OVERVIEW: GridMarkets Credits are used to pay for our services. This section describes our credits and the different plans for acquiring them.
WHAT ARE CREDITS: GridMarkets credits are used to pay for our service. They do not expire and are not refundable. A positive credit balance is required to submit render and simulation jobs.
If all credits have been consumed, frames running at the time will continue to run until your GridMarkets Credit Overdraft Limit has been reached (see FAQ "What is the GridMarkets Credit Overdraft Limit?…), but pending frames will not be run. Once your Credit Overdraft Limit expires, your submission will suspend. In advance of this happening, we will forward a low credit warning email. Suspended submissions can be resumed once a positive credit balance is restored.
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CREDIT PRICING PLANS: Several pricing plans are available for acquiring GridMarkets credits.
On Demand - The On Demand plan is typically used for short and perhaps unanticipated projects. With On Demand credits, $USD1 buys 1 credit. On Demand credits come with 50 Gb of storage for 15 days and can be purchased in any amount via PayPal from HERE or from our portal (log into our portal.gridmarkets.com portal and look for a "BUY CREDITS" button).
Subscription - The Subscription plan discounts our credits. This plan is useful for complex or sustained projects, episodic work and/or projects requiring extensive rendering and/or simulating. Subscription credits come with up to 1 Tb of storage and can be purchased HERE.
Weekly - Weekly pricing also discounts our credits. This plan effectively is an "all you can render for a fixed price" and is a good option for large projects rendered over several days. The price for this option is fixed for a specified number of machines and days - good for projects with hard budget limits. See HERE for details.
PURCHASE OPTIONS: Credits can be purchased via paypal (either via portal.gridmarkets.com - for which a GridMarkets account is needed) of via the "Learn More" buttons above). If PayPal is not your thing, we can also provide an invoice and offer a bank transfer option (contact us at email@example.com).
STUDENTS: If you are a current student, provide an image of your current student ID to receive a 25% bonus on any credits purchased. See our signup form, in the "I am" field, select "Student" then email us with an image of your current student ID.
ASSIGNING OR GIFTING CREDITS: It is possible for someone other than you to purchase credits and to have them assigned to your GridMarkets account. This option may be of interest, for example, if you:
are a producer needing to supply an artist with credits,
are a school administrator needing to assign credits to a student, or
want to gift credits to a friend.
Any benefactor can purchase and assign credits to the GridMarkets account of any artist. See HERE.
The credits required for any given submission depend upon the number and complexity of the frames as well as your choice of:
Service - your choice of Houdini, Maya, C4D, Blender or 3dsMax (see the "Service" column below).
Machine Configuration - higher machine configurations consume credits faster while lower machine configurations consume credits slower (see the "Configuration" column below).
Machine Concurrency (i.e. how many machines are running at a given time) - a high machine concurrency consumes credits faster while a low machine concurrency consumes credits slower. We offer 3 concurrency settings: Economy (up to 5 machines), Standard (up to 30 machines) and Rush (up to 60 machines). When 1 to 5 machines are running, Economy rate apply; when 6 to 30 machines are running, the Standard rates apply and when 31 to 60 machines are running, the Rush rates apply. The choice of setting can be changed at any time via the GridMarkets user portal (for which a GridMarkets account is required to access).
ESTIMATING COSTS: Using the pricing table below, our ONLINE CALCULATOR accounts for these factors and helps to estimate the required credits for any given submission. EMAIL us if in doubt or if you need help.
* Costs are represented in $US/machine-hour. We charge by the machine-second. Costs are all inclusive (i.e. machine time; operating system and software licenses; data egress and 15 days of data storage are included).
"OB" refers to a machine's approximate Octane Benchmark performance used to deliver the service.
Note: To help balance its machine inventory, GridMarkets may run your submission on the performance equivalent of your machine selection. Your project costs and performance will not be impacted in such cases.