A few people scoffed when we suggested that Lightworks would become a player again in the very competitive NLE market. Think again, 360,000 downloads on and a move onto Linux is real.
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At the recent IBC show in Amsterdam, we visited the EditShare stand and took a look at Lightworks running on Ubuntu, the most popular flavour of open source Linux. It's very nearly finished, the Lightworks controller is not yet interfaced but they seem pretty sure the new version will become available for download in October. No hard news on the Mac version, but we think a working copy will be on display at NAB 2013. All versions of Lightworks across all platforms will remain free apart from the Pro upgrade which enables more codecs for $60 a year.
James Richings, managing director of Editshare EMEA, said: “We're really excited to be demonstrating the Alpha version of Lightworks for Linux at IBC this year, as it confirms our commitment to making Lightworks the best and most accessible NLE on the market.
“Our development of the Linux version was a direct reaction to the requirements of our passionate customers, who we’re in constant dialogue with.”
Now why do we think Lightworks will have an impact on the market? To date there have been over 360,000 downloads of the windows build and this will only grow with the availability of the Linux and OS X versions. Next year will probably see Lightworks jump up the NLE charts into the top 5 pushing out Sony Vegas or Grass Valley Edius. We were told that on one day when the windows beta was updated, 12,000 people downloaded the new version as a result of an email notification. That is a growing and commercially viable userbase.
We look forward to taking a look a the Mac version in April. Hopefully!
Go to the Lightworks download webpage.
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