“Lightworks for Mac” Alpha now available
The Mac Alpha version of Lightworks has been distributed to registered Alpha editors and it is expected that the Mac Public Beta version will be released around 11th June 2014.
For those who are not familiar with Lightworks – here is a brief History:
THE HISTORY OF LIGHTWORKS
There was once a piece of software helping to define the non-linear editing space; it’s an editing system known as Lightworks.
Back around 1990, when digital non linear editing was in its infancy, systems like EditDroid and others 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.
In fact, that was one of the early slogans of Lightworks as they tried to compete with a Boston company called Avid, who was also making huge inroads in Hollywood with their digital editing tool, Avid Media Composer.
As was the case with many early systems, Lightworks was designed with a software and hardware component in mind. It deployed a controller which emulated a KEM or Steenbeck film editor. They wanted to take all of the “non linearity” of film, and the ease and control of screening footage back and forth from film editing, and place it squarely in a computer environment.
A lot has happened in non-linear editing since then. Avid attained shone, until Apple purchased a piece of software from Macromedia and released their DV editing software system called Final Cut Pro using the NEW firewire connections on their Macs.
At a cost of about five percent of a full blown Avid system, users could quickly import DV camera footage, edit, title, output and distribute motion images like never before. The tide shifted, Apple’s Final Cut Pro became more refined, and soon it was making inroads in educational environments, TV series. Film makers like the Cohen brothers became fans and users.
Lightworks for Windows and Linux are now available in Public Beta and full versions.
Below is the announcement on the Public Beta version of “Lightworks for Mac”from EditShare, who are developers of Lightworks.
Lightworks On Mac OS X
We are very pleased to announce that the first wave of Mac Alpha testing is now live to a very select few editors. These editors are some of our finest Lightworks users and we are pleased to let them have first access to Lightworks on the Mac.
We will begin the second and third waves of Alpha testing later this month, any users that previously registered interest will have access to the Mac Alpha version of Lightworks over the coming weeks.
If you are not in the Alpha Program please do not worry. We expect the Alpha Program lasting only four to six weeks maximum and are confident with announcing the Mac Public Beta version on the 11th June 2014. The wait is almost over
The latest changes in version 12 of Lightworks on the Mac were shown at NAB show in Las Vegas.