How to Create an Animated Flag

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Instructor Matt Umney

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In this Cinema 4D tutorial, you'll learn how to create a flag on a pole that flaps in the wind. First you'll use Cinema 4D's Cloth tag and learn how to anchor parts of the flag that you want to stay in place, using Fix Points. Fix Points is good when the flag pole doesn't move around, like a flag on a castle. You'll then use the Cloth Collider tag to stop the flag from intersecting the flag pole, and adjust Forces to get the flag flapping nicely. You'll literally stick a texture to the flag, using the Stick Texture tag. Lastly, you'll deal with a flag pole that is being waved around, like at the start of a car race. Here you'll use the Cloth Belt tag, which will directly attach the points to the flag pole.

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