How would I quickly add sequential years in text form Eg. 1987, 1988, 1989 etc on each frame?
Have you tried the Numbers effect yet?
I haven't tried the numbers effect yet but I'm fairly new to after effects, please could you talk me through it.
If you are really new to AE then start here: Basic AE
To use the numbers effect add a new solid to a composition, then type numbers in the Effects and Presets panel to find the effect. Now drag the Numbers Effect to the solid and set the parameters in the effect to animate your count down so that it looks the way you want it to look. Make sure you use a monospaced font like Courier to keep the numbers from jumping around.
To learn more about the numbers effect type Numbers in the Search Help field at the top right corner of AE and follow the links to the community resources. The search help field is the most useful tool in AE for a newbie...
After you gain some experience you can explore expressions for creating counters. A much more versatile and a much better way to do this try the Universal Counter from Dan Ebberts. universal counter - Dan Ebberts's Expressioneering Design ...