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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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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Fixes and Features in Version 12

This section summarizes the Fixes and Features that have been implemented in
Lightworks 12. See the following topics:
• “Cross Platform Fixes and Features” on page 3
• “Windows Fixes and Features” on page 13
• “Linux Fixes and Features” on page 14
Cross Platform Fixes and Features
New Content Manager Structure
• Bins and Groups (previously racks) are now all visible within the Content Manager
• Multicam Bins (previously Sync groups) are now all visible within the Content
• The Search function has been incorporated into the Content Manager (click the
magnifying glass)
• Added Clips, Subclips, Prints, Syncs, Edits, Searches, Everything and Recent filters to
the Content Manager
• Added ability to create Filters
• Added ability to create Filters based on search criteria
• Added ability to manage Filters. To show/hide their visibility based on content
• Added ability to create new bins with the click of a button
• Added ability to create an empty Group
• Added ability to group bins together by highlighting them, right clicking and
selecting Make group
• Added ability to copy/move bins/groups to another project simply by right clicking
• Added ability to move between previous and last bins with the arrows (top left of the
Content Manager)
• Added ability to show Current items from the edit timeline (Recent Filter)
• Added ability to sort Bins by Date, Name or Type (Bin or Group)4 TP-00216-01
Fixes and Features in Version 12
• Added ability to view Bin in a new browser window
• Added ability to open Edits/Syncs/Prints made in the application in the Content
Manager recent filter
• Added the ability to hide the Content Manager Filter/Bin list
• Added the ability to tear off a Bin to the desktop
• Added the ability to create a Group Shortcut by tearing off a Group from the Content
Manager to the desktop (Appears like the old style Racks)
• Added the ability to see the contents of a selected Group as tabs along the top, when
the Filter/Bin list is hidden
• Added the ability to edit a user created Filter in the Content Manager
• Added the ability to drag/drop files from the OS directly into an open bin (cannot
import to Filters)
• Added the ability to import directly into an existing bin (cannot import to Filters)
• Added the ability for users to choose where to reveal new imports, in the Recent filter
or in the Searches filter (Import->cogs menu)
• Bins opened from the Group Shortcut open automatically with the Filter/Bin list
• Bin sizes are now remembered by the Content Manager (Automatic Positioning must
be set to No)
• Allowed multiple bins to be dragged from the Content Manger to a rack on the
Bin Modifications
• Creation Date will now always be the Lightworks creation date ie. import date, or
date of creation within lightworks
• Added 'Media Date' This will now show the actual creation date of the media itself
(when it's available)
• Added Frame rate bin column header
• Added aspect ratio bin column header
• Added Modified date bin column header (which you can also search by)
• Added Take bin column header
• Added the ability to create an empty edit from a bin
• Added "Loading" text to tiles in bins
• Added a message box when you create an edit or a bin to say the contents have been
saved automatically
• Added support for Alacrity-style bins
• Added Move/Copy labels to clips when dragging and dropping clips from one bin to
• Renamed Source Format column header to Media Format
• Renamed Location column header to Media Location (which you can also search by)TP-00216-01 5
Lightworks v12 Release Notes
Multicam Bin Modifications
• No longer automatically enter 'compact' mode when selecting 'Display viewers' You
can now highlight some tiles then just click 'compact' to replicate the old behaviour)
• We now store the size/positions of viewers, based on the number of viewers that are
visible - If you have 4 viewers visible we store that layout, if you have 3 viewers visible,
we store that layout separately -
• Added hide viewers function
• Added the ability for multicam viewers to appear when opening a multicam bin. Set
"Automatically restore viewers" to yes on the cogs menu
Improved Delete Panels on Bins
• The delete panels will now be the same whether selecting multiple bins, individual
bins or a selection of entries inside the bin
• Changed the wording on the delete panel to explain more clearly what will happen
with the deleted items
• Changed the options on the delete panel to explain more clearly what is being
• Included the number of Bin/Log/Media files that will be deleted
• Prevented users from deleting Logs only resulting in orphaned media
• Prevented users from being able to delete a bin when tagged entries are selected
• Renamed "Destroy" to "Delete"
FX Panel Enhancements
• Added tabs to the effects settings panel for multiple tracks
• Combined the effects sliders panel and keyframes panel into one
• Cleaned up the effects parameter appearance
• New effects can now be added from the effects settings panel
• Allowed effects to be dragged/dropped from the effects browser window to the
effect settings panel
• Some effects parameters are now collapsed/hidden by default
• Used F6 for revealing the effects settings panel (Lightworks.prefs file will need to be
Search Panel Improvements
• Search fields can now be reordered
• Search panel can now be resized vertically
• Restored the ability to keep the search card open after a search6 TP-00216-01
Fixes and Features in Version 12
New XML Interchange
• Import FCP7 generated XMLs
• All XML imports will automatically link to existing media or import missing media
• All XML imports will use the media files in the same location as the XML if the path to
the media contained in the XML is not accessible
• Transitions are not currently supported
• FX are not currently supported
• Limited XML import to FCP7 version 5 XMLs only
General Fixes
• Rewritten Lightworks Play engine to remove the need for the Display Optimization
Field/Frame button
• Moved Clip references function from the Searchcard to a right click function on edits.
Find -> Clip references
• Renamed Sync Groups to Multicam Bins throughout the application
• Renamed Racks to Groups throughout the application
• Renamed Find Groups function to Find Bins throughout the application
• Renamed Groups on the searchcards to Bins
• Added Filename as a comment to EDL generation
• Added Auto-reveal for submenus (ie. hovering over a menu item for a short period
will now cause its submenu to appear)
• Changed keyboard shortcut F5 & F6 to show/hide the Content Manager
• Changed Drag and Drop import to automatically import the dragged file. Batch
import is still accessible by right clicking the import tool
• Changed Clipboard behaviour. When the Clipboard opens users can decide whether
the Clipboard automatically opens again next time or not
• Bin view option is now a toggle switch
• Improved background import to populate imported files in a bin as they become
available (Copy Local and Transcode only)
• Improved Make edit function from the Bin now opens the Recent filter in the Content
• Used 'Classic' console speed toggling behaviour by default
• Optimized the drawing pipeline. Any/All UI elements are now drawn more efficiently
(less laggy)
• Improved the low-level threading efficiency which helps to reduce the amount of
CPU time spent whilst idling (and at all other times)
• Removed any historic mention of Groups from within the application
• Render panel now pops to the top when it is hidden and the render button is pressed
• Fixed appearance of compression options on the transcode options of the batch
import panel
• Fixed Content Manager Filter>Bin boundary incorrectly scaling the bin width. You
can still force the old behaviour by holding down 'shift'
• Fixed Auto-reveal for submenus not working correctly after clicking a submenu item
• Fixed potential crash enabling and disabling Standby on the record panel repeatedlyTP-00216-01 7
Lightworks v12 Release Notes
• Fixed no image appearing on RAW .MOV sample files
• Fixed not being able to enter a project due to room lock without a name
• Fixed media folders not being created when changing the local project space
• Fixed viewer showing incorrect image for an offline file
• Changed Bin group key assignment to bring the current Content Manager to the
front and to open a Content Manager if one is not currently open
• Reordered the bin settings menu
• Used the background tasks mechanism to compile pixel shaders at startup
• Fixed crash using the find material function if "original audio filename" is ticked
• Fixed timeline size not being remembered correctly after closing and opening if the
individual tracks have been resized
• Fixed incorrect image when rendering 1080i as 1080p
• Fixed Reset all function on key assignments panel
• Fixed incorrect image on Image Sequence exports
• Fixed crash cancelling a transcode on import
• Fixed outline parameter on Titling effect not fading out correctly
• Fixed bin columns (audio rate/duration) not changing when project output-format is
• Added Changelists panel to the key assignments
• Added "(H.264/MP4)" to the YouTube export option
• Added further improvements for entering a locked room
• Added the ability to cancel an ALE import
• Added ALE config.dat entries to import cogs menu
• Added WMV option to the export panel
• Added descriptions for many of the key assignable console functions
• Removed Reset Selected Category option from key assignments panel
• Removed Reset Selected Command option from key assignments panel
• Changed 'Mark all' key assignment to 'mark segment end'
• Updated the AVID and FCP keyboard ...

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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:
File import and proxy editing in Lightworks (free) with EyeFrame Converter - Read
Fraps screencast transcoded to Lightworks with EyeFrame Converter - Read
View all guides with guide description here

Acronyms / Also Known As:
Lightworks Pro, Editshare Lightworks,Lwks

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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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