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Jolly Roger

This script provides an actionscript-based method for producing a waving flag effect on any image. The next two movies provide similar examples with different images.

The image is divided up into narrow vertical strips using masks. Then the strips are rotated slightly using sin waves. This produces apparent motion in both the x and y directions.

The motion propagates from the left edge of the flag to the right edge, producing the effect that the wind is blowing from the left.

The function that animates the flag reads as follows:

function myWaveFlag(evt)
  for (var i = kNbrStrips-1; i>0; --i) {
    flags[i].rotation = flags[i-1].rotation;
  var t = getTimer();
  flags[0].rotation = Math.sin(t*.001+Math.cos(t*.0005)*Math.PI*2)*2;

UPDATE: The source code below now contains an Actionscript 3 version, and a Flash 8 (bitmapped) version, in addition to the original Flash MX code.


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