Lightworks 11.5 released with commercial Linux support
EditShare finally released officially supported Linux version of Lightworks, an awards winning video editor.
Newly released Lightworks 11.5 now ships as both Windows installers and RPM/DEB packages. The recommended configuration for Linux is:
- Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu 13.10, Mint 15 or 16, Fedora 18 or 19;
- Intel i7 or faster, a fast AMD CPU;
- at least 3GB of RAM;
- two widescreen displays, at least 1920x1080px each;
- NVIDIA or ATI on PCI Express, at least 2GB or RAM and support for OpenGL.
Alrighty then, any new features?
What's new in Lightworks 11.5
EditShare focused on several key areas while working on this release. The first one is moving all kinds of processing to the background. Importing, rendering, drawing audio waveform, and exporting are all background tasks now. When the tasks page is not visible, Lightworks will show a mini progress bar, and if you try to quit Lightworks while it's still doing the crunching of data, it will warn you about unfinished tasks.
Presumably, as part of ongoing work on the Mac port the team implemented Retina/HiDPI support and made the user interface scalable.
For users who tend to customize everything they lay their hands on it's now possible to configure UI colors and rename all menu entries. Initial Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Indonesian, German, French, Bengali, Czech, Turkish, Polish, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese localizations are available as well.
Another useful feature is creating macros from the Key Assignments panel (Pro version only):
There have also been some changes to decoders/encoders:
- native AC3 audio decoder was added to get rid of a third-party component, a AVCintra200 decoder was also added;
- Lightworks got MXF OP1a MXF exporting (Pro version only), as well as AVCHD 1080P50/P59.94 exporting.
Other notable changes:
- exporting to YouTube with direct upload;
- initial implementation of screencast recording (Pro version only);
- new Curve effect for color grading;
You can find the full list of changes in the release notes.
Is it affordable?
Now that the Linux version is officially supported, it follow the same licensing scheme. Free version is available with less features and limited exporting options ("web" presets with up to 720p support).
But how much much does it cost to not be bothered by all those "(Pro version only)" remarks above?
The Pro version is available with all the extra features (more exporting options, 3D stereoscopic output, hardware I/O support etc.), and it's either a subscription ($7.99 monthly or $79.99 annual), or the old-fashioned "use as long as you want" license ($279.99).
The age of promises kept
The announcement on availability of Lightworks 11.5 and the new status of its Linux version arrived a week after Bitwig told everybody that their DAW is finally shipping on March 26. While it's a pure coincidence, it's great when vendors actually deliver.
The next milestone for EditShare is to release an official build of Lightworks for Mac. After that the company will start polishing source code for a subsequent release which it has been talking about since April 2010. The license choice is yet to be made.