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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.

Freeware Trialware $240
OS: Win Mac Linux
File size: 100MB
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Latest version

2023.2.144635 (February 21, 2024)



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Download Lightworks 2023.2.144635 Windows 64-bit  100MB  Win64

Download Lightworks 2023.2.144635 Mac 64-bit  100MB  Mac64

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Software License

Freeware/Trialware (Free download but some features are limited to pro/premium version $240)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux




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


We have updated the installers for 2023.2 with revision 144635.

This new build includes the ability to export to MKV (FFV1) and several other improvements. The full list of changes can be seen below:
Added FFV1 lossless codec encoding (Lightworks Pro Only)
Added setting to allow synchronising video monitor display with audio
Added ability to right click a Subclip and choose: 'Media > Reveal'
Changed MP4 (H.264) export (Free/Create) default bit depth from 10-bit to 8-bit for compatibility with Media Player
Added 'Bit depth' option to the Export panel
The last bit depth setting is now recalled
Changed the default behaviour when adding audio tracks to always add after the existing tracks
Removed link to old 'Whatsnew' page from the project hint popup
Removed invalid 50i export option for Apple ProRes, Cineform when sequence format is 50P
Image sequence export logs now show the image bit depth
Disabled DPX 10-bit export pending a fix
Fixed some third-party sample MP4 23.98fps importing and showing as 24fps
Fixed hidden sequence in shared projects when resizing the left hand side of the sequence viewer
Fixed the "Add Stereo Pair" function not making a true stereo pair according to the audio mixer panel
Fixed JP2 exports showing as individual frames when browsing to them on the Import panel
Fixed Marks not being cleared after adding a Transition/Crossfade (when specifying 'Use marks')
Fixed possible crash when closing the fullscreen preview (by double-clicking)
Fixed crash grouping tracks on an audio clip during playback
Fixed default clip timeline size (Flexible layout)
Fixed display of single pixel high GIF thumbnails
Fixed audio crackling playing output tests
Fixed long audio latency issues as reported on the Forum
Fixed potential issue where newly created projects can show the incorrect layout
Fixed image sequences exported using 'Create folder' not being detected on re-import
Fixed compression settings for JPEG, TIFF and PNG image sequence export
Fixed inability to move a BITC label (Fixed layout only)
Fixed incorrect colour on AVID DNxHR sample
Fixed reading of single frame GIFs
Fixed display of FLAC cover art

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All features


Editing

* 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

Trimming

* 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

Effects

* 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

Tools

* 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

Audio

* 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

Application

* 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

Film

* 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
* DV25, DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
* 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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Acronyms / Also Known As

Lightworks Pro, Editshare Lightworks,Lwks




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La versión free requiere registrarse cada 7 dias, no permite renderizar lo editado en el timeline y la exportación sólo puede hacerse a una resolución máxima de 720p. Como opción 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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