Lightworks Reviews

Not recommended

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• need user account to use it
• No user friendly,Cumbersome UI.
• Imports only some clips since does not manage different frame rates in one project.
• Frequent locks.
• Difficult zooming and syncro video/audio.
Playback not working with xvid coded clips (XVID!)

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Open Source... (yeah, right)

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This was supposed to be Open Source software. This promise was made several years ago and STILL there's no sign of an Open Source release and the developer remains silent on the issue.

Lightworks is the best of its kind and probably the cheapest of the serious commercial offerings - BUT - the restrictions placed on users are pretty evil. I think they've lost the will to release the source because they are making too much money. There's a lot of the Google approach to Android here and it's not good for anyone out here in userland.

Prove me wrong Lightworks. Keep your promise.

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cumbersome and difficult

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Difficult to activate. Cumbersome UI. Imports only some clips since does not manage different frame rates in one project. Frequent locks. Difficult zooming and syncro video/audio. Playback not working with xvid coded clips (XVID!). Just I wasted too much time for a second chance, unistalled and good bye.

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$1000? $2000? No! Professional NLE, FREE and Open Source.

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See here.

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Conclusion

I am using Lightworks, a professional NLE system. It has a steep learning curve and its own unintuitive, but potentially powerful, workflow*. But now that I am using Lightworks, I don't think I can turn back without missing the Lightworks way of doing things.

*I still haven't figured out what the 'workflow' is, but I know I will bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of it once I figure it out.

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After trying out various programs...

I have ended up learning Lightworks. Although I haven't tried the others, I can say it has a steep learning curve.

Previously, it used to cost >$3000, I believe. But they have gone [or will go, to be pedantic] Open Source, for the most part. I don't know how it compares to other editors of the same grade, such as Avid, but nothing can compete with its new price tag. I don't think I would pay hundreds of dollars for Sony Vegas if I have Lightworks.

One feature I really liked was the curves for keyframes. Basically, you can add a curves for parameters like X position, or gain or contrast, and Lightworks will interpolate through the points. An extremely simple example would be panning from left to right or zooming in. You can add 'keyframes' for virtually any effect that has editable parameters (all of them).

I still haven't figured out the best way to insert clips or move multiple clips around/etc. If I use the 'easy method' to insert a clip in the middle of only one track, it gives me a indicator:

Current unjoined clips do not allow sync fixup.

...Which I haven't figured out.

[Edited by Muntoo, April 24]

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Maybe the best Free (Open Source) video editor

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I'm quite impressed with this free video-editing software.Really comprehensive editing tools, it's on pair with Vegas Pro ...This is solely based on my experience with these two programs.

they demand registration after installation, without username and password, you can't start program.

I registered myself at their website and activated link in email to confirm email and still can't login to use software.
ooooooooo, finally I succeeded to login, but when I go to my documents to import FLV file, software doesn't recognize it, it is not possible to import flv files.

[Edited by saschapredic, July 15]

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