Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

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Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby ginshirou » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:13 pm

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From the PR:

EditShare, the company behind Academy and Emmy award-winning video editing software Lightworks announced plans to release its product under an open source license. Lightworks was most recently used to edit movies like Shutter Island and Centurion, but is also credited with helping create otehr films like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Mission Impossible.

Lightworks Open Source is packed with a ton of features including 3D editorial functionality, native RED editing, native 2K support with DPX and RED, and Universal Media File support. It can also share media and work in tandem with other editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Avid.

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Lightworks is some old-school heavy-duty crazy stuff - last time I even heard the name was 2004 - with its own line of editing decks and rack systems, but it looks like EditShare is doing a pretty thorough reworking for the OSS release. Back then it was purely for cutting video and designed to be paired with Avid, After Effects, or other post-production platforms.

It looks quite advanced and the motivation seems to be to sell more of their peripherals and storage/collaboration systems, but the feature set is very interesting - broad format support, collaboration features, plugin support. No release platforms have been announced; previous versions as of 2008 ran on Windows XP, required 2GHz CPU/2GB RAM/128MB video card, and cost between $3,800 and $9,500. You can view an old copy of the Softworks user's guide - I'm assuming Softworks is the foundation of this release.

Between this news and the release of OpenShot 1.0, it's shaping up to be a banner year for open-source NLE.

You can sign up to be notified when it's available to download. The open-source version expected to be available by 3Q this year.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby Zarxrax » Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:50 pm

If this thing runs on windows, it could finally be the free editing solution that many have been waiting for.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby Mastamind » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:10 pm

Looks impressive. I'll definitely give this a shot when it comes out (is there a confirmed release date?)
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby Enigma » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:30 pm

Totally gonna be trying this out
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby post-it » Sun May 02, 2010 4:27 pm

Lightworks is now a brand of "EditShare" .. sorry.

http://www.geebroadcast.co.uk/LWKS/lwks_home.htm
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby mirkosp » Tue May 04, 2010 3:24 am

post-it wrote:Lightworks is now a brand of "EditShare" .. sorry.

http://www.geebroadcast.co.uk/LWKS/lwks_home.htm


Checking dates on that site, that's old news. This one is 2010 news. So even if it's a brand of EditShare, it doesn't deny the fact that this program is being opensourced.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby Zarxrax » Fri May 21, 2010 11:54 am

In a newsletter that went out today, they confirmed that Lightworks currently works on Windows 7 and Windows XP, but they hope to extend it to other systems after open sourcing it. They hope to release this source code before the end of the year, but before that, they plan to offer a free download of the software during the 3rd quarter of this year.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby post-it » Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:24 pm

Zarxrax wrote:.. they plan to offer a free download of the software during the 3rd quarter of this year.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby Zarxrax » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:09 am

I got selected as one of about 80 beta testers.
Unfortunately, I have to sign an NDA, so I can't talk about any of the details of the software.
But, I plan to try to make an AMV on this thing, so we'll see how that goes :)
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby LantisEscudo » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:45 am

That's awesome, Zarx. Is there any kind of timeframe for when the NDA will be lifted so you can regale us with the details?
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby Zarxrax » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:50 am

LantisEscudo wrote:That's awesome, Zarx. Is there any kind of timeframe for when the NDA will be lifted so you can regale us with the details?


In about 3 months (which is likely the same time that it will become available for download)
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby LantisEscudo » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:16 pm

Excellent and thank you. I'll keep an eye out for it.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby post-it » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:40 am

Fantastic. Be great to have an Editor where "we" can actually get things done
right the first time, like Virtual Dub when it was first released, and Grow With It
as it advances.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby Zarxrax » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:52 am

I just wanna say this. Don't get your hopes up too much for this.
I doubt anyone here will be choosing this software.

I think the overall goal/purpose of this software is perhaps much different than what an AMV editor would expect.
It's still in development so maybe some things will change and it will become much better.
But right now, I think I could cut together an amv more easily in avisynth.
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Re: Lightworks NLE being open-sourced

Postby LantisEscudo » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:20 pm

That's rather disappointing to hear. I'll still give it a shot when it comes out, but I'm far less hopeful than I was.
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