Time spent editing

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There should be a feature in the final after produced product screen after rendering has come up, where in the details the elapsed time of the editing process is shown. It could also be located in the tools section. It would be a nice quality update. =)
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Stephan Cosse

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Joe Morgan

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I for one would like it a lot. I know I get carried away shooting for perfection at times. A timer could probably help reign in my hours a bit. I would want the timer to be accessible throughout the editing process.

However, if you are relatively new to video editing. Your first video may be your last. Especially when  you realize how many hours of your life went into producing a simple video. So I would say the feature could have a negative effect as well.

If you were working for someone it would be an easy way for you and the boss to keep track of the hours.
It could also help get you fired if you are incompetent.  Or even promoted if you are good.

I don't believe there is an program in existence that does that automatically at this time. I keep track of my hours manually when I'm working for a client.

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I agree with Joe that such a capability would be welcome.

However, the implementation of such a function would likely produce inaccurate values for time actually spent editing a project.  The problem is that there is no hard connection between an app and the human performing the action.   Once a timer is started, there is no way to know when the user simply walked away from the screen [bad count], or, when he was spending a lot of time thinking about something he wanted to do with the app [good count].

I once actually implemented a timer into a commercial database app; the timer was easy to implement, but in practice, yielded inconsistent and inaccurate results, as verified by "watch and count" auditing.

After several months use by 20 employees of a small software company, I pulled the timer function.  Yes, it kept accurate times of "software app" activities being performed, but when compared to what the person actually did, the results were unusable from a management perspective.

Like Joe, I too manually track my time spent on behalf of my screencast clients; I use an activity database to log daily activities. and the time associated with those activities.  This enables me to produce reports of time [logged] spent.  By conscientiously manually logging the time values [now an ingrained habit], the reported values are very accurate, and definitely suitable for billing purposes.

I use this same database app to track everything I do with Camtasia, including time spend working on personal screencast projects, the time spent creating Camtasia how-to tutorial videos, and the time spent responding to this forum.

In my experiences, the "manual tracking" method has consistently worked the best.