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Old Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 10:25 AM
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How Can I show a countdown clock in my pinnacle overlay track?

just beginning the process of figuring out how to make a countdown mpeg with pinnacle. Can anyone tell me how to show a clock display in pinnacle, or do I need other software for this?
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Old Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 10:43 AM
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Which Pinnacle are you using? Liquid Edition? Studio?
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Old Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 02:26 PM
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I personally have had alot of success making a countdown clock in After Effects. If you use AE to make a countdown clock, you can render it to lossless+alpha, then overlay that video over the one you have now. If you don't have AE right now, you can get the 30-day demo from Adobe's web site.

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Old Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 02:31 PM
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I made a 5 minute countdown with a green chroma background that you could download from the MXC and overlay on your video. (You'd have to go pro, but it's well worth it!) You can get it here.
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Old Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 08:13 PM
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Voyager has the right idea - you would want a video file with an alpha channel. This will give you the cleanest look and offer transparency in gradient areas. Way cool...
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Old Sunday, February 26th, 2006, 09:53 PM
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Skstarkiller's countdown files work great. Although I have now created some of my own in After Effects, I still use his files in the MXC occassionally. Go Pro and get them for yourself.

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Old Monday, February 27th, 2006, 09:21 PM
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I tried Chroma-keying for countdowns initially, but i found Premiere's Chroma Key to be a pain to do anything with...especially if you're trying to do stuff with varying opacity (i.e. shadows, alpha glow) - then it's downright impossible. I have the demo of the Serious Magic Ultra 2 chroma-keyer they keep advertising here...i've yet to try it but the stuff they say in the commercial on their site makes it look really cool...but it costs over $300...so yeah I use alpha. It also depends on the look you're looking for. Since my countdowns are for youth, I like using high energy jumpbacks as well as other effects (video overlay [using track matte], ripple, color cycling). If you're using them as more of a sunday morning thing, you may wanna keep it simple and use an iWorship video or something...but i'm getting off topic here.

http://www.creativemac.com/articles/...e.jsp?id=30194

This site lists how to do a countdown in after effects step by step. if you've never used AE before, that's okay...you'll be just fine.

Best of Luck!

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