The C4DZone posts another tool for Cinema 4D assisting in animating Vertex Maps in C4D, which can be used in conjunction with the vertex map shader to create interesting special effects.

Vertex Map Animator is a Cinema 4D plugin that helps user to create and animate special effects using the Vertex Map Shader

The Vertex Map Animator Plugin comes with two tags within Cinema 4D, the Vertex Map Animator tag can interpolate two or more vertex maps to be animated and used by the vertex map shader within the material channels.

The Vertex Map Life tag simulates the growth or death starting from the base vertex map, on a frame by frame basis. As it is on a frame by frame basis, jumping forward and backward in the timeline is not recommended as frames are dependent on one another. Check out the Vertex Map Animator for Cinema 4D here.