I would like to make a 7 minute timer, but I'm new to scripting and don't know how to. So can anyone help by sending a script that I could use.
Depends what you mean when you say timer. If you want a timer during your animation your best bet is to just calculate the corresponding keyframe. If you mean just a generic timer, the easiest way from within python is with threading.
import threading def foo(): print("times up") timer = threading.Timer(7*60, foo) timer.start()
see https://docs.python.org/3/library/threading.html#timer-objects for more details
Here's my script. Just make a text object called "timer", then run this script from the text editor. Note that you can change the duration of the timer by editing the START_TIME value at the bottom.
import bpy def get_playback_time(): """ Convert the current frame to seconds of playback time """ scene = bpy.context.scene fps = scene.render.fps / scene.render.fps_base frame = scene.frame_current return frame / fps def seconds_to_timecode(sec): """ Makes a timecode of the format MM:SS from seconds """ minutes = "%02d" % int(sec / 60) seconds = "%02d" % int(sec % 60) return ''.join([minutes, ':', seconds]) def set_clock(scene): """ Looks for a text object called 'timer' and sets it's text to the start_time - current time """ global START_TIME current_time = get_playback_time() secs = START_TIME - current_time if secs > 0: timecode = seconds_to_timecode(secs) else: timecode = '00:00' obj = scene.objects['timer'] obj.data.body = timecode if __name__ == "__main__": START_TIME = 60 * 7 bpy.app.handlers.frame_change_post.append(set_clock)