Artwork by Aron Kamolz
Apply "Wind and gust motion" to stalks and stems, trunks, branches and twigs. Randomly appearing gusts will bend the plant into a specific direction. Optionally, a constantly blowing wind with a set strength and direction can be applied on top of the random gusting motion for simulating strong hurricanes.
Mostly suitable for leaves, "Ambient motion breeze" will add a gentle, calm swaying movement and sudden rustling and fluttering of small geometry.
Blades, which are PlantFactory's leaves with 3D geometry, can be animated with a flapping motion, an effect especially useful for light-weight palm tree leaves and fronds in real-time projects.
Additionally, global criteria such as stronger movement on thinner and longer branches or in higher or outer parts of the plant add an extra layer of realism. Combine all wind effects to art-direct the final animation.
Animations by Frederic Bec