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TOPIC: Lightworks Version 2021.1 Now Available on Windows Linux and Mac!

Lightworks Version 2021.1 Now Available on Windows Linux and Mac! 3 months, 3 weeks ago #232818

  • Matt Sandford
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Hi All,

We are very pleased to announce the first major release of Lightworks 2021.1 under LWKS Software LTD on Windows, Linux and Mac!

This latest version is probably the biggest release in the last ten years! Changing some of the fundamental foundations to allow us to build a more powerful and flexible product over the coming years.

Some of the exciting new features in version 2021.1 are listed below. Clicking on the links will take you to the 'New in 2021.1' page:

Universal Projects
Sequence Playback Format
Resolution Preservation
Custom definable sequence output formats
Social Media Templates for sequence output
Powerful asset grouping associations
User Interface Improvements
Professional Language Translations
Proxy Generation Improvements
Support for macOS 11 (Big Sur)

The full list of fixes and other improvements in version 2021.1 can be found in the 2021.1 Release Notes document on the Downloads page

IMPORTANT Information

Due to the complexities of removing the project frame rate, it means there is limited backwards compatibility with earlier versions of Lightworks (2020.1, 14.x etc). When opening an existing Lightworks project in 2021.1 a new copy of the project will be generated. Any changes made in this latest version will not appear when stepping back to an earlier version of Lightworks. You will still be able to open earlier versions and gain access to these projects, but you will not see any of the changes made in 2021.1.

ShuttlePRO Customers

Contour will be making an update to their current driver to support this latest version of Lightworks. In the meantime to get your ShuttlePRO working with this latest release, please make a copy of the ‘Lightworks’ settings within the Contour app and then point it at the current release app/bundle.


We have updated the 'Quick Start Guide', the 'Installation and Activation Guide' and the current "Release Notes" to cover Lightworks 2021.1, all of which are available on the Downloads page. Please do let me know if there are any issues with the updated guides.

There is still a lot of work to do regarding the "User Guide" which remains on 2020.1 for now. We are working on updating this and looking at making it available in a new online format later this year.

Windows 32bit Installer

Please take a moment of silence for the Windows 32bit installer; gone and well forgotten.

Thank You

This has been an intense Beta Cycle with lots of feedback on the changes implemented. We are very grateful to all those of you who have been submitting feedback right the way through and appreciate how much effort you have all put into making this such a solid release. There is still a lot to do but we are already looking forward to the next big release!

Lightworks Product Manager
Last Edit: 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Matt Sandford.
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