Lightworks has been used to create Hollywood movies, including The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio. There are free and Pro editions, but the main difference is the output formats, with the free version limited to 720p resolution.
You don’t get project templates, scrolling titles and other fancy effects, and instead it focuses on providing precision tools and clip handling.
Videos are imported and organised into bins and racks, and rooms are created with editing layouts. Video clip handling is very database-like with multiple views, searching, sorting, tagging and so on.
It’s designed to enable teams of editors using multiple workstations to create two-hour movies containing dozens of scenes and hundreds of clips. This would be impossible with the other video editors.
The editing tools are very powerful and they offer a fine degree of control that other video editors don’t have.
Video and audio tracks, of which there can be many, can be independently edited, so you can cut a section of video from the middle of a scene leaving the audio and cut away to show something else, then return while the audio continues to play.
The flexibility you have when joining scenes is excellent and in and out points can be finely tuned directly in the timeline.
There’s a limited range of special effects like transitions, but TV shows and Hollywood movies rarely use anything other than simple cuts and fade from/to black.
Lightworks is aimed at professional video editors and it is fascinating to use a tool employed by Oscar-winning Hollywood movie editors. It doesn’t do a lot, but what it does is brilliant.
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