I've got to know...what are you going to be displaying those files on, and what will play them back?
If you end up with a US-based farm, you may want to look into Aspera.
Or, good old-fashioned sneaker-netting. Have them render to drives, and ship them over to you.
Is for a Sony Ziris Canvas video wall: http://www.sony.co.uk/biz/view/ShowProduct.action?product=ZIRIS-CANVAS
Their software will 'cut' 15 x full HD sections from our rendered files and display them to the 15 screens.... Hence the huge composition size to begin with.
You think that's big? Last year I had to render a 16000 x 1080 comp for a front projection system. My Sapphire plug-ins didn't like that very much...
Cheers for the render farm info! I'll look into them.
That's pretty massive.
Can you supply the 15 segments instead of the whole piece? Just curious.
It may help render time, especially if you could split the tasks.
Aspera is a file transfer utility that uses a different protocol than FTP.
It's not a render farm though.
It's good that AE goes 64bit in CS5 and can use tons of memory, is it not? As for render farms I can't help you. Due to what AE is about, this is probably an uninteresting market to build a business just on rendering - too long hours of first uploading huge files or sending it on disks somewhere before getting anything back.
No I can't give them 15 files; the animation moves across the screens in a particular way and anyhow, their software only works by cutting from that raw image sequence of hugeness.
Cheers for the Aspera link though! That might well come in handy.