An entity flowchart is a high-level overview of your workflow and the things that your project will produce. It is similar to the schema that is used in various Digital Asset Manager (DAM) products, except that it presents information visually. This makes it easier and quicker to see how the different parts (entities) relate to each other.
Entity flowcharts do not provide details of the individual tasks and files that need to be produced. Those are shown on the Disciplines flowchart.
Here's an example of an entity types flowchart that could be used for an animated show:
In the example, we have 5 entities:
- Tasks - Represents all of the tasks that will be performed on the project.
- Publications - Represents the publications that will be made during the project.
- Episode - Represents the episodes in a season. It has a "one-to-many" relationship with the Sequence entity, as each episode consists of many sequences.
- Sequence - Represents all of the sequences that will be created. This has a one-to-many relationship with Shot as each sequence is made up of many shots. It also has a one-to-many relationship with Asset, as a Sequence may use many assets.
- Shot - Represents all of the shots that will be created. This has a many-to-many relationship with Asset, as there will be many shots that use many assets.
- Asset - Represents all of the files that will be used to create the animation for the project.
From this flowchart, we can see that the project is going to create episodes, and each episode contains sequences. The sequences are made up from shots and assets. There will be tasks for working on the project and publications will be produced.
If you have the Pipeline and DAM feature enabled for your project, you can create your own entity types flowchart. To do this, you will need to have a good understanding of what your project teams produce and how they relate to each other.
To learn about creating an entity types flowchart, see:
- Add an Entity
- Define an entity's properties
- Add a task status
- Add a publication status
- Create relationships between entities in your pipeline.
We recommend that you also spend some time to learn about the flowchart properties, as there are some features you may find useful. For example, there is a grid for aligning your entities and there are options for changing the colors. For an overview of these features, see Flowchart design features.