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Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 13 Jun 2005 02:29 PM
I've got several ideas on how one could do this, but I thought I'd ask for some other ideas from anyone reading these forums. What I'm trying to create is a section of video where a countdown or count-up timer is displayed. You know, like the NetZero clock on "Dog Eat Dog" or any of those other shows where they are trying to show elapsed or remaining time of an event. I'm looking for 1/10 second resolution and I don't want to have to manually create titles and change them every few frames for example.

Some ideas I've had:
1) Film a separate clock track and show it PIP-style
2) Create a blue-screen timer track and overlay it with a Chroma-key effect.
3) Create a black-screen timer track and overlay it using a Compositing function.

Ideally someone would have a title/subtitle effect where you would set the start time, the counting direction, the resolution (e.g. 1 second, 1/10 second, 1/100 second), and then you would apply it to the video. It would take care of incrementing/decrementing the timer for you. Anyone know of an add-on that could do this?

Alternatively, anyone have additional ideas on how this could be accomplished without too much hassle?

-=Blaine=-

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 13 Jun 2005 05:06 PM
I'm working on a tutorial for my website on how to do effects like this in virtual dub. I am having problems getting my server working. So until I get the site working and the tutorial finished here's a hint: You need the Logo 1.5 filter for virtual dub.
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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 15 Jun 2005 07:25 PM
By the way, anyone have good ideas on how to create a video sequence showing 0:00.0, 0:00.1, ... 0:59.9, 1:00.0, ... 10:00.0, 10:00.1, etc. without having to manually create the frames one by one?

Or does anyone have such a clip in their library? A basic counter with white digits on black in a standard font. It could go either direction since it would be easy enough to reverse.

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 18 Jun 2005 01:07 PM
Blaine, This avisynth one-liner produces the timer that lasts half a minute:

Blackness.ShowSMPTE()

For full details of these methods refer to the AviSynth help. Basically it allows every possible parameter configuration one can think of Smiley. Th following two line script would produce a one hour showBig Smilewith placement adjusted to display just MM:SS:Frame view a sample.


BlankClip(length=60*60*30, width=320, height=240, fps=30, color=$000000)
ShowSMPTE(x=105, y=150, font="Arial", size=84, text_color=$ffffff)


Copy paste the code into notepad and Save as timecode.avs. Double click to play. if it asks which app to play with old media player (C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe). If you dont have it then download and use Media Player Classic. To make a movie out of this code open it in VirtualDub or VirtualDubMod and save as an AVI.

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 19 Jun 2005 03:25 AM
Hi rehan,

I liked your sample.......Unfortunately my computer is suffering some sort of illness. I was unable to open either oneSad
I tried all three of the apps you mentioned..... I am sure I did it right, I tried several times. This is very strange to me because I can still do the reverse thing.
Anyway thanks.

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 19 Jun 2005 03:40 AM
BTW Blaine,

Thanks for starting this thread. I've been wanting to do a project that requires a timer in the corner of the screen.... I did it once a long time ago but I didn't write it down so I can't remember what I did. I think I used VirtualDub?

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 19 Jun 2005 05:11 AM
The above scripts would work if you have latest version of AviSynth (2.5.6). To check the version, right click on C:\Windows\System32\avisynth.dll and select Properties.

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 19 Jun 2005 02:37 PM
It works great now..........Very cool!
Thanks rehan.

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 20 Jun 2005 09:36 PM
Thanks for all the info, Rehan. I realized I had downloaded the first version listed on their Download page which was 2.0, rather than 2.5 (had to look further down the page).

After loading the 2.5.6 beta from 5/5/05, your scripts now work. I have one question though, is it possible to create a SMPTE code based on 10 FPS? Or 100 FPS? Rather than frame number I want to show fractions of a second and 1/30 of second isn't ideal. However when I try changing the FPS to 10 (or 100), it just opens and closes. Other more standard FPS settings work (e.g. 24) but not 10 or 100.

I suppose I could do it all manually with variables, so unless you come up with an idea for using the SMPTE function this way, I'll try that next.

Thanks again for helping me with this. Avisynth is going to be my new toy to play with for awhile.

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 26 Apr 2007 01:16 PM
There's a follow-up to this thread here:
view post 112667

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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 04 Jun 2009 05:25 PM
I need to make a counter for church, I need it to count down from 5min to 0 But I'm not sure how to make this work. I don't understand all the words you all used on this topic. Can you please simple it down for me. I would like to use different pictures or changing pictures in association with my counter. Or some times one simple background would do. Please help me with this. I love useing Movie Maker for makeing my own slid shows to plug into PowerPoint. This is what they would be used with.

Thank you for your time.
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Re: Countdown/Countup Timer/Clock displayed over video
Posted: 04 Jun 2009 07:54 PM
If you want a countdown timer for PowerPoint, it's probably easier to do it directly in PowerPoint.
You can find plenty of examples with a quick google for powerpoint countdown timer


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