The Lightworks project dates back to around 1990, when digital non linear editing was in its infancy, there was a small company in England, put together by a team of editors, who were developing a computerised “editing system for editors, designed by editors” – so now this system has developed into what is released today as Lightworks.
According to the developers, over the next year they will change the world of video editing, with so much power for so little cost – and on so many platforms (Lightworks for Linux and OS X are Works In Progress).
The Free and Pro versions of Lightworks for Windows are now available, it has been completely re-engineered to run on modern, multicore hardware.
Some of the features of Lightworks are:
Support for many video formats
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
Uncomplicated and resolution, format and codec independent timeline timeline
Multicam Sync Groups
Powerful media management
Lightworks is now a full versions for Windows:
A key part to its continued success is the open nature of the project. the project has four stages:
Release a free version of Lightworks
Release a full version, which includes the extra professional codecs
Release cross-platform versions of Lightworks for Mac OSX and Linux as well
Release the source code
This current release, is stage two. The Lightworks team say that they not far away with phase three – cross-platform support – with includes MAC OSX.
More information on the new lightworks site