Video Answers. Episode 26.

Now that your video is shot, you’re probably wondering how long it will take to edit your video. We’ll address that here in Episode 26 of Video Answers.

Video Editor

Recently, we talked about what a video editor does – selecting, shaping, finalizing, and polishing a story. That’s the backdrop for how long it takes that editor to edit your video.

Video Edit Ratio

We use a ratio to determine how long it takes to edit any given video. The first number in the ratio is the number of hours and the second number is the length of the video in minutes. So a video with a ratio of 2:3 will take 6 hours to edit.

Our edit ratios are based on four factors:

  • the complexity of the script
  • the type of footage
  • the amount of footage
  • the length of the video

Based on those four factors, our edit ratios can be as little as 2:1 for a simple, scripted video with a narrator and b-roll.

While more complex documentary-style videos with multiple locations, interviews, and shoot days can have edit ratios of 10:1 or higher.


A simple 3 minute video can take as little as 6 hours to edit while a more complex 3 minute video can require 30 plus hours of editing.

Add to that logging, tagging, color correction, mixing, and compressions and it can take days or even months to edit your video.

Do you need to know our edit ratios? No.
The only reason I share them is to give you some context and to let you know the way we determine how long it will take to edit your video.

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