The Waving Plants Shaders Mod for Minecraft is a specialized pack of shaders for vegetation such as grass, wheat, lillies, leaves, vines, saplings, flowers, mushrooms, pumpkins, melons, sugar cane, cocoa, nether warts, lava, and even moving water. This mod is especially beneficial because it allows additional Minecraft shader packs to be used with it for an ultra-realistic experience.
This mod causes the wind to create a natural swaying effect for leaves on trees, grass fields, bamboo shoots, flower plants, as well as allows water to realistically flow over a rocky edge down into the pool below. Furthermore, as the water moves down over the waterfall into the pool below, the movement of the water will realistically flow over lily pads that may be below as well.
The Waving Plants mod is also able to be used in conjunction with other Minecraft mods like Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders v10 RC7, Sildur’s Shaders, and Chocapic13’s Shaders. The Waving Plants mod is especially beneficial when combined with these mods because they work together to create a realistic world where there is more than just waving and moving plants in the wind. The mods mentioned earlier add water refraction, reflection, highlights on water, a tweaked lighting system, upgraded sun and sky effects, atmospheric fog, as well as lighting and tonemapping adjustments.
As trees and flowers wave in this mod, other mods used will create translucent water ponds along with moving lily pads from the realistic flowing water. In addition, the shadows on the bottom of a pool bed will also realistically follow the lily pads above as the water flows over the pond surface.
Using this mod also creates a more stormy, breezy environment for vegetation and plants when there is rain and storms occurring within the Minecraft world. Although, there might be some specific plants, or vegetation that a user might want to keep from moving; this could apply whether it is storming or simply a natural breeze.
For this to be accomplished, the individual may unzip the Waving Plants folder, search for the file “gbuffers_terrain.vsh” and edit the file in a word editor. When opened in a word editor, the individual may add “//” in front of vegetation code line items to disable the vegetation or plant from swaying or moving. Meanwhile, removing “//” from in front of vegetation code lines will instruct plants or vegetation to sway.
Lastly, there could be times when there is a low frames per second count due to too much demand on the CPU and RAM memory of the specific computer. To remedy this issue, the individual can simply set smooth lighting to “OFF” and set Chunk Loading to “Multi-Core.” If needed, the person may also edit “gbuffers_terrain.vsh” and use the coding explained above to disable certain gameplay elements.
This will help to improve the FPS dramatically. In addition, the individual using this mod will need to have a compatible graphics card that has the ability to load the various texture packs properly. With the right graphics card, all of the texture packs above may be used with the Waving Plants Shaders mod without slowdown, or rendering issues.