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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's e-mail about creating a countdown inside of Media Composer and Symphony. Most people would think a plug-in is required, but with a little forethought, this is something that can be created in no time flat!



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Re: Learn Media Composer Lesson 73: Creating a Countdown
by John Mitchell
Hi Kevin -

Good tute but there was no absolute requirement to mixdown the video..
It is memory intensive but you could have collapsed tracks as you went then collapsed the final master and applied a 3D effect to reposition it.

The reason you have to collapse tracks as you go is Avid has a limit of 23 tracks in a submaster and each title counts as 2 (key and fill). However you can keep collapsing those submasters until you end up with one track and then apply Xpress 3D effect and them promote to HQ.

Also you could have created all your titles before you started and never closed the title tool - CTRL-SHIFT-S is "save as" within the title tool so you could have created all the numbers first from with the title tool and then edited them into a timeline - saves all that opening and closing of the title tool :) Maybe not as clear for beginners ...

And finally if the original query just wanted a very simple countdown there is an effect included with Avid that would have done it in Arial... if you go to the generator section of the effects apply a timecode effect and the original user made a timeline to the length they needed, and you choose timecode and remaining as the type it will countdown until the end of the timeline.

You can use a 3d effect to crop off the frames if you wish. Of course not as flexible but fast and dirty. You have control over font size and position but no control over kenring and the defualt font is Arial - don't think you can change that..



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