Lightworks is the fastest, most accessible and focused NLE in the industry, because it is based on the simple idea that the editor, not the computer industry, knows what’s best. The latest release of Lightworks is based on the cumulative knowledge from twenty years of top-flight editing.
Lightworks has the widest support available for formats currently available in a professional NLE. MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with every professional format you can think of: ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422 – check out the detailed Tech Specs for a full list of supported formats.
We like to shout about our timeline. It looks uncomplicated – and it is. But it’s more powerful than any other timeline out there. With the most comprehensive drag and drop support, and all the standard insert, replace and fit-to-fill edit commands, a Lightworks timeline probably gives you the most advanced feature set available. Change clip speed, control clip and track volume levels, add effects and transitions in realtime – all in an uncluttered and flexible timeline that out-performs anything else out there. And it’s free.
We live in a complicated world of formats, frame rates, codecs and standards, which is painful when all you want to do is edit. So we’ve taken that headache away. Put whatever you want on your timeline – any standard frame rate, any format, any codec – we don’t think you should worry about that. In fact, the only thing you have to decide is what you want to export your edit as. That’s all you have to do. If we could make it easier, we would.
If Lightworks had one key advantage 20 years ago it was its ability to trim media. Most NLEs make you perform unnecessary editing functions to delete, lift, cut or move media when all you really want to do is trim it. Lightworks sets the standards for trimming, with an AutoSync feature that has never been matched. Why make something complicated with several edits when you can do it with just a couple? Once you’ve trimmed in Lightworks, you won’t look back.
Not everyone shoots with multiple cameras. But when you do, you need the best tools to edit. Syncing-up shots and switching angles in realtime all help create a great multicam edit. The last thing you need is technical restrictions getting in your way. So we removed them. Edit unlimited sources and any mixture of resolutions or formats in our unique Sync Group for the most flexible multicam editing feature available in a professional NLE. It doesn’t get easier than this.
Stereoscopic is here to stay. And we’re here to support it. But why change the way you edit, just because the way you view media has changed? Lightworks has a completely unique way to edit stereoscopic media – exactly the same way you edit the rest of your media. We automatically keep track of your left and right eye media during import, editing and export; all you have to do is decide how you want to view it. And we offer plenty of ways to do this: Anaglyph, Side-By-Side, Checkerboard, Difference. You can even view stereoscopic media on a regular 2D display. Who said 3D workflows had to be expensive?
Seven years ago we developed the EditShare shared storage solution based on real world experience: working on location with shared FireWire drives drove us mad. We believe we understand project sharing better than anyone. We’ve developed a solution for Avid and we are the only company to develop one for Final Cut Pro. But with Lightworks, we’ve taken it one step further. This is what realtime collaboration should be. Share media, bins and edits in realtime with full permissions control over which user has read / write access. If you need to work together then this is probably the best solution available. Easy to configure, easy to maintain and it works on any network storage.
Remember the big announcements about background rendering last year? We remember them too and we’re still wondering why. Modern graphics cards are fast – lightning fast. Why render effects when they can be handled in realtime by inexpensive GPUs? Lightworks has a realtime GPU pipeline architecture, designed from the ground up to deal with compositing and effects, such as primary and secondary colour correction, blurs, mattes and masks – completely independent of the source media. HD? 2K? 4K? No problem, we’ll deal with it in real time. The faster your GPU, the faster your system.
Since 1989, Lightworks has had a unique and Patented hardware Console at the heart of its editing philosophy. Based around a flatbed film editor, the console offers the most tactile and intuitive editing experience available. There’s nothing else quite like it. Just because we edit using files and not film these days doesn’t mean we have to throw away the best way to edit. Using the console means you spend at least 50% more time looking at the images and not at shortcuts or disruptive application menus. It’s fast and it’s how the professionals edit. Every film that has been edited with Lightworks has been cut with a Lightworks console. And for those who fancy something different, we’ve developed a dedicated keyboard with an ergonomically designed layout for optimal use.
There’s nothing more depressing than losing your last edit. You’ve spent hours fine-tuning a cut and the power fails or your hard drive dies. We’ve been there and we know what it’s like. So that’s why we have an AutoSave feature that is as good as it gets. To put it simply, you’ll never lose your work again. Lightworks saves every keystroke, every edit, every change you make in your project. Not only does Lightworks save your project continuously, but it also saves incremental backups of each Edit. You can decide how often and how many versions are kept. Peace of mind that you can return to any point and not lose any of your hard work.
Multiple Terabytes of media: It’s a headache. How do you filter content quickly and efficiently? How can you log your media so that others can find it? Lightworks offers a powerful solution for managing your media, and doesn’t leave you at the mercy of a consumer operating system’s file system. Knowing where your media is and what you have available can make the difference between a great final product and an average edit. Log media, Storyboard, make automatic edits, and advance search for content. Powerful tools for any editor or assistant who collaborates with other departments such as audio of VFX.
We would love to think we have all the answers, but some of the best ideas come from people using Lightworks every day… and we are more than happy to listen to them! The Lightworks Community is full of great people – editors who not only love editing, but also enjoy sharing knowledge and helping others find better ways of using Lightworks, with tips, tricks, or just good old-fashioned advice. Lightworks has the largest growing community in our industry and we’re proud of it. Join us and experience something above and beyond the software!