Technical Specifications


System Requirements

Operating Systems

All versions are designed to run on Intel and AMD chipsets and motherboards.

  • Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10
  • Linux Supported Debian Distros:
    • Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu 18.04 and higher
    • Mint 17 and higher
  • Linux Supported RPM Distros:
    • Fedora 30 and higher
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and higher, earlier versions are not tested

Recommended System Specs

  • Intel i7 chipset or faster, fast AMD chipset
  • 3GB RAM or higher
  • Two high-resolution displays (1920 x1080) or above
  • PCI Express graphics card (NVIDIA or AMD) with 1GB or higher and support for DirectX 9 (Windows only)
  • Separate media and system drives (these can be internal or external as long as the the interface is suitably fast
  • Compatible sound card
  • 200MB Disk space for Lightworks installation
  • (Optional) a Lightworks Console.
  • (Optional) a Lightworks keyboard.


One of the most important aspects for a system to run Lightworks is the graphics card. Although we support both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, we strongly recommend NVIDIA as the graphics card of choice, for anyone wishing to get the most out of Lightworks. We have recently approved the latest NVIDIA cards K1200, K2200, K4200 and K5200. These cards show exceptional performance when used with Lightworks on Windows or Linux and we are proud to recommend them to our users:


Most powerful graphics card for small form factor workstations with incredible 3D application performance, 4 GB of GPU memory, and a flexible single-slot, low-profile form factor for even the most space and power-constrained chassis. more info


Outstanding performance with a range of professional applications, substantial 4 GB of GPU memory to hold large models, and support for four displays for enhanced desktop productivity. more info


Supercharged performance for graphics-intensive applications, large 4 GB of GPU memory, support for four displays, and stereo capability in a single-slot configuration. more info


Extreme performance to handle demanding workloads, 8 GB of GPU memory, advanced four-display capabilities for large-scale visualization, and support for high-performance video I/O. more info

Instructions for installing NVIDIA Graphics cards on Linux platforms can be found at the links below:

Ubuntu | Fedora

Lightworks Capabilities

Wide Container support

  • MXF OP1a
  • MXF OPAtom – P2
  • MXF OPAtom - native Avid support
  • Quicktime
  • AVI
  • .mts
  • .m2ts
  • .m2t
  • .mpg
  • .mp4
  • .wmv (export only)
  • .ts (import only)
  • .m2v (import only)
  • .asf (import only)
  • .vob (import only)

Import and Output functions

  • Batch Import
  • Transcode on Import
  • Export Clips, Edits, Bins, Racks and entire Projects
  • Telecine 29.97i to 24p pulldown removal
  • Import 30fps and 25fps media into a 24fps project


  • Resolution, format and codec independent timeline
  • Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60 fps
  • Advanced realtime Multicam editing with unlimited sources (Subject to hardware and storage capability)
  • 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
  • AutoSync - Single-click re-sync of whole timeline
  • Multi-colored markers for edits and clips
  • Matchframe for clips and subclips
  • Comprehensive Drag and Drop support:
    • Drag and Drop multiple clips from a bin into your edit, bin or sync group
    • Drag and drop onto the edit timeline as Insert or Replace
    • Drag and drop supports Audio Linking (this means if you pick up the video of a clip, the corresponding audio will move with it) This sync feature can be turned on/off
    • Drag and drop multiple clips across multiple tracks
  • Storyboarding – arrange tiles in Bins, adjust in and out points and convert to an edit with a single click

Record and Playout

  • Frame-accurate capture tool
  • Batch capture
  • Crash record
  • Frame-accurate insert and assemble edit-to-tape
  • Serial Device Control (RS422)
  • Firewire Device Control
  • Support for SDI capture devices*:
    • Matrox X.mio, DSX LE2/3 and MXO2 ranges
    • Blackmagic Decklink, UltraStudio and Intensity ranges
    • AJA Kona and Io XT


  • 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
  • Single click drag and trim – no separate tool required
  • Drag in Black
  • Auto Unjoin


  • Updated Multicam with switching clips directly in the timeline
  • Unique Sync Group feature
  • Live Cut – cut between angles during multicam playback
  • Sync to Lock Frame or Timecode
  • Sync with Edits
  • Unlimited Sources
  • Mixed Sources – resolution, format and frame rate
  • Auto edit sync group sources together as one sequence


  • Support for complete stereoscopic workflow*
  • Individual Left and Right eye media
  • Automatic sync on import
  • No change in editing workflow
  • Realtime Adjustment toolset for Alignment, Scaling and Colour Correction
  • Multiple output options – Anaglyph, Side-by-side, Chequerboard, Individual Left and Right Eyes
  • Monitor desktop, secondary display and SDI outputs all in different Stereoscopic outputs
  • Export options for various formats


  • Multi-split screen Viewer for original shot comparison
  • Node-based effects layer and compositing tool
  • Alpha Channel Matte Transitions
  • Global Transitions adds effects between In and Out points
  • Quick Transitions direct from the timeline
  • Real-time effects in SD, HD, 2K, 4K and 5K
  • Speed Tool for varispeed changes
  • Keyframe graphs
  • Fold and Unfold effects
  • Realtime blurs
  • Realtime chroma key
  • New quick-access to effects from timeline
  • Favourite Effects category for quick use
  • Transitions, effects, and filters included
    • Colour
    • DVEs
    • Keying
    • Masks
    • Mattes
    • Mixes
    • Stereo 3D*
    • Stylize
    • Titles*
    • Plugins
    • Audio
  • Unlimited user effects templates
  • Copy and paste effect attributes to multiple clips
  • Bezier and Linear movable motion paths
  • Numeric (as well as keyframe) control over variables
  • Stereoscopic Adjustment tools
    • Alignment
    • Auto Scale
    • Colour
  • User Library of Effects available online

Colour Correction

  • New preset colour looks templates, just drag and use
  • Real time (GPU accelerated) Primary colour correctors
  • Real time (GPU accelerated) multiple Secondary colour correctors
  • Colour image control filters
  • New Curve colour correction editor


  • Basic native realtime titling
  • Rolls, Crawls, Static
  • Realtime font previews
  • Colour and gradients
  • Scaling and positioning
  • Basic effects – Fade in and out, typewriter
  • All parameters can be keyframed
  • New title presets for lower third and titles


  • Realtime Pre and Post Audio waveform display
  • Analogue-style multi-track audio scrubbing
  • Subframe-accurate audio keyframing
  • Realtime audio adjustments during playback resulting in adjustable keyframes
  • Clip and Track Gain controls
  • OMF audio export with pan and volume levels
  • Real-time, software-based audio normalization on import
  • Onscreen multi-track mixing console
  • Multiple mix Bus routing
  • External Mackie control surface support (MCU Protocol)
  • Real time fader automation
  • Real-time audio filters and effects
  • Parametric EQ
  • Mixed bit-rates and samples on timeline
  • Audio level meters per track
  • Pan controls
  • Mute and solo controls
  • Direct to timeline Voice Over recording

Media Management

  • Media management tools for moving, copying, and consolidating media at edit or project level
  • Very powerful search capabilities
    • Content Management
    • Comprehensive metadata means that searches can be very granular.
    • Bins or edits can be created from search results.
    • Take media direct from a metadata-based search to the timeline
  • Rename Clips to match media and vice versa
  • Low-res to Hi-res workflow for offline / online scenarios
  • Maintain master clips across multiple projects
  • Clip colors in edit (match by source, reel or timecode)
  • Custom comment fields
  • Custom Bin views – show, hide and re-order column headings
  • EDL and AAF import and export for metadata exchange
  • Instant Automatic Save – no need to save project
  • Automatic Edit backup facility
  • Project Archive – Logs, Picture and Sound
  • Batch export


  • Project Sharing*
    • Multiple users working in the same project at the same time, sharing the same media and sequences
    • Edit permissions handled within Lightworks: quickly transfer permission from user to user
    • Edit changes instantly saved and updated for each user without having to save or exit Lightworks
    • Bins can be shared between users and are updated in realtime
  • Media Sharing
    • Support for EditShare shared storage servers
    • Support for a wide variety of third party shared storage (NAS and SAN)
  • AAF Interchange*
    • Export AAFs to Avid Media Composer, ProTools and Resolve with AAF export presets


  • New interface scaling depending on screen resolution with Retina display support
  • Magnetic placement of all panels
  • New viewer controls on source and edit viewers (optional)
  • Real-time video analysis, 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
  • Shot Sync - sync two sources for playback comparison
  • Customisable BITC timecode and film footage overlays in Viewer
  • Customizable realtime letterboxing
  • Create and edit your own Macros to simplify worflow


  • 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


  • Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview on single or secondary display
  • Multiple timelines open simultaneously
  • Customisable 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

Third Party Support


* only available in Lightworks Pro

** Separate one-off license fee required


Please note: The software specifications stated above are subject to change without notice.

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