3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 15, 2014 6:38 AM by Rick Gerard

    set timecode value

    Nazrin Stark

      Hey Guys! so I'm completely new to Adobe After Effects CS6 and had never use AE, I have problem of making a stopwatch that shows the real time of a timelapse video. someone replied to me to use timecode but If I select Timecode either 30, 25 or 24, it can't be changed to zero. Untitled.png

      I really appreciate fast reply because I'm going to upload the video really soon as I'm going back to my hometown where the internet connection is really strong..


        • 1. Re: set timecode value
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I never use the timecode effect because it's too limiting. Look here: Dan Ebberts's Expressioneering Design Guide Universal Timer


          Save this expression as an animation preset and use it often. Change the speed of the clock by changing the rate. Count up by removing the minus sign from the rate. set the start time, add or subtract decimal points from the milliseconds...


          Just carefully read the article. If you must have frames let me know and I'll show you how to modify the expression for source text.

          • 2. Re: set timecode value
            Nazrin Stark Level 1

            I'm sorry but somebody told me the website, where am I supposed to paste the JavaScript?

            • 3. Re: set timecode value
              Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              You apply the expression to the source text property. Just create a new empty text layer. Select the text layer in the timeline and press the U key twice to reveal the Source Text, then go to Animation > Add Expression and paste.


              As an alternative you could add this Animation Preset by saving it to your custom presets folder, selecting the text layer, and then going to Animation > Apply Animation animation preset and browse to the preset. This will give you sliders and check boxes to control the universal timer. You can display hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds or timecode, count up or down at any speed.


              If you don't know how to use animation presets or apply expressions please do some research. It's pretty easy to use animation presets and to understand them if you spend 5 minutes with the help files.