This article explains the key features and the differences of the main building blocks of the Limecraft platform
Limecraft offers Media Asset Management (MAM) services in the cloud. It uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automate several steps in the production process, like colour correction, audio synchronisation, transcription and subtitling.
With that said, Limecraft's Asset Management solution is very focused on the production side of video. We help producers of all sizes manage their growing stock of audiovisual material. The beauty of the cloud-based approach is that intelligent services automatically transcribe the content for you, so logging and selecting the right fragments is all of a sudden is a breeze compared to using conventional methods. Moreover, several steps in post-production and mastering can also be automated.
Limecraft Flow is the online platform responsible for the management of your assets. It requires no more than a modern browser and a network connection. It gives you full control over the different workflows, like ingesting rushes, editing, sound engineering, subtitling, etc. It can be extended and customised to support any possible workflow from shooting to archiving. It uses a powerful search engine, so you'll never loose a single shot anymore.
However, getting your material in the cloud can be a challenge. High-resolution cameras can shoot up to terabytes per shooting day and it is simply impossible to upload those to a cloud service. That's why we developed Limecraft Edge.
Limecraft Edge is a native application responsible for encoding proxies and sending those to the cloud ("ingest"). It allows you to use proxies instead of the high-res footage for logging, storyboarding, seeking approval, etc. By offloading these activities from the edit suites, you generate considerable cost savings.
So what is the difference between Limecraft Flow and Edge after all?
Edge and Flow have a different purpose. Edge is not the native app that could possibly replace Limecraft Flow. Apart from the fact that you can use both Edge and Flow for playing out and transcoding media files, they have completely different functions.
- Edge is used by one person at the same time, while Flow allows several people to collaborate in projects.
- While Flow gives access to entire projects or catalogues up to several 100.000s of assets per project, Edge only operates on files that are locally available.
- Edge is not using built-in AI services, so it is not capable of transcribing content or creating subtitles. Flow has access to a wide range of AI services.
- If you are dropping media into Flow, we'll use the video and the first two audio tracks to make a proxy. If you're using Edge you have more flexibility in deciding how the proxies are structured.
Can you use Flow without Edge and vice versa?
You can use Flow without Edge. You can check in items in your project or library by simply dragging and dropping them into your project. However, when you are checking in compound file formats (multiple audio tracks, multicam, DCP, IMF) we recommend using Edge to create the proxies. Also in case you want to maintain the link with the raw material or the high-resolution edit proxies, you need Edge to control the overall ingest orchestration.
You can also use Edge without Flow. After all, Edge is a robust and very functional ingest application. You can use it to write files on offline storage and/or edit storage (Avid Nexis, or the shared storage that serves Adobe Premiere edit suites).