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November 23, 2021
Lightworks 2022

Lightworks 2022. For all content creators. As the internet has developed and pro-grade technology is accessible to a wider audience, the amount of content creators has skyrocketed and also diversified. Where once before you needed an expensive camera to make content, now everyone can create amazing video with just their smartphones. Since content is no […]

November 9, 2021
Short Cuts #6 The Key to Keyframes in Lightworks

The Key to Keyframes in Lightworks In this weeks episode of Short Cuts, we’re giving you the key to keyframes in Lightworks! Keyframes are an important tool for making the start, end, or middle of an effect, change, or transition. There are audio and video versions, but today we’re just covering the video version.  For […]

November 2, 2021
Short Cuts #5: How to Backup and Restore Video Edits in Lightworks

How to Backup and Restore Video Edits in Lightworks In this weeks episode of Short Cuts, we’re going to teach you how to backup and restore video projects in Lightworks. One of the great things about Lightworks is that it saves your work automatically. You don’t have to worry about remembering to do it. This […]

October 26, 2021
Short Cuts #4. How to use LUTs (and 5 free horror movie LUTs to download)

How to use LUTs (and 5 free horror movie LUTs to download) For this week’s episode of Short Cuts, it’s a Halloween special! Spookyyyyyyy. In this very spooktacular episode, we’re taking a look at how to use LUTs. LUT stands for colour lookup table. To get you started with LUTs, we’ve created some for you […]

October 19, 2021
Short Cuts #3 . How to do Picture in picture in Lightworks

How to do Picture in picture in Lightworks In this weeks episode of Short Cuts, we’re going to talk about picture in picture. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You take a video, shrink it down, and put it on top of another video. You’ll have seen this all over the place — […]

October 11, 2021
Short Cuts #2 . Cloud Editing: Get Footage from Your Phone to Lightworks. Fast

Cloud Editing: Get Footage from Your Phone to Lightworks. Fast Hello and welcome to Short Cuts, the weekly show where we teach you how to do something cool or useful inside your Lightworks video editor in 2 minutes or less. For this weeks episode we have a big question for you - how do you […]

October 11, 2021
What are Codecs? (or Codecs!WTH!?)

Have you ever had problems with downloading files from the Internet? We’ve all been there! A file might be in the wrong format, too big, uploaded poorly and on top of that, having a poor Internet connection doesn’t really help. Imagine how Netflix manages to stream their content to their viewers. To be able to […]

October 5, 2021
Short Cuts #1. Making a Freeze Frame in Lightworks

Making a Freeze Frame in Lightworks Hello and welcome to Short Cuts, your weekly video from Lightworks where we throw a 2 minute timer up on the clock and show you how to do something cool inside your Lightworks video editing software. This week we’re going to show you how to do a…. Freeze frame […]

October 5, 2021
How an editor controls the rhythm of a film

The rhythm of a film works like music. Beats per minute control the tempo of a song the same way as the number and length of scenes control the rhythm of a film. Every video, from YouTube product reviews to trending TikTok videos, have their own distinctive rhythm and the same applies to films. The […]

October 4, 2021
10 Things I wish I’d known when I started editing

Video editing has never been more accessible. The majority of videos uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo have been edited by creators with little or no “traditional” training in editing. Whether you edit videos for social media, work, or your trip to Bali, the difference between an OK project and a good one often comes down […]

October 4, 2021
Should you be shooting at 1080p or 4k for a 1080p edit?

With nearly four times more pixels in resolution compared to 1080p video, 4K is still causing concern when it comes to shooting. The extra resources that 4K uses up can put a lot of people off.  When you’re choosing the right resolution for shooting, make sure you know which resolution is more effective for the […]

October 4, 2021
The 5 best ways to back up and store your video

Computers crash and accidents happen, but people still neglect to back up their data. Failing to make the effort to do so can come at a high price. With all the easy to access software out there, it is simpler than ever to secure your data. Here are our top 5 ways to easily back […]

October 4, 2021
The power of color grading: A beginners guide

Not everything can be fixed in post-production, but some things can be, like the colour. To make sure your footage has the right feel and look to it, you need to know the necessary tricks and skills of color grading. Every piece of footage in a production goes through both colour grading and colour correction […]

July 19, 2021
5 of the Best Movie Montages (That Aren’t from Rocky)

Why We Montage Show, don't tell. It’s one of the oldest rules of narratological theory. What better serves the story? An exposition dump of dialog, or imparting information through action. To put it another way, Anton Chekhov is reputed to have said "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light […]

June 30, 2021
How to Smash These 6 Common Video Editing Issues

Whether you're using Lightworks Free Editor or you’re getting to grips with all the functionality in Lightworks Pro, we’re always happy to help with some top hacks to some of the most common video editing issues even the Hollywood pros need reminding about!   Before you start editing your footage, take a minute to think about what you want […]

April 14, 2021
The Top 5 Advanced YouTube Hacks to Increase Your Video’s Views

You did it! You created a video masterpiece. I know you’re not asking but I’ll say it anyway... Yes. Yes, it does deserve an Oscar. But maybe, if you have to settle, maybe you might be happy with a massive bunch of views on YouTube? It’s better than no one seeing it, right? I also […]

March 17, 2021
Our top 5 tips, hacks and best practices for when you edit your next video

So, you've written your script, set up your camera, your mic and you've successfully recorded your new video! Congrats!  Now it's time to edit, but becoming a great video editor isn't easy. Whether you're using Lightworks Free Editor or are getting to grips with all the functionality in Lightworks Pro, we've got your back! Here are a few top tips […]

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