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  • Request for time-animating plugin

    Posted by Mathieu Ghekiere on April 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Considering that some people here (looking at you, Simon ;-)) think about making plugins based on the needs or discussions they see on this forum:

    am I the only one who would like to have a plugin to animate a clock or the passing of time?
    We get that request a lot from clients, and Motion only has a couple of things for it (and I like plugins because people who are 20 times better in Motion can make it better and prettier) and Pixelfilm. As expected, the controls and limitations of the Pixelfilm plugin makes it not the best option (we bought the Volume 1 of that Pro-Timer plugin).

    So if anyone is listening, Simon, MotionVFX, who-ever: I think it would be great to have a plugin for having different kinds of animations for animating time and/or clocks. If someone has tips for plugins that exist for Motion or FCPX that I don’t know, they are welcome.

    Hey, a man can try 😉

    Mark Suszko replied 8 years ago 5 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Noah Kadner

    April 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I would love to add the ability to read out time metadata from clips and create titles from that metadata. e.g.:

    Clip was shot 4/6/16 and today is 4/7/16.

    Title options
    Footage filmed 4/6/16
    Footage filmed 24 hours ago
    Footage filmed 1 day(s) ago.

    Or show hands on a clock based on the time between two clips, etc.

    Get it?


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  • Mathieu Ghekiere

    April 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Yeah I do, although I mean more in an animated clock-way.
    Like a customer wants a video for: keep this product 5 minutes cold or something. And you want a clock that animates. And I always could do it in the end, but there never was an easy plugin to make this. It was always a combination of multiple stuff that made it very time-consuming to make a nice animation.

  • Craig Seeman

    April 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    There’s ProTimer but given PixelFilmStudio’s history I’m wondering if there’s another version by someone else.

  • Mathieu Ghekiere

    April 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah, that’s the one I talked about. I have it, but as often with Pixel-film, using the plugin leaves a lot to be desired. So I’m kind of hoping someone else with better products (Ripple Training, Motion VFX, Hawaiki, …) will make one that has the same concept, but a much better execution.

  • Craig Seeman

    April 6, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Since much of PixelFilm seems to be based on “ideas” created elsewhere, I was looking for an “origin” and unfortunately not finding one. Perhaps contact Niclas Bahn at Noise Industries (FXFactory) since a few of the names you mention are all partners.

  • Mathieu Ghekiere

    April 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Will do!

  • Nick Toth

    April 7, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    @Mathieu Ghekiere

    I’m pretty sure Ripple has a tutorial on how to do this in Motion on Youtube.

  • Mark Suszko

    April 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I was going to say, this should be easy to create in Apple Motion, from assets already in it. Or, you can shoot time lapse of a clock you own, then just speed it up in the timeline.

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