EditShare scores big with Chelsea TV

EditShare Scores Big With Chelsea TV

Integrator Altered Images spearheads the upgrade to EditShare’s fast, tapeless end-to-end production and playout workflow for English Premier League Football Club channel

Basingstoke, UK –September 9, 2011 — EditShare®, the technology leader in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage systems, announced that Chelsea TV, the London-based Premier League Football Club broadcaster, has upgraded their Stamford Bridge production facility with end-to-end EditShare tapeless production and playout technology: Geevs for managing multichannel ingest; EditShare Flow for asset management and live sports logging, fully integrated with the company’s tiered storage solutions; XStream shared storage and Ark nearline and offline archiving. Altered Images, EditShare’s premiere system integrator, oversaw the modern design and extensive implementation.

Launched in 2001, Chelsea TV is a paid subscription service on the Sky Digital network airing top-rated shows such as Friday Night Live, Blues News, and Reserves Live. The highly popular Chelsea TV programming is also available online at Chelseafc.com and through mobile services in over 50 countries worldwide. “More and more EditShare installations are encompassing our complete workflow, from ingest to archive,” comments Tara Montford, General Manager, EditShare EMEA. “Chelsea TV invested early-on in EditShare, installing one of the first shared storage solutions we offered. Their tremendous growth since 2001 in terms of programming schedule and distribution platforms matched EditShare’s expansion in production and broadcast capabilities. From complete file-based ingest, to collaborative editing, shot logging, full file-based archive, retrieval through Ark, Chelsea TV’s new EditShare workflow improves their production capabilities for turning around game coverage and entertainment programming faster than ever before.”

The new workflow features Geevs direct capture of Chelsea Club sports content to the EditShare XStream shared storage system fully integrated with Ark. The EditShare Flow live-logging templates and comprehensive metadata tracking make managing content, whether it is a live game or player interview, much more manageable. “What makes the new EditShare installation really shine is the ease of logging player actions using Flow. The customized logging templates contain just about every event/action we could think of; a player receiving a yellow card, a red card, scoring a goal or giving an interview. With Flow templates, producers and operators log information in a standardized manner; ensuring that other staff can quickly and easily locate content. Editors have a much more streamlined workflow with dragging clips from the point of ingest – already indexed – into their Avid. It is an incredibly fast turnaround,” Richard Bignell, Executive Producer, Chelsea TV.

The integrated workflow removes the need for VTRs and centralizes Chelsea TV media on the EditShare XStream shared storage platform. Advanced EditShare project sharing capabilities ensure Avid editors can access content in real-time, freely sharing media and collaborating on projects and programs. Finished programs and complete matches are migrated to the EditShare Ark tape-based solution for long-term archiving.

EditShare systems support the full range of industry standard codecs and formats. Whether it is the Avid DNxHD footage captured by the Geevs system from Stamford Bridge-shot material or AVC-Intra P2 format acquired from the team’s Cobham Training Ground coverage, EditShare manages it with ease. “We have been working with Chelsea TV for a number of years, and we have seen their workflows develop and expand over that time. The EditShare workflow fulfils everything that Chelsea TV needs as a solution. It’s another example of a customer successfully migrating to a file and asset managed workflow with our solutions and support,” commented Nick Frith, Operations Director, Altered Images Ltd.

EditShare is showcasing the end-to-end workflow implemented at Chelsea TV during the IBC 2011 event on stand 7.C21. For more information or to book a press appointment, please contact Janice Dolan at: janice@zazilmediagroup.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About EditShare Complete Collaboration Products
EditShare’s Energy and XStream Series shared storage solutions enable editors and compositors to easily and economically share media and work collaboratively, regardless of the platform or application. Users connected to an EditShare network can seamlessly access in real-time a common pool of media files. Source material, work in progress, and finished packages are shared and instantly available to all users on the EditShare network. The rules-driven workflow ensures that no data is ever overwritten or accidentally destroyed. EditShare’s patented bin-locking / project-locking framework allows editors working in either Avid or Final Cut Projects to open up and safely work with each other’s project files, bringing unprecedented efficiency and creativity to the editing process.

EditShare Flow, Lightworks, Geevs, and Ark bookend the shared storage solutions with production asset management, editing, and distribution capabilities. The integrated solutions provide a highly scalable, end-to-end media management workflow.

About Altered Images
Since its inception over 14 years ago, Altered Images has specialised in delivering post production and media delivery solutions, installation and technical backup for a wide range of clients in production, post and broadcast, as well as a variety of corporate organisations. The company has become the leading supplier of post production, shared storage and delivery solution technology in the UK. For further information see www.alteredimagesltd.com.

About EditShare
EditShare LLC is the pioneer of a new category of collaborative editing solutions designed for digital media workgroups and production companies. The EditShare system fuels the collaborative creative process for digital media artists by delivering high quality high performance and cost effective networked collaborative editing solutions. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com.

©2011 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare™ is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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EditShare and Nemeton TV team up for the Rugby World Cup

EditShare And Nemeton TV Team Up For Rugby World Cup

Nemeton TV’s new production studio features EditShare’s fast, tapeless workflow to capture exciting Rugby World Cup coverage

Basingstoke, UK – September 9, 2011 — EditShare®, the technology leader in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage systems, announced at the IBC 2011 exhibition that Nemeton TV, Ireland’s largest production company, has purchased EditShare’s integrated production and playout technology – Geevs multichannel ingest and Flow production asset management; tiered storage with high-performance XStream Series and Ark archiving – to produce 2011 Rugby World Cup programming. Commissioned by TG4, Ireland’s National Broadcaster to capture the World Cup games, Nemeton TV has built a state-of-the-art HD production studio around the EditShare tapeless workflow. “The Rugby World Cup games command an audience of just over 4 billon viewers. Only the Olympics, Football World Cup and European Football Championships have higher viewer ratings. With this level of popularity, the production gear we use to capture, produce, and broadcast coverage must be as rugged as the game itself,” said Irial Mac Murchu, Managing Director, Nemeton TV. “Our positive experience with EditShare combined with their knowledge and technical capabilities to manage sports workflow from ingest to archive, integrating important components such as NLEs and Vision Mixers, gave us high confidence to equip our purpose-built studio with EditShare end-to-end.

Spearheading the installation is EditShare Premiere System Integrator Eurotek. “This was an extremely challenging and exciting project with a fast turnaround time for the complete studio build and the workflow design,” Kevin Moore, Eurotek. “We knew when working with EditShare that we could rely on them to build the complete collaboration solution.

EditShare offers integration across the board – with our own products and industry standard production and broadcast equipment. This is critical to support fast productions such as sports. With metadata and content shared across the workflow, production teams can turn around game plays faster than ever before,” comments Tara Montford, Managing Director, EditShare. “For Nemeton TV, they need seamless integration from the satellite truck to the Vision Mixer to the editing workgroup. This is where EditShare shines. EditShare moves content from each component to the next, ensuring all the details associated with media migrate along with it. Operators, editors and producers have access to content in real time – with flexible project sharing rules that organize the media sharing on a platform with near infinite scalability. We remove the complexity of media movement and increase the speed.

EditShare will showcase the end-to-end workflow at Nemeton during the IBC 2011 event on stand 7.C21. For more information or to book a press appointment, please contact Janice Dolan at: janice@zazilmediagroup.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Nemeton TV
Award-winning Nemeton TV is Ireland’s largest, full-service independent television producer and facilities provider with a world-class audiovisual production center for television and digital media programming in Waterford. The plant includes a TV studio, multiple Apple Final Cut Pro HD editing suites, high-end graphics, effects and audio suites, and training facilities. A fleet of satellite vans is used for live events and remote shoots. With three very busy production divisions representing Live Sports, Documentaries and Lifestyle programming, the company produces the largest number of television hours in the country. Nemeton TV also boasts an impressive representation of corporate clients, such as Guinness/Diageo, AIB and GlaxoSmithKline.

About Eurotek
Eurotek is Europe’s longest established supplier of media technology. Officially established in 1967 by Drago Radic, Eurotek has been leading the market in the application of Broadcast and future media technology ever since.

By constant research, attendance at international seminars, and sheer interest in our subject, we stay at the forefront of technology, and provide knowledge, advice and innovation to our customers. Our effort in staying ahead helps our customers to stay ahead too. We provide technology updates, product information, and demonstrations of all the latest products, from all the leading manufacturers.

Eurotek specialises in high-end solutions, and are called on to offer solutions for a wide range of clients, from education/colleges, to independent programme makers, to broadcasters. Recent projects include a new Graphics production and delivery system for RTE, a networked digital media distribution and display system for Croke Park, digital delivery and infrastructure for Dundrum Town Centre, complete new post production facilites at Brownbag Films, Flame installations at UTV, Windmill Lane, Piranha Bar and Screen Scene, and Flint installation at BBC Belfast.

About EditShare
EditShare LLC is the pioneer of a new category of collaborative editing solutions designed for digital media workgroups and production companies. The EditShare system fuels the collaborative creative process for digital media artists by delivering high quality high performance and cost effective networked collaborative editing solutions. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com.

©2011 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare™ is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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To clarify, since people have asked: The Lightworks Console WILL work with Windows, Mac & Linux versions of #Lightworks.

Lightworks Console and Keyboard

Lightworks was designed around a dedicated controller (“the Lightworks Console”). This has proved to be a very intuitive device and very popular in the past. The Console is still available and can be purchased from web store from 29th November for £1,850 (€2,330, $2,800).

However, to align Lightworks with the way many editors are now used to working, EditShare has also developed a new Lightworks Keyboard with dedicated keys for almost every Lightworks function, as well as other useful shortcuts. The keyboard has both symbols and text descriptions of key functions. There is even a dedicated key to access the Lightworks Forum.

Costing only £95 (€115, $140), the keyboard will also be available from the new web store and can be ordered in several languages (e.g. English UK, English US, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and more).

 

EditShare reveals phase two of the #Lightworks Open Source initiative at #IBC 2011

EDITSHARE REVEALS PHASE TWO OF THE
LIGHTWORKS OPEN SOURCE INITIATIVE AT IBC 2011

The groundbreaking Lightworks Open Source project enters Phase Two; three-tier membership program, advanced stereoscopic features and expanded 3rd party support

AMSTERDAM – September 8, 2011 — EditShare®, the technology leader in cross platform collaborative editing and shared media storage, is pleased to announce Phase Two of the Lightworks Open Source initiative. The Phase Two roll out includes a three-tier Lightworks membership program; a slew of new editing and workflow capabilities including a native titling tool, stereoscopic support, and advanced interoperability; as well as a new keyboard designed specifically for Lightworks functions and shortcuts. “The Lightworks Open Source initiative has grown well beyond original expectations. The productive community has provided incredible feedback that has helped us expand the roadmap and understand what is important to them as editors,” says James Richings, Managing Director, EditShare EMEA. “Each phase offers exciting new capabilities culminating in the world’s first cross platform professional NLE, which really changes the possibilities for editors.”

The Lightworks Open Source initiative is the world’s largest open source project for a professional non-linear editing platform. With over 140,000 members, EditShare is rolling out the initiative over four phases. Phase One, completed in November of 2010, introduced Lightworks as a free download and launched the Lightworks Community. The Phase Two roll out includes codec licensing through a three-tier membership program, new must-have editing features, and a new keyboard customized for Lightworks. The company plans to launch Phase Three at the end of 2011, offering the Lightworks editor for all three platforms; Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Phase Four, the rollout of the open source code to the entire community, is scheduled for completion in Q3 2012. “Our original goal was to complete the roll out of Lightworks Open Source this year, but we had an overwhelming number of requests to support Mac OSX and Linux… so much so, that we re-organized our development efforts to ensure we deliver Lightworks Open Source for all three platforms, ” Richings comments. “While we are expanding the road map, we are already working with 3rd party manufacturers so we can support a wide-range of hardware devices and software plug-ins when Phase Four is complete.”

Lightworks Open Source Phase Two

New Membership Program Expands Toolset and Access to 3rd Party Options

In response to user requests for additional features and 3rd party integration, the Phase Two roll out includes a new three-tier model for membership in the Lightworks Community. The current Free Membership level which includes a free Lightworks license and participation in the very active, online Community forum remains unchanged. Members in the newly created Educational and Professional tiers will pay a small annual fee for access to the full version of Lightworks, including all licensable options such as professional codecs. Richings adds, “We’ve had tremendous response to the free licensing of Lightworks and that unrestricted, no-cost option will continue. We’ve also heard from many people who want added functionalities, such as professional codecs. Some of these features involve additional 3rd party licensing fees. To cover these costs, we’ve created very affordable membership options for educators and professionals who want the extra functionality. For a modest annual membership fee, educators and professionals will benefit from a range of new features as well as enhanced access to the lively, informative Lightworks Community.”

Lightworks Free Membership: no cost per year
Lightworks Educational Membership: £20, €25, $30 per year
Lightworks Professional Membership: £40, €50, $60 per year

New Lightworks Features and Capabilities

New features and capabilities will be available to Education and Professional Lightworks Members on 29th November 2011 and include:

Native support for professional codecs and other formats

  • ProRes
  • Red R3D
  • DPX
  • AVC-Intra
  • XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX
  • AVCHD / H.264
  • IMX
  • AVID DNxHD *

* Due to licensing restrictions, Avid DNxHD will be sold separately and available from the web store for £36, €45, $55. This is a one-off cost and not an annual subscription.

Interoperability

  • AAF (with presets for Avid and Pro Tools)
  • OMF
  • EDL

Lightworks Shared Projects

Multiple users can work simultaneously on the same Lightworks Project, collaborating on edits with fast, intuitive user permission controls.

Lightworks Titling

A new native Lightworks Titling tool with powerful, GPU-based rendering acceleration and real-time preview offers keyframing with animation and effects capabilities including; gradients, shadows, fade in and out, typewriter effect, rolls and crawls.

Stereoscopic Support

Lightworks has an unmatched stereoscopic workflow, with powerful, yet easy to use real-time adjustment tools and codec independent Import / Export options. You can also output Stereoscopic edits through your secondary display or HDMI port. Features include:

  • Import
  • Editing
  • Adjustment/correction
  • Export

Export to a wider range of formats including DVD and BluRay.

Integration with EditShare Flow (Asset Management) and Ark (Archiving):

Users can drag and drop clips, subclips and sequences directly from Flow into Lightworks. Through Flow Projects, assistants or archivists can also create Lightworks Projects directly in Flow and prepare media and bins for Lightworks Editors.

Hardware I/O Support

  • Matrox XMIO2, DSXLE2 and MXO2
  • Blackmagic Design
  • AJA *
  • DVS *

* Available early 2012

Tangent TUBE Support

Support for the new TUBE protocol gives editors full access to Tangent’s new line of Element control panels.

Lightworks – New Hardware

The new Lightworks Keyboard, available in English UK, English US, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and more, offers dedicated keys for just about every Lightworks function, as well as other useful shortcuts. The new Lightworks Keyboard, along with the existing Lightworks Console, will be available to purchase from the Lightworks web store on 29th November 2011. The new Lightworks Keyboard will retail for £95, €115, $140, and the Lightworks Console for £1,850, €2,330, $2,800.

Lightworks Keyboard

For more information about the Phase Two rollout of Lightworks Open Source, including new features, membership option pricing and more, please visit the Lightworks Community at http://www.lightworksbeta.com/announcements.

About Lightworks

Academy® and Emmy® award-winning Lightworks was introduced in 1989 as the first and most advanced professional editing system on the market. Its intuitive controls, real-time synchronization, and editing features remain unmatched by top industry alternatives. The Lightworks system is used daily on many news and sports productions around the world, as well as on multiple feature-length motion pictures. Recent films edited on the Lightworks platform include the Academy-Award® winning The King’s Speech, edited by Tariq Anwar; Hanna, edited by Paul Tothill; and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, edited by Jill Bilcock. For more information about Lightworks and a comprehensive list of its production credits, please visit lightworksbeta.com, or find us on Twitter at @ESLightworks.

About EditShare LLC

EditShare LLC is the pioneer of a new category of collaborative editing solutions designed for digital media workgroups and production companies. The EditShare system fuels the collaborative creative process for digital media artists by delivering high-quality, high-performance, and cost-effective networked collaborative editing solutions. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com, or find us on Twitter at @EditShare, as well as on Facebook and YouTube.

©2011 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare™ is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Lightworks Announcement, 8th September 2011

Lightworks Announcement

8th September 2011

Almost one year ago we released the first beta version of Lightworks as a free download in the first phase of our journey towards Lightworks Open Source. A lot has happened since then and we are now ready to announce the next steps in the evolution of Lightworks.

Before we go into the details, we want to reassure you that Lightworks will remain a free download, and that it will continue to be developed by our growing team of developers and supported by our skilled engineers, as well as through the ever-popular Lightworks forum.

Anyone who has already downloaded Lightworks will know that this is much more than just a free NLE. The intention is, and has always been with EditShare, to aggressively develop Lightworks, until and beyond the point where it is the best way to edit professionally.

The aim of the beta program was to assist the developers in creating a “software only” version of Lightworks that would run on the wide variety of computer hardware that is available today, while at the same time introducing as many users as possible to Lightworks.

The challenge for EditShare was to rework the software so that it could run on the vast majority of hardware, without customisation, configuration or support. It needed to install and run painlessly, just like many other software applications. Previous Lightworks turnkey systems, while utterly stable and dependable, demanded expertly configured and proprietary hardware and professional support. As such, they were relatively expensive, although still popular with editors and good value in the context of larger projects.

With input from Lightworks beta users, progress has been positive and rapid. Almost uniquely in the development of this type of application, there has been a constant dialogue between users and developers. In the nine months since we released the first beta version, there have been over 500 fixes and features implemented, not to mention the port to Linux and OSX and a major re-write of some core elements. Meanwhile, users have benefited from the focus, effectiveness and depth of Lightworks, all of which have grown during the beta program.

This focus has been largely responsible for the rapid uptake in Lightworks. In the past nine months we have seen over 140,000 registered users. Over 15,000 new users are registering every month consistently.

This enthusiastic take-up of Lightworks has encouraged us to expand the development team, and this will continue to grow. We hope that you will see this as a strong indication of our commitment to the future of Lightworks.

Current Projects

Lightworks has enjoyed a long and successful history with film and we’re seeing more and more projects, such as Martin Scorsese’s current film Hugo, using Lightworks as their NLE of choice.

This month we are profiling Jill Bilcock (Road To Perdition, Moulin Rouge) who used Lightworks on the upcoming international release Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark. Jill and her assistants are also using the new version of Lightworks on their current project, Mental, directed by P J Hogan.

Earlier this year, The King’s Speech and Hanna were both released to worldwide international acclaim, both films having used Lightworks as their editing platform. And as well as film, Lightworks is in daily use on many News, Sports and Drama productions around the world, emphasising that although freely available, it is a high-end NLE that can be used in the most demanding situations.

Why are we on this path with Lightworks?

Throughout all of this, we are constantly asked two questions; Why are we doing this, and how we can continue to spend money on software that we give away?

The answer to the first question is quite simple; as mentioned above, we want Lightworks to be the best editor available, and we also want to give everyone a chance to use it.

With regards to the ongoing cost, an important factor is how we go about incorporating professional features, such as production-quality codecs (Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD etc), when they require EditShare to pay license fees to the owners of the technology.

Over the past six months we have worked very hard to deliver a solution which we think will be fair for everybody, and which carries with it other benefits as well.

Official Release

On 29th November 2011, one year after the initial beta release, we will be officially releasing Lightworks. We are introducing a membership model, which will help grow the existing community, and cover the ongoing and necessary license costs for third party technology such as codecs.

By introducing membership, we can provide access to licensable features without raising the barrier to becoming a Lightworks user too high. It also allows us to make Lightworks accessible to those in education, as these members will be future Lightworks champions.

At the same time, we also want to enhance and extend the Lightworks forum to include new web features that will help the community thrive and further enhance the Lightworks user experience.

Membership Options and Pricing

Lightworks Membership will be available with three options:

Lightworks Free Membership: Free
Lightworks Educational Membership: £20 (€25, $30) per year
Lightworks Professional Membership: £40 (€50, $60) per year

Free Members will continue to have unrestricted access to the free version of Lightworks and access to the Lightworks Community, with some limitations. Every current registered user will automatically become a Free Member.

Education and Professional Members will have unrestricted access to the full version of Lightworks, which includes all the professional codecs, other professional features (described in more detail below) and all software updates. They will also have full unrestricted access to the Lightworks Community (also described in more detail below).

Upgrading from a Free Member to either an Education or Professional Member is an easy process and can be done at any time.

Volume Licensing is also available. Members can add further activations to the same license key by logging into their account and purchasing more activations.

Lightworks Features

Education and Professional Members have access to the full version of Lightworks. The enhanced features include:

1. Native use of professional codecs and other formats

  • ProRes
  • Red R3D
  • DPX
  • AVC-Intra
  • XDCAM HD
  • XDCAM EX
  • AVCHD / H.264
  • IMX
  • Avid DNxHD *

2. Interoperability

  • AAF (with presets for Avid and Pro Tools)
  • OMF
  • EDL

3. Shared Projects

Multiple users can work on the same Lightworks Project at the same time, collaborating on Edits with fast, intuitive user permission controls.

4. Lightworks Titling

A new native Lightworks Titling tool with powerful, GPU-based capabilities and real-time preview.

5. Stereoscopic Support

Lightworks has an unmatched stereoscopic workflow. Easy to use, powerful and realtime adjustment tools and codec independent Import / Export options. You can also output Stereoscopic through your secondary display or HDMI port, as well as I/O hardware. Features include:

  • Import
  • Editing
  • Adjustment/correction
  • Export

6. Export to a wider range of formats including DVD and BluRay

7. Integration with EditShare Flow and Ark

Users can drag and drop Clips, Subclips and Sequences directly from Flow into Lightworks. Through Flow Projects, assistants or archivists can also create Lightworks Projects directly in Flow and prepare media and bins for Lightworks Editors.

8. Hardware I/O support

  • Matrox XMIO2, DSXLE2 and MXO2
  • Blackmagic Design
  • AJA **
  • DVS **

9. Tangent TUBE Support

Lightworks will support the new TUBE protocol giving full access to Tangent’s new line of Element control panels.

10. Eligible for Support

Education and Professional Members are eligible for support contracts with EditShare.

11. Updates

All Education and Professional Members will receive all software updates, major or minor, whilst their Membership is still active.

Footnotes

* AJA and DVS support will be available in early 2012. (back)

** Due to licensing restrictions, Avid DNxHD has to be sold separately and will be available from the web store for £36 (€45, $55). This is a one-off cost and NOT an annual subscription. (back)

Lightworks Community

The Lightworks forum has been so successful that it has given EditShare a powerful message: users want to share their knowledge and work with each other to improve their skills and know-how. So in addition to these compelling software features, annual Membership will provide access to the new Lightworks Community. This is where co-operation and collaboration are built into the fabric of Lightworks.

All members will have access to the following features:

  • Forum
  • Groups – Join and participate in Groups focused on projects or specific topics
  • Events – See Event listings and apply to attend

Further to this, Education and Professional Members will have the following additional benefits:

  • Create and Modify Groups
  • Create and Organise Events
  • Live Chat – directly with others or in Group Discussion Rooms
  • Videos – upload and exhibit videos and showreels, alongside expanded profile pages
  • Voting – vote for Lightworks features and developments
  • Jobs – post and respond to job adverts
  • Online Seminars and Training

The Community, which will also be populated by EditShare employees, will be the nexus for the rapidly growing number of professional users.

Lightworks Console and Keyboard

Lightworks was designed around a dedicated controller (“the Lightworks Console”). This has proved to be a very intuitive device and very popular in the past. The Console is still available and can be purchased from web store from 29th November for £1,850 (€2,330, $2,800).

Lightworks Console

However, to align Lightworks with the way many editors are now used to working, EditShare has also developed a new Lightworks Keyboard with dedicated keys for almost every Lightworks function, as well as other useful shortcuts. The keyboard has both symbols and text descriptions of key functions. There is even a dedicated key to access the Lightworks Forum.

Lightworks Keyboard

Costing only £95 (€115, $140), the keyboard will also be available from the new web store and can be ordered in several languages (e.g. English UK, English US, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and more).

Support

We believe that key to Lightworks’ continued success is excellent support, not only by EditShare Support Engineers, but also by the Lightworks Community. For all Lightworks Members, access the the Lightworks forum is the first place for support and will remain a free resource for everyone.

For Education or Professional Members that require direct support from EditShare, we offer an annual Support Contract. This covers email, telephone and remote desktop support by a qualified Support Engineer. Beginning in November, we will also be offering customers with Support Contracts access to our Support Group in the Lightworks Community, where they will be able to communicate with Support Engineers through Live Chat.

Support Contracts will be available as follows:

Professional Member Support Contract £395 per year
Education Member Support Contract £195 per year
Education Site Support Contract (10+ users) £1,995 per year

Updated Roadmap

Since releasing the first Roadmap a lot of work has been undertaken by our developers. We have listened to feedback and made changes accordingly. The past six months have largely been spent implementing a new encoding and transcoding back end, and the port to Linux and OSX. However, we have been working on many other aspects of Lightworks as well, including Titling, Stereoscopic support and other features. So we have updated our roadmap to reflect the current status of development.

Q4 2011

  • AVC-Intra Support *
  • XDCAM HD / EX Support *
  • Advanced Stereoscopic Adjustment Toolset *
  • Native Titling *
  • Further Timeline Enhancements (Mute, Trimming etc) *
  • Interoperability Improvements with AAF *
  • Further Integration with Flow and Ark *
  • Performance Improvements for Long GOP Formats *
  • Export Timeline for DVD and BluRay
  • Support for Tangent Element control surfaces
  • Blackmagic Design I/O Support
  • Linux and OSX Beta release
  • * Already implemented for release(back)

Q1 & Q2 2012

  • AJA I/O Support
  • Full 64 bit Support
  • Interoperability Improvements with XML
  • Advanced RED Toolset
  • New Effects
  • Audio Plugins
  • File Delivery
  • Remote Editing with Proxy Files
  • Sync Group Improvements

Hardware I/O support

As you will note from the updated Roadmap, we are a little behind schedule with releasing support for other hardware I/O devices. We plan to have Blackmagic Design support in the release on 29th November, and AJA and DVS support in early 2012. However, we are pleased to announce today that we have full support for the Matrox MXO2 range of I/O devices.

Matrox MXO2

The MXO2 range provides a great deal of flexibility with a variety of I/O combinations in external devices. All devices connect to the host laptop or workstation via Thunderbolt, Express34 or PCI-e. They also provide cross platform support for Windows and Mac OSX.

We have worked closely with Matrox to ensure that this support is available. Lightworks will support:

Matrox MXO2 £1,095 €1,350 $1,595
Matrox MXO2 LE £750 €799 $995
Matrox MXO2 Rack £1,750 €1,995 $2,395
Matrox MXO2 Mini £340 €385 $450

This is exciting news for any existing MXO2 owner as Lightworks will work with your current device. More information can be found on the new web store in November.

Linux and Mac OS X versions

Our progress with porting Lightworks to Linux and Mac OS X is something we get asked about every single day. We’re happy to report that we are making huge strides towards completing the port and we’re aiming to have the first beta release available on 19th December 2011.

Lightworks will be the first professional NLE available and fully supported on all three major OS platforms so we’re putting in a huge effort to ensure that we get these versions out as soon as possible.

Open Source release

As we announced in 2010, our commitment is to make Lightworks an Open Source project. Naturally, there are many legal issues and complications in doing so with a product that has over 20 years’ history. We are still working hard on this and will be making further announcements about when this will roll out once we have finished the work on porting Lightworks to Linux and Mac OSX. Rest assured, we are fully committed to making Lightworks available to developers through open source and fostering the community’s enthusiasm for enhancing what is already a high-end professional NLE.

And Finally…

We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the Lightworks beta program so far. We hope you like the way we are going to move forward, balancing our commitment to provide free and open source software for those that want it, with the need to charge for the use of features that we ourselves have to pay for to supply to you.

With such a low annual cost, we hope that users will join the Lightworks Community, and that, whether you subscribe or not, we can continue to work with you to make Lightworks even better for everyone.

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EditShare LLC is the pioneer of a new category of collaborative editing solutions designed for digital media workgroups and production companies. The EditShare system fuels the collaborative creative process for digital media artists by delivering high quality high performance and cost effective networked collaborative editing solutions. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com, or find us on Twitter at @EditShare and @ESLightworks, as well as on Facebook and YouTube.

TVTechnology | Editing Community Offers Input, by Jay Ankeney

by Jay Ankeney for TVTechnology, 09.06.2011

Free is good. But being part of a worldwide editing community that is thousands strong and working to help develop something that could affect the future of post production is downright exciting. For almost a year, EditShare has been offering free downloads of a new beta version of the venerable Lightworks nonlinear edit system for anyone editing on a Windows computer (XP or later) with a decent video/graphics card, and a generous amount of storage.

EditShare’s goal is to invite editors everywhere to provide their input on the proposed final version due to be completed by the end of the year. Once they release the source code, it will be an open-source version of Lightworks. And it, too, will be free.

But it is not simple altruism that is driving this project since EditShare plans to market turnkey Lightworks systems and add support and proprietary plug-ins to its Complete Collaboration suite of end-to-end media management solutions that include production asset management, shared storage, and archiving systems.

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EditShare Storage 6.0.5.14 update now available, including Flow 2.1.1 and Ark 2.0.5.14. See http://editshare.com/updates for details.

EditShare Flow (2.1.1):

  • This update improves how database files are automatically created for Avid users. Anyone running Flow Ingest with Avid should update to this version.

EditShare Ark (2.0.5.14):

  • This update improves the way Ark Tape handles communication with the LTO tape drive. Any customers running Ark tape should update to this version.


EditShare training week snapshots, including the Lightworks & GeeVS Sports hardware consoles

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EditShare USA hosted visitors for training this week at our offices in Boston, and gave them an overview of the exciting things we’re working on with EditShare Flow, Ark, and Storage, as well as looks at the Lightworks editing system & GeeVS playout system.

Here are some snapshots from the last day’s sessions.