Lightworks

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3.3 out of 5 stars

Lightworks is EditShare's Academy and Emmy award-winning, professional Non-Linear Editing (NLE) software supporting resolutions up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats.

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Lightworks review by Akia R.
Akia R.
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"The Free but Flawed Video Editor"

What do you like best?

Lightworks is a very flexible editor. You can add custom effects and such, and really take control of different aspects of the video creation process.

What do you dislike?

The free version is nice but has several flaws. Random crashing, spotty performance, a steep learning curve...It's a powerful editor but needs to be refined a little bit more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You're going to need to have a bit of patience when you first begin to use this software, especially if you're coming from other free video editors. THIS IS NOT another iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. This is a powerful editor like After Effects, Sony Vegas, etc. As a result, there is a technique to using this that will take time to master. But, once you do get to that point, it's a pretty nice piece of software. But, there are some bugs and the support for the free version is limited. So, make sure to keep all that in mind when diving in. But, hey, it's free so you don't have anything to lose.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Lightworks allows me to create videos for my work that are actually nice. It's not iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, so my presentations actually look somewhat professional.

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Lightworks review by Rob M.
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"Super powerful editing machine"

What do you like best?

With their new update the program is much more intuitive and easy for new comers to learn. I also like that you can create proxies of the videos you are editing. This makes it much easier to operate the program on less powerful machines.

The ability to work with other plugins and third party software makes this program very versatile.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if it had more creating features instead of just editing elements. Also, improvement on the audio editing and controlling would be a nice upgrade.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is not as easy to learn as other products but it is extremely powerful and can operate smoothly on less powerful computers. There are many features that a variety of users can make use of. From the professional level to the hobbyist this program can definitely handle all your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There is a big problem when you buy a new computer, it is very award transferring over the program to a new machine. Their customer support is amazingly good. I have had to contact them regarding activating a license when changing to different computers and they have always been quick and super helpful.

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"Lightworks Review"

What do you like best?

It's a very powerful editing processor that is comparable to paid editing software such as Adobe Premiere. Creating new projects is incredible intuitive. Once I select my folder of clips, once I click import, the software starts to analyze all of my clips instantly. The bin that then pops up all the videos in an orderly fashion.

What do you dislike?

I am quite disappointed that there is a resolution cap of 720p in the free version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a free software, it's pretty great. It does have it's limitations (being that it is a free software) but it is a quality product that deserves attention and accolades. I definitely recommend Lightworks and look forward to how the software progresses over time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using this software enables me to efficiently and quickly. A huge benefit in a business sense is that it's intuitive enough to teach other employees in a short amount of time.

Lightworks review by David S.
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"Too little, too late"

What do you like best?

The features offered at the price (especially free) are good, and the heritage of being a filmmaking tool is fun. The commitment to a powerful trimming experience is respectable. This is a tool designed for nothing but narrative editing—its commitment to focus is commendable.

What do you dislike?

Stability has been a problem for me on every version of Lightworks I've used on both Windows and Mac OS X. I just cannot get through a project. Additionally, an overall problem with this program is how little it's fundamentally changed over the years—it's designed to feel like film editing, and it's limited to many of the things film editors could do. This is not a powerhouse for complex edits—it's a tool for cutting narrative scenes in. It's lack of interoperability with other tools, and it's failure to keep up with expected features are its downfall. Its impassioned followers like to say "Don't drive Lightworks like ____; drive it like Lightworks" as the umbrella excuse for it's lack of innovation. I have to say, I disagree with this notion. The way Lightworks "drives" is poorly. I had high hopes for this product, and remain disappointed every time I try it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn all you can, download the trial and give it a shot. But at the end of the day, if you're doing real work with real deadlines, I'm confident you'll be better with almost anything else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was hoping to find an alternative to other editing systems, to find something that lets me focus on the edit well without costing as much as Media Composer.

Lightworks review by Edo M.
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"Hardcore movie making"

What do you like best?

This is a video editing software that have several features regarding PRO and SEMI-PRO video editing. Many options are familiar only to people with experience. Color corection is fantastiv (with S-CURVE You can do fantastic efects but You need a fast PC)

What do you dislike?

When importing, video analyzing is VERY fastidious and slow. Learning curve is very problematic. Some standard multimedia options and features are missing. Powerfull PC is needed for almost everything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a HARDCORE stuff. So if You are just looking for something simple this is nota solution for You. If You are experienced in video filming and video editing this is a good soluton for Youo.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video editing and pubishing on YOUTUBE.Video editing in general (color corection and similar features).

Lightworks review by Billy L.
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"Great For The Novice Or Hobbiest"

What do you like best?

It has a ton of advanced features not normally found in free software packages.

What do you dislike?

The interface is can be confusing and lacks a flow. It will take some getting use to and learning how to best move through your projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be very very patient. When you first open this product as a novice it will seem a bit overwhelming. Get past it and you will be pleasantly surprised how well this product works.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and editing videos so they look great without spending a lot of money.

Lightworks review by KC M.
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"I used Lightworks a lot before moving to Adobe Premiere"

What do you like best?

One aspect of Lightworks I like a lot, and the reason I recommend it frequently, is the free version, which is enough for almost all beginning editors despite the limitations. The dynamic workspace also works really well and I like the flexibility in organizing windows.

What do you dislike?

The interface can be a bit confusing at first as it doesn't operate like most NLE interfaces, but once you get used to it it's not too bad.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd recommend starting with the trial and comparing it to other programs like Premiere, Final Cut, Vegas, Media Composer, and Edius. The program is very unique, but it can also be very powerful. The integration with things like Boris FX that is being introduced is very useful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily used Lightworks for editing tutorial and gaming videos. One function which always worked particularly well was the color-keying function, which was much faster than any of the functions I've used elsewhere, even in compositing programs like After Effects.

Lightworks review by User in Entertainment
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"Good But Not Great"

What do you like best?

I like the idea of Lightworks. One of my heroes, Thelma Schoonmaker has been using it for the past thirty years. Her work is evidence enough of its promise. I've evaluated the software and, at the time I reviewed it (late 2014), I felt it a lot of nice things in one package, but not quite developed enough.

What do you dislike?

I don't really get a sense of where my data is being stored. It's not intuitive what is happening to it and that makes me wary. If you have an assistant editor who knows it well, it's a non-issue. If you're on your own, though, it may take you some time to get up to speed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try before you commit to it. The small user base should be mentioned.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do post-production for web, online media, commercials, fine art and music videos. I've yet to immerse myself enough in the software to see a unique benefit it offered opposed to other NLEs.

Lightworks review by User in Internet
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"New way of editing"

What do you like best?

Lightworks deserve to mention in whole family of editing software. Few years before you have to pay for it, now you can download free fully working version. This is big big advantage of Lightworks. Lightworks was used in many Hollywood films. Maybe interface doesn't tell you that because it looks a little bit funny. And Lightworks works also different than other editing programs. Is is better or worse? I don't want to judge but Lightworks is attracvite alternative for other expensive programs.

What do you dislike?

For me disadvantage in Lightwork is different and weird interface. I want to accent that - for me. Many people like this interface so maybe it is not so bad. But you need to learn new way of thinking when you are using Lightworks. In a free version also you had fewer export options and file format support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Lightworks for people that just want to start do videos and movies. It is complete software but maybe some people will not like the interface which is very different that other editing software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Lightworks will help do professional edit for users that needs free but fully worked software. For sure you can edit professional movie with it. There is no obstacles for that. The only thing is that you must like it's interface.

Lightworks review by Xavi F.
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"Fast and easy editing"

What do you like best?

The fast way you can edit and it's reliability. Working with multiple computers with the same project is really easy.

What do you dislike?

Working directly with the mouse on the timeline is a bit awkward at the begining

Recommendations to others considering the product

Workflow is diferent from other editing softwares. Should give it a try for some time. It works as it should.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Free edition has no useful exporting features (just for vimeo).

Linux and Mac can't benefit from the Boris FX bundle.

The autosaving feature will save you the day.

Lightworks review by Christian K.
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"Beast in need of taming"

What do you like best?

It feels so powerful and flexible, like a wild animal ready to hunt.

What do you dislike?

It's not that stable and is really difficult to get going with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a go, read a lot of manuals and tutorials and follow protocol.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None really

Lightworks review by User in Gambling & Casinos
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"Lightworks is OK"

What do you like best?

The thing I like the best is that it is a fully featured video editor, it has everything you would need to edit videos.

What do you dislike?

The interface to me is a bit clunky, It takes a lot of time to get use to it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are doing just video

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently not using this product as I have found another product that fulfills my needs better.

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