Licence Limitations

The usage period starts counting down only when you activate your licence from within LightAct. This means you can purchase your licence well in advance and activate it only when you actually start using it. After it is activated, the usage period starts counting down even if you are not using the licence anymore. Once the usage period expires you need to purchase a new licence.

How many HD (1920 x 1080 px) outputs your licence has determines the maximum number of pixels that you can output through your video outputs. You’ll be able to output your outputs as long as the overall pixel count of your video outputs is lower than the pixel count of the number of HD outputs in your licence. 

This means, for example, that if you’ve purchased a licence with 2 HD outputs (2 x 1920 x 1080 px = 4,147,200 pixels) you can output:

  • 12 x 640 x 480
  • 1 x 1920 x 1080 & 4 x 640×480
  • 3 x 1280 x 720 & 1 x 640 x 480
  • and any other combination of outputs as long as the overall pixel count is smaller than 2 x HD

Yes, a licence with 16 HD outputs means you can actually use an unlimited number of HD outputs.

Also, a licence with 2048 DMX universes has actually an unlimited number of DMX universes.

Yes, it is. It is available on LightAct servers.

A licence with 0 HD outputs and no additional DMX universes means you cannot output anything. 

It can be used to prepare your project and program the whole show, but without any outputs.

This licence is similar to Creator Trial licence with a difference that you can save your work.

Whenever you select more than 0 HD outputs in your licence, you get a number of Bundled DMX universes. By DMX universe, we mean 512 channels in an Art-Net universe.

You can also add Additional DMX universes if you need more.

This allows you to keep the number of HD outputs low if you don’t need them and just add as many DMX universes as you need and thus save some costs.

All LightAct licences work with any LightAct version except Player Perpetual. Player Perpetual is locked to LightAct versions that are at most 3 months ‘younger’ than the licence. This means that, for example, if you buy a Player Perpetual licence on 1st March, you can use it with any LightAct version as long as it was released before 1st June.

Licence Upgrading and Downgrading

Yes, you can always do that. Please contact us and we’ll take it from there.

You can upgrade your Player licence to Creator licence. Please contact us and we’ll take it from there.

You cannot downgrade your Creator licence to Player licence.


The licences on the legacy dongles will continue to work as planned for at least a year or up until the licence expires. After that you’ll have to purchase a new dongle.

Yes, you can. You can freely switch between them as much as you like from within LightAct software.

Yes, you can. You can load LightAct licence on any CodeMeter dongle. Contact us and we’ll guide you through the necessary steps.

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