I need development time estimates for Camtasia videos, simple to complex and a median per 15 min of video.

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We have new users of Camtasia and slightly experienced users not gurus. I am unable to locate any industry standards to give to budgeting example 33:1 (33 development hours per 1 class hour). We are writing scripts, recording actions on the screen to show "how to" actions in software with voice overs, zoom in and out and test questions. Pretty simple most of the time.

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I offer the following based on my personal Camtasia screencasting experiences over the past 15 years [20,000+ projects] ...

time to create Camtasia videos can go all over the place, depending on what is in the video; a very crude rule of thumb is to allow 1 hour for each 1 minute of finished video; adding captions can double that if the captions are not prepared separately outside of CS; adding a quiz, depending on the number and type of questions, can easily take more time than the the video editing itself [I know of no way to prepare quiz properties outside of CS]
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Happy to see you chime in on that one.

I teach classes on Adobe Captivate, which is loosely similar. And that specific question is the bane of everyone's existence. I know the Powers That Be just LOVE some sort of metric such as this that can be used. It somehow provides a warm fuzzy to feel as if they totally know exactly how to budget for a project. ;)

Unfortunately, in my own experience, there are just so many variables that it's impossible to be remotely accurate. It's going to vary with experience level of the person using Camtasia. I do believe the best answer I've ever heard to these questions is to answer by asking another question.

How long is a piece of string?

Cheers... Rick :)
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when I first started screencasting, I used the following approach to rough-estimate the time to do a job [eventually refined by actually timing the steps involved] ...

1. how long does it take to capture 10 minutes of content

2. how long does it take to edit that same 10 minute content when on timeline in a project [hint - it takes 10 minutes just to play it, as is, on timeline]

3. how long does it take to produce the finished [let's say] 10 minute project [1.5 or 2+ x or more?]

4. how long does it take to view the produced 10 minute video [for quality control purposes before hosting]

5. how long does it take to host/distribute that 10 minute video [upload to web site, screencast.com, etc]

6. how long does it take to view the 10 minute video off the hosting site [again, for final quality verification]

I usually add in captions and quiz stuff as a last step before producing; take the above and double or triple it?

Rick hit the nail on the head ... 
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I think this becomes a serious challenge when you begin working for others independently.

For folks that simply view things as an end user, they haven't the faintest notion of what was involved in creating any sort of video. So someone wanting perhaps a ten minute video has the mental image that they will be paying you for ten minutes worth of "work".

Even an hour seems "extravagant" to them and they will probably question it.

Ahhh the joys... Rick :)