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Chapter 10. Outputting Your Work > Creating a Countdown in Premiere

Creating a Countdown in Premiere

One thing you will probably want to get used to is adding a countdown to your tapes before your program, especially if you are outputting for broadcast. Wherever you choose to start your countdown, the last 2 seconds before the program begins should be empty. Therefore, when you create a countdown, you usually see the 2-second mark flash for a split second and then go directly to black. This is why you also never see a 1-second mark in a countdown. This 2-second indicator mark is commonly called a “two pop,” because you see and hear the 2-second mark pop in and out for a duration of one frame (1/30th of a second in NTSC standards).

To create a generic countdown, do the following:


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