You can create 3 dimensional waves in Maya with the texture deformer.
(The vertices moving all three directions not just Y.)
Try this (1:1 scale):
- Create a polyplane (width:500, height:500, Subdiv.: 100 in both direction)
- Add a texture Deformer
- Add a Texture (Ocean of course)
- Deformer settings:
- Point Space: UV
- Direction: Vector!!!!
- Vector Space: Object
- Vector Strength: 250, 1000, 250
- Vector Offset: -250, -1000, -250
Play with the Ocean texture attributes.
🙂 That’s it.