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Ryan Moyertimecode eliminate black background
by on Aug 12, 2010 at 1:58:32 am

I'm trying to put an onscreen timer on one of my videos in Premiere pro. To do that, I created a new After Effects comp and used the timecode effect. However, the timecode effect puts the timer on top of a small rectangular black background that I can't seem to get rid of. I tried exporting with an alpha channel, I even tried keying it out in Premiere (but it's like it didn't even recognize it was there).

How can I get rid of that and just have the numbers on screen over my video?

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Todd KoprivaRe: timecode eliminate black background
by on Aug 12, 2010 at 3:48:37 am

See the top of the "Timecode effect" page for some alternatives to using the Timecode effect (using animation of text layers, instead).

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
Technical Support for professional video software
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Dave LaRondeRe: timecode eliminate black background
by on Aug 12, 2010 at 1:23:36 pm

And here's another way to skin this cat:
  • In the current comp, duplicate the timecode layer, Precomp it and make it the upper layer.
  • In the precomp, add a black solid as the bottom layer.
  • Back in the original comp, use the precomp as a luma matte or luma inverted matte -- I forget which -- for the original timecode layer.

You now have timecode over a transparent background, which you can render with an alpha channel.

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

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