Production Timeline Issues
Giving yourself a production timeline is key to getting your video completed. But how long should it take you to produce a video? Are you giving yourself too much or too little time? Is there a set standard?
That’s a tough one. Because when it comes to learning a new skill – it takes time. It takes practice. And most of all it takes patience. I don’t know about you, but often I’m not very patient with myself.
Learning the video production process takes time so when you start out it can take hours and hours and hours to make a simple video. So how do you make sure that there’s an end in sight?
Instead of giving your self a hard number – like I will spend only x amount of hours shooting. Give yourself a date to have shooting completed by. So set the goal of “I will have all my shooting completed by this Thursday”. You still have a hard deadline, but you still have room to take your time and go easy on yourself. Keep setting the same type of goal as you go through each phase of production (learn more about that here).
Part of becoming a efficient video maker is being able to use shortcuts. One shortcut I use is that I leave my overhead rig up all the time, so I don’t have to spend time setting up and taking it down. Most editing programs have keyboard shortcuts to make editing go faster. By taking time to learn a program first – you’ll save time in the long run.
So really HOW much time should it take?
There are multiple factors involved. I do two levels of production on Fleece Fun’s YouTube channel. One is more simple, shot and edited on my iPad. The other is shot on my DSLR and edited in Adobe Premiere. The simpler one takes a lot less time. For me about 3 hours max start to finish. The later can take up to 10 hours depending on how complicated the sewing pattern is, and how many set ups I have. To get a good idea of how long it will take YOU to edit a video using your equipment I recommend keeping a log of the hours you work for the first couple of videos you edit. From there you’ll be better able to gauge your production timeline. And keep in mind that it’s YOUR timeline. The only person you’re in competition with is yourself. Not me, not your blogger Facebook friends. If it takes you a week to make your first video in the beginning, it’s a week well spent. You’re learning have patience.
You can do this.