I suspect I am over-complicating this so I would really appreciate it if someone out there could steer me in the right direction!
I am trying to create a timer (that is not related to the time code) so that I can use it in a sports video. It needs to be in the format MM:SS, start from 00:00 and count up to 15:00. The font (Verdana Bold 16) needs to be white (100% opaque) and the background needs to be black (55% opaque).
I have managed to create a timer using the ShowSMPTE function in AviSynth, saving the AviSynth file in VirtualDub and then importing the .AVI file into Premiere. The ShowSMPTE function creates a timecode in the format HH:MM:SS:FF so I have had to crop the clip down to size to remove the HH: and :FF parts. This leaves me with a rectangular sized black clip with white font.
The problem with this is that I want to make the black background of this clip 55% opaque but leave the white font 100% opaque. Opacity is applied to the whole clip, which makes the white font very dull. In essence, I need to do the equivalent of creating a title sequence as a timer so that I can overlay it over the top of a 55% opaque cropped black matte image.
I appreciate that this is a very odd way of going about this but I haven't found any other way of doing it. Has anyone got any ideas how I can either do this completely differently or suggest some ideas based on my current method?