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Alex Popowych
making a simple countdown clock AE
on Oct 14, 2010 at 10:02:13 pm

Hi all,

I searched and counldn't seem to come across a post that fit my needs--

I am doing a fitness video for a client, and it requires a 20 second, 10 second, and total workout running time countdown clock to be displayed on screen during the video.

I successfully downloaded countdown clock script for AE, but it gave me no control as to font, color, etc.

Can someone point me to a tutorial, or run me through step by step on how to do this? I'm pretty experienced in photoshop, FCP and Avid but very new to AE. Any help appreciated!!

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Dave LaRonde
Re: making a simple countdown clock AE
on Oct 14, 2010 at 10:41:41 pm

Oh, I see you thought my buddy Michael was directing you to this forum. Actually, it was a link to valuable info for beginners in AE:

And Michael's right about the Numbers effect. I THINK you have to apply it to a solid. Leading or trailing zeros on the timecode setting may not go away... I forget which. Thus, you may have to cut a mask on a second solid and use it as a track matte to conceal the unwanted digits.

I hope you're not obsessed with to-the-frame timings, because this effect doesn't know about drop frame time code. But hey, if you're just counting minutes & seconds down, it's good enough.

Now, if any of the AE lingo I threw around above is confusing, that's the reason Michael gave you that link, and why I also included it. Considering the other applications you use, you could proceed through it quickly.

But don't ignore the basics in AE: those misguided individuals who think they can blow them off very quickly find themselves confused, frustrated and generally at a loss even on projects of mild complexity.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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