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The Cost of Creating New Content for BiblicalTraining

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The cost to create an audio class for BT is approximately $3,000.

Our goal is to tape teachers in a live class setting. In normal situations, this means that we cover the cost of recording and the professor donates the lectures. The cost of the actual recording averages $500 per class (shipping the recording equipment, buying supplies, paying a student to oversee the taping, etc.).

The lectures need to be edited and outlines created for each lecture. This takes roughly four times as long as the actual lecture. For example, a 30-hour lecture series takes 120 hours of editing and writing time, which amounts to approximately $2,500.

While we have found teachers to be more than willing to give us lectures, some schools have a policy that prohibits recorded classes to be used elsewhere. In these situations, and when we want a specific course created for BiblicalTraining, we pay the teacher the equivalent of a summer school class for taping the lectures. This averages an additional $3,000 per class.

The cost to create a video class for BT is approximately $25,000.

Over the past few years, we have purchased cameras and lighting to make high-quality videos. The additional cost for recording video compared to audio results from acquiring the venue, then the additional time required to set up the cameras, lighting, microphones, and background. We also edit the video, then separate and edit the audio and create outlines and study guides for each class.

More Detailed Breakdown of Video Production Costs

Hourly costs per class

This is the formula we use to determine costs creating a class. It is based on a final hour of video and what are all the costs connecting to that hour. For example, we pay a professional videographer $100 per hour, assuming that he will spend two hours for every hour shot. For a typical seminary level class with 20 hours of lectures, it costs us about $25,000 for recording and production.

Not every class we have requires each of these steps, which is why the prices above vary from class to class.

Class costs Cost/hour Production / hour Total / Hour
Video recording $100 2 $200
Video editing $100 3 $300
Color correction/rendering* $50 1 $50
Sound editing $30 3 $90
Outlines $20 1.5 $30
Quizzes $25 2 $50
Study notes $25 2 $50
Web class $25 .5 $12.50
Transcription & edit $20 4 $80
Miscellaneous $50 1 $50
Overhead $50 6 $300
Total / hour $265 / $415 23 / 25 $712.50 / $1,162.50

*For classes that are already recorded, there is no recording or editing costs, just the color correction and rendering.

One-time costs per class

Speaker costs  
Honorarium $1,000 - $4,000
Flight $600
Hotel $100/night
Total $1,900 - $4,900
Class costs  
Video/Audio setup $500
Teardown $200
Marketing $100
Cleaning $100
Total: $900