Public beta of ‘Lightworks for Mac’ expected June 11th

“The Mac Alpha version of Lightworks has been distributed to registered Alpha editors and it is expected that the Mac Public Beta version will be released around 11th June 2014,” Learn Final Cut reports.

“There was once a piece of software helping to define the non-linear editing space; it’s an editing system known as Lightworks,” Learn Final Cut reports. “A lot has happened in non-linear editing since then. Avid attained [the throne], until Apple purchased a piece of software from Macromedia and released their DV editing software system called Final Cut Pro using the NEW firewire connections on their Macs.”

“At a cost of about five percent of a full blown Avid system, users could quickly import DV camera footage, edit, title, output and distribute motion images like never before. The tide shifted, Apple’s Final Cut Pro became more refined, and soon it was making inroads in educational environments, TV series. Film makers like the Cohen brothers became fans and users,” Learn Final Cut reports. “Lightworks for Windows and Linux are currently available in Public Beta versions.”

Read more, including the announcement on the Public Beta version of “Lightworks for Mac” from EditShare, in the full article here.


    1. Where have you been for the last year? FCP X was a rethink of how a NLE should work. They through out old film metaphors and came up with system for digital video. They made it a database for easy such. They came out with the best multi cam. They made a whole new way to buy software. One that did not require a large expensive upgrade every two to three years. It uses the advantages of Apples pro computers. Yes it was lacking at first. However it was designed to evolve quickly, and it has.

      1. I concur. FCPX is the edit solution for the future, now. I’ve been editing video since it was tape cut with razors, used the first NLEs (Editdroid, Lightworks, Avid, et al..) and I believe that Apple has really advanced the art of editing like no one else.

      2. Regardless of how you and I feel about the FCP X rethink and its advancements, a large pool of FCP professional editors feel what Derek Currie states: that Apple screwed them. I know, because I regularly see their posts on filmmaking sites.

        While some have come back to the fold, many abandoned FCP for Premiere Pro, which operates more like the old FCP.

        Their argument is that Apple kept them in the dark too long, delivered an update (FCP X) which at the time they couldn’t use professionally, and it is this distrust they have that Apple will not always be there for professionals. (The quiet demise of Apple’s high-end movie compositing software Shake is an excellent example.)

      3. Oh shut up. Your ignorance is showing. Go talk to one of the many video experts here, one of which is obviously NOT YOU, about what Apple did to FCP. This is megaphone yelled rebellion that occurred at the time, dummy.

    2. Seriously Derek… you’re usually one of the saner posters here, but you have to quit perpetuating the FCPX myth. People (editors in particular, I’ve found) don’t like change. FCPX changed everything about how editing should be done. There is a learning curve to it that most editors, after doing things the same way for 10 (or more) years, don’t want to subject themselves to. FCPX is not, and never was “broken”. I would agree Apple made a misstep by not easing into it a bit more and killing FCP too quickly, but that is a marketing misstep, not a programming one. FCPX is a brilliant piece of kit, you should try it before you trash it.

      1. You can shut up and do your homework too. Too many seriously idiotic ignorant people here today. I’m off to enjoy some saner company.

        But for the sane, as I pointed out, Apple did back down and restore CRITICAL features into FMPX that were SCREAMED at them at the time of the terrible update. Apple did relent and learn. I’m happy FCPX became usable again. It was NOT at the time of the update. And no, you have to grounds to argue that point, insane ignorant people. Again: Shut up and do your homework or just shut up. You really do deserve my ire.

        1. Wow, I totally take my comment about you being sane back, you f-ing prick. You don’t work in film, I do, and have been for 25+ years. There was nothing in any of the posts here attacking you, yet you spew vile, vindictive bullshit all over the thread, and worse about a subject you know NOTHING about personally. You not only deserve my ire, you deserve a kick in the balls (assuming you have any).

        2. First off, derek….both you and your repliers said the same thing…Final Cut Pro X got updated and it became better. So why you are calling them ignorant and telling them they need to do their homework. I have followed FCPX (because i am a video editor and have been since 2004) since it’s release and everything that has been posted here is true, which entails that these people have done their homework. Maybe it differs from your opinion…but thats not really what you were expressing. The users of FCPX have to constantly defend the program because people keep bashing it due to the first 6 months of its existence. So, when you come out guns a-blazing, there will be defenders.

    1. If you poke around the site a little you can find some more info + screenshots. It’s cool that they’re doing this, but I’m at a loss as to what need they’re trying to fulfill. FCP is dirt cheap (for what it does), if you have CC you get premiere, and the rest of the high end market goes to Avid. Anyone not using those tools is probably just using iMovie. There doesn’t seem to be anything all that new or exciting they’re bringing to the table, other than it’s x-platform. Their “pro” version is almost the same price as FCPX.

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