I have just recorded this video about estimating the length of time it will take to record and edit a very large meditation app totalling more than fifty thousand words.
The next day I had an email from Tess in the West Midlands, who asked:
Gary I didn't quite understand your calculation from the video (yup there's always one and today it's me).
How did you get 5hrs 20mins from 53,000 words?
And if i understood correctly the 5 is 5 days?
Hopefully my reply added some clarity to the issue:
53,0000 words is 5hrs and 20mins finished audio i.e. if you were using this particular meditation app, it would take you 5hrs 20mins to listen to. However as the voiceover artist it is going to take you much longer than the project length to record and produce ie 5 times that.
So multiply by 5 to give you your production time and you get 26.5hrs of work required.
I used the example of recording 5hrs a day, so after five days you would have recorded 25 hrs worth with 1.5 hrs left to record, so on the Friday (assuming you started on Monday) you could push the boat out and do 6.5hrs instead to make up the 26.5hrs in total.
Of course if you have a proper day job, it could take you a month or more to record 26.5hrs, depending on your availability.
The main thing to remember is the ratio of 5:1. In other words for every 1 hour of finished audio (10,000 words) it will take you 5 hours to record and edit. This should be your yardstick.
Hope that (sort of) makes sense!
All the best
If anyone else has a question about the video and the principles behind calculating recording time from word count, please let me know in the comments section.