Lightworks Tech Specs

System Requirements

Operating Systems

All versions are designed to run on Intel and AMD chipsets and motherboards.

  • Windows 8 and later
  • macOS 10.14 and later
  • Linux Supported Debian Distros
    • Ubuntu / Lubuntu / Xubuntu 20.04 and later
    • Mint 17 and later
  • Linux Supported RPM Distros:
    • Fedora 30 and later

Recommended System Specifications

  • Intel i7 chipset or faster, fast AMD chipset
  • 4 GB RAM or higher
  • Two high-resolution displays (1920 x1080) or above
  • PCI Express graphics card (NVIDIA or AMD) with 1GB or higher
  • DirectX 9 (Windows OS only)
  • Compatible sound card. Make sure that you can hear audio from your system
  • Separate media and system drives (these can be internal or external as long as the interface has
    sufficient speed)
  • 200MB Disk space for Lightworks installation
  • (Optional) a Lightworks Console
  • (Optional) a Lightworks keyboard
  • Internet connection required to install Lightworks and register licenses

NewBlue Requirements

Several Lightworks features use plugins from NewBlue:
  • Transitions requires an active Lightworks Free, Create or Pro license
  • TitlerPro requires an active Lightworks Create or Pro license
  • Essentials requires an active Lightworks Pro license
The full suite of NewBlue tools - TotalFX - is available as a paid upgrade to Lightworks Pro. 
All of these plugins require the following:

Windows 10
macOS 10.15 and later

2GHz (multicore / multiprocessor recommended)

4GB required (8GB recommended)

NVidia or AMD with OpenGL 2.1
902Mhz base clock (1506Mhz recommended)
1GB VRAM required (4GB VRAM recommended)


Full feature list

Wide Container Support

  • MXF OP1a, MXF OPAtom – P2, MXF OPAtom - native
  • Avid support
  • QuickTime
  • AVI, .mts, .m2ts, .m2t, .mpg, .mp4, .wmv (export only), .ts (import only), .m2v (import only), .asf (import only), .vob (import only)


  • Resolution, format and codec independent timeline
  • Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60 fps
  • Advanced realtime Multicam editing with unlimited sources (Subject to hardware and storage capability)
  • Source/Record three-point editing
  • Insert and Overwrite editing
  • Replace, Fit to Fill, backfill
  • Drag-and-drop replace editing
  • Extend and Split edits
  • A/V Sync indicators on timeline
  • AutoSync - Single-click re-sync of whole timeline
  • Multi-colored markers for edits and clips
  • Matchframe for clips and subclips
  • Comprehensive Drag and Drop support
  • Storyboarding – arrange tiles in Bins, adjust in and out points and convert to an edit with a single click


  • Switching clips directly in the timeline
  • Unique Sync Group feature
  • Live Cut – cut between angles during playback
  • Sync to Lock Frame, Timecode or Audio Waveform
  • Sync with Edits
  • Unlimited Sources
  • Mixed Sources – resolution and format 
  • Auto edit sync group sources as one sequence


  • Support for complete stereoscopic workflow*
  • Individual Left and Right eye media
  • Automatic sync on import
  • No change in editing workflow
  • Realtime Adjustment toolset for Alignment, Scaling and Colour Correction
  • Multiple output options – Anaglyph, Side-by-side, Chequerboard, Individual Left and Right Eyes
  • Monitor desktop, secondary display and SDI outputs
  • Export options for various formats

Colour Correction

  • New preset colour looks templates, just drag and drop
  • Real time (GPU accelerated) Primary colour correctors
  • Real-time multiple Secondary colour correctors
  • Colour image control filters
  • Simple Colour correction
  • Curve colour correction editor


  • Realtime Pre and Post Audio waveform display
  • Analogue-style multi-track audio scrubbing
  • Subframe-accurate audio keyframing
  • Realtime audio adjustments during playback
  • Clip and Track Gain controls
  • AAF/OMF audio export with pan and volume levels*
  • Real-time, software-based audio normalization
  • Onscreen multi-track mixing console
  • Multiple mix Bus routing
  • External Mackie control surface support*
  • Real time fader automation
  • Real-time audio filters and effects
  • Parametric and Graphic EQ
  • Native audio effects: Limiter, Compressor, Noise Gate, Noise Reducer and Reverb*
  • Quick Audio FX: Acoustic Sweetner, Dialog Enhancer, Instrument Enhancer, Subtle Sweetner and Voice Enhancer*
  • Mixed bit-rates and samples on timeline
  • Audio level meters per track
  • Pan controls
  • Mute and solo controls
  • Direct to timeline Voice Over recording



Project Sharing*:

  • Multiple users working in the same project at the same time, sharing the same media
  • Edit permissions handled within Lightworks: quickly transfer permission from user to user
  • Edit changes instantly saved and updated for each user without having to save or exit Lightworks
  • Bins can be shared between users and are updated in realtime

Media Sharing:

  • Support for EditShare shared storage servers
  • Support for a wide variety of third party shared storage (NAS and SAN)

AAF Interchange*:

  • Export AAFs to Avid Media Composer, ProTools and Resolve with AAF export presets



  • Import RED media and DPX sequences directly
  • Decode options for RED R3D files*
  • Decode options for BRaw files**
  • Include timecode and keycode in the same list
  • 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 overlays on video
  • 24-fps EDL import and export
  • 24-fps EDL conversion to and from 29.97 fps
  • Import ALE, FLX, and CSV files
  • Track key numbers, ink numbers and timecodes
  • Output Cut list, Change list, Optical list, Pull list,
  • Dupe list, Audio EDL

Third-Party Support

  • Boris Continuum (64bit Windows and macOS only)
  • NewBlue TotalFX, TitlerPro, Essentials and Transitions (64bit Windows and macOS only)
  • Blackmagic Fusion (7.5 and above)
  • Maxon Magic Bullet Looks version 14.0.4 and later (Windows and macOS Only)
  • OpenFX Support
  • Audio Plugins  AU, VST and LADSPA Compatibility
  • Waves version 13.0  and later (All plugins version)
  • Melda Plugins Version 15 and later (Free Bundle)
  • Sonnox (Inflator, Reverb and Envolution)

Import and Output

  • Batch Import
  • Transcode on Import
  • Proxy creation
  • Switch between proxy and hi-res playback
  • Export Clips, Edits, Bins, Racks and entire Projects
  • Telecine 29.97i to 24p pulldown removal
  • Import 30fps and 25fps media into a 24fps project

Record and Playout*

  • Frame-accurate capture tool
  • Batch capture
  • Crash record
  • Frame-accurate insert and assemble edit-to-tape
  • Serial Device Control (RS422)
  • Firewire Device Control
  • Support for SDI capture devices:
  • Matrox Hardware Support (Windows only)
  • Blackmagic Hardware Support
  • AJA Hardware Support (Windows and macOS only)


  • Ripple
  • Roll
  • Slip and Slide
  • Backtime
  • Fit to Fill
  • Remove and Delete
  • Asymmetric, multitrack trimming
  • Dynamic trimming during playback
  • JKL trimming
  • Trim window
  • Timeline trimming
  • Keyboard and numeric moving and trimming
  • Close Gap
  • Single click drag and trim – no separate tool required
  • Drag in Black
  • Auto Unjoin


  • Multi-split screen Viewer for original shot comparison
  • Node-based effects layer and compositing tool
  • Alpha Channel Matte Transitions
  • Global Transitions between In and Out points
  • Quick Transitions direct from the timeline
  • Real-time effects in SD, HD, 2K, 4K and 5K
  • Speed Tool for varispeed changes
  • Keyframe graphs
  • Fold and Unfold effects
  • Realtime blurs
  • Realtime chroma key
  • Community built VFX
  • New quick-access to effects from timeline
  • Favourite Effects category for quick use
  • Unlimited user effects templates
  • Copy and paste effect attributes to multiple clips
  • Bezier and Linear movable motion paths
  • Numeric (as well as keyframe) control over variables
  • Stereoscopic Adjustment tools


  • Basic native realtime titling
  • Rolls, Crawls, Static
  • Realtime font previews
  • Colour and gradients
  • Scaling and positioning
  • Basic effects – Fade in and out, typewriter and Blur in and out
  • All parameters can be keyframed
  • Title presets for lower third and titles

Media Management

  • Media management at edit or project level
  • Powerful search capabilities
  • Content Management
  • Comprehensive metadata for granular search
  • Bins or sequences can be created from search results
  • Take media direct from search to the timeline
  • Rename Clips to match media and vice versa
  • Low-res to Hi-res workflow for offline / online
  • Maintain master clips across multiple projects
  • Clip colors in edit (match by source, reel or timecode)
  • Custom comment fields
  • Custom Bin views – show, hide and re-order
  • Instant Automatic Save – no need to save project
  • Automatic Edit backup facility
  • Sequence and clip recovery
  • Project Archive – Logs, Picture and Sound
  • Batch export


  • Interface scaling with Retina display support
  • Magnetic placement of all panels
  • New viewer controls on source and edit viewers
  • Real-time video analysis, hardware accurate video scopes 
  • Multitrack Audio Mixer with multiple mixes
  • Keyboard and user interface customization tool with templates for Resolve, Media Composer, Final Cut and Adobe Premier keyboard mappings
  • On-screen console controls
  • Voice Over tool for adding narration to timeline
  • Shot Sync - sync two sources for comparison
  • Customisable BITC timecode and film footage
  • Customizable realtime letterboxing
  • Create and edit your own keyboard Macros to simplify workflow


  • Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 4K preview on single or secondary display
  • Apply HDR Transforms
  • Set Monitor Colour Space*
  • Multiple timelines open simultaneously
  • Customisable Undo levels
  • Up to 64 Video tracks & 32 Audio tracks with unlimited FX tracks per sequence
  • User preferences can be moved system to system
  • Customizable keyboard and user interface buttons
  • Customizable real-time effects settings
  • Customizable output formats*
  • Customizable render settings
  • Customizable layouts
  • Customizable track layouts
  • Customizable fixed layouts
  • Full Unicode support

Please note: The software specifications stated above are subject to change without notice.

* Only available in Lightworks Pro  

** Only available in Lightworks Create and Pro