About Lightworks

Lightworks is an on-premise video editing software, which helps businesses create and deliver video content across different platforms such as Facebook, Vimeo, or YouTube.

Lightworks offers a host of other features including project archive, data backup, user-defined project locations, stereoscopic (3D) output, trimming, and timeline rendering. The platform allows the creation of video content in multiple formats in NLE. MXF, Quicktime, or AVI containers. Users can upload videos to required platforms and share them with other members.

Lightworks lets creators simultaneously import a batch of material, render third-party FX or export files while editing. The GPU pipeline architecture allows the use of primary/secondary color correction, blurring, masking, and various other effects. The platform enables teams to collaborate in real-time and share media and bins.

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Pricing starting from:


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  • Free Version
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Total features of Lightworks: 7

  • Audio Capture
  • Data Import/Export
  • Image Editing
  • Media Library
  • Social Sharing
  • Supports HD Resolution
  • Video Editing


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Feldriana T.
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  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

One of the best coincidences of my life, a comfortable and friendly software

Reviewed on 30/5/2018

Lightworks was an excellent option to get started in the world of video editing; easy to use,...

Lightworks was an excellent option to get started in the world of video editing; easy to use, excellent editing tools, cuts of videos, union of videos, sounds, images, compatibility with several video formats and a fresh and simple interface make me not to regret using this program. I recommend it a lot.


Like the edition of images and photographs, I am also an enthusiast of video editing, and one day reviewing software through the network, I got this excellent program of video editing, which is shown as a starting point for all that enthusiast , that like me, we have been learning to use video editing programs on our own.

Among the benefits of this program is its ability to edit videos and movies, with a tolerance level for several formats such as 2k, 4k, PAL, NTSC and high definition, making the user experience more rich and varied, as well as having an interface quite friendly and easy to use


While this program is quite successful in the world of film and some professional video editors, I think there is software to edit videos with higher quality and more innovative and elegant tools, however, this program is excellent for learning everything you need to know editing of videos and makes it a unique and quite useful software

Lucas M.
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  • Industry: Writing & Editing
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A very able video editing tool, quite intuitive. Also has a free trial that can be renewed

Reviewed on 11/12/2019

I am a big fan of beginner-friendly creative tools. Lightworks allows me to make short...

I am a big fan of beginner-friendly creative tools. Lightworks allows me to make short advertisement videos for my freelance business, even though I have no formal education in video edition. It also allows me to create and edit those videos on a computer that is not a high-end machine by any means. I usually export my short videos (with a length of up to 2 minutes) to a YouTube-usable format, H264-720p, with no issues and little wait


I consider Lightworks' interface to be quite intuitive, as I required almost no time to get used to it. I usually have no issues importing images, audio or other clips to a video project. Exporting also usually goes smoothly. I happen to have other video editing softwares installed, but very rarely had the need to use anything other than Lightworks.


I have no complaints about Lightworks. Its frugal set of features - that for some other people could be a turn-off - was enough for the edition whole Hollywood movies such as Pulp Fiction and The Wolf of Wall Street, so a little getting used to it should go a long way, especially for most beginner video editors.

James H.
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  • Industry: Banking
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Other for Free Trial
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Lightworks is a glitchy mess

Reviewed on 22/1/2019


The only thing I really liked is that its easy to use.


I hate this software, yes its easy to use but each time I am trying to edit my videos it keeps turning it green and corrupts the file. If I watch it on windows player there are no blackouts. overall I hated this software.

Benu B.
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  • Used Other for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Lightworks is to video what Gimp is to photos - powerful and free

Reviewed on 30/4/2018

Lightworks is free, capable, and flexible. For new editors, it's a good first step into the world...

Lightworks is free, capable, and flexible. For new editors, it's a good first step into the world of nonlinear editing, and it opens the door for Linux users to practice better digital creativity.


Lightworks is a capable, flexible, and valuable video editor that almost anyone can learn. The workflow is adaptable to most project types, and the system requirements are easily achieved.

Should a user require more advanced features, there is a "pro" version the company sells for a reasonable price, but this is optional. The fact that users can learn and evaluate the software, without spending a dime, is a huge plus.

Lightworks is also one of the few capable editors that has Linux support, so that is a huge plus. More Linux support is always a good thing, and this software opens up lots of value to those users.

Overall, Lightworks is to video editing as Gimp is to photo editing. Anyone can pick it up and learn for free, and it helps build creativity and technical skill for a diverse userbase.


The UI of Lightworks is archaic. This might seem like an arbitrary complaint, but for a video editing program the user needs clarity in what tools and windows are intended to do. Lightworks' iconography and relatively bright color scheme distracts from the work to be done.

Also, Lightworks changes the mechanics of certain basic editing tasks, notably edit replace and ripple edit. My displeasure with the differences might just be my muscle memory from other programs, but these are fairly normal tasks that should be as easy/standard as possible. Perhaps for new users, there will not be much transition pain, but for seasoned editors, it may be a bother.

Peter B.
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  • Used Other for 1+ year
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Fantastic video editing software - no limits!

Reviewed on 3/5/2018


Lightworks takes the very complicated job of editing videos and makes it about as easy as it can be without sacrificing functionality. I tried several other packages and kept running into things they could not do. With Lightworks I had to work hard at researching and learning but I could always get the job done.


It's hard to come up with something bad to say. The learning curve is a bit steep but I would not want them to dumb it down in any way!

I was unhappy with a lack of sync between the audio and video several times. It was all fine outside lightworks but when I imported it things got out of sync. I could fix it but I should not have had to.

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