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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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11.5.1 (April 03, 2014)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Fixed in Version 11.5.1

Cross Platform Fixes
• Fixed ProRes sample stuttering during playback
• Fixed potential crash returning to the project browser when there are outstanding
Thumbnail render tasks
• Fixed potential crash in release builds (primarily debug builds only)
• Fixed Rendering/Exporting not working correctly with multi level video tracks and FX
• Fixed stereoscopic 3D exports failing right at the end (when a few extra frames are
generated past the end of the item being exported)
• Fixed export of stereoscopic 3D edits always being left eye only
• Fixed potential crash adding audio tracks as stereo pairs
• Fixed 'balance' wording on the Color Correction effect panel
• Fixed being able to add effects from the "Mixes" category when right-clicking a
• Fixed audio clicks when decoding AC3 audio (44.1 kHz)
• Fixed material vanishing from an open bin when moved from another bin
• Fixed potential crash rendering a rendered section
• Fixed copied local still images not being restored from an archive
• Fixed potential crash when the number of effects on a segment exceeds the height
of the track in pixels
• Fixed Matrox AVIs from After Effects displaying as black
• Fixed potential crash switching rooms with open bins
• Fixed Selective CC 'Color Picker' icon
• Fixed Alexa ProRes 4444 .MOV files importing with the incorrect aspect ratio
• Fixed 64bit version hanging with large amounts of MTS (H.264) media
• Fixed potential crash opening video preview window from background task list
• Fixed 'Auto' frame rate projects importing media with the incorrect Transfer method
• Added limited ALT-GR key mapping support
• Added 'Remove' option to audio transition timeline menu
• Added config for avoiding silence with certain kinds of trim
• Fixed potential crash using CTRL Z shortcut in text fields
• Fixed FX removal (when effect is on an FX track and it has a transition as in input)
• Fixed potential crash opening lots of small files containing AC3 audio
• Fixed Titling effect appearing on the list of licensed features
• Fixed ERROR 610, Corrupted MI and Invalid response from Licensing Server due to
invalid XML
• Fixed tiles in sync groups not updating after shuttling with the console
• Fixed AAF imports (with sub-clip compositions with no video track) to get incorrect
• Fixed potential crash importing AVID AAFs
• Fixed AAF import to deal with multiple nested V-tracks (or indeed A-tracks)
• Added more detailed reporting of missing Composition Usage Code and associated
illegal sequence references in AAFs
• Added Save/Restore position of the video-analysis panel in room files
• Audio waveforms are now On by default
• Fixed audio pops and glitches in AC3 audio imports
• Fixed potential "License Expired" error due to timezones east from Greenwich
• Fixed audio not playing during an audio only trim
• Fixed timeline marker jumping to the wrong end of a clip when entering audio only
trim slip/slide mode
• Fixed YouTube export options when using non-standard wordings
• Fail to return a valid frame-rate on an AAF if an error occurs
• Removed 1080p60 and 1080p50 options from the YouTube export list, as they are
not supported by MainConcept
• Fixed Insert and Replace buttons not working correctly on edits used as sources
• Changed Remove/Delete buttons to Insert/Replace when taking an edit out of
record and vice versa
• Fixed templates created from effects on tracks other than the topmost track being
saved incorrectly
• Fixed sync groups showing out of sync with record edit when moving the timeline
• Fixed crash importing OMFs
• Fixed folder creation when clicking Do it on the add media folder location on the
Media tab of the project card
• Fixed ability to save audio effect templates
• Fixed crash exporting WAV files from a bin of MP4 files
• Prevented multiple AAFs being opened at the same time when browsing to a
location that contains more than one
• Prevented the Record edit from simultaneously becoming the Source as well
• Fixed incorrect duration reported on .m4a audio samples
• Fixed tiles in bins potentially turning black randomly
• Fixed Undo/Redo buttons on the video routing panel
• Fixed incorrect wording on hover-over tip for timeline zoom buttons
• Fixed Tooltips set to Never reverting back to Fast after playing a viewer
• Fixed audio not importing from file paths containing unicode characters
• Fixed Syncs in sync groups not syncing to A1 timecode
• AAF import composition mobs with missing Usage Code are now defaulted to Edits
• Fixed hang calculating sync errors during certain trim operations
• Fixed 'Add >' effects for FX segments
• Fixed rendering being incorrect on varispeed samples resulting in a flash frame
• Prevented crash deleting edit tracks with an invalid audio mix
• Stopped repeated attempts to generate waveforms for missing files

Windows Fixes
• Added D3Dcompiler_43.DLL to our install directory to help avoid DirectX issues
• Added warning on startup that Shaders have failed to compile due to out of date
• Fixed certain XDCAM MOVs importing as green images into 32bit version
• Fixed issues with Combustion workflow
• Fixed no audio channels when importing a file with non-ascii characters in its name
or path
• Launched plugins in a separate thread as require different COM threading (This fixes
timeline issues within Boris Red/FX)
• Fixed plug-in panel appearance when plug-in fails to load

Linux Fixes
• Fixed launching for ‘http’ document types

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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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