Valve has announced the coming release of the Source Filmmaker, the tool it uses to create all its animated short films. The technology is designed to condense the production pipeline of an animation studio down onto a single gaming PC.
Check it out in action in the video below:
"The goal of the SFM was to develop a story telling tool that allowed us to create computer animated movies more efficiently, and with greater creative freedom," said Bay Raitt, designer at Valve. "Over the past five years, we've produced more than 50 animated shorts with the SFM. The Source Filmmaker will allow our community to create their own movies in Team Fortress 2 and in their own Source SDK-created mods."
The SFM is currently in closed beta and will be made available - free of charge - later this year via Steam.