Editing – How Much Time Does It Take?
Every now and then the question of “how long does it take to edit video” comes up. It’s a difficult question to answer because of all the variables. The experience of the editor being the biggest factor.
There also how much falls on the editor. Do they have to acquire music, b-roll, copy, etc.? Is there a shot list and a script? Does it require animation? Is it a film, documentary, news, sports, or another genre? Is there Green Screen footage? The list of variables can be really long or quite short. We will do our best to answer the question though because it is important when budgeting and invoice the projects.
A good rule of thumb has been and continues to be 1 to 1.5 hours per finished minute. Depending on the complexity of the project that time can be considerably more, especially if you are not an experienced editor.
A good rule of thumb has been and continues to be 1 to 1.5 hours per finished minute.
Only you can determine how long it will take and you’ll do that from experience. As you start editing keep in mind that it will take longer than you think, so don’t procrastinate. This is especially true for my students.
Good luck with your edits. Only practice will make you better.