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How to Create a Timer in Premiere Pro CC

Learn how to Create a Timer in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

A timer is a great device to show time. It’s main use is to directly show the length of time of something. Tutorials and DIY’s can benefit greatly from a well placed timer. It can also be used in a exposition to create a sense of urgency, or to give the audience a glimpse of the real time characteristics. Today  I am going to show you how to create a timer in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Create a Timer in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Add the Timer

  1. Create a  new sequence and put your footage into the sequence.
  2. Go up to file->new->transparent video.
  3. Take the newly created transparent video, and drag it onto the timeline. Make sure it is above your footage.
  4. Go into your effects, and look for the timecode effect. Drag that onto the transparent video.

Set the Timer

  1. Go to effect controls of the transparent video. Look for the Timecode effect.
  2. Make sure the format is SMPTE.
  3. Switch the timecode source to “generate”.
  4. Go to your footage in the Project overview. Right click, and go to properties. Find out what fps it has.
  5. Set the timecode “Time Display” to this number. So if your footage was 25fps, then set the Time Display to 25 fps. (Always choose non-drop frame)

Format the Timer

  1. You can use the size field to adjust the text size.
  2. To remove a background, move opacity to 0%. To add the background, move it to any value greater than 0%.
  3. Go to the effects tab and look for Crop. Drag this onto the transparent video.
  4. Use the left and right properties to cut off the portion of the timer you don’t want.
  5. To adjust the color, look for the Tint Effect. Drag it onto the transparent video.
    1. Since the background color is black, and the text white, you tint each of these colors.
  6. Navigate to the Tint effect, change the white tint to any color. Then change the black tint to any color. You can now change the text and background color.

There you have it. Overall this is a pretty easy effect to pull off, and is great if you are looking for a timer in Premiere Pro.

Let me know in the comments below, or on the video itself, if you have any questions or comments!



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