Costing Of Film Post-Production Services In India

Find out how much post production of films & videos costs

Looking to begin your film’s post production but are unclear about the process & how much post production services can cost?

In this blog we have broken down the post production workflow into its steps which remain the same for a feature film, short film, TV ad or a music video.

We have also discussed costs of each service & have compared our cost with other video post production studios in Mumbai & Hyderabad.

Here is a simple chart to help you get an idea of how much post production can cost as a package . All prices are in rupees and are approximations.

  Mumbai Studio Swastika Films Freelancer
Music Videos ₹ 50K -1.5L ₹ 20K – 40K ₹ 15K – 20K
Feature Films ₹ 3L-25L ₹ 1L – 2L ₹ 50K – 2L
TV Ad ₹ 1L – 2L ₹ 15K – 30k ₹ 10K – 20K
Documentary ₹ 60K – 2L ₹ 20K – 40k ₹ 25K – 35K

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Chart for typical post production workflow for film & video

film post production steps diagram
Raw footage Transcoding or conversion -> Film editing ->  Color Grading -> VFX creation & compositing -> DCP /Mov out

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Cost break down for post production of films in India

In this table we have compared the costs for different steps involved in the post production workflow as described in the info graphic above.

We have compared how much it costs if you get it done from any studio in Mumbai, get it done by Swastika Films and if you hire a freelancer to do it.

 Mumbai StudiosSwastika FilmsFreelancers
Transcoding cost₹ 1000/Gb                
Fast batch transcodingdirectly from drives toavoid piracy.
Double data integrity checks are performed to see whether the data is securely transcoded or not.                       

Converts 100gb in 5 mins.
₹300/Gb                
Fast batch transcoding directly from drives to avoid piracy.
Double data integrity checks are performed to see whether the data is securely transcoded or not.                       

Converts 100gb in 5 mins.
₹200-300/Gb  
Copies footage into systems due to low end configuration.
Piracy issues & no data integrity check possible.    
Converts 100 gb in 45 mins.
Editing cost₹ 2500 per hour
Premiere pro 4K editing with editor on SSD drive based system for glitch free edit experience. Sound works only on edit software from the editor
₹ 1000 per hour
Premiere pro 4K editing with editor on SSD drive based system for glitch free edit experience. Sound works only on Logic X  from the editor
₹ 1500 per hour                           
Premiere pro or FCP 7 based editing. 4K Edit not possible due to lower end systems.
Color Grading cost₹ 4500-15,000 per hour                         
Da Vinci Resolve or baselight based grading in calibrated environment, TV logic monitors & 2K DLP Projectors. Experienced Colorists. DCP playback possible.
₹ 2500 per hour
Da Vinci Resolve or baselight based grading in calibrated environment, TV logic monitors & 2k DLP Projectors. Experienced Colorists. DCP playback possible.
₹ 2000 per hour
Da Vinci Resolve grading on laptop screens. No calibration or speed. No DCP
DCP cost₹ 60,000 per 2 hours                    
Quality DCP encrypted with kdm. Playback possible.     
Time taken 6 hrs.
₹ 25,000 per two hours                          
Quality DCP encrypted with kdm. Playback possible.
Time taken 6 hrs.
₹ 25,000 per two hours         Uncertified, only unencrypted. No DCP playback.
Time taken 2 days

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Sunil Suryareply
October 24, 2020 at 7:12 am

Good comparison and necessary details communicated.

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