Creating a countdown video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by davewiener@comcast.net, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.

    Help?!?!?!
     
    , Jun 28, 2007
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  2. PTravel Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    > assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    > corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    > cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.
    >
    > Help?!?!?!


    Adobe AfterEffects can create a countdown (and countup) timer. I'm not
    aware of any consumer products that can do this.


    >
     
    PTravel, Jun 28, 2007
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  3. <> wrote ...
    > Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    > assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    > corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    > cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.


    I created a little Windows application that shows a countdown
    (or up, if you prefer) on a PC screen (full screen, if you like).
    I would run that and capture the video from the computer.
    http://www.rcrowley.com/Cmcount (freeware)
     
    Richard Crowley, Jun 28, 2007
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  4. Smarty Guest

    Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus comes with a collection of pre-made clips
    including one called "V18" which can be played as-is to count down timer, or
    reversed (by clicking the "Reverse Video" box) as a count up timer. It is
    quite primitive and may not look right for your specific needs, but the
    trial version of the software is free and may get you what you want.

    You can lengthen or shorten the clip duration to make it as long or short as
    you want, but the video clip itself goes from 5 to 1 or 1 to 5.....


    Smarty
    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    > assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    > corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    > cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.
    >
    > Help?!?!?!
    >
     
    Smarty, Jun 28, 2007
    #4
  5. Guest

    wrote:
    >
    > Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    > assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    > corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    > cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.
    >
    > Help?!?!?!


    You could do manually using a title overlay. Just change the text every
    second to create the countdown.
     
    , Jun 29, 2007
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  6. Ken Maltby Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    > assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    > corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    > cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.
    >
    > Help?!?!?!
    >


    Arrrg... This is driving me nuts!

    I had the perfect little utility that I used several times to do
    this, but I can't find it anymore. I don't remember what it
    was called either.


    This might be of some help while I keep looking.

    http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=18886

    http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?&PostID=112667

    Then there is BluffTitler DX9
    http://www.outerspace-software.com/blufftitler.html

    Or you could use a graphic editing tool, I like the free Gimp2,
    to create a solid color background image with your countdown
    numbers on top. Or have the background be an alpha channel/
    transparent. Then add them to an overlay track in an editing
    program. You could use the Paint that comes with XP if you
    want and the editing program will let you select the color of
    the images background to make transparent.

    Or you could make a clip with a solid background and
    your numbers added. Then you can add the clip to an
    overlay track in as many projects as you want, and the
    editing program would have it a little easier, too.

    Luck;
    Ken
     
    Ken Maltby, Jun 29, 2007
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  7. Eric Guest

    Do you have any editing program available?

    Since you don't mention one... here's what I use... EditStudio
    <www.puremotion.com> has it built in to their "titles" system. They
    have "tags" that have lots of options.

    I used those to create count-down and a count-up timers.
     
    Eric, Jun 29, 2007
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  8. Guest

    On Jun 28, 4:05 pm, "Smarty" <> wrote:
    > Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus comes with a collection of pre-made clips
    > including one called "V18" which can be played as-is to count down timer, or
    > reversed (by clicking the "Reverse Video" box) as a count up timer. It is
    > quite primitive and may not look right for your specific needs, but the
    > trial version of the software is free and may get you what you want.
    >
    > You can lengthen or shorten the clip duration to make it as long or short as
    > you want, but the video clip itself goes from 5 to 1 or 1 to 5.....
    >
    > Smarty<> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > > Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    > > assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    > > corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    > > cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.

    >
    > > Help?!?!?!


    I got the trial version of VideoStudio, but don't find any V18 file.
    Could it be that it only comes with the full version, or how do I get
    at it?
     
    , Jul 3, 2007
    #8
  9. Smarty Guest

    Dave,

    I sent the V18.wmv file to your email address. It is a small, 650 KByte
    movie in wmv format, Microsoft's Windows Media video. You can edit it,
    reverse it, slow it down, speed it up, etc. in Video Studio Pro or any other
    editor which handles wmv content.

    Hope this helps.

    Smarty


    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Jun 28, 4:05 pm, "Smarty" <> wrote:
    >> Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus comes with a collection of pre-made clips
    >> including one called "V18" which can be played as-is to count down timer,
    >> or
    >> reversed (by clicking the "Reverse Video" box) as a count up timer. It is
    >> quite primitive and may not look right for your specific needs, but the
    >> trial version of the software is free and may get you what you want.
    >>
    >> You can lengthen or shorten the clip duration to make it as long or short
    >> as
    >> you want, but the video clip itself goes from 5 to 1 or 1 to 5.....
    >>
    >> Smarty<> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:...
    >>
    >> > Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    >> > assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    >> > corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    >> > cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.

    >>
    >> > Help?!?!?!

    >
    > I got the trial version of VideoStudio, but don't find any V18 file.
    > Could it be that it only comes with the full version, or how do I get
    > at it?
    >
     
    Smarty, Jul 3, 2007
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  10. "Eric" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Do you have any editing program available?
    >
    > Since you don't mention one... here's what I use... EditStudio
    > <www.puremotion.com> has it built in to their "titles" system. They
    > have "tags" that have lots of options.
    >
    > I used those to create count-down and a count-up timers.
    >

    Anything wrong with using something like, "Animation Shop", (in Paint Shop
    Pro ), to create your countdown and, "Save as", an avi file?

    --

    Robert Peffers,
    Kelty,
    Fife,
    Scotland, (UK).
     
    Robert Peffers., Jul 3, 2007
    #10
  11. M.L. Guest

    >>>> Can anyone tell me how to create a 5 minute countdown video? I'm
    >>>> assuming that the counter is just an overlay that you put into the
    >>>> corner. I have worked with only some basic editing software, and
    >>>> cannot find a timer like that or how to do it.


    I don't know if it has already been mentioned but Microsoft has a free
    Creativity Fun Packs download that contains 2 stylish countdown videos
    in wmv format. However, they count down from 5 *seconds* not minutes.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/mmcreate.mspx
     
    M.L., Jul 4, 2007
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