Limecraft Lingo: About clips, subclips, annotations and snippets


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Limecraft Flow uses some terms which might not be immediately clear. This page tries to clear some things up.

Clip – The thing you upload

The clip is the file you upload in the browser. If you are using Edge, things are a bit more complicated as a clip might consist of multiple files.

A clip can have the following types:

  • A video Clip
  • An audio Clip
  • A document – Any other type of file will be treated as a document. Flow does not touch it, but you can always download it

Subclip – Part of a clip

A subclip represents a part of a clip between a start timecode and an end timecode.

A subclip can have the following types:

  • Comment – Created by a user. It can contain descriptive information (when logging), but it can also be used to discuss part of a clip. It can even contain a quote from the clips’ transcript.
  • Transcription – Speech transcript of a part of the clip. Either created automatically by our speech recognition service, or manually in the Transcriber application, or a combination of both

A subclip is the smallest element which can be found using search. In a collection (*), you can organize subclips of different clips and in fact create a first rough cut edit.

(*) You can also use a scene or a story part instead of a collection

Collection – An ordered group of clips and subclips

You can add clips and subclips to collections. Clips and subclips can be part of multiple collections at the same time.

You can rearrange the order of the clips and subclips in a collection. When you do this, the collection can be used as a first rough cut of your edit. You can export the collection to an edit suite like Final Cut or Avid.

A collection can be shared with people outside of your production

Collection Group – An ordered group of collections

Collections are grouped in Collection Groups. A collection group can also be exported to an edit suite.

Story – An A/V script

A story is built using the Story Builder app and consists of story parts. Each story part contains an audio column and a video column.

Similar to a collection, clips and subclips can be assigned to a storypart.

Screenplay – A fiction script

A screenplay is built using the Screenplay Builder app and consists of scenes. The scene consists of dialogue, actions and other traditional fiction scene elements.

The Screenplay Builder app can also import your existing fiction scripts if they are written in Final DraftAdobe Story or CeltX.

Similar to a collection, clips and subclips can be assigned to a scene.

Transcript and the Transcriber – Written version of spoken text

A transcript is the written version of the speech in a media file. Each single word in a Flow transcript is synced to the position in the media file where that word is spoken. The Transcriber app lets you write a transcript. To speed things along, it can start from automatic speech transcription. A transcript consists of Transcription subclips.

Because the transcript knows the position on the timeline of each single word, you can use selections in the transcript text to create subclips.

Having a transcript of your material will also make the library search feature more powerful, as you will be able to find your material by searching for quotes.

Ingest – Getting material into Flow

The ingest is the process of getting material into Limecraft Flow. You upload material in the browser, or you use the Limecraft Edge client to get material into Flow. An ingest workflow will start when the material arrives in Flow. This workflow will analyze your material, create some transcoded proxy versions so the material can be viewed online and more.