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Lightworks, an Academy and Emmy award winning professional-grade editor with over 20 years of history in the film and broadcast industry. Having cut hundreds of films such as Pulp Fiction, The Departed, Centurion and Shutter Island, it includes a full feature set of editorial tools -- from advanced trimming and media management, to stereoscopic support and realtime effects including multiple secondary colour correctors. Lightworks has an advanced effects pipeline, utilizing the power of your GPU. And with support for up to 2K workflows with realtime effects, it is the most advanced editing application available. Lightworks Pro costs $60/year, more features, see version comparison. Full description.

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Lightworks v12.5 Release Notes

New Features
• Added UltraHD video output format option to the Video tab of the Project Card (Lightworks Pro only)
• Export option improvements (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added H.264/MP4 export format (level 5.2) for more export options including 4K
• Added WebM export option, includes 4K
• Added XAVC-Intra export option, includes 4K
• Added support for XML export (Version 5 only)
• Added further improvements to AAF Avid Media Composer export option to allow media relinking to the original file if one exists
• Added support for LUTs .3dl, .looks, .cube, .davlut, and .mga filesFixed pop-out crash (in the unlikely event of a source having a missing track)
• Added support for applying a LUT at the project level (Video tab of the project card)
• Added support for the import of CinemaDNG files
• Added a config entry for turning off the automatic edit creation when Inserting/ Replacing (’create_edit_on_demand 0’)
• Added menu entry to the Search tool to show bin search results in racks
• Added consistency for the term ’Reel ID’ within the application
• Changed wording of ’Auto configure new effects’ to ’Show settings panel for new effects’
• Make 'copy marked section' work when there are deselected/unmarked tracks
• Improved timeline segment drag/drop:
• Do not automatically change the zoom level unless neither end of the grabbed segment is visible
• Do not move current-time when dropping a segment if it would mean changing the current visible region
• Respect waveform/levels visibility when dragging audio segments
• Timeline now scrolls left/right when moving clips/FX using drag and drop
• Allowed drag/drop FX highlights to pass behind the red time-marker
• Allowed drag/drop timeline segments to pass behind the red time-marker
• ALT dragging an EQ on an audio segment that does not have audio levels always drags the EQ
• ALT dragging an audio only segment that does not have EQ always drags the audio levels
• ALT dragging an audio only segment that has audio levels AND EQ, then levels are dragged if you're in 'Advanced' mode, EQ in non-advanced mode
• New Content Manager improvements:
• Added a scroll bar to torn off groups
• Added the ability to scroll bin tabs in a torn off group
• Added the ability to right click a tab in a torn off group to display the bin list
• Added the ability to resize a torn off group
• Added the ability to add a Bin to more than one Group
• Improved the color of Group names within the content manager
• Improved tab display of bins on torn off groups
• Improved the Bin search within the content manager
• Improved the behavior of hoovered clips
• Removed the number limit of bins available in a group
• Fixed inability to drag torn off bins into Groups within the content manager
• Fixed bins being incorrectly merged when dragging and dropping a bin to a group
• Added new menu item to the Content Manager icon: ‘Default tile positioning’. The default value is 'inherit' (ie, inherit the positioning setting from the source bin), and the other values are 'manual' and 'automatic'. Therefore, choose 'Manual' to force new bins to be created with automatic positioning disabled.
• Added improvements to ’H.264/MP4’ ’WebM’ and ’WMV’ export options (Lightworks Pro Only):
• Added ability to change the Compression settings
• Added option for Constant bitrate compression
• Added option for Variable bitrate compression
• Added 1440p (2K) and 2160p (4K) size options to YouTube export option (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Improved compression settings between different YouTube H.264/MP4 size options:
• 2160p (4K) 35-45 Mbps
• 1440p (2K) 16 Mbps
• 1080p 8 Mbps
• 720p 5 Mbps
• 480p 2.5 Mbps
• 360p 1 Mbps
• Changed wording of ’relink existing/new media’ setting on the import panel to ’Search for media’ and added new functionality options:
• ’No’ = No media scanning relinking at all
• ’Simple’ = Will look in the folder in which the AAF/XML resides to find media
• ’Thorough’ = Will look in the folder in which the AAF/XML resides to find media along with all child folders in the tree
• Added ’Original Audio Timecode’ and ’Orig Audio Reel’ to AAF exports
• Added support for import of XAVC long-GOP files
• Added more functionality to the AAF/XML import ability to scan subfolders of a directory containing an AAF/XML
• Added support for reading Markers contained in AAFs generated from Avid Media Composer
• Added 'Save current frame' key assignable command (which grabs the current record edit frame, saves it in 'My Pictures' and then reveals it in your file manager)
• Added shortcut key assignable command for muting audio tracks (’Toggle Mute A1-A16’)
• Added shortcut key assignable command for soloing audio tracks (’Toggle Solo A1-A16’)
• Added new Italian Wordings file. Translated from English by Carmelo Battaglia

• Fixed vertical frame jumping on varispeed interlaced material played as progressive
• Fixed audio levels in AAF exports potentially being incorrect when imported to Protools
• Fixed a number of problems with the import of 23.98 audio-only MXFs reporting bad shot-lengths and shot in/out point accuracy
• Fixed Bin contents not displaying after moving clips from the clip filter
• Fixed crash entering a negative value into the Blur effect amount
• Fixed display of stills when dragging the timeline - we now see every field for interlaced non-film originated material when set to interlaced output
• Fixed audio sample-rate factor independent of film-rate (correct audio speed playback in 60/50 projects)
• Fixed edit name not appearing correctly in the Content Manager after creating an edit of matches
• Fixed foreign Wordings files showing some text incorrectly
• Fixed timecode labels on source clips showing as ??? in new projects
• Fixed audio waveforms not being displayed correctly on smaller MOV files
• Show correct error message when user account hasn't been activated during software activation: ’Account has not been activated’
• Removed ’insufficient media’ message warnings on AAF export. Error was due to invalid shot-lengths created at import time
• Handled text field focus switching in a better way to avoid keyboard shortcuts obliterating text field information
• Added keybinds for adding a video track and/or audio track
• Added a keybind for ’Align Marks’
• Fixed potential crash clicking a tile in the content manager 'current' tab whilst playing back the record edit
• Fixed pasting text using the right mouse paste submenu option not work correctly
• Fixed accuracy of varispeed value calculation (e.g. 50% being imported as 48% etc) with AAF imports
• Fixed negative varispeed not working correctly with AAF imports
• Fixed incorrect In/Out points when a varispeeded segment followed a transition with AAF imports
• Fixed varispeed representation in AAF exports (it was incorrect when imported to Avid)
• Fixed varispeed in AAF imports from Avid
• Fixed potential crash marking and parking an effect and deleting it
• Fixed potential crash double clicking text in a text field of a bin and then dragging
• Fixed playhead jumping on multicam edits after pressing Stop
• Fixed inactive transport controls after clicking a tile into a viewer that has played to the end
• Fixed video wipe transitions in AAF exports to be recognized by Avid
• Fixed jump in displayed still on hardware output when play stops
• Fixed viewer/output sync with Blackmagic Decklink hardware
• Disabled the automatic full screen mode on new installations
• Fixed Film Cut List exports failing
• Fixed Auto frame rate projects incorrectly setting the in-camera speed option to 24fps when importing 50/60fps files
• Added keybind for dumping memory/iReclaimable usage to error.log
• Fixed exporting to a file path that includes special characters such as ’äöå’ not working correctly
• Fixed crash copying more than one group to another project
• Fixed uninitialized data affecting TapeMob, Timecode and Editrate in AAF exports
• Fixed Mark/Previous Cut behavior requiring two presses when using a console
• BITC panel now refreshes when another tile is clicked into the open viewer and the BITC panel is left open
• Avoided potential hang when two threads attempt to create the clipboard edit at the same time
• Tear off timecode is now always topmost. This avoids errors when the timecode label appeared behind the viewer
• Prevented pop out original function opening the files in the content manager with the config entry present
• Changed warning message of 'missing filemob' to more informative message on AAF import
• Fixed Empty Cut shortcut keybind (C) not working
• Fixed tear off timecode no longer being editable
• Fixed crash using ’Pop out tile’ shortcut keybind
• Fixed drag and drop Insert
• Fixed new bins not being listed in the Content Manager when right-clicking the bin tool and choosing 'make new bin'
• Fixed potential hang clicking undo after adding BITC
• Replaced JPEG background images with new PNG images
• Fixed audio WAV files potentially not playing despite files being online and accessible
• Fixed double clicking a tile to a viewer not working properly if ’Link bin tiles to viewers’ is set to ’No’
• Fixed potential crash handling lines greater then 32k in length
• Fixed ProRes MOV files created by Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) importing as audio only
• Removed obsolete ’Permissions’ menu item on edits in shared projects
• Fixed crash editing Wordings file in the System Settings panel
• Fix crash double-clicking a tile after enabling record mode for a source edit
• Fixed ’Use marked section’ option being ignored when saving an export preset
• Brightened the color of the ’Marked duration’ timecode label
• Removed 44.1 kHz and 32 kHz audio setting options on Blu-ray and AVCHD export options
• Removed the column size restriction between bin lists and bin content in the content manager
• Bin nam...

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All features / Full description:

* Resolution, format and codec independent timeline
* Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60 fps
* Advanced Multicam editing with unlimited sources
* Source/Record three-point editing
* Insert and Overwrite editing
* Replace, fit to fill, backfill
* Drag-and-drop replace editing
* Extend and Split edits
* A/V Sync indicators on timeline
* Single-click re-sync of whole timeline
* Multi-colored markers for edits and clips
* Matchframe for clips and subclips


* Ripple
* Roll
* Slip and Slide
* Remove and Delete
* Asymmetric, multitrack trimming
* Dynamic trimming during playback
* JKL trimming
* Trim window
* Timeline trimming
* Keyboard and numeric moving and trimming
* Close Gap


* Third Party Plugin Support
* Alpha Channel Matte Transitions
* Global Transitions adds effects between In and Out points
* Real-time effects in SD, HD and 2K
* Speed Tool for varispeed changes
* Keyframe graphs
* Transitions, effects, and filters included
* Unlimited effects user templates
* Copy and paste effect attributes to multiple clips
* Effects layers with node-based compositing tool
* Bezier curves with movable motion paths
* Numeric control and keyframe capabilities


* Real-time, hardware accurate video vectorscopes and waveform monitors
* Multitrack Audio Mixer with full bus routing and multiple mixes
* Keyboard and user interface customization tool with templates for Avid and FCP keyboard mappings
* On-screen console controls
* Voice Over tool for adding narration directly to timeline
* Multi-split screen Viewer for original shot comparison
* Shot Sync - sync two sources for playback comparison
* Customisable BITC timecode and film footage overlays in Viewer

Colour Correction

* Real time Primary color correctors
* Real time Secondary color correctors
* Image control filters


* Subframe audio keyframing
* Real-time audio adjustments during playback
* OMF audio export with pan and volume levels
* Real-time, software-based audio normalization
* Onscreen multitrack mixing console
* External Mackie control surface support
* Real time fader automation
* Real-time audio filters and effects
* Mixed bit-rates and samples on timeline
* Audio level meters per track
* Pan controls
* Mute and solo controls
* Pre and Post Audio waveform display with realtime update


* Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview on single or secondary display
* Multiple timelines open simultaneously
* Unlimited undo levels
* Unlimited video and FX tracks
* User preferences that can be moved from system to system
* Customizable keyboard and user interface buttons
* Customizable real-time effects settings
* Customizable render settings
* Customizable layouts
* Customizable track layouts
* Full Unicode support


* Import RED media and DPX image sequences directly
* Include timecode and keycode in the same list
* Support for 35mm 3-perf, 35mm 4-perf, and 16mm-20 and mixed film formats
* View feet and frames in edit
* View keycode and ink number overlays on video
* 24-fps EDL import and export
* 24-fps EDL conversion to and from 29.97 fps
* Import ALE, FLX, and CSV files
* Track key numbers, ink numbers, video and audio timecode
* Output Cut list, Change list, Optical list, Pull list, Dupe list, Audio EDL

Media Management

* Media management tools for moving, copying, and consolidating media at edit or project level
* Powerful search capabilities
* Rename Clips to match media and vice versa
* Maintain master clips across multiple projects
* Clip colors in edit (match by source, reel or timecode)
* Custom comment fields
* Automatic reconnect to high-resolution media
* EDL and AAF import and export for metadata exchange
* Instant Save – no need to save project
* Batch export

3rd Party Support

* Inscriber Titlemotion
* Boris
* Combustion
* After Effects
* Premiere Plugins
* Digital Fusion
* Sapphire

I/O Support

* MXF Op1a, MXF OpAtom, Quicktime and AVI
* MPEG-2 I-Frame SD and HD
* Uncompressed SD and HD at 8 bit and 10 bit
* Avid DNxHD*
* Apple ProRes*
* AVC-Intra*
* RED R3D*
* DPX 10 bit* and 16 bit*
* Sony IMX
* Sony XDCAM HD*
* Sony XDCAM EX*
* Sony XDCAM HD422*
* Panasonic P2
* Image Import and Export as stills or sequences (DPX, BMP, TARGA, JPEG, GIF, PSD, TIFF, DPX, JPEG2000, PICT, QT Image, SGI, and PNG)
* Export presets for Apple TV, iPhone, iPod
* Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode options
* Import and Export OMF I and OMF II
* Import and Export AAF
* MDA support for Edit While Capture with Geevs servers
* Telecine 29.97i to 24p pulldown removal
* 30fps and 25fps import to 24fps project
* Frame-accurate capture tool with support for batch, clip, and on-the-fly capturing
* Frame-accurate insert and assemble edit-to-tape
* Serial device control (RS-422, RS-232)
* FireWire device control

* available separately at extra cost

Guides and How to's:
Fraps screencast transcoded to Lightworks with EyeFrame Converter - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As:
Lightworks Pro, Editshare Lightworks,Lwks


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In order to install this crap, you HAVE to be registered, without it it won't run. And the registration e-mail takes forever to arrive.

Posted August 27, 2015 by . Tool version 12.0.2 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I installed LightWorks 11.5.1 in Linux Mint 16 x64. It runs great and is a very feature rich NLE. Using the free version, you can only export to YouTube ready 720p h.264/aac mp4. Very good editor overall for free and works great in Linux....

Posted April 06, 2014 by . Tool version 11.5.1 using OS Linux
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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