View Full Version : field with growing flowers, mass crowd scenes

Geoff Vane
02-27-2008, 06:14 AM

I think something called MDD could be used to make a field of flowers grow out of the ground, or animate a large crowd of people. I am not sure.

Now I read in the manual that MDD and it's sytem is old legacy stuff.

What should I use in it's place if I don't want to buy HD instance?

How can I create a field of growing flowers with small differences is size, rotation and growing speed?

02-27-2008, 10:04 PM
Unfortunately the only way is to instance with HD instance. Unless you want to build all of the geometry manually, which, would be a real pain in the arse.

As for MDD, those are motion files. Which would definitely help in creating the actually plant "growing".

I don't think there is another way with out either instancing (HD Instance) or straight up geometry. Anyone feel free to jump in and correct me on that.

02-29-2008, 11:03 AM
My first thought is to use particles and link the flower object to the particles and use a morph to show the growth of the flowers. The particle setup will allow for random rotation and size. Growth speed would not be random though.

02-29-2008, 11:06 AM
couldnt you drive the morph with a texture?