Panels is a video which was released by Valve on March 24, 2011 in order to promote Portal 2. The video takes the form of an Aperture Laboratories investment opportunity video, and uses a combination of Aperture Science's hallmark animations and pre-rendered footage in order to showcase the many uses of the Aperture Science Panel.
"Panels" Video Transcript
|[Aperture Science theme plays as the Aperture logo appears.]
Cave Johnson: Cave Johnson here.
Cave Johnson: This is a test chamber. Four walls, ceiling and a floor.
[An animated diagram is assembled of a test chamber with a Companion Cube and a stick-figure test subject, waving. An orange checkmark box appears.]
Cave Johnson: Good enough for science...
[A buzzer is heard. The box's checkmark changes to a blue X.]
Cave Johnson: Not Aperture Science! Gentlemen, I give you Panels. The planks of tomorrow.
[Walls are pulled away, revealing mechanical arms attached to the walls and floor. A floor panel in the middle is raised, bringing the test subject up. The subject takes a bow as the panels shake.]
[Fade to Atlas and P-body in a test chamber with black wall panels. The floor panels raise and throw them off balance]
Cave Johnson: Fully configurable,
[The wall panels in the hallway crush Atlas and P-body]
Cave Johnson: infinitely variable.
[An uncovered panel set smashes P-body against a wall]
Cave Johnson: Safe.
[Atlas and P-body run up a set of rising floor panels toward an exit]
Cave Johnson: Aperture brand panels will assist your test subjects every step of the way.
[After P-body exits the chamber, the exit closes and the floor panels retract, cutting off Atlas. A massive mechanized panel with spikes descends from the top and smashes Atlas against the floor panels.]
Cave Johnson: That is not a panel. That's a crusher. We sell them too.
[The Portal 2 logo appears.]