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Lightworks continues its mission to help you edit smarter, not harder, with the release of Lightworks 2023 — out now! This latest version includes many new features and improvements, including:
The new Custom Layout Creation feature in Lightworks 2023 is a game-changer for users looking to tailor their editing experience to their specific needs. With this feature, users can now create their own custom layout templates and define the layout of their workspace to best suit their editing style.
One of the key benefits of this feature is the ability to enable and disable visible items on panels by clicking the '+' icon, giving users complete control over the amount of information displayed on their screen at any given time. This allows for a more streamlined and efficient workflow, reducing clutter and distractions.
Another significant advantage of Custom Layout Creation is the ability to reorganize the tabs at the top of the Fixed layout. This allows users to group related panels, making finding the tools and information they need more accessible. The fixed layouts also include a new 'Assemble' tab that provides even more options for organizing and customizing the workspace.
Overall, the Custom Layout Creation feature in Lightworks 2023 empowers users to create a personalized and optimized editing experience. It allows users to tailor the software's layout to their specific needs, making the editing process more efficient, streamlined, and enjoyable.
Another major update is the addition of HDR workflows. Lightworks can now detect HDR format from media files, including MOV, MXF, and MP4, and provide HDR color space information in bins and on the Metadata panel. Users can also view the bit depth of the video for media in bins and on the Metadata panel. Additionally, Lightworks Pro users can now change the 'Playback color space' on a sequence and the 'Color space' option on the Export panel. The sequence timeline also allows for mixed HDR/SDR formats for review.
Another exciting update is the addition of video mask effects. Users can now draw and create masks, including Ellipse, Square, or Complex Shapes and apply them to various effect categories. Additionally, Lightworks 2023 has added an Inside/Outside Color Correction effect, allowing for separate adjustments for the mask and outside areas.
In terms of keyboard shortcut improvements, Lightworks 2023 has added eight new keyboard shortcut assignments for adding Favorite Effects and faster forward and rewind options. The import panel has also been improved, with the ability to import OpenEXR media and animated GIFs.
Finally, the export panel has received several enhancements, including the ability to optimize for streaming and the inclusion of a custom thumbnail image.
Overall, this update brings a wealth of new features and improvements to the Lightworks platform, making it an even more powerful and versatile video editing tool for professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Here’s a complete list of improvements and upgrades in Lightworks 2023: