v2022.3 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

Lightworks Pro is the original, professional craft video editing software. Built by world-leading editors, used by 5.5 million creatives world-wide.

The Craft Editor’s Choice

Lightworks Pro comes loaded with premium features: support for pro media formats, super-efficient file handling, flexible timeline, a full suite of trimming tools, proxy-editing, stereoscopic, multicam, advanced background processing, smart auto-save, hardware support, custom sequence output formats, custom metadata and broad interoperability.

For teams, Lightworks Pro also includes industry-leading Project Sharing – true realtime collaboration – Share media, bins and edits in realtime with full control over which user has read / write access.

Built for Editing

We’re not colouring software with a bit of editing; we’re not air-brushing software with a bit of video stuff. Lightworks is for editing.

Easily Share Your Edits

You want your video on YouTube, click the YouTube logo, you want it cinema ready, click the cinema button. It’s simple. It’s pro.
Edit & go…

Any Video File, Anywhere

When every camera, every phone, and everybody can shoot video, there are no rules with file types… there are loads, and we love them all!

Video Editing… With Awesome Extras for Pros

Lightworks Options

  • Lightworks Pro Yearly – Best for YouTubers, gamers and anyone who wants to do more more than cut clips together. ($239.99/yr)
    • Yearly: Get 2 Months Free!
    • Free Boris Graffiti Plugin
    • All Import & Export Formats
    • Cloud & Local Backup & Archive
    • User-Definable Project Locations
    • Timeline Rendering
    • Online & Offline Activation
    • AJA, BMD & Mackie Support
    • Advanced Project Sharing
  • Lightworks Pro Outright – Best for broadcasters and film makers or anyone who wants to be one. Hollywood-level editing. ($389.99)
    • Free Boris FX Plugin
    • Free Boris Graffiti Plugin
    • All Import & Export Formats
    • Cloud & Local Backup & Archive
    • Timeline Rendering
    • Online & Offline Activation
    • AJA, BMD & Mackie Support
    • Lightworks Console


Lightworks Features

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The Only Narrative-Based Timeline Built by Editors

We like to shout about our timeline. It looks uncomplicated – and it is. But it’s the most powerful  timeline out there.

With the most comprehensive drag and drop support, and all the standard insert, replace and fit-to-fill edit commands, a Lightworks timeline gives you the most advanced features available. And it’s free.

Any Video File, any Format: We Support Them all

Lightworks has the widest support available for formats currently available in a professional NLE.

MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with every professional format you can think of: check out the specs for a full list of formats.

If You’re Editing Something big, Sharing is Caring

Share media, bins and edits in realtime with full permissions control over which user has which access.

If you need to work together then this is probably the best solution available. Easy to configure, easy to maintain and it works on any network storage across all major operating systems (I’m looking at you, Linux!)

Powerful Editing Tools to Create Compelling Stories


  • World Class Trimming – Simple, yet powerful trim functions that all levels of editors can 100% rely on.
  • Multicam Editing – Creating a group of synced clips straight from your bin has never been easier.
  • Optimized for Speed – Keep on creating. Edit whilst the boring tech-stuff happens in the background.
  • Customizable Interface – Tell your story your way and edit how you feel most comfortable in a custom UI.


  • Inbuilt Presets – Awesome, no-nonsense out-of-the-box effects that you’ll actually use (and love!)
  • Enhanced VFX with Boris – An incredible library of hundreds of preset effects & animations included in Pro.
  • Boris Graffiti Text Effects – Enhance your next video with 100s of 2D & 3D title and text animation effects.
  • Royalty-Free Media – Direct access to the best original production music and stock video from Pond5.


  • Perfect Color Correction – Adjust colour, balance and tweak tones and much more, even during playback.
  • Primary and Secondary – Adjust the entire image or isolate specific parts or objects in frame, in real time.
  • Lots of LUT Support – Project-wide or clip specific. Supporting .davlut, .cube, .3dl .mga, even real time 3D.
  • Color Curves – Versatile and precise color and brightness adjustments for subtle, unique effects.


  • Amazing Music Partners – Browse, play and edit music directly from Audio Network or Amazing Music Tracks .
  • Audio Mixing – Powerful clip based audio leveling with external midi control (Mackie) support.
  • Audio EQ – Real-time, enhanced audio EQ with four independently adjustable bands.
  • DAW Workstation – Sophisticated embedded or linked OMF/AAF with Protools and Reaper.




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.

  • 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

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

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

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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview on single or secondary display
  • Multiple timelines open simultaneously
  • Customisable Undo levels
  • Unlimited video and FX tracks
  • 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

Lightworks V 2021.1

New Features:

  • Projects created in Lightworks no longer require a frame rate to be selected during project creation. This allows for any frame rate content to be imported to a project and played back, logged and added to a sequence seamlessly, including:
    • All content is played at its natural rate regardless of media frame rate.
    • Import 23.98fps, 24fps, 25fps, 29.97fps, 30fps, 50fps, 60fps, 120fps, and 240fps media into the same project
    • The video output format is now set per sequence instead of on the project card
    • Copies of a sequence can be made for different output frame rates if required
  • Added a sequence output format option
    • Removed the project output format option
    • Each sequence has its own output format. This can be viewed/changed by right-clicking on a sequence and amending the ‘Playback format’
    • Clips always play back at their native Rate/Size/Shape
    • Thumbnails in a bin are always shown with the correct aspect-ratio/shape, but within a 16:9 frame
  • Asset Associations now allow for sequences, clips, subclips, documents, and to be linked together by loading an asset into the source viewer and selecting the “Associates” tab:
    • Drag and drop an asset from a bin to the ‘User’ sub-tab to associate them together
    • View associations in thumbnail or list views
    • View subclips associated with the clip loaded above within the viewer on the “Subclips” sub-tab
    • View sequences that include the loaded clip within the viewer on the “References” sub-tab
    • View constituent clips from a sequence loaded within the viewer on the “References” sub-tab
  • Added ability to define sequence custom output aspect ratios (Lightworks Pro Only)
  • Added “Square” and “Portrait” sequence output formats for social media
  • Added resolution preservation. There is no pre-sizing of clips, so the full detail of the sources is available throughout the effects chain (and only the final output is scaled down)
  • Added markers and documents to XML/JSON exports
  • Added ability to show which storage space a file is in
  • Added support on the Search panel for ‘starts-with’, ‘ends-with’, ‘contains’, ‘equals’, ‘less-than’, ‘greater-than’, ‘doesn’t contain’, and ‘doesn’t equal’
  • Added ability to use the UNC media path when dragging and dropping files Video Analysis sub-tab
  • Added new user interface changes throughout the application
  • Added some new icons throughout the application
  • Added more configuration options for configuring the user interface within the “Appearance” panel
  • Global, Font, Panels, Flexible layout, Menus, Popups, Buttons and Tables
  • Added ability to be able to export to ‘H.264/MP4″ using a custom output format (Lightworks Pro Only)
  • Added ability to be able to export to ‘MOV’, ‘MXF’ and ‘AVI’ using a custom output format (Lightworks Pro Only)
  • Added better clarification for export names (Changed ‘4k’ to ‘UHD 4k’)
  • Added further improvements to popup panels within the user interface
  • Added format dimensions tooltips to the export panel list
  • Added Korean Wording translations to the installers
  • Added Vietnamese Wording translations to the installers
  • Added the ability to be able to configure the default colour used for markers
  • Added ‘Frames’ display option for elapsed/marked durations (in addition to ‘Film frames’)
  • Added ability to show the ‘Rate’ of an audio only file on the import panel
  • Added ‘Colour’ to CSV export of Cue Markers
  • Added ‘DCI 4k’ (4096×2160) 19:10 as an output option for 4K media
  • Added the ability to adjust timeline segment colours (within the sequence timeline ‘Settings’ panel)
  • Added option on the ‘System Settings’ panel for choosing how to output source media to the hardware I/O
  • Added further icon improvements to the user interface
  • Added maximum codec supported bitrates to the H.264/MP4 compression panel on export

See full release notes here

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

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