Animated Video Payment Terms

Animated Video Payment Terms

Do you have questions about animated video payment terms? This article explains Video Igniter’s payment terms for the production of custom animated videos and answers the most frequently asked questions we get about paying for production.

Video Igniter’s Animated Video Payment Terms

We collect 50% of your production budget up front before we begin production. The remainder of your production budget must be paid before we deliver the final, unwatermarked version of your animated video.

Simple Animation and Standard Animation projects include unlimited revisions. For all other animated video projects – including projects that received a discounted production budget, your project does not include unlimited revisions and will be capped at 2 or 3 rounds of edits for each stage of the production process.

What does it cost to make an animated video?

Check out our companion article: “How much does animation cost?” to learn about all the factors that go into calculating your production budget.

You can request access our latest price sheet here.

Or, contact us if you want to get a custom quote.

Animated Video Payment FAQ:


What does flat rate pricing mean?

For most projects we quote a flat rate for the project based off of your specific criteria. The price includes unlimited revisions which means we will continue to revise your script, storyboard, voiceover, soundtrack options, illustrations and animation until you mark them as approved.

Are there any hidden costs?


Is there anything that may change my production budget?

Yes! And we will discuss any production budget changes with you before proceeding. Sometimes, when we’re in the middle of production, clients will get a new idea for something different from what they already approved or specified in their production brief.

What does “Unlimited Revisions” mean?

Read our article about the unlimited revisions policy to learn which types projects are eligible for unlimited revisions.

Increasing the length of the video

If you decide to add new scenes or extend the voiceover of your animated video longer than the original length we quoted for, we will discuss with you how much the production budget will need to increase in order to accommodate your requests.

What services do you use to collect payment?

In the past we have used services like PayPal and Payoneer to collect payments via debit and credit cards. Moving forward we prefer to take payment via bank transfer, Venmo or USDC cryptocurrency because PayPal’s transaction fees eat into our budget which is supposed to go towards producing your amazing video. Using these non-PayPal services to collect payment enables us to offer lower rates to save you money on your production budget.

Adding a rush delivery deadline

We ask that you plan for at least 4-5 weeks to create a 60 second custom animated video. If we start the project with the expectation that the project doesn’t need to be rushed for a deadline and then, out of the blue, a rush delivery deadline appears, we will discuss with you what sorts of resources will be required in order to fast track the production of your animated video. To learn more about rush delivery animation and how rush delivery cost increases go towards expediting your video, check out this companion article:


Decreasing the length of your video

If you decide to shorten your video during production, it’s possible, but not always guaranteed to result in a lower final production budget. Example: Let’s say we deliver the first draft of your 60 second animated video and then you decide you want to cut out 15 seconds; you will still pay the rate for a 60 second animated video. On the other hand, if we’re early in the production process and you tell us to take the 60 second animated video and shorten it to a 30 second script, the final production price you pay for the video will be closer to a 30 second animated video instead of a full minute.

Special Edits

Example: If you hire us to create a 60 second animated video and then ask if we can create shorter 15 and 30 second versions for your social media, we will discuss with you what extra budget is required to accomplish this. In some cases, the edits are very simple – just a matter of cutting out certain parts of the animation and sticking them next to each other. On the flip side, animation uses beautiful complex transitions to go from scene to scene, so it’s not always as straightforward as cutting video clips apart and sticking them together in a new order. In type of scenario, a slightly larger budget increase would be needed to create the shorter variations of your animation so that the animation motion design remains consistent.

Adding 3D

If you hire us to create a 2D animated video and then ask us to create some 3D animations to insert within it, we will need to assess how much extra it costs to produce the 3D animated segment(s).

Translating your animated video into other languages

Let’s say we’re working on a Spanish-language animated video for you and then you tell us you want to create a Portuguese version as well… here’s what we’d need to figure out to see what the added production cost would be:

1). Will you be providing the translated script or do you want us to use one of our certified translation partners to translate the script and test the script with native speakers for accuracy in the translation?

2). Can you provide the voiceover or do you want us to be responsible for hiring the voiceover artist?

3). How will the visuals of the animation be affected by the change of language? Do we need to change a bunch of text and images on screen to match the new language?

4). Have any of the character’s mouths been animated in sync with the original voiceover and now require adjustments so the mouth movements line up with the new voiceover?

These are the types of the details we’ll look over when assessing what sort of budget increase is required to translate your animated video into another language.

Adding animated characters to a non-character project

Our lowest pricing option “Simple Animation” can be produced with or without animated characters for the same price. If we are producing more detailed animations (Standard Animation or High End Animation), we offer lower pricing for your animated video if it doesn’t include animated characters.

If you indicate you don’t want animated characters in your standard animation or high end animation project and then decide at some point during production that you do want to add animated characters, mascots, animals, etc in the video, we will need to assess how much of a production budget increase is required for your animation – based on the # of custom animated characters being created and the amount of movement they will do on screen.

Questions about pricing?

Access our current price sheet here.

How much does animation cost and what goes into the price?

– How does rush delivery animation affect my production budget?

Get a custom quote.

Schedule a call with our production team to discuss pricing for your custom animated video.

Questions about production?


What does the animated video production workflow look like?

Learn about the animated video production workflow including how long each stage of production takes and what to expect at each stage of the production process.

How do I create the script for my animated video?

Download our free scriptwriting template.

How do I create the storyboard for my animated video?

How to create a storyboard for an animated video?

Download our Free Storyboard PDF Template.

Can I provide the voiceover for my animated video?

Yes! Check out 1:31 in this voiceover video for tips on how to make a pro-sounding VO at home for free

How do I make cheap animated videos?

See our: Cheap Animated Explainer Video Production Guide

Hire Video Igniter For Your Next Animated Video Project

– World class design talent at prices small businesses can afford.

– You can use Video Igniter to outsource the production of any kind of 2D or 3D animated video you can imagine.

– Check out our animated video portfolio!

+20 reasons why companies love hiring Video Igniter to make animated videos.

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Animated Video Success Stories & Testimonials

“Video Igniter offered us the critical combination of creative value, clear communication, and patience with stakeholder feedback. We ended up with truly high-quality design assets for our video series largely due to the extra level of commitment — and the right balance of efficiencies with flexibility in the process when called for.”

Larry Schlessinger – Sr. Creative Program Manager, Amazon Web Services

“I run a video production company and outsource animation. The team at Video Igniter did a great job in taking the concept I very crudely drew out and made it into a beautiful animation. The review process was easy and their turnaround time was very quick. I’d def recommend them if you’re looking for an animation project.”

Pat Henderson – Founder, Path8 Productions

Get in touch

Schedule a call with our production team to discuss your animated video project.

Get a quote for your video project.

Request access to our newest price sheet.

Create your Video Igniter account and fill out a creative brief to start the production process.

Schedule a call with our production team to discuss rush delivery for your animated video.

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