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The easiest flag of all: WIND and SPLINES 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.  Many people consider adding it to an object, but you can add it to a spline as well.

Again, I've decided that the images are too many steps.  First of all, you should check yesterday's post about the standard deformer application if you haven't used a deformer before, then you will understand how this is different.

There are several things that you can do with a spline, including use it as a reference or with a NURBS object to create new geometry - - things that you just can't do with a simple piece of geometry.

Another quick movie to take you through the process....

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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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