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.
Lightworks 2023 Feature List
Here’s a complete list of improvements and upgrades in Lightworks 2023:
Added HDR workflows
HDR format is now detected from the media files (MOV/MXF/MP4)
HDR colourspace information is now available to view for HDR media in Bins and on the Metadata panel
Bit Depth of the video is now available to view for media in Bins and on the Metadata panel
Added the ability to change the 'Playback colour space' on a sequence (Lightworks Pro Only).
For Lightworks Free and Lightworks Create, the SDR colour spaces can be selected.
Added the ability to change the 'Colour space' option on the Export panel (Lightworks Pro Only) in this version, the option is locked to the current colour space, i.e. for export of a sequence, it follows the 'Playback colour space’.
Added the ability to change the 'Monitor Colour space' option on the Video->Output tab of the project card (limited to Default and rec709 currently.) The 'Default' option sends native video colour space (SDR or HDR) to be interpreted by the display. The 'Rec 709' option applies a viewing conversion from HDR to SDR.
The sequence timeline will allow mixed HDR/SDR formats for the purpose of review.
HDR format is signalled in the exported media files (Lightworks Pro Only)
Updated the CIE scope to display the sequence colour spaces above rec709 for HDR workflows (Lightworks Pro Only)
Added 'Auto follow' option for CIE scope Display
Added the “Apply HDR transforms” setting on the Video->Output tab of the project card. This controls if automatic colour management is active or not
Added video colour space metadata for MXF export (AVID DNxHD, DVCPRO and DV)
Added Rec 2020, P3 Display (HDR), P3 DCI (HDR), HLG (HDR), and PQ (HDR) options to the 'Monitor colour space' output setting
Added support for Apple ProRes HDR exports (Apple Certified)
Added Video Mask Effects
Added the ability to draw/create Masks: Ellipse, Square or Complex Shape (user defined) to various effect categories:
DVE effects category: All
Colour effects category: All
Stylise effects category: All
Key effects category: Lumakey and Chromakey
Matte effects category: 2D Shape and Colour/Corner Gradient
Mix effects category: Blend, Dissolve, Luma Wipe and Masked Blend
Added Inside/Outside Colour Correction effect, allowing two separate tabs for Inside (the mask) and Outside (the mask)
Added option to allow the mask wireframe to be visible when scrubbing the sequence timeline
Added Mask parameters to the keyframe graph (apart from curve point keyframes)
Added new 'Speech Bubble' effect under the Matte effects category
Added the ability to keyframe Effect Masks
Custom Layout Creation (Fixed Layout Only)
Added the ability to create and define custom layout templates
Added new EDIT tab layout to expose more features
Added the ability to enable/disable visible items on panels by clicking the '+' icon
Added the ability to reset the view back to the default by right-clicking the tab header
Added ability to reorganize the tabs at the top of the Fixed layout
Added the ability to add the Export panel within the new fixed layouts
Added new 'Assemble' tab to default layouts (Fixed layout only)
Keyboard Shortcut Improvements
Added eight new keyboard shortcut assignments, 'Add favourite 1-8' Bound to ALT F1-F8 by default for adding Favourite Effects.
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