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Wind Animation: My tree appears to be in a slow motion hurricane :(


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Hi All!


I'm having trouble creating a realistic looking wind loop.:( The aim is to have a nice gentle breeze rustling the leaves and a little bit of sway in branches, but I cant find the right balance of flexibly, stiffness and wind speed. I'm using a 200 frame loop to keep my animated proxy files to a reasonable size. This means I cant use Perturb Speed or Vector


Can some one please advise "weather':D its better to have:

  1. High wind speed with low flexibility and high stiffness
  2. Low wind speeds with lower stiffness and high flexibility 


See images and videos for more detail. 


Image 1 Wind Speed 0cm: I want to have this form swaying gently 

Image 2 Wind Speed 50cm: Tree form is ok but not great and wind is very subtle. Even with very slow camera movement it will be barley visible in an animation (see video below)

Image 3 Wind Speed 100cm:  Tree looks like its in a hurricane but only moving slowly (see video below)


Max 2014 file attached.


Thanks in advance! ^_^





0cm wind.jpg

50cm wind.jpg

100cm wind.jpg


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