intel Graphics. :/
I have no idea if an external graphics card is even a real thing.

Oh... was he really joking? Damn, I fell silly then :(

I think external graphics cards are possible, I remember seeing an article on it somewhere, but I haven't seen a proper tutorial on it.
Pte Jack Feb 11, 2014 @ 4:56pm 
No, there isn't an external graphics card. There was a youube video of someone making one but looking at the setup, it was an electricians worse nightmare.
Glitchy647 Mar 1, 2014 @ 6:43pm 
A GPU has 2 connections, the video input, and the power supply. You need to have both to run this, and that menas you need a power supply outside of your Mac. HOWEVER, I have a friend who got this to work with no problems, and he didn't have to get any GPU or PSU to run it, it just ran on the software instructions I put above. He has an iMac (the newest version)
Eevee Aug 6, 2014 @ 12:45pm 
wow does this work?
Panda Feb 27 @ 6:05am 
Could i use the External Graphics card on my mac mini late 2014 ?
Juicy Johnson Mar 3 @ 7:08pm 
Link isn't working
Glitchy647 Mar 6 @ 6:28pm 
Originally posted by Gajhin:
Link isn't working
Alright, I'll fix it.
Television Man Mar 23 @ 5:17pm 
When will the link work...?
Glitchy647 Mar 23 @ 5:56pm 
Originally posted by Grün-kle Stan:
When will the link work...?

Just F***ing google it.
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Date Posted: Oct 27, 2013 @ 11:12am
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