Lightworks for Mac to be available 19th December 2011- update: now delayed

The open source application, Lightworks is currently in advanced beta and is only available for Windows – the Mac beta will be released on 19th December 2011.

UPDATE: 23rd November:

Lightworks for Mac delayed

The Windows public beta version can be downloaded from the Lightworks site and will run on a Mac under Boot Camp.

Download  here

Even though we are currently trainers for Final Cut 7 (Studio 3) and Final Cut X, we feel that the future of FCP X is perhaps not moving in the direction of the professional editor and is more likely to be aligned with a prosumer user looking for a more feature rich iMovie ……….. Final Cut Pro X is certainly that.

With that in mind we feel that the open source initiative of Editshare in releasing Lightworks as a free application to download with a very small annual license fee to be compelling.  Lightworks was conceived, as a software/hardware combination before FCP (much like Avid) and has been in continual use since the mid 1990s. We have a history of Lightworks on a separate page should you be interested.

We intend to offer training for Mac users of Lightworks when the Mac beta version becomes available on 19th December 2011. Our rates and facilities will be the same as what we offer for Final Cut, including the live and interactive, one on one internet training using the screen sharing features of Skype.

Below is the history of the open source version of Lightworks as per their Home page:

“The Lightworks Open Source Project starts here…
Back in April 2010, we announced our plans to take Lightworks open source. We always said the first step would be to make the application freely available so that a large community of users could start becoming familiar with it. We are very pleased to have reached this first milestone. Now you can freely download the most intuitive and advanced editor available. This is not a trial download. From here forward, you will always be able to download and use the latest version of Lightworks for free.

Some time in the middle of 2011, we hope to reach our next milestone — releasing the source code to any developer who wants to build upon what we started. We wish we were ready to do that now. However, before we can release any source, we have several hundred thousand lines of code to review to make sure it’s all cleared for opening up. We are making progress but we are not there yet.

In the meantime, we invite you to get familiar with Lightworks, an Academy and Emmy award winning professional-grade editor with over 20 years of history in the film and broadcast industry. Having cut hundreds of films such as Pulp Fiction, The Departed, Centurion and Shutter Island, it includes a full feature set of editorial tools — from advanced trimming and media management, to stereoscopic support and realtime effects including multiple secondary colour correctors. Lightworks has an advanced effects pipeline, utilizing the power of your GPU. And with support for up to 2K workflows with realtime effects, it is the most advanced editing application available.

2 responses

    • Amen to that, I can say that I will be looking at the Mac version of Lightworks with great interest.

      As an editor I am intending to continue with FCP , for awhile at least, as time in money and familiarity with a tool (that’s what NLEs are after all) means a quicker and most likely a better edit (and a happier client)

      From a trainer’s point of view, I have a good understanding of FCPX now, and have been very pleased with the response to the SKYPE training that I have done in the last month or so. I am surprised about how many also still wanting to learn FCP 7 even though they know about FCP X

      Lightworks has the potential to be an alternative choice for those disillusioned with Apple’s direction in apparently abandoning the professional market.

      I look forward to the future – it is good to have choices – even though they may not be exactly the ones I have envisioned happening.

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