A countdown is a great way to help show the passage of time. It can be used in sports videos, a compilation video, or really anything that is time dependent. Sadly this necessary feature isn’t as straight forward as some of the other effects. So today, I am going to show you How to Create a Countdown in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
How to Create a Countdown in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)
- Create a Transparent Video
- Drag onto the timeline scene, adjust length to desired length.
- Go to Effects, grab “Timecode”, drag and drop onto transparent video.
- In Timecode Effects lower the opacity, drop it down to 0
- Turn off field symbol with the checkbox.
- Go to Timecode source –set to generate.
- Go to time display set to default/24 (if you do change, make sure it matches your sequence settings or your time will be off)
- We only want to see minutes and seconds
- Create mask on time code and position OR
- Search for crop effect and drag over, adjust left crop to 44.5 and right 44.7 (or whichever values crop what you want
- Now we need to reverse the timer to make it a countdown.
- Right click on the adjustment layer, select speed/duration, and reverse speed
- If crop is off, we can adjust timer later
- To adjust the color of text –go to effects, click on tint, drag it onto sequence, then you will be able to change color
- If you’d like to adjust the time (where it starts) drag footage out longer, or use the offset in the timecode.
There you have it, that is how you create a countdown in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. With just a few effects and a little cropping we can create a countdown that should work for any scenario.
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