So you’ve been thinking about creating an online course, but you have been holding back. You know it’s going to be a lot of work and you have so much to learn.
But how long is it really going to take to film and edit it?
Here is my 7 step formula for you!
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Nobody wants to get into something and think that you can get it done in a month and realize it's going to take a year. It's better to know the whole picture ahead of time.
So let's go ahead and dive into my seven step formula for filming & editing video, so you know exactly where you stand.
Below is a SLIDE SHOW of the 7 steps followed by the full article with more details on each.
Step #1 - Figure out your course duration
For the example in this video, I'm going to keep it simple, we're just going to go with six weeks. That seems to be the average. You can go more or less.
You can also do 12 weeks, so that'll be really easy. You could just double all the numbers that I give you here. And then of course if you want to go longer, so 12 weeks would be three months.
I have courses that go up to six months and a year. So if you want to create something like a mastermind experience,that might be a year.
Some of my courses are for teen girls or preparing them for fashion school or starting their own business. Usually business programs take longer. So they're like a year. It's not the norm. Most people don't do that. So we're going to focus on the six weeks.
Step #2 - How many videos each week
I'm going with just an average and that would be five. So if you had six weeks, that would be like six modules, each one of those, you could have a video each day or in that section.
Module one, you'd have about five videos about that topic. Now you can have two or three or you can have seven or 10 if it's like a tech training.
It seems like five is about the average for most online programs. Mine are usually five as well. I pretty much do everything in fives. I just really liked that number.
So we're just going to go with that. If you have five videos, time six weeks, that equals 30 total videos.
Step #3 - How long is each video
So the average for this is about 10 minutes. You can go longer or you can go shorter. So maybe you could do five to 15 minutes. That's fine.
This can even be applied to like a youtube channel. Youtube channels are anywhere from five, to 10 or 15 minutes. Mine tend to be around 10 to 15 minutes.
My online trainings tend to be longer. If I create a video, they're usually around 25 to 45 minutes, sometimes an hour each one of those videos.
So if you're crazy like me, then you can just four times all these numbers. But if you want to just go with the average, then 10 minutes can work.
We're going to go with 10 for this example. So you've got 30 videos that you need to create for your online course or if you’re doing a youtube channel, that would be like six months worth of content. So 30 videos that are all around 10 minutes, that would be 300 minutes (or 5 hours).
It's actually not a lot of video, five hours, I think five hours is totally doable. Um, Marie forleo has b school, it's around six hours of video. That's a $2,000 course.
So, I think you can do that. I mean there's many courses that even go for about a thousand dollars that are around the five hours. So five hours is a very standard amount.
Can you do more? Yes, absolutely. Do I do more? Yeah. I do about 30 to 40 hours in my paid programs that last about a year.
So now we're going to get into the filming and editing and rendering and uploading. So these are our remaining steps.
Step #4 - How long for filming
One, two, three hours a day depending on your experience. That's not the amount of time that it takes to actually create, but what you can get finished footage.
Right now I'm getting three hours of finished footage today. I'm on video number two and I'm creating 13 videos in this series and I'm doing it all in about three and a half hours. But I was very prepared. It's all scripted out with bullet point and on a large screen TV.
So you have to be prepared to be able to create that many videos. Normally I, I can do that, but I've been creating videos since 2010, so I do have some experience creating three hours of footage in a day.
I have to say, it’s about an eight hour day, because I've got to drive, do my hair, and makeup. I've got a setup my studio with two cameras and my mic.
But if you're brand new to this, please do not count on doing three hours of video. You're going to drive yourself crazy, set aside eight hours and just be happy if you get one hour of finished video is completely fine.
So we're going to go with one hour for this example.
Sometimes what I do is I come into the studio and I make six youtube episodes and they're around 10 minutes so that it'd be six of them at 10 minutes, which is only one hour finished footage. All together the filming will still take me five or six hours.
That's my full day plus hair and makeup, so that eight hours.
I only get an hour because I'm writing it with only a title in mind. So it did a little bit of my work ahead of time. So you know, it just depends. It's always better to go safe. So try to get one hour, maybe two hours. I don't recommend going into three hours unless you have experience.
Step #5 - How long for editing
So editing does take time. This is going to be the place that takes up the most amount of time, or at least it feels like it's taken up the most amount of time.
I figured out 7 times up to 10 times.
I think it's always better to figure higher. So if we have that five hours of video, then we want to times that by 7 to 10, so that gives us 35 hours to 50 hours for editing. You want to set aside that time.
If you don't have a lot of time, then you want to space it out. So maybe you have five hours a week that you're doing editing. Maybe it takes five days if you can only work one day, so it takes five weeks. If you can dive right in and do the 35 hours to 50 hours in a week, then go for it. I usually do it all in one go.
I can edit in about seven times. My son comes in at 10 times. I've already created it. I know where I make mistakes. So I can go in and cut them out, but he doesn't, so he's got to watch the whole thing a few more times to be able to figure out where those cuts need to be.
So we've got 50 hours for five hours of video.
Step #6 - How long to render
Rendering is where your computer is just turning that video file into something that's usable that you can put online (or on DVD back in the day when we were doing dvds).
So it's either an MP4 for online, or MP2 for DVD.
This can take anywhere from two times up to five times the length of your video. If you've got a super fast computer for editing videos.
My son has an alienware gaming computer. His actually renders one time just the length of the video. So if the video is one hour, it takes him one hour to render.
You just set your computer to do that.
Mine takes about two times, but in 2010, my computer was taking five times to render and it couldn't do anything else. All it could do was render. So that's why I want to just, you know, put some emphasis on this.
You don't want to go into this project not knowing how long it takes to do things. If it's tying up your computer, because it can barely handle doing video editing and rendering then you have to just set it aside and maybe do it at night or maybe when you're not working.
Or you might have to get another computer that's just set up for video editing.
So our time for that is going to be about 10 to 25 hours depending on your computer. So we had that five hours of video footage, so this needs to be added in to our other times. So we've got 10 to 25 hours for the rendering.
Again, it's not you just sitting there at your computer, but you do have to babysit it. You have to go into each video and tell it to render and when it's done you go to the next one.
So if it's a 10 minute video, then five times every hour you're going in and telling it to render. Now, we are almost done.
Step #7 - How long to upload
This is a place that most people would overlook, but it's kind of important.
Let me tell you why.
So it depends on your Internet connection. This can be anywhere from 5 times the length of your video up to 20 times the length of your video, depending on where you live.
At my studio it's about 5 to 10 times to upload a video. So if I have a one hour video then it's going to take 5 to 10 hours of my computer being on and uploading.
At home it's 20 hours for 1 hour because I live out in the country and upstate New York, so that’s 20 times.
Eventually all have a high speed Internet connection. But right now at the time of making this video, that's all I could get. So, if you live out in the country or you live someplace that doesn't have great internet, then you've got to account this in.
So I'm figuring if you have a good Internet connection, and only have 5 hours of video it will only 25 hours to upload. If you've got the bad one, like me, it could take 100 hours.
This is where you want to think about making a schedule to make sure your videos are uploaded in time. If you are using a service like Vimeo, even with youtube, it takes time to upload on either platform.
But if you're doing an online course and you're uploading to Vimeo, then you're probably rendering them a little bit smaller so that it doesn't take as long, since they're not full HD.
Also you have to pay for a pro account at $199 a year and they limit your upload space. On that plan you are only allowed you to upload two to three hours a week. And so every night I’d be uploading a 15 to 20 minute video.
If you have a lot of videos in a course it could take anywhere from 2 weeks up to 2 months. My courses that are 30 hours long take 10 weeks to upload. So you just have to account for this and do a test it ahead of time, so you know what it takes.
Then you can confidently promise a course by a certain date and not be like, “oh no, we can't get all of our videos up in time for launching”.
So that's why you want to do this math and know ahead of time how long it's going to take for each one of these steps. Okay?
Here is a Recap of my 7 step Formula!
Step 1) Figure out your course duration?
The average course duration is 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, or even 1 year.
(Example: 6 weeks for this video)
Step 2) How many videos each week?
The average is usually 3 to 7 videos per week, module or stage depending on what you are teaching. It can be as much as 10 if it's a tech training with lots of steps.
(Example: 6 weeks x 5 videos = 30 videos)
Step 3) How long is each video?
The average length of each video can be 10, 15, 25, 45, up to 60 minutes per video.
(Example: 30 videos x 10 minutes = 5 hours)
Step 4) How long for filming?
Usually 1 to 3 hours can be shoot during an 8 hour day. But If just starting out only count on 1 hour of finished video in 8 hours (maybe less).
(Example: 1 hour a day = 5 days)
Step 5) How long for editing?
The average time for editing is anywhere from 7 to 10 x length of video.
(Example: 5 hours of video = 35 to 50 hours)
Step 6) How long to render?
This can take anywhere from 2 to 5 x length of video depending on your computer.
(Example: 5 hours of video = 10 to 25 hours)
Step 7) How long to upload?
This can take 5 to 20 x length of video depending on your internet connection.
(Example: 5 hours of video = 25 to 100 hours)
Now, it's your turn to figure out your numbers
Maybe you want to write those seven different numbers that you need, on a piece of paper and then you know, figure out your numbers.
I hope that this was a helpful video and I hope that it just kind of like shines a little bit of light on how long it does take or can take to create videos.
Do I think is worth it? Absolutely.
I've been creating online courses since 2010 regardless of it taking the most amount of time that it possibly can take. Years ago it took even longer. Sometimes it took people a whole week to get a 15 minute video uploaded on youtube.
This was way back in like 2000 like when everything started. So, I just figure it's a blessing that I can even do what I do. It doesn't really matter to me how long it takes.
Hopefully you feel the same way. If you are looking create an online course that can bring in monthly revenue for you, and free up some time because it's created and now you don't have to trade hours for dollars, then maybe you will feel the same way.
I also want to mention my Course Creators Road Map
And, I want to hear from you, below!
So just let me know how long do you think your course is going to take and did you do the numbers in this video to help you figure it out?
Is it going to take a lot longer to film and edit your course than you thought? Let me know what you thought it was going to take?
Maybe you thought it was just going to take, 30 hours total. In one week you could have it done and maybe now you're looking at all those numbers you did them and it's going to take 10 weeks.
I'd love to know what you figured out from watching this video.
And again, I'm just going to say it doesn't matter. Even though you wanted it to take one or two weeks, and it takes 10 weeks, it's no big deal. This is like knowledge to be able to be like, “oh, I know exactly how long this is going to take”.
That's power. Now you can be in control and now you can plan it all out and meet your deadlines and get stuff done and feel great about yourself.
All right, so that is it for this video. I know it was a little bit long. I will look for your comments below and I can't wait to see you in another video.
See you later. Bye
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