Lightworks 11.5 released with commercial Linux support

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.

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  1. If I were to start now bitwig + lightworks = all I would want (and a Moog Sub37 on top) on my my linux only machine. Alas I am married to Reason and my Ipad.

  2. Aleve Sicofante 31 January 2014 at 7:36 pm

    The free version has been crippled to death. They lied about it when saying you would only have to pay for pro codecs to get the pro version (as it has been the case for three years).

    I doubt they ever release it as open source. Once you start lying, it’s hard to stop.

  3. Aleve - How has it been crippled? Ages back I tried Lightworks, and really found that the only limitation that I ran into at the time on the free version was not being able to export to h264 and DNxHD. Sounds like they’ve now enabled H264 export on the free version, so I’m curious what’s been locked down.

  4. Aleve Sicofante 31 January 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I thought they had only crippled output, limiting it to only H264@720p, but each day that passes I discover new things. They removed the title editor, and I learned from WebUpd8 that “project sharing, 3D stereoscopic output, user-definable project locations, rendering and Hardware I/O support” are only in the PRO version. I believe I read some more features removed elsewhere. The “official” word is here , though I wouldn’t be surprised if the real thing is even more crippled.

    I’m just appalled. This can’t ever become an open source project. As far as they might go is to make it “open core”, moving all non trivial features to “PRO” and call it a day. This is not new and I’d be fine if this had been their position from the beginning. I’m just outraged they’ve been lying for at least three years and didn’t even hint at issues with their business model until the very release day, when they just came out with this crap.

  5. These guys cannot be trusted. They lied about open sourcing in the very distant future (how many years already?) to get attention. Then they started removing the free version features, forced connect to website in order to install, etc. Don’t invest time on this app. They are just desperate for attention. Their media “system” is full of tabloid lies and exaggerations about everything in the video world.

  6. Alexandre Prokoudine 04 February 2014 at 12:23 pm

    @Blood, I realize you have hard feelings, but you cannot claim that they had lied until there is an announcement that releasing source code is not happening after all. Have there been such an announcement? No.

    Of course, legally speaking, you can make such claims, but if you persist in doing so, I will have to start moderating comments, and I’d rather not do that, thanks.

  7. Aleve Sicofante 04 February 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Alexander: I agree we can’t say they lied WRT open source. They still can open source it (though it makes very little sense; they’ll go probably for an “open core” model, if nothing else just for PR). But that they lied is both legally and colloquilly absolutely true. Not specifically about the open source part, but about the features that would be present in the free and the paid version. For years they’ve been saying that the paid version would be just the cost of the codecs, which became false the very day of release.

    No, these guys cannot be trusted. At all.

  8. I try lightworks on Windows and on Linux. As for Linux it is quite good alternative for truely open source apps, but… still not enough. I only hope some day someone give us semi-pro video editor with Adobe Premiere Essential like features. We have few editors already, some of them are even quite good in some features, but any is good enough in global. I mean if teams from Cinerela, Lives, Kdenlive, OpenShot and Pitivi were connect power than we will got wonderfull video editor making eartquake on the market.

  9. I just made a video review of Lightworks 11.5. It can be seen at (available with english subtitles)

    (if sharing links isn’t allowed, please, just ignore this comment)

  10. Hello!

    I use Lightworks and I am very happy with it.
    Finally an industry standard video editing application aimed for production. The guys behind it are awesome and do their best to make things happen and keep it going. For that they had to make some trades off. Community has asked to be able to import all kind of video formats, that is what they got. To deal with commercially licensed codecs they had to come up with a solution which ended up in limited export options. At the beginning I was worried too. But after spending some time with the current version I think it is not a big deal. You can still export 720p videos to be uploaded to youtube or vimeo etc. and that covers like 80 percent of any home user who wants free software. For pro folks the Lightworks price is a bargain, what is more, now the one can have monthly subscription.  Which makes even better bargain, because Lightworks project archive file from free version is the same as the one in pro version, so wen you do your edits you can get the pro licenses only at the time when you need it. Folks at Editshare made a lot of options for LW be accessible to everyone. Finally there is a pro grade video editing software for Linux that kind of everyone can afford. It is a great tool, with it many featured movies were edited and we, Linux users should be grateful that such software become available for us, not only big production houses.
    There were bigger demand for a working app for Linux than opensource, I actually voted to postpone opensource if that would allow to bring working app for Linux sooner and I am happy majority of the community voted the same. Honestly I don;t see any huge advantage of opensourcing Lightworks. It could bring some nice developments for it, but I am afraid these will get abandoned soon as it happens very often with many other great ideas and projects in opensource world.  Only few software projects managed to live good, others quickly die. Could the guys who are so upset about opensource Lightworks coming later tell me about Lumiera? Why with such a great power of opensource community we don;t see anything from Lumiera project except few outdated posts about development that I guess died ages ago. I was watching this project for many years and all that I learned is that not always good and even awesome conception can actually get on going. What would be different with opensource Lightworks? I am happy that Editshare decided to give us a working tool rather than an opensource conception that who knows when would be a working app. It is a video editing software designed for video editors, not a toy to play for hobby programmers (no offense intended)

  11. If I were to start now bitwig + lightworks = all I would want (and a Moog Sub37 on top) on my my linux only Piano movers. Alas I am married to Reason and my Ipad.

  12. This would be a really nifty software for Linux, good to know the software is expanding its reach.

  13. Lightworks is definitely getting there - but do tend to agree with a previous poster: re: how it works Linux. 

    |Keep it goign though :-)

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