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Simon RobertsIs it worth me renting a machine for two weeks?
by on Mar 20, 2014 at 9:23:53 am

I'm doing some heavy post production work on a stopmotion film. It's a personal project, so I don't have much budget, but it's so heavy that it might save me time (and time is money) to do so. I'm currently working on:

* MPB (2010) 2.4 i5, 8GB RAM

And for £300ish for 2 weeks they're offering:

* iMac 27”, 3.4GHz, i7, 16GB, 1TB Fusion Drive, 2GB Graphics.

I'm working with large image sequences and many nested comps. How much faster would this make me, or should I look around for something with more RAM.

Any suggestions welcome!


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Mark DizzRe: Is it worth me renting a machine for two weeks?
by on Mar 21, 2014 at 4:10:54 am

Buy a used tower then sell it for what you bought it for when you are done. You shouldn't lose any money and if you are lucky you might even make a few bucks. I know this for sure you will definitely not lose 600 for 2 weeks unless you fire sale it off. This is if you can front the money until you can recoup it several weeks later.


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Simon RobertsRe: Is it worth me renting a machine for two weeks?
by on Mar 21, 2014 at 7:30:32 am

Hey Mark,

Thanks for the tip.

I actually ended up doing this. I bought a top spec iMac refurbished from apple (it was £350 less than the new price) I figure even if it drops another £300 when I sell it (about 30% depreciation from the new price) then I'm still in the same position only I can keep the machine for months rather than weeks. I may even just keep the machine entirely if I can. Good to get confirmation on this way though.


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