Flow library – your material at your fingertips


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Your library contains all the media in your production. It is extremely powerful and will ensure you’ll find the material you need as fast as possible.

Initially, the library shows all clips in your library.

Subclip results

The search is capable of searching within your clips. For example, say my colleage created annotation subclips on a video, and one of the annotations says ‘Limecraft office overview. Maarten is talking to Robert in the foreground’. When searching for office, the clip with this subclip will be one of the results. Hovering the clip will furthermore give an indication where in the clip this subclip appears using a small dot. Hovering the dot will show a tooltip with details of the subclip.

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Using quick filters

quick_filtersThe top part of the white sidebar contains the quick filters. These let you access the part of the library matching a certain criteria. Clicking any of the quick filters will reset any other filter or search query you have set.

  • All Files – This will show everything in your library. It will reset all filters and the search query. This is what is shown when you enter the library.
  • Ready – Show library material that is ready to be used in Flow. The ingest workflow has to be finished.
  • Not Available – Show library material for which an ingest workflow was not yet started. This is either material that is still uploading, or material coming from Limecraft Edge for which no ingest workflow needs to start.
  • Ingesting – Show library material that is currently ingesting
  • Failed – Show library material for which the ingest workflow failed
  • Unassigned – Show library material which is not assigned to a collection, story part or scene

Browsing collections, story parts and scenes

library_sidebar_collectionsThe bottom part of the white sidebar lists all collections, story parts and scenes in your production. Clicking a collection will add a filter so only the material in that collection is shown. The same holds for story parts and scenes. If you selected a quick filter first, it will be left active.

Drilling down the search results

As your library grows in size, you might have hundreds or thousands of items in it. To quickly drill down your search results to the ones you actually want to use, you can use the advanced filter menu.

Click the button with the funnel icon to open the advanced filter menu:

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This menu gives an overview of filters which are active at the moment. It also lists filters you can apply to your search results. The dialog is smart enough to only suggest filters which will still return search results.

  • Type – Filter results based on the clip type. Only clips (or subclips of clips) with the selected type(s) will be shown. By default, results of all types are shown.
  • Rating – You can add star ratings to clips and subclips. Adding a rating filter will only return results with that star rating.
  • Tags – You can add tags to clips and subclips. Adding tag filters will only return results with any of the given tags.
  • Uploaders – You can filter the material based on who uploaded the clip to Flow.
  • Search In – This filter lets you specify in what kind of data to search.
    • File metadata – Only search in data of the clip itsself. Do not search in subclips.
    • Manual annotations – Only search in annotations that were manually created in Flow
    • Transcriptions – Only search in the transcript of the clip.
    • Keyword – Only search in the keywords created in the Transcriber app
    • Note – Only search in the notes created in the Transcriber app
    • Quote – Only search in the quotes created in the Transcriber app

    For example, say you have 500 clips, the name of which all contain ‘Clip’. Your colleage says to you he created an annotation saying ‘This is the clip’ on the clip you are looking for. Searching for ‘clip’ will still return all 500 results. Adding ‘Manual annotations’ as ‘Search In’ filter will only return the one clip with a manual annotation on it containing ‘clip’.

Using autocomplete to add filters

autocompleteIt is also possible to use the search field to add filters. In the example on the right, we typed in the search field. Flow will come up with filter suggestions which have values starting with V.

In this case, it suggests adding a filter on the name, or a filter on the clip type, or a filter on the genre, which is a custom field in this production.

This approach lets you add filters which you can also add via the advanced filter menu, but you are not limited to these filters alone. You can also add filters on any field your clips or subclips have, even custom fields. This makes this filter approach extremely powerful.