Computer scientists at the University of Bath have developed software capable of generating life-like animations of trees from camera footage. Basically, “the user has to draw around the tree outline in the first frame of the video; the program then makes a model of the tree and tracks how the leaves and branches move in the video.” Continue reading for a demonstration.

It then uses algorithms to copy this movement and can use this information to “grow” lots more trees that are all slightly different.

[via DvicePhysorg]