In this article we explain the differences between an account, a subscription and a production and how they are linked to each other.
Limecraft Flow is used by producers and post facilities of all sizes. It serves the needs of individual users as well as those processing several thousands of hours per day. To manage the latter, we set up a system of accounts and subaccounts. Within each account you can manage one or more catalogues or productions. Looking from the user's point of view, an individual user can subscribe to multiple productions, sometimes managed by different accounts. This article explains exactly what is the difference between an account, a subscription and a production.
The account and account settings
Limecraft usually delivers services to professionals and in this case the account is connected to the company or the entity that pays our invoices.
Note: as an individual user, you may have created your personal account, in which case you are the account manager and you have access to the account settings. you could also have been invited and granted access in one or more productions of other accounts (see below). In that case you are usually not the account manager and you don't have access to the account settings.
In general, the account is an ensemble of productions or catalogues, subscribed users (with specific permissions in one or more productions). Also, depending on the commercial agreement you or your account manager made with Limecraft, the accessible volumes and usage quota are managed primarily on the level of the account. You can always check the actual consumption via Account settings > Usage and billing.
The production and production settings
In your capacity as an account manager, you can create one or more productions linked to your account. A production is essentially a catalogue or an ensemble of media that you want to make available to a specific group of users.
If you're producing a feature film, you may opt to store all the dailies, the cuts and the masters in a single production. However, if you want to give different access permissions to the cuts or the masters, you may want to store these in a different catalogue.
If you're running a soap opera and the entire season is shot on 200 shooting days, you may want to create a separate catalogue per 5 or 10 shooting days to make sure your library remains manageable.
If you're managing a large legacy archive, you may opt to store several 100.000's of items in a single library.
As an account manager, you are the production administrator by default. Also, you invite one or more users as team members in the production. You can nominate one or more of them as a production administrator as well. In your capacity as a production administrator, you can modify the production settings, manage the team, get access to the past, present and scheduled workflows, etc. All of these settings are available through the dropdown menu next to the name of the production in the top navigation.
Your Subscription and Profile Settings
As mentioned above, you can get access to Limecraft Flow by setting up your personal account or by being invited into an existing production by the account manager or production manager of that production. In either case, you become known as an individual user within Limecraft Flow and a subscriber to one or more accounts.