Lightworks bills itself as the ‘professional editor for everyone’, but it’s more than just your average video editing software package.
For 20 years, Hollywood video editors have been using Lightworks to edit blockbuster movies, including Pulp Fiction, The King’s Speech and The Wolf of Wall Street.
If it’s good enough for the BAFTA award-winning Peter Honess (LA Confidential), it’s probably good enough for you.
If that’s not enough to convince you, try it for yourself - download Lightworks for free. The software combines speed, flexibility and high compatibility with an optimised and intuitive user interface. Features include: a multi-channel audio mixer, real-time waveform and vectorscape tools, full effect adjustment with keyframes and visual effect routing, not to mention a comprehensive multi-layered timeline.
In addition, there are over 40 preconfigured effects and clip-based audio editing to 1/4 frame. Lightworks is compatible with Avid and Final Cut Pro, which enormously simplifies cross-platform collaboration if you have a project that involves several artists. Not only that, but Lightworks will play nice with Adobe After Effects, Boris, Combustion and Sapphire.
In terms of compatibility, Lightworks supports a wide array of formats and codecs, including: AVI, QuickTime, MXF, DPX and RED R3D, DV, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, P2, AVC Intra, DNxHD, ProRes. 3D editing should be possible with Lightworks without any previous knowledge too. The program runs all of the calculations in the background.
You’re probably thinking, “Okay, but what’s the catch? What do the developers leave out from the Pro version?” There are some advanced options (see the verdict below) that aren’t included, but if you’re not planning to edit a major movie on your desktop PC, you won’t miss them.
Ultimately, this free version gives you all the power of the paid-for Lightworks Pro with the restriction that you can only export the edited video to MPEG-4 (Web, YouTube and Vimeo) at a maximum resolution of 720p. Hardly a restriction at all.
Verdict: This genius editing software can be yours for free! Anyone who wants additional functions can get the paid Pro version, which support Blackmagic, AJA and Matrox hardware I/O, plus the ability to export to all broadcast mastering formats. Download Lightworks today.