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Recommended System Specs
Graphics Cards

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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
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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
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Graphics Cards

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:
NVIDIA K1200
NVIDIA K2200
NVIDIA K4200
NVIDIA K5200
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Boris Graffiti Plugin
Boris FX
All Import Formats
720p  Export
4k UHD Export
Export to ALL Formats and  Resolutions
User Definable Project Locations
Advanced Project Sharing
Timeline Rendering
AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox,  and Mackie Mixer Support
Avid DNxHD Codec Support**
Stereoscopic (3D) Output
Lightworks Console
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)
Editing
  • 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
Multicam
  • Switching clips directly in the timeline
  • Unique Sync Group feature
  • Live Cut – cut between angles during playback
  • Sync to Lock Frame or Timecode
  • Sync with Edits
  • Unlimited Sources
  • Mixed Sources – resolution, format and frame rate
  • Auto edit sync group sources as one sequence
Stereoscopic
  • 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 use
  • Real time (GPU accelerated) Primary colour correctors
  • Real-time multiple Secondary colour correctors
  • Colour image control filters
  • New Curve colour correction editor
Audio
  • 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
  • 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 EQ
  • Mixed bit-rates and samples on timeline
  • Audio level meters per track
  • Pan controls
  • Mute and solo controls
  • Direct to timeline Voice Over recording
Collaboration

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
Film
  • Import RED media and DPX sequences directly*
  • 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 FX (64bit Windows and Mac OS X only)
  • Boris Graffiti (64bit Windows and Mac OS X only)
  • Adobe After Effects Plugins (Windows 32bit only)
  • Premiere Plugins (Windows 32bit only)
  • Blackmagic Fusion (7.5 and higher)
  • GenArts Sapphire (Windows 32bit only)
Import and Output
  • Batch Import,
  • Transcode on Import
  • 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 X.mio, DSX LE2/3 and MXO2 ranges
  • Blackmagic Decklink, UltraStudio and Intensity ranges, AJA Kona and Io XT
Trimming
  • Ripple
  • Roll
  • Slip and Slide
  • 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
Effects
  • 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
  • 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
Titling
  • Basic native realtime titling
  • Rolls, Crawls, Static
  • Realtime font previews
  • Colour and gradients
  • Scaling and positioning
  • Basic effects – Fade in and out, typewriter
  • All parameters can be keyframed
  • New 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 edits 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
  • EDL and AAF import/export for metadata exchange
  • Instant Automatic Save – no need to save project
  • Automatic Edit backup facility
  • Project Archive – Logs, Picture and Sound
  • Batch export
Tools
  • New 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 vectorscopes and waveform monitors
  • Multitrack Audio Mixer with multiple mixes
  • Keyboard and user interface customization tool with templates for Avid and FCP 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 Macros to simplify worflow
Application
  • Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview on single or secondary display
  • 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 render settings
  • Customizable layouts
  • Customizable track layouts
  • Full Unicode support

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

* only available in Lightworks Pro
** Separate one-off license fee required

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