v2020.1 Lightworks Pro for Mac, Windows, or Linux

Lightworks Pro for Mac, Windows, or Linux
Lightworks Pro for Mac, Windows, or Linux

The complete video creation package

What if you had the power of an Academy and Emmy award-winning video editing software in a simple to use package to create your own video masterpieces? Be amazing right? Well with Lightworks you can edit like a pro and unleash your creative potential for all to see.


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For over 25 years Lightworks editor has been at the forefront of film editing, having been used on many of the finest films in cinema history: The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Heat, Road to Perdition, Hugo, The King’s Speech and many more! Now with the release of Lightworks v14.0 we have created the complete video creative package so everyone can make video that stands out from the crowd. Whether you need to make video for social media, YouTube or for a 4K film project, Lightworks makes it all possible!

lightworks uiSimple and intuitive user interface

Get up to speed quickly and easily creating amazing content; it couldn’t be simpler with all the tools you need easily accessible directly from the timeline. And with a have a huge set of tutorial videos that cover everything you need to know and a community of users to help with every question, we will have you editing in no time.

Video editing for everyone

For those just stepping into video making, Lightworks offers a FREE license version with all the tools – the only restriction is on output formats. The Lightworks Pro license can be purchased as needed; go monthly, annually, or get the outright license, which includes Boris Graffiti and Boris FX packages.

lightworks effectsAmazing effects & royalty-free media

Whether looking for inspiration or simply to create incredibly polished content, you have direct access from the editing timeline to over 100 included FX’s and the best audio and video stock libraries from Audio Network and Pond5.

Deliver content in any format

Whatever the final platform or format you need to deliver video to, Lightworks has it covered. From Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube, to SD, HD, 4K, and beyond, video makers can package video for them all.

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On the Big Screen

With Lightworks you’re in good company when it comes to creating amazing content. From classic blockbusters to cinematic masterpieces, you have Hollywood strength editing in your hands!

lightworks big screen

Enhanced VFX with Boris FX

“Boris FX is an advanced level plug-in and application for all kinds of editing fun. If you are thinking of making custom transitions, it has you covered and then some.” – Videomaker Magazine. This excellent FX plugin works with Lightworks on both Windows 64bit and Mac OS X offering a library browser with hundreds of preset animations, unlimited layers of media with resolution-independent non-destructive vector paint system, and more!

Text Effects with Boris Graffiti

Enhance your next masterpiece with 2D & 3D Title Animations with 100s of Presets. This excellent title plugin works with Lightworks on both Windows 64bit and Mac OS X. This gives excellent resolution-independent vector text, automated Rolls, and Crawls. In addition, get Fades, Zooms, True 3D Text with 3D Lighting, Reflection, Bump Map,s and more!

  • Lightworks Pro ‘Outright’ license with Boris FX + Boris Graffiti. With all full-priced Outright licenses, Lightworks now includes BOTH Boris FX and Boris Graffiti effects packages. And, it’s absolutely free!
  • Lightworks Pro ‘Year’ license with Boris FX or Boris Graffiti. With all full-priced Year licenses , users have the choice of which Boris package is included, of course, absolutely free!

Get up to speed fast with this Quick-Start Tutorial


All major operating systems

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.

Unmatched Format Support

Lightworks has the widest native format support available in any professional NLE. MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with almost every format you can think of importing natively without the need for transcoding, from ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, AVCHD (with AC3 audio), H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422, all on the same timeline in realtime. Check out the detailed Tech Specs for a full list of supported formats.

Dedicated Web Export (MPEG4/H.264)

Share your movies with colleagues, friends and family with our super-quick export to MPEG4/H.264. The video files produced are ready-made for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Instagram. You even have the option to upload directly to your YouTube account in one easy step, so you have more time to make a better movie!

lightworks tasks Optimised for speed

Background Import, Rendering and Export. We believe that users should be able to import, render or export without delay. Lightworks allows you to continue editing whilst you are importing a batch of material, rendering your complicated third party FX or exporting two files at the same time to your favourite format. With time saving elements like this Lightworks might just be the fastest editing application available.

lightworks trimWorld-class Trimming for Fast, Precise Editing

Lightworks sets the standard for trimming. Others have tried, but none have got close to the simple, yet powerful trim functions that Lightworks offers. Why make editing complicated and slow when it can be fast and enjoyable? Once you’ve trimmed in Lightworks, you won’t look back.

Multicam Editing

Not everyone shoots with multiple cameras. But when you do, you need the best tools to edit. Creating a group of synced clips straight from a bin has never been easier. Sync it directly with your edit with the click of a button and even generate an Auto Edit from the sync group saving you hours of time. Need to change a clip within the edit, simply right click the clip and choose another or cycle through the available choices with a shortcut key. Multicam editing doesn’t get easier than this.

Powerful, realtime effects with inbuilt presets

Lightworks has a realtime GPU pipeline architecture, designed from the ground up to deal with compositing and effects, such as primary and secondary colour correction, blurs, mattes and masks including over 100 inbuilt effect presets – completely independent of the source media. HD? 2K? 4K? No problem, we’ll deal with it in real time. The faster your GPU, the faster your system.

Enhanced VFX with Boris FX

“Boris FX is an advanced level plug-in and application for all kinds of editing fun. If you are thinking of making custom transitions, it has you covered and then some.” – Videomaker Magazine. This excellent FX plugin works with Lightworks on both Windows 64bit and Mac OS X offering a library browser with hundreds of preset animations, unlimited layers of media with resolution independent non-destructive vector paint system and more!

  • Lightworks Pro ‘Outright’ license with Boris FX + Boris Graffiti:  With all full priced Outright licenses we are now including BOTH Boris FX and Boris Graffiti effects packages absolutely free!
  • Lightworks Pro ‘Year’ license with Boris FX or Boris Graffiti:  With all full priced Year licenses users have the choice of which Boris package is included absolutely free!

Text Effects with Boris Graffiti

Enhance your next masterpiece with 2D & 3D Title Animations with 100s of Presets. This excellent title plugin works with Lightworks on both Windows 64bit and Mac OS X giving excellent resolution independent vector text, automated Rolls, Crawls, Fades, Zooms, True 3D Text with 3D Lighting, Reflection, Bump Maps and more!

Project Sharing for groups

We believe we understand project sharing better than anyone. And with Lightworks, we’ve taken it one step further than anyone else. This is true realtime collaboration. Share media, bins and edits in realtime with full control over which user has read / write access.

Customisable interface

Whether applying the predefined keyboard shortcuts to your liking (AVID, FCP) or creating Macros to speed up your workflow, Lightworks allows quick and easy configuration to suit your needs. Want to use Lightworks in your native language? No problem, just apply one of the bundled language packs: Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Indonesian, German, French, Bengali, Czech, Turkish, Polish, Thai, Japanese or Chinese. You can even create your own FX and Export Templates and add them to shortcut menus, or configure the interface exactly how you like it (Colour, Scale etc).
Hardware I/O Support

To deliver high-quality video you need to be assured that what you are editing is suitable for your viewers’ and clients’ use. Lightworks supports hardware from the three main manufacturers of video I/O equipment: Blackmagic, AJA, and Matrox.

Unique Patented Console and Dedicated Keyboard

Since 1989, Lightworks has had a unique and Patented hardware Console at the heart of its editing philosophy. Based around a flatbed film editor, the console offers the most tactile and intuitive editing experience available. There’s nothing else quite like it. It’s fast and it’s how the professionals edit. Every film that has been edited with Lightworks has been cut with a Lightworks console. And for those who fancy something different, we’ve developed a dedicated keyboard with an ergonomically designed layout for optimal use.

Note: The Lightworks Console requires an active Lightworks Pro license



14.0 revision 93046

  • New user interface changes
    • Added new project browser layout with project search
    • Choose between Fixed and Flexible (Historic Lightworks) layouts on the project browser
  • Added access to Pond5 media repository from within the application
    • Browse the entire Pond5 database by entering search criteria
    • Play the clip direct from the import panel
    • Play the clip back in fullscreen mode
    • Import the clip into the project and use it as local media (Lo-Res watermarked proxy)
  • Added access to Audio Network audio repository from within the application
    • Browse the entire Audio Network database by entering search criteria
    • Play the clip direct from the import panel
    • Play the clip back directly over your sequence
    • Sign in or register an account, to add clips to the cart for purchase
  • Added new Cues panel and renamed to Cue Markers
    • Added the ability to change the colours of Cue Markers
    • Added the ability to search for Cue Markers
    • Added quick pop up of Cue Marker information
  • Added new import panel functionality
    • Clips can now be played on the import panel the same as a tile in a bin
    • Clips can now be marked/parked on the import panel the same as a tile in a bin
    • Clips can now be inserted/replaced directly from the import panel to the edit timeline
    • Fullscreen display can now be activated on any selected tile on the import panel
    • You can now use CTRL and mouse wheel to change the size of the tiles on the import panel
  • Improved the Voice Over tool functionality and made it available with the Free license
    • Allowed Voice over recordings at all frame rates and formats
    • Added Voice over functionality to Mac OS X
    • Removed the functionality from the record tool and added to a right click menu (Flexible mode)
    • Improved VU audio meters on the Voice Over tool
  • Added support for the latest AJA drivers which gives KONA 4G Support (Windows and Mac)
  • Added new auto effect capability to the Effects panel
  • Added proxy workflow (create proxies directly from a clip or bin)
  • Added fullscreen playback preview controls (play, mark, cue marker, switch clip in the bin)
  • Added AVID DNxHD .MOV encoding to the import, render and export panels (Separate AVID DNxHD license required)
  • Added new Effects panel combining Adding, Settings, Graphs and Routing
  • Added ability to right click an empty area of the timeline and close the gap
  • Added ability to Play, Scrub and Mark clips in List view bins
  • Added improved RED R3D playback to utilise OpenCL
  • Added ability to automatically sync chunked Panasonic P2 files on import
  • Added keybinds for adding a video track and/or audio track
  • Added ‘Remove > Redundant cuts’ and ‘Remove > Gaps’. Remove ‘simplify’.
  • Added ‘make subclip’ keybindable command
  • Added Faster effects thumbnails (avoid regenerating the temp/preview edit for every time change)
  • Added ability to create user defined sub category
  • Added support for unusual frame rate files (11.99, 12.5, 14.99, 100.0, 119.88, 120.0, 239.76 and 240.0)
  • Added new RGB scopes
  • The full list of fixes and other improvements in version 14 can be found in the Release Notes document

Operating Systems

Lightworks Pro is designed to run on Intel and AMD chipsets and motherboards.

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10
  • Linux Supported Debian Distros
    •   Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu 14.04 and higher
    •   Mint 17 and higher
  • • Linux Supported RPM Distros
    •   Fedora 20 and higher

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 ATI) 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
  • (Optional) a Lightworks Console
  • (Optional) a Lightworks keyboard

Import Formats

• Uncompressed SD 8 bit and 10 bit
• Uncompressed HD 8 bit and 10 bit
• MPEG-2 I-Frame SD
• MPEG-2 I-Frame HD
• MPEG-2 Long GOP
• IMX 30, 40, 50
• AVCHD (M2T, M2TS, MPEG4, H.264)
• Avid DNxHD – all variants, including Thin Raster (DNxHD requires separate purchase @ $65)
• AVC-Intra 50
• AVC-Intra 100
• XDCAM EX (native MP4 support)
• XDCAM HD 50 422
• Apple ProRes
• DPX 8 bit, 10 bit, 16 bit
• Image Sequence (BMP, DPX, JPEG, PNG, TGA, Compressed TGA, TIFF)
• Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode options
• Cinema DNG

Output Formats

• Web-compatible file (MPEG4/H.264 – max. resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels) with optional upload direct to your YouTube account
• WebM up to 3840 x 2160 (4k)
• Sony XAVC-Intra up to 3840 x 2160 (4K)
• Lightworks Archive
• DVCPRO 50 (AVI, MOV and MXF)
• Uncompressed SD 8 bit and 10 bit (AVI and MOV)
• Uncompressed HD 8 bit and 10 bit (AVI and MOV)
• MPEG-2 I-Frame SD (AVI)
• MPEG-2 I-Frame HD (AVI)
• AVCHD (M2T, M2TS, H.264 and MPG)
• Avid DNxHD – all variants, including Thin Raster** (MXF and MOV)
• AVC-Intra 50
• AVC-Intra 100
• AVC-Intra 200
• XDCAM EX (native MP4 support)
• XDCAM HD 50 422
• Image Sequence (BMP, DPX, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TGA, Compressed TGA, TIFF)
• Blu-ray (VC1, H.264 and MPEG-2 HD 422)
• DVD (MTS, M2TS and MPG)
• Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode option
• QuickTime Movie and MPEG-4 using QuickTime API (Windows 32-bit only)
• AAF, OMF, EDL and Film Cut Lists

** Separate one-off license fee required

Lightworks Capabilities

Wide Container Support

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

Import and Output functions

• 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


• Resolution, format, and codec independent timeline
• Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60 fps
• Advanced real-time 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:
• Drag and drop multiple clips from a bin into your edit, bin or sync group
• Drag and drop onto the edit timeline as Insert or Replace
• Drag and drop supports Audio Linking (this means if you pick up the video of a clip, the corresponding audio will move with it). This sync feature can be turned on/off.
• Drag and drop multiple clips across multiple tracks
• Storyboarding – arrange tiles in Bins, adjust in and out points and convert to an edit with a single click

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


• Ripple
• Roll
• Slip and Slide
• Remove and Delete
• Asymmetric, multi-track 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


• Updated Multicam with switching clips directly in the timeline
• Unique Sync Group feature
• Live Cut – cut between angles during multicam playback
• Sync to Lock Frame or Timecode
• Sync with Edits
• Unlimited Sources
• Mixed Sources – resolution, format and frame rate
• Auto edit sync group sources together 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 all in different Stereoscopic outputs
• Export options for various formats


• Multi-split screen Viewer for original shot comparison
• Node-based effects layer and compositing tool
• Alpha Channel Matte Transitions
• Global Transitions adds effects 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
• Favorite Effects category for quick use
• Transitions, effects, and filters included
– Color
– DVEs
– Keying
– Masks
– Mattes
– Mixes
– Stereo 3D*
– Stylize
– Titles*
– Plug-ins
– Audio
• 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
– Alignment
– Auto Scale
– Color
• User Library of Effects available online

Color Correction

• New preset color looks templates, just drag and use
• Real time (GPU accelerated) Primary color correctors
• Real time (GPU accelerated) multiple Secondary color correctors
• Color image control filters
• New Curve color correction editor


• Basic native real-time titling
• Rolls, Crawls, Static
• Real-time font previews
• Color 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


• Real-time Pre and Post Audio waveform display
• Analog-style multi-track audio scrubbing
• Subframe-accurate audio keyframing
• Real-time audio adjustments during playback resulting in adjustable keyframes
• Clip and Track Gain controls
• OMF audio export with pan and volume levels
• Real-time, software-based audio normalization on import
• On-screen multi-track mixing console
• Multiple mix Bus routing
• External Mackie control surface support (MCU Protocol)
• 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

Media Management

• Media management tools for moving, copying, and consolidating media at edit or project level
• Very powerful search capabilities
– Content Management
– Comprehensive metadata means that searches can be very granular
– Bins or edits can be created from search results
– Take media direct from a metadata-based search to the timeline
• Rename clips to match media and vice versa
• Low-res to hi-res workflow for offline / online scenarios
• 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 column headings
• EDL and AAF import and export for metadata exchange
• Instant Automatic Save – no need to save project
• Automatic Edit backup facility
• Project Archive – Logs, Picture and Sound
• Batch export


• Project Sharing*
– Multiple users working in the same project at the same time, sharing the same media and sequences
– 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 real-time
• 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, Pro Tools and Resolve with AAF export presets


• New interface scaling depending on screen resolution with Retina display support
• Magnetic placement of all panels
• New viewer controls on source and edit viewers (optional)
• Real-time video analysis, hardware accurate video vectorscopes and waveform monitors
• Multitrack Audio Mixer with full bus routing and 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 directly to timeline
• Shot Sync – sync two sources for playback comparison
• Customizable BITC timecode and film footage overlays in Viewer
• Customizable real-time letterboxing
• Create and edit your own Macros to simplify workflow


• Import RED media and DPX image 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, video and audio timecode
• Output Cut list, Change list, Optical list, Pull list, Dupe list, Audio EDL


• Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview on single or secondary display
• Multiple timelines open simultaneously
• Customizable Undo levels
• Unlimited video and FX tracks
• User preferences that can be moved from 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

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)


* only available in Lightworks Pro

Lightworks Version 2020.1

This latest version adds support for importing and decoding HEVC/H.265 media natively including being able to create proxy files to work with until switching back to the Hi-Res to render/export the sequence. Some of the other exciting new features in version 2020.1 can be seen below:

  • Added decode support for HEVC/H.265 files
  • Added ability to lasso segments on the sequence timeline
  • Added support for the latest versions of Ubuntu
  • Added ability to detect rotated phone footage and rotate it to the correct orientation automatically
  • Added “Libraries” heading to the Content Manager
    • Moved Local files import option under this heading
    • Moved Audio Network import option under this heading
    • Moved Pond5 import option under this heading
  • Added improvements to Audio Network integration
    • Media can now be imported into a project
    • Media can now be used in a sequence
    • Export is prevented if the sequence contains non purchased media
  • Added ability to handle still images correctly
    • Added new “Images” filter
    • Images now import at the correct scale ratio rather than being scaled to the output format
    • Added ability to drag an image into the sequence viewer or timeline
    • Removed pagination on search results
  • Added improvements to varispeed in Flexible layout
    • Added segment right-click ‘Speed’ menu item
    • Added ‘Show segments speeds’ option on the timeline appearance panel (to restore per-track speed widgets)
    • Removed per-track speed button by default
  • Added HD overlay to the vectorscope
  • Added support for browsing “Amazing Music Tracks” from within “Libraries”
  • Added new enhancements for Tile view bins (text now appears outside of the tile rather than overlaying the image) Fixed layout only
  • Added ability to generate .lvix seek files locally (previously stored next to linked media)
  • Added Blackmagic BRAW decode panel to the Video tab of the project card
  • Added UHD Media to the Media->Transcoding tab to allow for transcoding to UHD on import
  • Added better Keyboard shortcut handling of using standard keyboard shortcuts ie, pressing delete deletes clips
  • Added ability to select segments on the sequence timeline
  • Added ability to right click a clip containing ranged cue markers and select Make->Sequence from Cue Markers
  • Added better categories for Keyboard Assignments list
  • Added German translation wordings into the installers
  • Added ability to move an effect along the timeline without changing it’s routing
  • Added ability to select multiple items then edit the text for one of the fields which now causes all rows to be updated
  • Added ability to apply effects to selected timeline segments
  • Added ability to change the size of the project thumbnail images by holding down CTRL and scrolling with the mouse wheel
  • Improved timeline sync-loss representation
  • Updated to the latest MainConcept SDK’s
  • And much more!

The full list of fixes and other improvements in version 2020.1 can be found in the 2020.1 Release Notes document on the Downloads page