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    hey guys,

    I've been trying out Adobe Premiere Elements this weekend because Movie Maker just isn't cutting it anymore as I get more comfortable editing videos. I've done a few personal DVDs as well as a wedding dvd.

    With my current project I have a need to add a timer on the screen as a video plays. I'd like to be able to show on-screen how long the scene is.

    Is this possible in some type of title or overlay format? I can't seem to find anything that would lead me to believe it can be done.

    thanks for the help

    Jason

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    How long does the timer need to run for?

    I can generate one out for you but you have to remember it's another layer of video footage and may big a big upload/download for me/you to grab it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Mills
    How long does the timer need to run for?

    I can generate one out for you but you have to remember it's another layer of video footage and may big a big upload/download for me/you to grab it.
    Hey Alan,

    Ok, how about I explain the crazy thing I'm trying to pull off, it might help.

    Once a year a bunch of us that went to university 10 years ago together get together in one place for a weekend of drinking /camping and other non-sense.

    Someone brought a beer bong this year and a few guys thought it would be fun to see who could shoot a beer the fastest with it.

    So what I'm planning ot do is show a timer on-screen as they shoot the beer. Most guys are around 5 secs, but one guy sucked and went for like 30 secs.

    I think all I'd need is a timer overlay that ran at the bottom of the screen as most times the "actor" is in the middle of the screen.

    What are you using to create the timer? I doubt I have the tool, but it's good to know for future reference.

    If we can work something out, it can be emailed to bucketo@gmail.com. If it's bigger than 10 megs let me know and we can work out some ftp access.

    thanks for the help/info

    Jason

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    I've update the faq with a video alan has just sent me to host:

    http://www.videoforums.co.uk/reviews/faq

    Question 12

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    oh.. very cool.

    thanks for the prompt help. I'm playing with it now.

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    Quick followup after a few hours of editing: the timer is working perfectly!!!

    thanks again,

    Jason

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    For the record. This piece of timecode footage was generated using the realtime effect that comes as standard with the Matrox Rt.X100 card and s/w.

    I generated out 1 minute of 25fps timecode in widescreen PAL to a WMV file. I think the quality is good. Given that it is small white text on a black background there is next to nothing to actually use up the bitrate specified so it looks OK I think.

    File size is about 1Mb.

    If anyone needs different i.e. NTSC or 4:3 let me know.

    Remember though, this is counting frames, and not tenths or 100ths of seconds or anything nice for timing races.

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    Hey Alan,

    Now here's probably a dumb question. I'm in Canada, NTSC. I imported your timer no problem. I cropped it down so only the timer shows in a small box at the bottom of the screen over the main video. It runs fine on the computer. Because it's origin is PAL, am I going to run into any issues when I go to press my video to DVD and watch it on a TV?

    thanks,

    Jason

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    no probs puitting it on a DVD and watching it on a TV in itself.

    You problems may well come from the fact that you will likely encode to NTSC and have a different frame rate. I'm not sure how the conversion actually occurs.

    I'll cut you an NTSC equivalent shall I, if I can. Can't say I've ever started an NTSC project before. here goes nothing....

    edit: Seems I can't do this. Not looked fro this option before but it appears the Matrox Xtools have to be installed for either PAL or NTSC. So it look slike you're stuck with PAL, sorry.

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    Actually, I wanted to do something like this too. I'm making a 24 parody and I need to know how to make a 21 minute countdown timer in the style of the show 24 (00:00.00 ; Minutes:Seconds.Milliseconds). Also, I'm only a beginner, so I don't necessarily know what an alpha filter is. Can someone please help?
    Thank you in advance.

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