We’re not colouring software with a bit of editing; we’re not air-brushing software with a bit of video stuff. Lightworks is for editing.
Easily Share Your Edits
You want your video on YouTube, click the YouTube logo, you want it cinema ready, click the cinema button. It’s simple. It’s pro. Edit & go…
Any Video File, Anywhere
When every camera, every phone, and everybody can shoot video, there are no rules with file types... there are loads, and we love them all!
The Only Narrative-Based Timeline Built by Editors
We like to shout about our timeline. It looks uncomplicated – and it is. But it’s the most powerful timeline out there.
With the most comprehensive drag and drop support, and all the standard insert, replace and fit-to-fill edit commands, a Lightworks timeline gives you the most advanced features available. And it’s free.
Any Video File, any Format: We Support Them all
Lightworks has the widest support available for formats currently available in a professional NLE.
MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with every professional format you can think of: check out the specs for a full list of formats.
If You're Editing Something big, Sharing is Caring
Share media, bins and edits in realtime with full permissions control over which user has which access.
If you need to work together then this is probably the best solution available. Easy to configure, easy to maintain and it works on any network storage across all major operating systems (I'm looking at you, Linux!)
World Class Trimming
Simple, yet powerful trim functions that all levels of editors can 100% rely on.
Creating a group of synced clips straight from your bin has never been easier.
Optimised for Speed
Keep on creating. Edit whilst the boring tech-stuff happens in the background.
Tell your story your way and edit how you feel most comfortable in a custom UI.
Awesome, no-nonsense out-of-the-box effects that you'll actually use (and love!)
Enhanced VFX with Boris
An incredible library of hundreds of preset effects & animations included in Pro.
Boris Graffiti Text Effects
Enhance your next video with 100s of 2D & 3D title and text animation effects.
Direct access to the best original production music and stock video from Pond5.
Perfect Colour Correction
Adjust colour, balance and tweak tones and much more, even during playback.
Primary and Secondary
Adjust the entire image or isolate specific parts or objects in frame, in real time.
Lots of LUT Support
Project-wide or clip specific. Supporting .davlut, .cube, .3dl .mga, even real time 3D.
Versatile and precise colour and brightness adjustments for subtle, unique effects.
Amazing Music Partners
Browse, play and edit music directly from Audio Network or Amazing Music Tracks .
Powerful clip based audio leveling with external midi control (Mackie) support.
Real-time, enhanced audio EQ with four independently adjustable bands.
Sophisticated embedded or linked OMF/AAF with Protools and Reaper.
Whether you are running Windows, Linux or Mac OS X, the power of Lightworks will be right at your fingertips. Now you can use your operating system of choice without impacting on the work you need to get done. No other editing software out there runs on all three platforms.
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and higher, earlier versions are not tested
Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 11
Linux Supported RPM Distros: Fedora 30 and higher
Linux Debian: Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu 18.04 & higher, Mint 17 & higher
RECOMMENDED SYSTEM SPECS
Intel i7 chipset or faster, fast AMD chipset
3GB RAM or higher
Two high-resolution displays (1920 x1080) or above
PCI Express graphics card (NVIDIA or AMD) with 1GB or higher and support for DirectX 9
Separate media and system drives (these can be internal or external as long as the the interface is suitably fast
Compatible sound card
200MB Disk space for Lightworks installation
One of the most important aspects for a system to run Lightworks is the graphics card. Although we support both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, we strongly recommend NVIDIA as the graphics card of choice, for anyone wishing to get the most out of Lightworks. We have recently approved the latest NVIDIA cards K1200, K2200, K4200 and K5200. These cards show exceptional performance when used with Lightworks on Windows or Linux and we are proud to recommend them to our users: