LightWorks for Linux: how long will it take?
Last week EditShare terminated rumours about LightWorks version for Linux being vaporware and published a screencast.
The screencast that demonstrates the highly anticipated hi-end non-linear video editor running on Ubuntu is actually from 2012 NAB Show that took place on April 14–19 in Las Vegas.
(One might immediately ask whether the toolbar is going to play nicely with GNOME Shell)
EditShare actively maintains conversations with community via Twitter and their forum, but doesn't provide any exact estimations of the release date for Linux. However they readily replied to our question regarding amount of lines of source code (LOC) in LightWorks.
There are around 1 million lines of code in Lightworks. Keeping it tight & efficient was always a priority. Not sure how much is whitespace, but by way of comparison, some other “pro” video editors have around 20 million lines of code.
To give you an idea, Kdenlive has ca. 200K LOC, PiTiVi has ca. 50K LOC and Novacut, being the youngest of them, has ca. 10K LOC. This might explain the reason why even a beta release was delayed.
Edit: Jason DeRose asked to clarify that it would be more fair to include inftrastructure projects for Novacut's LOC estimation which bumps the whole stack up to more impressive ~52K. Similarly, Kdenive's estimation could include MLT which means +120K LOC, and frei0r which is around 200K.
So, it looks like there cannot be a precise answer to the question. Linux and Mac users will have to keep waiting. EditShare wrote a follow-up to address this:
The very-subject-to-change schedule aims for compiled Linux this year, then Mac. Once we have initial releases for all three platforms, then we'll begin the process of opening the source code to the public.
The official release of LightWorks for Windows is scheduled for 28th May 2012.