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Steven Gladstone
Burning in a clock
on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:58:28 pm

Hi,
I need to burn in a running clock - minutes and seconds to a project. Any suggestions? I've searched the archives, and saw there was a tutorial on burning in time code (but the link didn't work)

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Steven Gladstone
http://www.gladstonefilms.com


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Richard Harrington
Re: Burning in a clock
on Nov 2, 2010 at 1:06:40 pm

Timecode filter in FCP or Compressor

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Photoshop for Video, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Studio On the Spot and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques


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Andy Mees
Re: Burning in a clock
on Nov 2, 2010 at 2:16:39 pm

Hi Steven

Is this clock intended to be a running reference timecode for someone to accurately identify points within your video, or more of a "sports" type clock where its referencing elapsed time in an event of some sort? I ask as you note needing "minutes and seconds" only (which suggests the latter) as opposed to needing a "minutes, seconds and frames" which would suggest the former.

If its the former then you want the Timecode Generator (or Timecode Reader) as noted above, or also as noted, the timecode filter in Compressor.

If its the latter then a dedicated plugin would be your easiest bet. You can pick up free "clock" generators in a few places, here are couple of links:
http://www.mattias.nu/plugins/
http://web.mac.com/piero.fiorani/PieroF_FCE_Effect/Counter_Display.html
http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/dh_counter (commercial)

and I've got a timecode "generator" that can be used to similar effect too, just crop out any unneeded info
http://web.me.com/andymees

or you could just use the built in timecode filters attached to a slug and cropped as needed.

Hope it helps
Andy


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Mark Suszko
Re: Burning in a clock
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:33:39 pm

I use the digital heaven clock plug-in, very nice and inexpensive too.


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Steven Gladstone
Re: Burning in a clock
on Nov 3, 2010 at 2:41:26 am

Thanks everyone, and yes, I only need minutes and seconds. I'm cutting a piece that lasts 4 minutes, bu we can only show 2 minutes, and we don't want to mislead the viewers that the event (the replacement of a DLP lamp in a DLP TV) took less than the time it actually took.

Thanks again.

Steven Gladstone
http://www.gladstonefilms.com


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Mark Suszko
Re: Burning in a clock
on Nov 3, 2010 at 2:48:40 am

Before we got the Digital Heaven plug-in, what we did was shoot an actual digital clock display and luma-key a cropped version of it on a separate video track. Tedious and wastes storage space, but works.


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