Effects --> Text --> Numbers
Problem solved Only a shame that AE skips 4 or 5 numbers every time. No way way to make it count down every number, is there?
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There's no reason that any numbers should be missed, unless there are less frames in your countdown than years. If you're counting down 265 years in 200 frames, obviously years will be missed.
> I'm pretty new to After Effects and I need a little bit of tactics on how to realize a quite simple animation.<
Welcome to the family.
You're going to find there is nothing easy or simple about anything in After Effects. Even the most basic functions can be polished, finessed, and personalized with and endless variety of tools and effects. You should also know that this forum has a huge library of posts going back about 10 years. We've dealt with just about everything a few hundred times in different variations. Searching the forum will yield not only basic advice but rich suggestions on how to elaborate on basic functions.
Hope you enjoy learning After Effects. Use all of the hundreds of free tutorials available on the Web and Youtube, open the huge manual and learn how to search it, have lots and lots of patience.
Thanks for the rather poetical words
Yes, I know, AE and the other Adobe Stuff offers and endless variety of opportunities.
Meanwhile I've encoutered quite a few problems, which consume a lot of your time (like always), but from which you learn alot every time over and over again. And every issue you encounter, teaches you another thing about AE or any other program which you never ever paid attention to before.
For example: I just had a huge problem mixing the ACHDV and HDV presets in the Adobe programs, which taught me after a while the structure behind pixels and aspect ratios. Never realised before that 1,3 or 1,0 was in fact the length/stretch of a pixel..
So yes, it's and endless bath - whether you take that as something good or something bad is up to everyone to decide himself.
I like it, yet I can get very frustrated if something takes a lot of time..
Anyway, its good for me patience.