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Create a Countdown in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn to Create a Countdown in Premiere Pro CC.
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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)

  1. Create a Transparent Video
  2. Drag onto the timeline scene, adjust length to desired length.
  3. Go to Effects, grab “Timecode”, drag and drop onto transparent video.
  4. In Timecode Effects lower the opacity, drop it down to 0
  5. Turn off field symbol with the checkbox.
  6. Go to Timecode source –set to generate.
  7. 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)
  8. We only want to see minutes and seconds
    1. Create mask on time code and position OR
    2. Search for crop effect and drag over, adjust left crop to 44.5 and right 44.7 (or whichever values crop what you want
  9. Now we need to reverse the timer to make it a countdown.
  10. Right click on the adjustment layer, select speed/duration, and reverse speed
  11. If crop is off, we can adjust timer later
  12. To adjust the color of text –go to effects, click on tint, drag it onto sequence, then you will be able to change color
  13. 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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