Estimating time to create a tutorial video using Captivate or Camtasia or Articulate

What is the rule of thumb for estimating how long it takes to create a tutorial video from start to finish  (video demo of software walk through with voice over and call outs, etc.).
There was some sort of ratio I remember reading.  XXX hours per XXX minutes of final video.
Does anyone know what this rule-of-thumb is?
brothertruffle880Asked:
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Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
>>What is the rule of thumb for estimating how long it takes to create a tutorial video from start to finish  (video demo of software walk through with voice over and call outs, etc.).

Well i think it depends how much time you can spend to create the video with demos etc.. are you planning to create technical videos for any tool/language?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I use Screencast-O-Matic, but I suspect that it will take the same amount of time with other recording tools, including the ones you mentioned, because the bulk of the time is spent designing the tutorial, creating the demo environment (folders, files, etc.), and re-recording it a gazillion times to get it right. :)

I've done 34 five-minute EE video Micro Tutorials here at EE and I would estimate that it took on average about 2-3 hours for each, so I think a half-hour per minute of video is a decent estimate. I just checked the time stamps in a couple of the folders to try to validate that estimate. One of my earlier videos, which is 5:19 (minutes:seconds) before EE added its header and footer, shows time stamps indicating that it likely took in the 3:11 (hours:minutes) range. My most recent video, which is 5:00 (minutes:seconds) before EE added its header and footer, shows time stamps indicating that it likely took in the 2:14 (hours:minutes) range. I may have gotten better at it over time (the first one is from more than three years ago) or it just may be due to variability from one tutorial to the next. Regards, Joe
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brothertruffle880Author Commented:
GREAT help Joe. Thanks.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Best of luck with your video tutorials! Regards, Joe
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