Tapaa Tiimi -videot ovat sarja tietokoneanimoituja lyhyitä Team Fortress 2:n hahmoluokkia esitteleviä videoita.
Tapaa Tiimi -sarja
Tapaa Tiimi -videot luotiin ääninäyttelijöiden koe-esiintymisiä varten. Ensimmäinen jakso sarjassa oli toukokuussa 2007 julkaistu Tapaa Heavy. Lähes yksinomaan sen perusteella Valve päätti palkata näyttelijä Gary Schwartzin. Video luotiin heti Portal -pelin esittelyvideon jälkeen, jossa esiteltiin pelin persoonallisuutta. Tapaa Heavy videon julkaisun jälkeen katsojat ylistivät sekä animaation kuvanlaatua, että huumorin tasoa ja vertasivat sitä animaatiofirmojen, kuten Pixar, tuotoksiin. Positiivisen palautteen jälkeen Valve päätti luoda Tapaa Tiimi -videon jokaiselle hahmoluokalle, sekä myös muutamille esineille ja ei-pelatuille hahmoille, esimerkkinä Tapaa Voileipä. Ainoastaan 'Tapaa Medic' ja 'Tapaa Pyro ovat enää julkaisematta.
The videos were not released for promotional purposes and fan service alone but also influenced the game itself. Eric Wolpaw stated that "It helped everyone on the team get a little bit more in tune with who that particular character was, so we just kept knocking them out and they kept on being popular," An example of how the videos influenced the design of the game was the Sandvich, which according to Robin Walker "came almost directly out of the movie… We felt the movie had justified and created a way for us to have a 'Sandvich' in the game and have that action [of eating it] make any kind of sense in our game world." Jarate was also added into the game after it's appearance in Meet the Sniper.
The videos also helped the game's technology. Valve used Meet the Heavy to test the facial animation system the studio was developing for TF2. According to Walker, the new system "allowed our characters to have a much greater range of expressions than we were able to do in Half-Life… We wanted a test case for that." Ultimately, what they got to work in the Meet the Team videos is what would display for players running the game itself at its highest settings. Walker recalled that team's pleasure about "the expression on the Heavy at the end when he's shooting and screaming." It was no fake. "It wasn't this thing that the coolest bit in [the movie] was something that would happen in the game."
Attendants of the Spike TV 2010 VGA Awards report seeing a private screening of a final cut of Meet the Medic during the event, suggesting a release of the video in the near future.
The tool used to create Team Fortress 2's "Meet the Team" videos as well as Left 4 Dead's introduction video is the Source Filmmaker, an application that runs inside the engine. It allows users to record themselves many times over in the same scene, creating the illusion of many participants, as well as supporting a wide range of cinematographic effects and techniques such as motion blur and depth of field. (Motion blur has now been added to the games themselves, though only when the view is moving at high speeds - not per-object as in the film-maker). The tool also allows the use of extra-high quality textures for the classes as seen in the Meet the Team videos. This tool was leaked, being only possible to use with the public beta version of TF2. Valve have stated an intention to release the tool publicly at some point in the future. Many videos using the Source Filmmaker can be found on YouTube.
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