Release of 64-bit Lightworks due on the 28th of May

UPDATE: Full version now available

But where is the Mac version?

The full Windows release of Lightworks is due on the 28th of May was announced at NAB 2012. This is the first time that a working on a 64-bit version of Lightworks and a Linux version of this lightning-fast editing system. Working  previews will be shown to NAB visitors.

64-bit Lightworks

The 64-bit version of Lightworks will allow users to obtain the maximum possible performance from their computer hardware, as well as providing the best environment for editing with Long-GOP codecs.

64-bit will be a free upgrade for Lightworks Pro users and will be available as soon as possible after the release of Lightworks.

Lightworks for Linux

Lightworks has been completely re-architected to make it easier to port to multiple operating systems, with the Linux version being the first non-Windows version to be shown by EditShare, Lightworks will be the only tri-platform professional NLE and will allow users of multiple operating systems to enjoy the benefit of Lightworks’ lightning-fast workflow. Although this is a technology preview, progress is expected to be rapid and announcements will follow in due course.

Lightworks for Mac

While there were no comments about the Mac version of lightworks, reading between the lines there still will be a Mac version, but it looks like they have run into unexpected delays as the Mac version was slated to be available prior to the Linux version. EditShare still include in their product range: “Lightworks, the world’s first 3-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application”.

An unoffical comment from a lightworks spokesman states: “It’s tentative, but we’d like to have a Mac release by the end of the year, after Linux & Windows.”

NEW Features of the Windows version will flow on to Linux and Mac versions.

New Multicore Media Engine

With a brand new Multicore Media Engine, Lightworks now includes support for advanced Long-GOP editing, offering real-time performance for all the main Long-GOP camera formats (H.264 and MPEG-2) and also XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, AVCHD and HDV.

Editshare EMEA Managing Director James Richings said:

“We’re really excited about the developments over the past few months. Although we are a little behind our original release schedule, we think the wait has been worth it. We are now able to release Lightworks with more features that will appeal to every type of editor.”

Richings went on to say:

“We didn’t know quite what to expect when we first released the Beta version of Lighworks. But 16 months on we have over a quarter of a million registered users and 30,000 new downloads every month – and that’s before we release the Linux and OS X versions!

“We’re taking Lightworks right to the top. We’re speeding up our recruitment of developers, and we’re making it easier for broadcasters, film-makers and educational establishments to get started with Lightworks. With our built-in Project Sharing, Lightworks is incredibly scalable, integrating perfectly with our world-class shared storage and workflow solutions”.
New Features

Very wide format support including AVCHD, H.264, AVC-Intra, DNxHD, ProRes, Red R3D, DPX, XDCAM HD 50, XDCAM EX, DVD, BluRay, 4K support. (DNxHD available for a single additional payment)
Support for all popular camcorder and DSLR video
Native real-time title generator
Improved interoperability – including AAF with Avid and Editshare Flow
Major improvements to Drag-and-Drop in the timeline
Trimming enhancements
Automatic Edit backups
Better Import and Export windows: more options, easier to use
Shared Projects
Stereoscopic workflow

A new Lightworks website and the Lightworks Community will be launched on 28th May:

The Lightworks Website has been completely reworked. There will be an Online Store for lightworks-related products, such as Lightworks keyboards and consoles, and a new Lightworks Community with professional profiles, specialist user groups, community events, multi-lingual chat, messaging, video showcases and a multitude of features that will help Pro users connect and contribute to the creative life of the Lightworks Community.

Pricing and Availability

Lightworks: Free Available 28th May 2012
Lightworks Pro: $60 per year Available 28th May 2012

Lightworks community membership is free to anyone that upgrades to Lightworks Pro

Lightworks Pro is available to educational users for $30 per year.

All available from the Lightworks online store at after 28th May


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5 responses

  1. Pingback: NAB 2012 - Round up of Round Ups | Jonny Elwyn - Film Editor

  2. Thanks for this mention!

    There absolutely will be a Mac version. We can’t work on all three (Windows, Linux, OS X) at an equal pace but as soon as the Windows version is over the line (on May 28th) work will intensify on the Linux version. Obviously, the Mac and Linux versions have a lot in common (in fact all three are derived from essentially the same source code) and we will get to the Mac version as soon as it is feasible.

    We have had an amazing demand for the Linux version, and, not surprisingly, a very big demand for the OS X version too.

    David Shapton

    • As of a comment at the end of August 2012, Editshare personnel say that they are well progressed on the Linux version of lightworks, and since OSX is and Linix are Unix based they expect the Mac version in short time after. They have not tied the comment to any actual release date. I guess because they have missed so many announced dates in the past.

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