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The easiest flag of all: WIND DEFORMER By Ko Maruyama
The wind deformer on a plane primitive is probably the easiest way to create a flag in MAXON's CINEMA 4D.    There are several ways to accomplish a "flag" look, but the simple primitive shape of a plane and a standard wind (aka : flag) deformer working together provide an animation that even the newest user can understand.

I've put together some still frames, but I realize that you can do this in 3 clicks.  A movie does help to bring it all together.  Below is today's version of the flag - - there may be 3 or 4 different 2 minute movies to cover here...

First you'll need a plane - - a simple primitive that you can get from the OBJECTS pull down menu, or from the list of primitives (under the blue cube icon).

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Under the deformers (the generic looks like a partial arc (bend)), click and select the WIND deformer

Drop the Wind Deformer onto your Plane (make it a child of the object).  All of the properties of the WIND deformer will now effect your plane (which is your flag)/ NOTE: by default, the wind deformer is set to "flag".

Slide the deformer position over to the left hand edge of your plane and - you're done...

Of course, if you want to see the process in video, here's a little 2 minute tutorial to take you through it. (opens in a new window 1024x768).

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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