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Greg BurkeMaking a count down but not with Time Code...
by on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:13:19 pm

Hey all I need to a count down starting from 307,006,550 going down I need to be able to adjust the speed while its going down. any thoughts? I keep finding tutorials on CLOCK count downs using timecode.

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Making a count down but not with Time Code...
by on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:53:47 pm

You should be able to use the numbers effect. Now, there may be a limitation on the upper limits, but a couple different copies of it with expressions in place should do the trick.

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Greg BurkeRe: Making a count down but not with Time Code...
by on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:03:13 pm

Number effects? is it built into Cs5.5? A filter? Could you give me a bit more detail please. :)

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Paul RoperRe: Making a count down but not with Time Code...
by on Jan 28, 2012 at 12:21:49 am

It's under:
Effect > Text > Numbers

Just apply it to a solid. In the effect controls, set the 'Type' to number, then keyframe the 'Value/Offset/Random' number. But this only goes up to 30,000, so you'll need to do some kinda layer duplication to get the effect you need.

or....(much better)....

Create a new empty text layer (double-click the text T icon).
Add a slider control to it (Effect > Expression controls > slider). Click the twirly arrow to show the Slider Control in the Effects part of the timeline.
Open the Text twirly arrow to reveal the Source Text keyframe stopwatch. Option-click it to apply an expression. Pickwhip from the Source Text to the Slider you've just created.

You can now keyframe the slider, and the text will show the amount. But you can only make your slider go up to 1 million, so if you edit the expression in the source text from:

effect("Slider Control")("Slider")

to

effect("Slider Control")("Slider")*1000

you can then set your slider to 307006.55 to make the number display your gargantuan 307006550. It won't have the commas, though. To display "1", you'll have to set your slider to 0.001.

Make sure you use a monospaced font - it will look much better when animating up/down.

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Greg BurkeRe: Making a count down but not with Time Code...
by on Jan 28, 2012 at 7:34:21 am

Ya...thanks but its not working, its giving me a random number and a bunch of extra numbers i dont want while i key frame down Just need a simple count down starting at
300000000 down

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Paul RoperRe: Making a count down but not with Time Code...
by on Jan 29, 2012 at 9:48:30 pm

Did you try my method with the expressions? That wouldn't give you random numbers. It will give you exactly what you need.


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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: Making a count down but not with Time Code...
by on Jan 28, 2012 at 3:34:50 am

If you're not averse to Expressions, then I suggest that you use the Text Tool. A search in the COW's AE Expressions forum should provide a viable solution for you.

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