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Lightworks Open Source Available Soon – Not For Linux Yet!

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Earlier today we received an email from EditShare, regarding their open source plans for non-linear editing tool Lightworks. Earlier this year, in April, EditShare had announced their plans to open source Lightworks, asking interested parties to sign-up to receive more information. Today’s email was the first such email from the company!

The good news is that the first open source version of Lightworks will be released to the public on November 29th. The not so good news is that this will be for Windows only, and plans for a Linux version have been pushed back until “late 2011″. Also worrying, from reading between the lines of the press release, is the fact that it would appear a great deal of essential codec support will only be available for purchase from the EditShare/Lightworks online shop.

Full text of the message from EditShare is as follows (take note of those asterix and the little note towards the bottom that says, “Options available through the Lightworks Store”.)

Hello again, from the Lightworks Development Team
It has been an exceptionally busy few months as we move toward the first public release of Lightworks Open Source.

Since the landmark Lightworks Open Source announcement (April 2010), we’ve had over 1700 developers and 20,000 editors sign up for the program. With many new features close to finalization, we have embarked on a comprehensive beta testing program, putting Lightworks through its paces and the feedback we have received so far has been excellent.

Lightworks for FREE … just in time for the holidays!
It is with great pleasure that we take the first step in the roll out of Lightworks Open Source and deliver the free download to you! On November 29th, the free download will be available exclusively to those who have registered. An email will be sent to you with detailed download instructions.

Lightworks developers have been working day and night to develop a variety of enhancements for the new NLE.

Application Features

Capture and Playback
    •    Edit While Capture, Firewire, SD (analogue and digital), HD-SDI with optional I/O cards
    •    Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview playback on desktop display, Dual HD-SDI and DVI for Stereoscopic playback
Editing
    •    Resolution, format and codec independent editing
    •    Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60
    •    Advanced multicam editing with unlimited sources
Effects
    •    Real-time effects in SD, HD and 2K
    •    Field or frame based varispeeds*
    •    Keyframe graphs
    •    Effects layers with node-based layering tool
    •    Multiple real time primary and secondary color correctors
Tools
    •    Multitrack audio mixer with full bus routing and multiple mixes
    •    Customization templates for Avid and FCP shortcuts
    •    Voiceover tool for adding narration directly to edit
    •    Shot sync – sync two sources for playback comparison
    •    Customizable BITC timecode and film footage overlays
Film
    •    Support for 35mm 3-perf, 35mm 4-perf, and 16mm-20 and mixed film formats
    •    View feet and frames in edit
    •    View keycode and ink number
    •    24-fps EDL import, export and conversion to and from 29.97 fps
    •    Import ALE, FLX, and CSV files
    •    Cut list, change list, optical list, pull list, dupe list
3rd-Party Support
    •    Inscriber Titlemotion, Boris FX, Combustion, After Effects, Premiere Plug-ins, Sapphire, Digital Fusion
    •    Support for any application that can exchange AVI, MXF and QuickTime files
Collaboration
    •    Advanced Shared Projects with real-time review*
I/O Support
    •    QuickTime, MXF, AVI, DPX, DV, DV50, DV100, H.264, Uncompressed, OMF, AAF
    •    Avid DNxHD*, Apple ProRes*, RED*, AVC-Intra*, AVCHD*, XDCAM HD*, XDCAM EX*
    •    Stereoscopic support for independent Left and Right files*
    •    Telecine 29.97i to 24p pull down removal
    •    30fps and 25fps import to 24fps project

New Features
    •    New and intuitive user interface
    •    Basic wizard for user orientation
    •    Avid and FCP keyboard shortcut preferences
    •    Integrated help with indexed Lightworks User Guide
    •    New style ‘bins’
    •    On screen console controls
    •    Full screen video on single or secondary displays
    •    Advanced EditShare Project Sharing*
    •    Native support for Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD and AVC-Intra*
    •    Native support for RED R3D files and RED Rocket cards*
    •    10bit and 16bit DPX support
    •    H.264 and AVCHD support for DSLR cameras
    •    Stereoscopic import and editorial support*
    •    Stereoscopic output through SDI and DVI (dual stream, side by side, anaglyph)**
    •    Native 2K resolution support
    •    Output through DVI in different resolutions up to 2K
    •    New project browser
    •    Windows 7 support (32bit and 64bit)
*Options available through the Lightworks Store
**SDI Output requires optional I/O hardware

Platform Support
We are still receiving questions regarding OS support for Lightworks. Currently, Lightworks runs on Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, and Windows XP 32-bit. We are looking to port it to Linux and OSX, but this won’t happen until late 2011.

Minimum Specifications
These are the minimum recommended specifications for running Lightworks optimally:
    •    A PC computer with Intel Core Duo, Intel Xeon, or AMD processor
    •    2 GB of RAM (3GB recommended)
    •    A PCI Express graphics card with 256MB memory or higher
    •    A display with 1024 x 768 resolution or higher (1440 x 900 or higher recommended)
    •    Windows XP Professional SP2 or Windows 7 (32 bit or 64bit)
    •    QuickTime 7.6.6 or later
    •    100 MB of disk space required to install Lightworks
    •    Dedicated media hard drive (7200rpm or higher)

Lightworks Switches the Lights On

June 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Apparently I missed the announcement back in April this year that EditShare is to release an Open Source version of their award winning non-linear video editor, Lightworks. Let me say that again; a well known, if not quite industry leading, professional non-linear video editor, as used in a number of Hollywood studios, is to move to an open source distribution model.

Before going any further, there’s a couple of things to note here. The first thing is that Lightworks is a “professional” video editing solution, in the same way that Avid Nitris and Final Cut Pro are high-end professional video editing applications. This is not iMovie or Windows Movie Maker open sourcing their code base. As such, there’s probably not a lot of competition with other open source video editors, such as OneShot, PiTiVi and Kdenlive, that target the home user. Lightworks is likely to fall into the same category as Blender, Cinelerra and the yet to be released Lumiera, with high end appeal.
As I missed the previous announcement, I thought it would be a good idea to follow up and find out what’s actually available from EditShare as open source at this time. And the answer is, nothing. Although the initial announcement was made in April, there doesn’t yet appear to be any download available. An update from the developers in May, confirmed that their aim is to support Linux and OSx, as well as Windows. There’s an interest registration page available, where presumably those who have entered their details will be informed first of updates. The page counter tells us that a little over 12,000 people have done just this. Sadly, the Beta testing programme is now closed, which was limited to just 80 people (not really the open source community way!).
Overall, exciting news and as Q3 starts next week, which is when EditShare hope to release the first publicly available open source version of Lightworks, we can all hope that it won’t be too much longer before we can all play with it.
If you’re interested in seeing something that’s been edited using the current closed source version of Lightworks, try to find the movie Centurion.
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