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I am using the lighting sun position add-on in Blender 2.82 to render an animation. I want the viewer of this animation to see on which time it is. I only want the hours to show.

So it should be a kind of "timer" which starts at 09.00 in the morning and ends on 20.00 in the evening. And just reads the time values in the lighting sun position add-on.enter image description here

I have no idea how to start with this. I have been searching for compositing settings, but i read there are no options for text in the compositing nodes.

I have also been searching for other methods and often see python codes. I have no idea how to use them, and they don't seem to do what i want.

It seems such a simple thing that i am thinking that i miss something very obvious.

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You can use the metadata to do that:

Go to the output properties and to the metadata section.

Then choose the date and activate 'burn into image':

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You can obtain something like that:

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That can also be customized using Python as described in this answer.

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I ended up making an overlay image in photoshop. Saved it twentyfour times for each hour. And give them names from 1 to 240. This way i have one picture for every frame.

I used an image sequence in the compositing to put the images over my renders. enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Were you looking after rendering metadata? $\endgroup$ – lemon Mar 20 '20 at 14:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for posting your solution :). I've found Text Counter addon which could be useful here. And thanks for mentioning the Sun Position addon, i had no idea it works in 2.8! $\endgroup$ – Jachym Michal Mar 20 '20 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ @lemon Yes, something like that. $\endgroup$ – Zanzi Mar 20 '20 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ @JachymMichal. It looks like that could have been an easier solution. $\endgroup$ – Zanzi Mar 20 '20 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Zanzi, don't know if it is what you want, but look at the output property panel 'metadata' section and 'burn into image'. $\endgroup$ – lemon Mar 20 '20 at 14:54

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