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Making Trees Dance


When it comes to accurately representing the world in 3D, animators face many challenges. Phenomena in the natural world (think water, plants, fire, clouds, etc.) often move in complex and unpredictable ways that can be difficult to mimic virtually. That’s why software engineers at the University of Bath have developed an animation program that helps animators model the movement of windswept trees. The software, created by Chris Li and Dr. Peter Hall, uses a special algorithm to produce lifelike animated trees from video footage.

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Tree” by tomhe (Flickr commons)

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