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David Biederbeck
Countdown Timer
on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:52:09 am

I am trying to create a five minute countdown timer in AE CS4. I do not like the frames that are displayed in the timer. Nor do I need the hours displayed.

Question -
1. Is there a better way to create a countdown timer than the following method
2. If not, is there a way to take out the frames and the hours?
3. If there is no way to take out the frames and the hours, is there any way to mask anything on this layer because it does not seem to be able to be masked.

The Method I used is the following
New Comp, New Layer, Effects text numbers, Changed type to timecode.

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Michael Szalapski
Re: Countdown Timer
on Jan 22, 2010 at 2:09:08 am

Precompose. You can mask the precomp.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Countdown Timer
on Jan 22, 2010 at 3:43:17 pm

Michael's method works great, it's fast, and it's easy. But just to illustrate that there's usually a few ways to skin a cat in AE, here's another one:

Create a solid above the text layer. using the mask tool, cut shapes that will cover up the undesired parts of the numbers layer. Then use the solid as a track matte for the numbers layer.

Dave LaRonde
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