New in Lightworks version 12


The release of Lightworks version 12 marks a unique milestone in that for the first time, the same version runs on the Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms - a unique achievement for a professional, fully featured NLE.

As a result of Lightworks' intelligent software architecture, new features and fixes for all three versions will be available virtually at the same time, barring operating system-specific issues.

In addition to marking the completion of work on the multi-platform code-base, version 12 introduces improvements to several key areas and adds some great new features, to speed workflow and improve the editing experience...
Lightworks just got a whole lot easier to use!


Smart Play Engine

The play engine within Lightworks has had an overhaul. In addition to improving playback perfomance of all media types, Lightworks now automatically identifies material as interlaced or progressive and adjusts the Project settings accordingly, removing the need for manual selection (the Display Optimization button has been removed from the Video Tab of the Project Card). This should make it much easier for new and existing users to play and work with material, without ever having to worry about whether they have the right setting applied.

Play Engine

Content Manager

With Lightworks 12, we are introducing a powerful new approach to managing project assets. The Content Manager window provides a unified interface through which to control and arrange all media Clips, Edits, Bins and Searches. Workflow is further improved by the addition of functions such as the new 'fast export' options.

the content manager

Bins and Groups

Bins can be created very easily by clicking the '+' button next to "Bins". You can even select multiple files before clicking the '+' button to create a new bin containing just those files.

Previously bins had to be stored in racks and required an unusual drag and drop method to organise. Racks have now been renamed to Groups and made a lot easier to use and understand. Select multiple bins or multicam bins in the content manager list, right click and select Make > Group. All the bins are now grouped together, making the list much more manageable and making it much easier to locate media. Groups can also exist inside Groups - just like racks could exist inside racks. Managing your project files just got a whole lot easier.

If all this seems too much like everything has changed, we have kept some of the previous workflow. Users can drag out Bins and Groups from the Content Manager to the Lightworks Desktop. These all appear in the familiar rack style and behave exactly the same way. This can be very useful in long form editing. You can even hide the Content Manager list on the left to give you more screen real estate.

Bins and Groups

Multicam Bins

Sync Groups are now called Multicam bins, and exist in the Content Manager exactly the same as normal bins. They are identified in the Content Manager list with the green sync icon to the left of the name.

Viewers are now restored automatically and remember their size and position when opening a Multicam bins, saving you time switching between several Multicam bins. The same powerful features for Multicam bins still exist: Live editing, Auto edit, Simple Syncing and Sync Options.

Filters and Searches

Filters and Searches offer fast ways of finding your content. As well as default filters for Clips, Subclips, Edits, Everything and Recent, we have given users the ability to create and manage their own filters. Clicking the '+' icon next to "Filters" allows criteria to be entered for the filter. Any media that adheres to this criteria automatically appears in this filter when imported. This gives users a very unique and powerful way of managing their projects and their media even before they have actually imported anything.

Once all your media has been imported, simply select all your media within one of the chosen filters, click the Bin + button, and all your selected media is saved immediately to the new bin under Content Manager’s list.

No more open bins taking up valuable screen real estate!

Forward and Back buttons at the top of the Content Manager also help you navigate to previous locations, in the same way you would use a web browser.

Importing directly to a chosen bin is also now possible for the first time in Lightworks, either using drag and drop or by right clicking the bin and selecting Import.

Direct Import

The Clips filter allows you to sort between your media using the useful tabs: All, Video only, Audio Only or Rendered material. Select the Clips filter on the left and then click on the relevant tab at the top.

Clips Filter

The Recent Filter is really handy for finding media either from Today, Yesterday, This week, This month and Current, simply by navigating the tabs at the top. The most powerful of these options is the ‘Current’ tab. This clever tab shows you the media where your timeline marker is parked within your record edit. Move the timeline marker within your edit, and the clips in the Current tab update immediately to show you the frame you are parked on for each of the tracks within the edit.

Recent Filter

Managing media within Lightworks has never been simpler and moving bins between projects has been made even easier. Simply select all the bins in your bin list, click the cogs icon, - or right click and choose Move to or Copy to, - and select the project. We have also removed the permanent and transient terminology for bins. The Content Manager now holds all your content until you save your files into a bin, or move content into an existing bin. If you no longer want a bin, right click it and destroy it.

Bin Management

Searches have also been incorporated into the new Content Manager. Any search made using the Search Card or Content Manager automatically creates a new Searches Filter on the left hand side of the Content Manager, the filter containing all the content meeting the searched-for criteria. Any subsequent searches will open in an additional tab at the top of the Content Manager of the Searches Filter.

Bin Searches

New Color Correction Effects

The color correction effects in Lightworks were already very powerful, allowing users to make changes in real time, but now we have improved upon them dramatically and encompassed several previous separate color correction effects into one (HSV, RGB and Curves).

Selective Colour Correction

Aside from improving the overall appearance of the effects, we have also made it much simpler and easier to add additional effects, reset them and duplicate them all from the Settings panel.

If you have made a change within the color correction that needs modification, simply right click the effect, and reset the parameter or all of them at once. You can even duplicate the existing effect or create a new effect with default settings, all from the same shortcut menu. The focus here was to make sure editors can change all the effects they need to add or remove as necessary, all within the same panel.

Selective Colour Correction Menu

The keyframe graph has also received a makeover. You can switch from Settings to Keyframe View by clicking the keyframe icon at the top of the panel. This keeps all the settings and configuration all in one panel, saving screen real estate, and the editor’s time.

Keyframe Graph

ProRes Encoding

With Lightworks now on Mac, one of the most important aspects to include was ProRes encoding on the Record, Rendering and Export.

NOTE: This feature is available on Mac OS only.

ProRes Encoding

XML Import

In order to appeal to customers still using Final Cut Pro 7 (FCP7) we have implemented XML import from Final Cut Pro. Any FCP7 user wishing to try Lightworks, needs only to export one file from FCP7 - import it into Lightworks - and the entire sequence is available with the corresponding media. No configurations, no system tweaking, just a simple import.

AAF Round Trip with Resolve

If the powerful and advanced colour effects within Lightworks are not enough, you can export your edit sequence as an AAF direct to Resolve, as you would with Media Composer. The AAF links directly to all the media Lightworks is using - and Resolve is able to make all the necessary changes and export an AAF directly back to Lightworks.

Flow to Lightworks to Flow

With the latest version of Flow 3.1, you can now drag and drop Flow sequences, Clips and Subclips as an AAF or Flow XML into Lightworks. All the media is linked instantly, and the sequence is filled with all the correct media. This brings us one step closer to the full collaboration between products.

Once you have finished making your edit changes within Lightworks, simply export an AAF, - drag and drop this back to Flow, - and the entire sequence becomes available in Flow, instantly. Note that sequences are returned to Flow as simple cuts - they cannot contain overlapping cuts or transitions.

Flow AAF

Additional Documentation

The following documents are also available from EditShare:


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