Valve will be releasing its beta of the Source Filmaker tool later this year, with the tool you can make short films with your PC free of charge. The video shows you the vast array of options provided by the tool giving the user plenty of options as far as video goes. When released this should make for some interesting short films by enthusiasts. Here is a statement released by Valve explaining the purpose of the tool:
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 Valve designer Bay Raitt in a press release today. “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.