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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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2023.1 (February 2, 2023)


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New Features and Fixes in Version 2023.1

This section summarizes the fixes, enhancements, and features that have been implemented in this
release of Lightworks.
Cross Platform New Features and Fixes
This section describes the cross-platform new features and fixes contained in this release.
New Features:
• Added HDR workflows
o HDR format is now detected from the media files (MOV/MXF/MP4)
o HDR colour space information is now available to view for HDR media in Bins and on the Metadata
o Bit Depth of the video is now available to view for media in Bins and on the Metadata panel
o Added the ability to change the 'Playback colour space' on a sequence (Lightworks Pro Only), for
Lightworks Free and Lightworks Create the SDR colour spaces can be selected.
o Added the ability to change the 'Colour space' option on the Export panel (Lightworks Pro Only)
in this version the option is locked to the current colour space, i.e for export of a sequence it follows the
'Playback colour space’.
o Added the ability to change the 'Monitor Colour space' option on the Video->Output tab of the project
card (limited to Default and rec709 currently)
‘Default’ option sends native video colour space (SDR or HDR) to be interpreted by the display. ‘Rec 709’
option applies a viewing conversion from HDR to SDR.
o The sequence timeline will allow mixed HDR/SDR formats for the purpose of review
o HDR format is signalled in the exported media files (Lightworks Pro Only)
o Updated the CIE scope to display the sequence colour spaces above rec709 for HDR workflows
(Lightworks Pro Only)
o Added “Apply HDR transforms” setting on the Video->Output tab of the project card. This controls if
automatic colour management is active or not
o Added Rec 2020, P3 Display (HDR), P3 DCI (HDR), HLG (HDR), and PQ (HDR) options to the 'Monitor
colour space' output setting
• Added the ability to draw/create Masks: Ellipse, Square or Complex Shape (user defined) to various effect
o DVE effects category: All
o Colour effects category: All
o Stylise effects category: All
o Key effects category: Lumakey and Chromakey
o Matte effects category: 2D Shape and Colour/Corner Gradient
o Mix effects category: Blend, Dissolve, Luma Wipe and Masked Blend
o Added Inside/Outside Colour Correction effect, allowing two separate tabs for Inside (the mask) and
Outside (the mask)
o Added the ability to keyframe Effect Masks
o Added new 'Speech Bubble' effect under the Matte effects category
o Added ability to replace a colour effect and preserve the mask shape (if created)
• Added the ability to create and define custom layout templates (Fixed Layout Only)
o Added new EDIT tab layout to expose more features (Fixed layout only)
o Added the ability to enable/disable visible items on panels by clicking the '+' icon
o Added the ability to reset the view back to the default by right clicking the tab header
o Added ability to reorganise the tabs at the top of the Fixed layout
o Added the ability to switch between Tiles or List view for Effects (Fixed Layout Only. Flexible coming
o Added the ability to switch between Tiles or List view for Transitions (Fixed Layout Only. Flexible
coming soon)
• Added vertical resizable scrollbar to effect parameter graphs
• Added 'Graph height' slider to the effects panel menu (ctrl + mouse-wheel still supported)
• Added Graphs for grouped effect parameters to be correctly aligned with non-grouped parameters
• Added various streamlined user-interface changes throughout the application
• Added new Lightworks logo on the project browser
• Added fullscreen playback icon to sequence/source viewers
• Added 'Toggle auto-track sync' icon to the sequence timeline
• Added 'Toggle audio levels editing' icon to the sequence timeline
• Added the ability to import OpenEXR media
• Added the ability to export to OpenEXR media (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added improved ability to drag and drop into the application, allowing drop to a viewer, bin or timeline
• Added improved import panel making more options and libraries visible by default
• Added ability to always restore the default media location if one is not present
• Added eight new keyboard shortcut assignments, 'Add favourite 1-8' Bound to ALT F1-F8 by default for adding
Favourite Effects
• Added the ability to save audio plugin effects as Favourites
• Added Steinberg Halion SE to the audio plugin blacklist
• Added ability to open sequences as sources on the new EDIT layout (Fixed layout only)
• Added Mask parameters to the keyframe graph (apart from curve point keyframes)
• Added the 'Assemble' tab by default (Fixed layout only)
• Added video colour space metadata for MXF export (AVID DNxHD, DVCPRO and DV)
• Added option to allow the mask wireframe to be visible when scrubbing the sequence timeline
• Added improvements to the In/Out Colour Correction effect
• Added 'Auto follow' option for CIE scope Display
• Added the ability to add the Export panel within the new fixed layouts
• Added Faster forward and Rewind keyboard assignments: 2000%, 3000%, -2000%, -3000%
• Added support for LUTs with negative values
• Added 10-bit/8-bit encoding option for H.264/MP4 export (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added additional support for more animated GIFs
• Added Noise Gate effect (Lightworks Create and Pro Only)
• Added Limiter effect (Lightworks Create and Pro Only)
• Added ability to drag Effects to the routing tab (Fixed layout)
• Added 'Optimise for streaming' option to H.264 export option (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added 'Keyframe interval' option to H.264 export option (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added an option to override the automatic sequence format when creating a sequence
• Added overlay reporting the missing LUT when encountered
• Added ability to include a custom thumbnail image to upload along with the YouTube upload option (2mb max
JPEG/PNG only)
• Added ability to change the colour space metadata for a clip in the bin, allows overriding of the original values
supplied in the media file
• Added ability to filter/search the LUTs list
• Added tooltip to the 'Keyframe' setting on the H.264/MP4 export option
• Added 'Half' and 'Quarter' resolution sizes for proxies
• Added in "Lock centre" toggle for Masks/2D curves
• Added ability to set the Black/White image colour settings from the sequence
• Added ability to install 'Community Effects' files directly to the application from the Effects settings panel
• Added search functionality to the Font selection list
• Added ability to export an individual frame on Image Sequence export (Lightworks Pro Only)
• Added Tasks log file to all Lightworks.archive exports
• Added in 16-bit options for PNG and TIFF image sequence exports
• Added warnings when creating a project backup and some media is missing
• Added 'Downloads' to Shortcut places on the import panel
• Added support for Apple ProRes HDR exports (Apple Certified)
• Added ability to add tangent curves when adding Mask points using press+drag
• Added further improvements to the GOP length on H.264 exports to improve quality
• Added missing Apple ProRes DCI 4K (4096x2160) on the export menu
• Added text to the community effects panel if an internet connection problem is detected
• Updated the messages shown on the 'Activate license(s)' panel
• Provided panels/components for Clips/Sequences/etc (Fixed Layout Only)
• Improved 'Close gap' to respect 'Auto Track Sync' setting
• Improved the default quality on YouTube uploads
• Improved the 'Reconfigure' option to be available in each layout
• Disabled animated GIFs being detected as image sequences
• Disabled ability to click the user icon on the license panel
• Preserved redundant cuts in AAF/XML/OMF imports rather than remove them
• Removed Scale X and Scale Y for Ellipses and Rectangles
• Removed the 'Keyframe shape' toggle button for ellipses and rectangles and show individual param keyframing
• Removed invalid and non-functional options from the 'File type' list on Image Sequence export
• Reinstated the pull up metadata panels for clips and sequences
• Changed 'Keyframe shape' toggle name for Curves to 'Keyframe curve points' (this only affects the non-visible
curve point and tangents params on the panel)
• Changed mask parameters to appear (greyed out) whilst drawing/creating the shape
• Prevented Epidemic Sound media from being imported using the 'Create link' option
• Prevented Opus audio from attempting to play back (now silence)
• Newly created projects now use the last chosen bin column layout by default
• Fixed effective envelope not updating after linearizing a segment
• Fixed Alt+drag to copy VFX
• Fixed inability to import .SRT files into the application
• Fixed logs not being received/copied successfully between projects
• Fixed potential crash exporting to WAV with a 'Compressor' Effect added to a clip
• Fixed Reference AAF importing with clips in the correct position within the sequence but the wrong part of the
clip being used
• Fixed issue with MP3 files not importing correctly
• Fixed issue with white noise being produced on embedded AAF exports
• Fixed performance issues with audio plugins on the sequence
• Fixed issue with archive restores not restoring all the media correctly
• Fixed incorrect gap appearing when dragging a clip to the end of a sequence and dropping
• Fixed potential crash with Waves audio plugins
• Fixed issues with logs not updating correctly when copying between projects
• Fixed .psd and other file types not importing
• Fixed XDCAM EX files not playing correctly
• Fixed potential crash when attempting to edit an image sequence
• Fixed Media link files not being deleted when deleting a project
• Fixed performance issue with badly formed PNG files using up system memory
• Fixed incorrect shape sizes when adjusting using the viewer overlays
• Fixed potential crash cha...

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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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