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Valve Launching Source Filmmaker; Now in Closed Beta

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Valve is releasing a tool that it used to create all its animated short films.

On Wednesday Valve Software announced the upcoming release of Source Filmmaker (SFM), a storytelling tool the studio developed inside the Source Engine to create all its animated short films. The SFM condenses the production pipeline of an animation studio down onto a single gaming PC, Valve said.

"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."

Raitt added that the Source Filmmaker tool will allow Valve's community to create their own movies in Team Fortress 2 and in their own Source SDK-created mods. Currently the movie-making tool is in closed beta, but is expected to be made available later on this year via Stream free of charge.

To celebrate the announcement of the SFM, Valve also released the ninth and final short in the "Meet the Team" series today, "Meet the Pyro." The video caps off a three-day "Pyromania" event taking place over at the website.

Earlier this month, Shane Acker, the director responsible for "9" (2009), reportedly teamed up with Ireland's Brown Bag Films to create the post-apocalyptic film "Deep." The team is using Valve's Source engine to cut production costs and to "amp up" the project's overall flexibility.

The Source-powered movie will be produced by Brown Bag's Darragh O'Connell and Gregory R. Little, who heads Brown Bag's LA production office. According to O'Connell, Valve's tools and technologies will provide Acker and Brown Bag real-time rendering and editing, simplified character animation and economical lighting,

It's presumed that Brown Bag is using SFM to create the flick, but we've sent over an email to Valve to verify nonetheless.

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    amuffin , June 28, 2012 4:38 AM
    Yay, no more going through that really weird installer for that version of the BETA of TF2.
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    ojas , June 28, 2012 5:34 AM
    Valve is one of the coolest companies out there. It's like the Spanish football (soccer i mean) team. True to the philosophy of the PC. (like La Roja stays true to football :)  ).
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    elcentral , June 28, 2012 6:39 AM
    well they are handling dota 2 quite well atm and im still suprised so much of all they do is so good.
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    kcorp2003 , June 28, 2012 7:11 AM
    ojasValve is one of the coolest companies out there. It's like the Spanish football (soccer i mean) team. True to the philosophy of the PC. (like La Roja stays true to football ).

    define, "true to the philosophy of the PC" for me please. Because I can't stand people who ask for higher graphic capabilities on PC from other Studios who have a superior engine to source engine. Have you seen their recent game? CS:GO?
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    brett1042002 , June 28, 2012 2:11 PM
    Title should be "Valve still jacking around with other crap; No HL3"

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    Anonymous , June 28, 2012 4:35 PM
    via Stream

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    sp0nger , June 28, 2012 9:48 PM
    This is why

    Steam > EA, Activison, Ubisoft, etc...