General License Questions
Creator Free is one of LightAct’s licenses. As its name implies, it doesn’t cost a thing, yet it still allows you to use all LightAct’s features and also save your work. On top of that, it has an unlimited number of outputs and inputs. The only limitation, however, is that all the outputs are watermarked.
The licenses can be delivered on a dongle or via a CodeMeter update file. Read more about it here.
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, LightAct reverts to Creator Free license automatically.
How many WUXGA (1920 x 1200 px) outputs & inputs your license has, determines the maximum number of pixels that you can output through your video outputs or capture through various video input options. You’ll be able to output & capture your outputs & inputs as long as the overall pixel count of your video outputs & inputs is lower than the pixel count of the number of outputs & inputs in your license.
This means, for example, that if you’ve purchased a license with 2 WUXGA outputs & inputs (2 x 1920 x 1200 px = 4,608,000 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 WUXGA
The same limitation applies to all the video inputs such as Spout, NDI, video capture (AJA, Blackmagic, Deltacast, Webcam) and any other video input technology LightAct supports.
Please note that pixels are counted separately for outputs & inputs, so in the above example of a license with 2 WUXGA outputs & inputs, you can output AND capture 4,608,000 pixels.
Yes, it is. It allows you to use it indefinitely, but you can only upgrade it for 3 months after the date of the purchase.
Every LightAct server comes with a Creator license with an indefinite usage period. This means you can upgrade it for ever and you are also entitled to our support as long as you are using the server.
Licenses on LightAct servers also work with LightAct Manager and LightAct WebUIs.
Licence Upgrading and Downgrading
Yes, you can always do that. Please contact us and we’ll take it from there.
No, you cannot do that.
Dongles & Computer-bound licenses
Not necessarily. For example, you can have your license bound to your computer. This way, you can usually receive your license a bit faster and you don’t need to purchase the dongle.
If you have you license on a dongle, then you simply connect the dongle to your new computer and apply the license in LightAct.
If you are using a computer-bound license, then the process is a bit more involved and as it is manual, we need to charge you a small fee for it.
A floating license is when you decide to install your license on a dongle. This allows you to move license freely between computers. Essentially it ‘floats’ from one computer to the next.
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 as long as its serial number is larger than 3-344…. For more info head to user documentation.
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.