RE: Captivate video pricing

Subject: RE: Captivate video pricing
From: "Sarah Blake" <sarah -dot- blake -at- mercedsystems -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 02:39:34 -0700

> I understand that the time variable is huge, with the first 10 or so
taking way longer than the rest of the
> videos. Any suggestions, references, or pricing ideas for producing
Captivate tutorials would be greatly
> appreciated.

Hmm. I've done a Captivate video or two in my time, and I used to work
on the principle that I'd be spending three days working flat-out for a
six minute video. I'd be doing all the screen capturing and
graphics-jiggling myself, though (occasionally creating entire
not-yet-extant screens in PSP), which makes quite a difference.

For a six-minute video I'd assume an entire day sorting out the
soundtrack, what with re-takes, fiddling with timings, editing the audio
files and so on. TOCs, navigation aids and closed-captioning are pretty
easy to add through Captivate, though, so I wouldn't budget more than a
couple of hours for those.

Could you not ask them to send you an example under NDA so that you
could get a more accurate estimate?

Sarah Blake
Senior Technical Writer
Merced Systems
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