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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 $240/year, more features, see version comparison. All versions requires an account.

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2022.2 (April 7, 2022)


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New

New Features and Fixes in Version 2022.2

New Features:
• Added Apple ProRes Decode/Encode certified by Apple
• Added ability to import 10-bit media preserving the maximum detail captured by 10-bit capable cameras
• Added ability to add a LUT to an individual clip or a bin of clips in List view
• Added camera manufacturer LUTs (ARRI, Canon, GoPro, Panasonic, RED and Sony) to the installers
• Added automatic camera metadata extraction from MOV and MXF media files
• Added enhancements to the Video Tools panel (Requires OpenCL compatible graphics cards)
o Added new scope CIE scope (Lightworks Pro Only)
o Added ability to create split view panels for multiple scopes to be visible at the same time (Lightworks
Pro Only)
o Vectorscope, RGB and Histogram have been updated and improved
o The RGB scope has been broken into individual separate panels: R, G and B
o The YrCbCr scope has been broken into individual separate panels: Y, Cb and Cr (Lightworks Create/Pro
o Added option for displaying the Graticule on top of the graph on the Video Tools panel
o Added option to zoom in on the Histogram graph on the Video Tools panel
• Added 10/12-bit Export options (Lightworks Pro Only)
o AVID DNxHD HQ compression has been added within the 'MOV' and 'MXF' export options (Separate
AVID DNxHD license required)
o Apple ProRes HQ compression has been added within the 'MOV' export option
o Panasonic AVC-Intra export option now exports at 10-bit
o Sony XAVC export option now exports at 10-bit
o Cineform 10-bit compression is now the only option within the 'MOV' and 'AVI' export options
o Added 8/10-bit encode options according to GPU format for Apple ProRes, Cineform and
• Added QScan integration within Lightworks interface (Lightworks Pro Only)
o Added ability to configure connection to QScan within 'System Settings'
o Added ability to right click and imported media file and choose: Media->QC->Scan
o Added ability to run QC check on exported sequences on the Export panel
o Added ability to configure the list of QC templates that appears in Lightworks
o Added ability to perform QC scans on imported clips automatically
o Added ability to display QScan format events on task completion
• Added warning during export file creation if a FAT32 formatted drive is being used for the export location
• Added performance improvements for H.264/H.265 decode
• Added full resolution decode of 12-bit H.265
• Added the ability to generate Apple ProRes proxy files (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added more flexible parsing of user effects files
• Added improvements to the LUT selection list
• Added 'Make > Bin' option when right clicking inside a bin group
• Added further MP4 playback performance improvements
• Added 'Reveal system logs' button within 'System Settings'
• Added in more options for Apple ProRes proxy creation (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added support for display of Apple ProRes 4444 alpha channel
• Improved inter-project asset copying, including moving the process to a background task
• Improved speed of WAV exports (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Improved the list of available AVID DNxHD compression options when exporting (Separate AVID DNxHD license
• Improved the ordering of compression options for MOV, MXF and AVI export options (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Improved message when activating a license to be more informative
• Increased WAV file export size limit to 4Gb (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Updated the German wordings file to be more accurate
• Simplified the QC job submission user interface
• Reinstated warning for Long GOP media on import
• Re-enabled downscale decode for Apple ProRes thumbnails if square pixel
• Fixed failure to sign in successfully to Vimeo on the export panel
• Fixed incorrect export formats being listed on the export panel when set to 1080p 23.98
• Fixed incorrect error message when encountering a 23.98fps clip in a 24fps sequence
• Fixed incorrect video orientation in exported file compared to the sequence
• Fixed incorrect behaviour with the Push effect when applied to rotated media
• Fixed potential crash moving the Mackie faders when the audio mixer panel previously had no focused sequence
• Fixed incorrect behaviour dragging and dropping a selection of clips on the sequence timeline
• Fixed incorrect playback of a particular DVCPro50 media sample file
• Fixed User Effect files not working correctly
• Fixed incorrect image/colour on exported MOV files from NewBlue Titler Pro
• Fixed png MOV files losing their alpha channel
• Fixed audio only AAF import failing with 'Invalid composition edit rate'
• Hidden the 'Make' option if not applicable on the 'Local files' library
• Fixed incorrect aspect ratio being read from Quicktime files
• User effects that contain invalid parameter flags can no longer be installed
• Fixed performance issues during playback
• Fixed incorrect colour on PNG MOV samples
• Fixed effect keyframe position setting not being preserved correctly
• Fixed Bin not disappearing when deleting a bin from inside a Group
• Fixed inability to create a proxy for 'create link' media that has no link file
• Fixed playback of audio in separate streams (as opposed to all channels in one stream) when FFMPEG is used ie,
• Fixed every successive use of 'Replace with' when removing an option from the list for next time on the Effects
• Fixed crash with image sequences that have a number more than 16 digits
• Fixed incorrect RED R3D images when set to 32bit floating point on the project card
• Fixed AVID DNxHD HQX-10bit image (decoded) looking brighter after rendering
• Fixed Effect names that contain brackets not being parsed correctly
• Fixed missing sequences when restoring a project with VST plugins
• Fixed OpenFX effects not working correctly with rotated media
• Fixed stuttering playback of fixed GOP length media files
• Fixed Image-key Blend modes not working
• Fixed broken thumbnail images on Wipe patterns
• Fixed audio EQ cutting out before the end of the clip section
• Fixed the image size of the sequence viewer not remaining constant when opening the Effects/BITC panels when
the Letterbox feature has been applied (Flexible layout)
• Fixed missing image playback when set to 1080i playback format
• Fixed potential crash removing redundant cuts from a marked sequence
• Fixed video image not appearing when trimming a sequence that contains an effect on the Effects track
• Fixed H.264 proxy creation of interlaced 1080i source media failing
• Fixed DVE incorrectly changing the brightness of the clip it is applied to
• Fixed potential crash restoring a project from an archive
• Fixed incorrect edge softness on a DVE if a new Pivot position has been set
• Fixed potential crash with some DVCProHD media
• Fixed size calculation size on WAV exports
• Fixed application crashing when logging out of an RDP session
• Fixed potential crash during export if a blank line is present in the DefNetDrive.txt file
• Fixed some tiles in a list view bin showing as "Offline"
• Fixed performance issues copying thousands of assets between projects
• Fixed incorrect WAV Files being exported when setting 24/32 bit
• Fixed incorrect size calculations for WAV exports
• Fixed Flop effect no longer working
• Fixed incorrect Flip and Flop for media that's rotated by 90 or 270 degrees
• Fixed column sorting within the 'Local files' library not working for all subfolders
• Fixed potential crash while making proxy files
• Fixed label mapping timecode setting not persisting
Windows New Features and Fixes
This section describes the Windows new features and fixes contained in this release.
New Features:
• N/A
• Fixed incorrect playback of plugin effects on vertical frames during proxy playback
• Fixed potential crash when adding a Boris transition to a segment with insufficient media and an odd sequence
output format
Linux New Features and Fixes
This section describes the Linux new features and fixes contained in this release.
New Features:
• Added support for Ubuntu 22.04
• Minimum supported version of Fedora is now 34
• N/A
macOS New Features and Fixes
This section describes the macOS new features and fixes contained in this release.
New Features:
• N/A
• Fixed Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra exports failing immediately
• Fixed incorrect playback of plugin effects on vertical frames during proxy playback
• Fixed potential crash when adding a Boris transition to a segment with insufficient media and an odd sequence
output format
Limitations and Known Problems in Version 2022.2
This section describes the limitations and known problems contained in this release.
Cross Platform
• Audio plugin effects can not be added as 'Favourites'
• Systems that do not support OpenCL will not experience the new Video Tools panel updates
• There is no Effects vendor categorisation in the Video/Audio Effects lists
• Depending on the amount of third party plugins installed on the system, the first startup of this new version may
be slow and consume memory
• H.264 Proxy files will fail to be created from high frame rate media
• Some proxy images may have incorrect black bars surrounding the image
• Some proxy files generated from H.265/HEVC media may be incorrect
• Issues generating proxy files from 4k media with codecs other than H.264
• Contour ShuttlePROs will not work unless you duplicate the 'Lightworks' settings in their app and then point it at
the new 2021.2 release
• Prints containing multiple V tracks and DVEs used will not display correctly in a sequence
• DVEs may change position when switching to a different sequence output
• MXF, AVI and MOV export options have an incorrect mix of PAL and NTSC options
• H.264/MP4 exports at 23.98fps show the audio sync is half a frame out
• PAL/NTSC source files thumbnails/viewers may not play out on the hardware I/O
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All features


* 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, t to ll, 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

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La versiσn free requiere registrarse cada 7 dias, no permite renderizar lo editado en el timeline y la exportaciσn sσlo puede hacerse a una resoluciσn mαxima de 720p. Como opciσn freemium es por lejos una de las peores.

Review by Paulus on Oct 11, 2018 Version: 14.0 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

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....

Review by racer-x on Apr 6, 2014 Version: 11.5.1 OS: Linux Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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