Waves animated in Bongo 2.0 and Rhino 5.0

Water animation done in Bongo 2.0 and Rhino 5.0, using the Displacement plug-in.

Please not - this can only be rendered using renderers that support the RDK feature in Rhino 5.

You can download the example model from here (Rhino 5.0 model):

Here's the instructions on how the water was animated:

Open Texture Palette, create a Noise Texture and rename it ‘Wave shape’. Set Spectral Synthesis Type to Turbulence and check Invert. Check WCS and set Size to (5.0, 5.0, 5.0).

Create a plane centered at (0,0,0), 20 units wide and 20 units long. Select the plane and run ApplyDisplecement, pick ‘Wave shape’ as the texture, High as the Initial quality and click OK.

Preview the waves in Shaded viewport.

Right click at timeline tick number 0 and select ‘Add Keyframe – Conent(s) – texture – Wave shape – Precalculated'. Do the same at tick number 50.

Open Keyframe Editor and browse the tree to ‘Render Content – Wave shape – Properties – Noise Texture – Texture offset’. Select tick 50 and change the ‘Texture offset’ to (0, 0, 10). Close Keyframe editor.

Preview the wave animation by pressing and holding down left mouse button on the small right arrow button of the timeline slider.

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Comment by Marika Almgren on February 9, 2021 at 12:29am

Video can be found here: https://youtu.be/0IqIntxMigI

Comment by marie fiala on February 18, 2020 at 12:52pm

Thank you Marika, I sent another video and model that I have a problem with smooth motion on the waves....any suggestion there?

Comment by Marika Almgren on February 17, 2020 at 12:07am

Marie - Can you please send me the model and we'll have  a look at it? You can send it to: marika.almgren@mcneel.com

Comment by marie fiala on February 16, 2020 at 12:41am

This is great, and it works! beautiful motion of waves. How can I make the width and length of the waves much smaller and tighter? Like a 10 times repeat in the same square?....when I did it, the frames got VERY erratic and didn't flow any more...I messed up something and can't get smooth small waves...Please help.

Comment by Marika Almgren on September 20, 2018 at 11:41pm
Comment by CFee on September 20, 2018 at 9:28am

There's REALLY no excuse for this:

Comment by CFee on September 20, 2018 at 9:24am

Marika -
I DON’T need you to debug my model. Its NOT " … hard to decide what settings" I changed. I JUST need a SIMPLE ANSWER to my ACTUAL question: is there a “command” to force a full recalc of the timeline ?

Comment by Marika Almgren on September 20, 2018 at 12:53am


Answer you here:


For the "No keyframe selected" -problem. We need more info. Is this repeatable? What kind of keyframe did you click on? Are you using Rhino 5 or 6?

Comment by CFee on September 19, 2018 at 9:19pm

Selected object. Clicked EDIT KEYFRAME. "No keyframe selected". SERIOUSLY ?

Comment by CFee on September 19, 2018 at 8:42pm

What's the arcane non-default setting to save the displacement values for the Turbulence version of the Wave Animation per the instruction provided ?

Ran a sample per the instruction provided, the Client LOVED the result, returned to he model with a couple of small tweaks. What SHOULD have been a 5-10 minute quick fix, has turned into a 10-hour nightmare, and of COURSE I'm slamming another deadline. At 3-5 M.I.N.U.T.E.S between keystrokes, when I WAS running beautifully in HIGH GEAR with timeline scrubbing that WAS _WONDERFUL_ - before - now with donuting for 3-5 minutes between keystrokes, I really can't afford to re-populate the settings boxes every time I reload the Assembly model.

Thanks -


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