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Chris Lowry
Making a countdown timer
on Feb 24, 2010 at 5:37:44 pm

Hi there.

Trying to make a clock that counts down from 60 seconds to 0. Displaying it exactly like the 60, 59 ,58, etc.

How do I do this. I've played with Effect>Text>Number, but I don't get it.

Anyone wanna give me a clue?

Bless,
Chris



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Andy George
Re: Making a countdown timer
on Feb 24, 2010 at 5:51:32 pm

Chris,
Try this-

Apply the number effect to a solid. Set your decimal places to 0.

Set a keyframe on the value offset property. Set it to 60. Move forward in time and
set a keyframe to your value offset property. Set it to 0

-Andy


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Chris Lowry
Re: Making a countdown timer
on Feb 24, 2010 at 6:18:26 pm

Excellent, I understand: but how do I create a keyframe? I have the layer selected, and the numbers part of the layer selected, but when i go to Animation>Add keyframe its greyed out.

See the screenshot here: http://www.uploadscreenshot.com/image/50574/7846877

Also, how do I export the finished file so that Premiere can import it? I'm gong to want to place the clock over other stuff, so how do I alpha channel the black bg?

Thanks!
Chris




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Andy George
Re: Making a countdown timer
on Feb 24, 2010 at 7:11:01 pm

Hi Chris,

One way to make a keyframe is by clicking on the stopwatch of the property you want to animate.
Then when you adjust the value of the property a keyframe will be created.

If you render to the "lossless with Alpha" preset in your render Q it will create an
alpha channel were there is no image.

I would recommend taking a few moments with some beginner tutorials.

Here are some good ones-

http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/

-Andy


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Making a countdown timer
on Feb 24, 2010 at 7:52:20 pm

Have you ever thought about doing a search in the forum using the term, "countdown timer"?

Do you know how many times this has been covered?

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


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Chris Lowry
Re: Making a countdown timer
on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:09:38 pm

Yes I had searched several times, but people tend to assume you know as much as they do and miss crucial steps that seem obvious to them. I know to create a keyframe, what I don\'t know is why its greyed out?

Any idea?




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Dmitry Nikitin
Re: Making a countdown timer
on Feb 25, 2010 at 9:49:21 am

You might overlay with this timer.


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