EditShare released a new version of its Lightworks NLE, adding new adjustable parameters for R3D raw metadata, supporting variable frame rates, and recognizing folder structures employed by XDCAM HD, AVCHD, GFCAM, JVC, GoPro, FlipVideo and Canon.

The new features help keep Lightworks up-to-date for a loyal cadre of editors that includes, most famously, Thelma Schoonmaker, who has enthusiastically used Lightworks to cut feature films with Martin Scorsese ever since first making the jump to nonlinear editing for 1995’s Casino. Other films edited with Lightworks include Pulp FictionRoad to Perdition and The King’s Speech.

Lightworks 14.5 also supports .TOD files from JVC Everio camcorders as well as .MOD files from Canon, JVC and Panasonic; Cineform proxy files are now recognized, as are IkegamiFieldPak media and chunked Canon XF clips.

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Lightworks 14.5 Histogram panel (bottom left).

Color-grading has been extended with a new Histogram panel and new 16-bit and 32-bit GPU Precision options, along with support for project-wide LUTs that are applied to all media in a given project. Meanwhile, on the timeline, cue markers can now mark a range, rather than a single frame.

On the audio front, Lightworks now allows direct voiceover recording to the timeline and supports Mackie MIDI devices on Linux. In the paid Lightworks Pro version, audio compositions can be exported to the Reaper DAW for further work.

Lightworks is a free download (use of the product for more than seven days requires registration at lwks.com), but the basic version of the software only supports export to MPEG-4/H.264 at a maximum resolution of 720p, with the option to upload directly to YouTube. Pro users will require Lightworks Pro, which supports a broad variety of formats at up to UHD resolution, and allows export to industry-standard formats including XML, EDL and AAF for interoperability with other grading and finishing tools.

Lightworks Pro costs $24,99/month, $174.99/year (including Boris FX or Boris Graffiti), or $437.99 for a perpetual license (including Boris FX and Boris Graffiti).

EditShare Lightworks: www.lwks.com