Coming alongside today release of the long-awaited 'Meet the Pyro' video, Valve has unveiled plans to release the 'Source Filmmaker' tool to its gaming fans.
"The SFM is a storytelling tool Valve developed inside the Source Engine to create all its animated short films, including those in the "Meet the Team" series of Team Fortress 2 shorts," explains Valve.
"The SFM condenses the production pipeline of an animation studio down onto a single gaming PC."
Valve designer Bay Raitt 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.
"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 tool is in closed beta at present, but will be released to the gaming public as a free download "later this year" via Steam.
Have a look at it via the video below, and get more info through the source link.