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iPod Video from MAXON's C4D R11

The newest version of MAXON's CINEMA4D has many more render presets, including a 4:3 aspect for the iPod By Ko Maruyama
There are many great new features in the latest release from MAXON in their CINEMA 4D R11 package.  One simple, yet time saving features is the redesigned Render Setting menu.  In the render setting preferences, C4D comes with a bunch of video presets you use often, including Apple's ipod video 4x3 format.

You might be developing your next animation in CINEMA4D for the iPhone or iPod in a 4x3 aspect ratio.  If you are - there is already a preset built into the new software*.  If you're trying to take advantage of the 16:9 aspect ratio of the bigger screens tho, you may want to create you own iPod or iPhone preset.  It's really easy to set up (and just as easy to access in the new software).

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1. Change all of the values that are going to be reflected in your new preset.  Later, you might want to use QuickTime Pro to transcode this, so you don't necessarily have to go with the lowest value.

2. Next, in the lower left corner, click RENDER SETTINGS to save the preset.

3. When you save it, be sure to name it. This will get saved to your user presets, but you'll probably want to remember what values are being brought up when you load this up.

4.  This will create a preset that will show up in that small window in the lower left corner (If you need to make changes, you can save over this).

5.  Now you've created the preset - BUT WAIT!  You want to be sure that this preset is ACTIVE when you render it.  Similar to making a specific camera active in your object manager, you can make this preset active by clicking the little white target box to the left of the name.

IF YOU'VE ALREADY CREATED A PRESET, AND YOU WANT TO LOAD IT UP -  Here's where you'll load it up as well...

(ALT ADVICE) If you check out the different methods for codec selection in the output attributes, you may want to choose the H264 version for your iPhone/iPod.

If you decide that you'd like to transcode it using QuickTime Pro, you'll find that there are a trio of settings for the iPhone, iPhone (cellular) and iPod.  These options will transcode the movie result for you so you don't have to worry about what kind of settings to adjust.

*Note: I have not upgraded to the latest version of R11.  This was created with the version that ships in the R11 box.  There is already an upgrade available for free download.  In the boxed version, the preset's resolution/dpi is set above 72 (video resolution).  You may want to change that for your Widescreen Preset.

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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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