Lightworks 11.1.h Public Beta (Windows Only)

Later today we are releasing the next Public Beta of Lightworks for Windows (11.1.h).

We now have approximately 4600 users actively testing and reporting feedback on the latest version of Lightworks. This new build primarily fixes issues encountered with the previous Beta version (11.1.g) so we are still hoping to make the release available on the 30th April depending on feedback from this new build.

To access the latest Beta build for Windows please go to:

The fixes since 11.1.g are:

  • Fixed potential crash right clicking a tool in the Toolbox
  • Fixed permanent bins not displaying (broken in 11.1.G)
  • Fixed default position setting to remember viewer positions
  • Fixed clicking in resizable area (but not dragging) of track selection boxes on edit timeline
  • Fixed incorrect aspect ratio appearing on Fullscreen and I/O output
  • Fixed resizable “Add tracks” panel
  • Fixed timecode entry on labels panel
  • Fixed make ‘Bin of Material’ function from rack setting menu
  • Fixed Colour Correction values not being identified correctly when typing them in
  • Newly created projects now default to 1080p rather than PAL
  • Fixed incorrect audio on MPEG4 exports (broken in 11.1.G)
  • Fixed deletion of transcoded material
  • Fixed analogue audio being recorded at the incorrect speed using Matrox I/O
  • Fixed missing Blackmagic connection options on the record tool (64-bit only)
  • Fixed potential crash with audio using Blackmagic I/O
  • Added better RED R3D file decode performance using RED Rocket card
  • Fixed trimming shortcut keys not unjoining FX tracks
  • Fixed sync groups losing sync under certain circumstances
  • Fixed being able to record PAL from 1080i SDI input signal
  • Added Matrox End User driver support
  • Fixed colourspace conversion which would show purple tiles/viewers randomly

All Beta feedback is through the Lightworks Forum under the “Windows Beta Testers” section.


Lightworks 11.1.g Public Beta (Windows Only)

Today we are releasing the next Public Beta of Lightworks for Windows (11.1.g)

We now have approximately 4400 users actively testing and reporting feedback on the latest version of Lightworks. This build has some very nice enhancements for auto unjoin trimming, shared project updates and various fixes. We are hoping to release one or two more Beta builds before the final release on 30th April.

To access the latest Beta build for Windows please visit:

The fixes since 11.1.f are:

  • Fixed crash enabling the fullscreen output in the 64bit version
  • Fixed Render panel not appearing
  • Fixed Atomos Samurai_DNX HD .mov audio playback being incorrect
  • Fixed ProRes sample not importing with Picture
  • Added default folder icon for all three platforms when browsing Places
  • Fixed potential crash importing file from Pentax k30
  • Fixed multiple bins being created when importing new media
  • Fixed import of AC3 audio on AVCHD files (broken in previous two Beta versions)
  • Fixed import of 32bit WAV sample (previously failed to import)
  • Fixed crash rendering/exporting AVID DNxHD MXF 1080p25
  • Fixed deselected tracks on popped out tiles
  • Fixed potential crash unjoining FX nodes in the video routing panel
  • Fixed FX getting lost when using the video routing panel
  • Added ability to move FX nodes using the left mouse button on the video routing panel
  • Fixed potential crash on exit after opening the Effects panel
  • Fixed Mark Out being ignored when doing four point editing
  • Fixed potential crash scrolling and resizing bins
  • Fixed Batch Import Tool transcode settings not persisting when tool is re-opened
  • Fixed Frame rate and Size options on the export panel from moving
  • Fixed recordings and imported files appearing offline when using shared projects
  • Fixed creation of Prints and Subclips
  • Fixed still images transcoded on import to DVCPro100 MOV displaying incorrectly
  • Fixed MPEG422 SD AVIs displaying incorrectly
  • Merge AVID DNxHD codec into main Lightworks installer (Separate AVID DNxHD installer no longer requires. AVID DNxHD License is still required)
  • Added ability to restore Milestones from the project browser Restore edit(s) function
  • Added ability to resize the Restore edit(s) panel
  • Milestones are now automatically generated when an edit is deleted
  • Fixed audio clicks on Voice Over recordings
  • Fixed potential crash entering a project containing AVID DNxHD media without the codec being installed
  • Fixed audio on MP3 samples being garbled when imported into the 64bit version
  • Fixed invalid characters appearing on the Filter Type options menu of the Audio EQ effect
  • Fixed incorrect audio speed on Blackmagic SD/HD recordings
  • Fixed newly imported files being created in a new Imports bin despite one already being open
  • Added new padlock icons to show the state of an edit when using shared projects (Green = Owned by you. Yellow = No owner. Red = Owned by another user)
  • Added ability to drag a tile from out of the viewer copy icon (left click and drag)
  • Added ability to drag single tiles to the New Edit, Bin and Sync Group tools
  • Added ability to auto unjoin all clips when unjoining a cut point using the mouse. This is now the default behaviour, click the cogs icon and and set “Auto unjoin” to “No” to disable
  • Added ability to bypass auto unjoin by holding down ALT before clicking a cut point.
  • Improved edit ownership list when using shared projects
  • Ask user to go online if Internet Explorer is set to offline mode during Lightworks startup (which stops HASP licensing working)
  • Fixed being able to resize a timeline track using the left mouse button
  • Fixed audio not playing in 11.1 if imported into 11.0.3 to an NTFS 4096b/sec drive
  • Fixed potential crash rendering thumbnails in bins when using shared projects

All Beta feedback is through the Lightworks Forum under the “Windows Beta Testers” section.

Important Update About Lightworks

Lightworks on Windows

The development work on the next version of Lightworks 11.1 is going very well and with nearly four thousand users registered and testing the latest Beta versions, we have been making excellent progress. Such an enormous amount of feedback – and the time it takes to respond to it – means that we are slightly behind with making the 11.1 Windows version available for release, but it is nearly complete. We are aiming to have the release version ready for 30th April 2013

While we finialise this next version of Lightworks we are releasing an updated installer (no code changes) for 11.0.3 which will help overcome some of the problems users have been experiencing. The changes to the installer are:

  • We have updated the HASP licensing Run Time Environment (RTE) to the latest version 6.51 (included with the current Beta version.) This should help to resolve some installation issues and potential licensing problems and will allow installation on Windows 8 systems.
  • We have updated the installer which will help resolve some startup issues, primarily to do with an Internet Explorer 10 update. There are no code changes to this version of Lightworks in this updated installer.

Lightworks on Linux

We have had a very successful Linux Alpha program and although we will narrowly miss the targeted release date at the end of Q1, we will we be making the Linux Public Beta, which includes a much improved licensing scheme, available on 30th April 2013. We have been listening to users, and the current licensing scheme has not been up to their expectations.

The new scheme will be much simpler and easier to use, and will be based around signing in to the application using your user ID and Password for This same licensing scheme will be rolled out across all three platforms over the coming months. We will be trialling this new licensing scheme with the Linux Alpha Team over the next few weeks.

Lightworks on Mac

We will be showing a preview only of Lightworks running on Mac at NAB 2013. This means we are nearly ready to announce the Alpha Program for Lightworks on Mac. More information will follow soon.

Lightworks 11.1.f Public Beta (Windows Only)

Today we are releasing the next Public Beta of Lightworks for Windows (11.1.f)

We now have approximately 3000 users actively testing and reporting feedback on the latest version of Lightworks. This build primarily fixes issues that have been broken between builds. There is still more work to be done with regards to having 11.1 ready for release, so the release date may slip by a week or two into March.

To access the latest Beta build for Windows please visit:

The fixes since 11.1.e are:

  • Fixed crash on startup in the 64bit version when MIDI devices are connected
  • Removed obsolete Matrox drivers (5.5/6/6.1/7)
  • Added support for Matrox 9.2 SP1 drivers
  • Added support for Matrox DSXLE3 range
  • Fixed tiles not repositioning automatically in bin after clip is deleted in tile view
  • Ensure that the whole of the viewer/tile is kept onscreen following a change in output video format
  • Fixed performance problems playing back material in the 64bit version primarily XDCAM HD MXFs/AVCHD
  • Fixed import of AVCHD material in the Free version (when using Create Link)
  • Fixed import of MJPEG MOV files in the 32bit version only (64bit will not work with these files)
  • Fixed missing audio on MPEG4 exports
  • Fixed ProRes sample failing to import with video
  • Fixed ability to type the timecode into the labels panel
  • Fixed potential crash recording 1080p 23.98fps using Blackmagic I/O
  • Fixed crash clicking Standby when setup to record Voice over on the record panel
  • Fixed AAF import from AVID showing black clips in the edit
  • Fixed project name not appearing when creating a new room to a project from the project browser screen
  • Fixed ability to remove an EQ effect from an audio clip by right clicking and selecting remove
  • Fixed alpha channel not being removed when applying a 3D DVE to a clip
  • Fixed edit sync warnings not appearing when making a copy of an edit
  • Fixed ability to use non-writable drives if they have a Material/Sound folder on them

All Beta feedback is through the Lightworks Forum under the “Windows Beta Testers” section.

EditShare Adds New Features to Shared Storage, Archiving, Video Server and MAM Solutions

New Updates to EditShare Shared Storage, Ark, Flow and Geevs streamline production and broadcast workflows

Boston, MA – December 20, 2012 – EditShare®, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, today announced the release of EditShare Shared Storage 6.3, Ark 2.3, Flow 2.3 and Geevs 5.3. The new versions include many enhancements and features that simplify workflows and improve the overall user experience.

“We continually look for ways to improve our products and many of the new features in this release have evolved directly from ongoing dialogue with customers,” says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO of EditShare. “Whether they involve enhancements to user permissions, additional codec support, or new backup and archive features, they are all designed to increase productivity by making the workflow more efficient and seamless.”

New Enhancements for EditShare Shared Storage Version 6.3 Include:

Per-Media-Space Selection of OS X Network Protocols – By specifying the use of either the SMB or AFP protocol for mounting each Media Space on a space-by-space basis, administrators can pick the best network protocol for each application without the risk of mixing protocols on the same space. This allows EditShare Shared Storage users to safely leverage the increased power and performance of AFP for high data rate codecs and applications on OS X.

Project Browser Compatibility for Adobe Premiere Pro in Windows – This matches the existing functionality for OS X-based premiere Projects. By using the Project Browser, multiple editors can safely open the same Premiere Pro project with the assurance that only one editor at a time will get read/write access to the project. Premiere editors can open a locked project in read-only mode in order to review it or copy project elements into their own project.

Read-Only Access for Avid Style Spaces – You can now limit users on Avid Style spaces to read-only access, extending the same fine-grained user permissions available in other EditShare space types to this Avid workflow.

New Enhancements for Flow Version 2.3 Include:

Enhanced Frame Rate, Raster, Codec, and Wrapper Support – Flow 2.3 has vastly improved the range of codec support for SDI Ingest, File-based Ingest, and Scanning functions. Full support has now been extended for progressive frame rates/rasters, including 1080p (23.98, 25, 29.97) and 720p (23.98, 29.97, 60) in many codecs and wrappers. Also included are support for QuickTime-wrapped DNxHD and AVC-Intra, as well as support for EditShare’s patented Universal Media Files now using the DNxHD codec. Flow has also extended its File-based Ingest support to recognize many additional cameras and devices.

Asset Groups – The new Flow Asset Groups tab gives administrators an additional way to grant users permission to browse and search for clips in Flow Browse. It allows specified users to browse clips from Media Spaces that have been deleted, so that they can bring material back to online storage from the archive. It also allows a specified user to browse clips in Flow without granting them permission to mount the Media Space and access the high-resolution files. 

New Enhancements for Ark Version 2.3 Include:

Deletion From Ark Disk Via Flow Browse – Customers who have both Ark Disk and Flow can now delete individual clips from their Ark Disk nearline storage. Using the Flow Browse interface, authorized users can search for clips based on any criteria, including how long a clip has resided on Ark Disk, or whetherthere is also a copy on Ark Tape, and then delete all matching clips with one click thereby freeing up nearline storage space.

Storage to Ark Disk to Ark Tape Migration Workflow – Leveraging the new ability to delete individual clips from Ark Disk, it is now possible toinstitute “migration” workflows where clips move down through different “tiers” of storage. A clip might start out on EditShare storage, then be backed up to Ark Disk, and only deleted from Ark Disk or EditShare Storage after being successfully backed up on Ark Tape.

Ark Tape Backup Verification – This new option provides additional checks to ensure that Ark Backup/Archive jobs have been successfully written to LTO tapes.

New Enhancements for Geevs 5.3 Include:

Capture and playout of QuickTime (.mov) wrapped XDCAM-EX and XDCAM-HD are now supported. At either 35 or 50 megabits, this provides a space-effective HD codec alternative for immediate exchange between QuickTime-based NLE’s and ingest/playout.

Updates to Studio Multicam and Geevs Live User Interfaces—Based on user feedback, additional sorting, metadata and display features have been added to the Geevs Client applications. These features enhance productivity, accuracy, and speed.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology leader in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the TV and film industry. Our ground breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management and the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2012 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarksmentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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Lightworks 11.1.d Public Beta (Windows Only)

Today we are releasing the next Public Beta of Lightworks for Windows (11.1.d)

Since opening up the Beta program to the public three weeks ago, we have had an enormous amount of feedback, which shows in the list of fixes below. We now have 1100 users actively testing and reporting feedback on the latest version of Lightworks.

To access the latest Beta build for Windows please visit:

The fixes since 11.1.c include:

  • Fixed issue with playback stopping on the fullscreen output when moving the mouse
  • Fixed exit icon not appearing on fullscreen playback
  • Fixed Alpha setting not persisting on 4 corner gradient effect
  • Fixed 1 frame timecode discrepancy on BWAV imports
  • Fixed incorrect image on MTS files transcoded to Matrox YUYV
  • Fixed timeline marker not moving during playback after adding an effect and changing a keyframe parameter
  • Fixed inability to record from HDMI on Blackmagic Intensity
  • Fixed audio only recording using Blackmagic I/O
  • Fixed drag and drop behaviour of FX when V tracks are disabled
  • Enhancements and improvements to ALE import: (Pro version required)
    • File location/Name is no longer required under the Filepath heading. The ALE just needs to be in the same folder as the media
    • Related Video and Audio tracks are now automatically synced together upon import to Lightworks
    • ALE must be stored in parent directory of media it is referring to for import to analyse the media
    • Creates auto-grouped audio-only clips. Primarily multichannel BWAVs that have been extracted as separate .MXF files in the AVID MediaFiles folder
    • Included better logging during the import process to indicate why certain files cannot be imported
    • Included better logging during the import process to indicate which folders are being scanned
    • Ignore any subfolders starting with ‘.’ during media scanning
    • Ignore “Mac OSX” subfolders during media scanning
    • Ignore “resource.frk” subfolders during media scanning
    • Show ALE framerate on the import panel
    • Respect Reel IDs when pairing media files
  • Fixed vectorscope output displaying nonsense when using Blackmagic I/O
  • Fixed reading of media locators on AAF import
  • Fixed media locations disappearing when switching between project spaces
  • Added ALE licensing option to the licensing panel
  • Added User definable project/media locations to the licensing panel
  • Added import option to suppress material linking when importing AAFs
  • Added right-mouse click menu on Bin icon to display ‘All Contents’ from a project
  • Changed Lightworks archiving. User now selects whether to include local media or linked to media
  • Fixed playback of audio imported to the system drive in 11.0.3
  • Fixed display of Matrix wipes on FX panel
  • Fixed display of ProRes sample on the import panel (previously black)
  • Fixed reading of Reel ID from file imports
  • Fixed black Renders/Recordings/Exports using 1080i/PAL Blackmagic uncompressed MOV setting
  • Fixed connection settings on the record panel using Blackmagic I/O
  • Fixed Matrox Mpeg422P@HL bit rate setting on the export/render/record panels
  • Fixed 24bit WAV export in the 64bit version
  • Fixed a memory leak related to reading audio-file locators in AAF import
  • Fixed encoding/decoding URL strings in AAF locators with regard to real unicode characters
  • Fixed re-linking to sound files on AAF import (on a material drive) that do not have ‘.WAV’ extensions
  • Fixed AAF import of video file metadata (wrong aspect ratio etc)
  • Fixed failure to transcode 30fps .MP4 sample to MPEG422 AVI
  • Fixed potential crash playing back XDCAM HD MXF files in the 64bit version
  • Fixed potential issue with shared projects not updating correctly when importing files
  • Fixed audio links in .archive not being restored to the Sound folder when restoring the .archive
  • Fixed media appearing offline after using the move function of the media tool
  • Fixed link on Filecard to show all media being linked to
  • Fixed audio playback on AIFF sample
  • Prevent two instances of Lightworks being run at the same time
  • Fixed potential crash clicking the Location field in a bin after moving media using the Manage Media tool
  • Fixed typewriter titling effect progression with overlapping non-coincident effects
  • Fixed archiving progress bar from reporting invalid time (when including linked media)

All Beta feedback is through the Lightworks Forum under the “Windows Beta Testers” section.

Lightworks 11.1.c Public Beta

Today we are releasing the next version of Lightworks 11.1 as a Public Beta for Windows (11.1.c) This means any user wishing to test the latest Windows Beta builds can gain access without having to ask. They simply click the link below, fill in some details, and agree to the Terms and Conditions. This will then give them access to all the Windows Beta Builds as they become available.

The main new features of 11.1 Beta are:

  • Added support for Blackmagic I/O devices. Drivers 9.5 or higher are required (Pro version required)
  • Added support for Windows 7 64bit with a separate installer (Pro version required)
  • Added outlining support for the native titling effect (Pro version required)
  • Added ability to let the user specify where media directories are stored using the disk manager tool (Pro version required)
  • Added ability to let the user specify where local projects are stored using the Manage project spaces function (Pro version required)
  • Added support for linking to audio rather than copying it locally
  • Allowed MP4/AVCHD (MTS/M2TS) media to be imported into the Free version as transcode only
  • Added support for linking to files through ALE import. The ALE must contain a valid media location
  • Added support for automatic relinking to subclips when importing an AAF
  • Added ability to enable/disable detection of split MXF files
  • Added support for subclips without V tracks on AAF import/export
  • Added ability to automatically flatten multi-level subclips to one level when exporting an AAF to Avid
  • Added ability to read and interpret AVID markers as cue points in AVID AAFs
  • Updated installer to include latest Sentinel RTE (6.51) This allows installation on Windows 8

The full list of fixes in this version can be seen below. It is worth paying particular attention to the Limitations and Known Issues:

  • Renamed Disk Manager tool to Media Manager tool
  • Enhance Mange project spaces panel on the project browser
  • Fixed audio on 23.98 1080p MXF AVID DNxHD exports importing back in and playing at twice the speed
  • Fixed AVID DNxHD-TR MXF export not working correctly
  • Fixed a number of changes to the way we link to clips when re-importing
  • Prevented any attempts to ‘copy-local’ audio clips on AAF import
  • Fixed errors causing ‘heap corruption’ in a number of AAF functions
  • Fixed erroneous folders being created when creating a new project space
  • Fixed Pref file import when encountering empty lines
  • Fixed audio levels not moving when using ALT S shortcut
  • Fixed solo/mute functions from Mackie to be remembered after a trim
  • Fixed solo/mute functions from Mackie to be remembered when switching focus to another edit/shot
  • Fixed audio linking when using shared projects
  • Fixed Mackie Solo/Mute functions when audio mixer panel is not open
  • Fixed audio drag in fades from incorrectly appearing when inserting from a source that contains fades
  • Prevented import panel showing frame rate or other metadata if we haven’t read it from the file
  • Fixed all channels displaying the same information when linking to multichannel WAV file
  • Fixed audio corruption when transcoding a multichannel WAV file on import
  • Fixed incorrect display message about Matrox DSX Utils on startup
  • Fixed record panel only allowing one audio connection option
  • Fixed crash opening recording panel when using Matrox I/O
  • Fixed audio on transcoded H.264 Mov files
  • Fixed sync issue importing from an ALE
  • Fixed audio replay rate on WAV samples
  • Fixed memory handle leak (handles continuing to increase)
  • Fixed no audio on Blackmagic output when first entering a project
  • Fixed crash opening an edit that contains 32 audio tracks
  • Fixed playback of 24 bit audio masquerading as 16
  • Fixed reading of audio files that have multiple single channel streams
  • Fixed potential crash resizing a viewer during playback
  • Fixed image on SDI output of Blackmagic when set to NTSC
  • Fixed 23.98/29.97fps Quicktime exports showing up as 24/30fps
  • Fixed panels jumping around after a right/left click operation
  • Fixed Rack behaviour when adding bin to a rack within a rack
  • Fixed incorrect audio replay rate for 23.98 .MXF audio samples
  • Fixed incorrect filename showing on BWAV imports
  • Fixed reading of Reel ID from MXF files on import
  • Changed licensing so that the user is not required to activate the free version IF there is an available network Pro-license available

Limitations and Known Problems

  • Potential crash transcoding an .MP3 audio file on import
  • The Vectorscope may show incorrect information. This is under investigation
  • The audio may be distorted playing back at certain output formats using Blackmagic I/O. This is under investigation
  • You will not be able to install the 32bit and 64bit version on the same system
  • There is currently no audio linking for AVCHD with AC3 audio. AC3 audio in AVCHD files will still be copied locally
  • There is currently no audio linking for Quicktime files audio will still be copied locally
  • Some audio files may not import correctly or may not link correctly, please send us any samples you experience issues with
  • Some Quicktime files may import with audio at the incorrect length. This is under investigation
  • Transcoding may be slower than previous Beta versions this is under investigation
  • The ‘Elapsed’ and ‘Total Duration’ fields in the edit label tab of the BITC panel do not show feet and frames (including 16mm & 35mm 3-perf)
  • Video analysis tool appears through the FX configuration panel when configuring a colour correction effect
  • AC3 audio will not import on .MOV wrapped files
  • You will not be able to export a Quicktime Movie from a shot/sequence that contains native H.264 MOV files
  • Potential crash browsing import directories without Quicktime installed
  • Uncompressed Blackmagic SD option will not work correctly for some formats
  • Potential crash importing WMV file
  • You will need to set “Stop record if label break” to “No” for successful recording using a Firewire deck
  • You will need to set “Stop record if label missing” to “No” for successful recording using a Firewire deck
  • DV recordings may have a black frame at the end of the recorded clip
  • Potential memory leak playing very large AVID DNxHD edits
  • Audio monitor delay setting will not be accounted for during export
  • Cannot record HDV through Firewire
  • AVID DNxHD 10bit encode is not possible
  • Make sure any other applications are closed before attempting to install Lightworks
  • Video track can turn red after removing certain FX
  • Performance issues working with H.264 MOV files natively
  • XDCAM EX Quicktime files will not play correctly
  • Error during startup when Matrox MTX utils installed “error copying Matrox DSX driver” Please turn off UAC in Windows
  • Image on viewers and SDI output may look very poor on old ATI graphics card when set to 10-bit precision
  • SHIFT clicking a tile into a viewer has currently been disabled. You can now double left click tiles into existing viewers
  • XDCAM HD files may show pixelation on the viewer when dragging the timeline marker through them quickly
  • PCM Audio on IMX XDCAM samples is pink noise
  • .VOB files appear as “Sound” only on the import panel, but yet import with picture. Performance will be slow
  • Image quality on playback may be poor when project card set to NTSC Fields
  • You will not be able to transcode 1080p 60fps files on import
  • Blu-ray VC1 export does not generate a valid file. It imports back as Sound only
  • Audio on exported AVCHD files cannot be played by Windows Media Player it is just mute
  • Firewire decks MUST be switched off after recording

Windows 7 64bit Limitations and Known Problems

  • The Pro version is required in order to run the 64bit version
  • Blackmagic I/O will NOT work in the 64bit version. This is under investigation. Please use the 32bit version for testing
  • You may recieve a HASP warning about errors in the executable file when closing Lightworks. This is under investigation
  • Potential crash on startup with Mackie audio device connected
  • There is no Quicktime Movie/MPEG4 import/export via Apple SDK
  • Premiere and After Effects plugins are not supported
  • The licensing panel(s) may show incorrect links to the Lightworks Shop
  • Audio content analysis is disabled
  • CDDA ripping is not available

Limitations and Known Issues With Matrox Hardware I/O

  • If your system is not fast enough or does not have enough memory, the captures using MXO2 will stop with a “dropped-frame” message
  • If the drives you are recording to are not fast enough the captures using MXO2 will stop with a “dropped-frame” message

Limitations and Known Issues With Blackmagic Hardware I/O

  • If you are using a Decklink Duo, you will only get I/O from SDI 2 not SDI 1
  • Blackmagic I/O will NOT work in the 64bit version. This is under investigation. Please use the 32bit version for testing
  • Audio monitor level control has no effect on Blackmagic recordings
  • You may experience a crash when stopping record using Blackmagic I/O Please report this to us.
  • The SDI output may become distorted and flicker randomly. This is under investigation
  • You will not be able to view video on the Blackmagic output if Precision is set to 10bit. Change to 8bit
  • You will not be able to view video from Boris Red via the Blackmagic Output when Lightworks is running

All Beta feedback is through the Lightworks Forum under the “Windows Beta Testers” section.

Lightworks interview with Henry Stein, editor of Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” concert film

Lightworks Spotlight: Henry Stein

EditShare talked to long-time Lightworks user and music video editing legend Henry Stein, to coincide with the launch of Led Zeppelin’s Lightworks-edited concert film, Celebration Day.

Henry Stein’s credits using Lightworks include concert films and music videos for Eric Clapton, White Stripes, The Who, Oasis, The Killers, Paul McCartney and 2003’s Led Zeppelin DVD — the biggest selling music DVD of all time.

Henry has recently finished editing Led Zeppelin’s new film ‘Celebration Day’ and ‘East End Babylon’ a feature-length film telling the often violent story of the Cockney Rejects — the original punk band from the streets of 1970s London.

How did you get started with editing?

I started out as a stills photographer, and then Customer support at Olympus in London, before moving into video editing at the Olympus Gallery. It was there I learned about video editing while working on projects with Steven Berkoff, John Maybury and Derek Jarman, and was involved in producing the successful ‘History of Pop Video’ exhibition.

What sort of equipment did you work with when you started editing?

We were using a three-machine VHS editing system — the only one in the UK at the time. It was accurate to five frames which meant we often had to re-edit scenes over and over to ensure they were lined up correctly.

What was your first experience of using an NLE?

Lightworks was my first experience of non-linear editing, previous to that I was used to editing with linear online systems. I started Edit Video Ltd with John Mayes in 1986 in a warehouse in Wapping, mainly editing music videos, but after four years we moved to the to the West End of London where we edited many popular television series — some with UK audiences of over 15 million — as well as many of the biggest concerts. At the time I was still using online techniques, but over the years and as our client base grew it was clear I had to learn non-linear editing.

I found Lightworks easy to get to grips with as it was the closest thing to a real editing experience available. To this day, Lightworks is the only editing software I use as it lets me do everything I could possibly think of, quickly and simply.

What was the first film you used Lightworks on?

I had used Lightworks for many years for corporate, music and some television work, but the first big music project was with director Dick Carruthers: Oasis at Wembley Stadium for their ‘Familiar to Millions’ DVD. The band was right at the peak of their powers and it was a great experience, but definitely a challenging one. Lightworks was more than up to the job and we managed to produce a great looking, and sounding concert video.

What is it about Lightworks that makes you choose it over other NLEs?

Lightworks just lets you get on with the job of editing. Other systems have too many menus and settings to confuse matters, often resulting in giving the user too many options to import – which is where things can easily go wrong. Above everything else Lightworks is solid, stable and it’s fast.

What would your typical workflow as an Editor be?

After receiving the rushes I spend a good deal of time preparing all the footage correctly — often up to a couple of weeks. For me, this is the most important part of a project as if you have all the footage in place and looking good then you can easily add or remove anything, or react quickly to last minute changes.

Lightworks is very responsive to these types of changes as it’s able to easily move large sections around the timeline, if needed or requested by a client.

And do you think Lightworks is as relevant now in the days of File-based workflows as it was with film?

Yes, absolutely. Other NLE systems suffer huge problems around discipline, many of them will take in anything, with hundreds of options where only one will work, and then not be able to output it correctly. Lightworks, while fussy on its inputs, makes you import material correctly.

Do you use Lightworks’ advanced features like Multi Camera?

Yes, all the time. A good example was with 2003’s Led Zeppelin DVD which features a real mix of files in various formats, captured over a ten year period. With the footage from the 1970 Albert Hall concert being a two-camera shoot, one would expect that cutting it would be relatively easy. Not so!

It had never managed to be edited before as the cameras hadn’t been crystal locked — one being on average 101.5% and the other about 102.5%. Then there were speed changes as batteries went flat and at times both cameras had run out of film.

One month later, having worked day and night, it was finally in sync and every usable frame had been used. We then had to ‘online it’ using Lightworks Touch, as no other system at the time could accurately do the hundreds of minute speed changes needed.

What do you think of the ‘democratization’ of cinema through lower cost cinematic cameras, reusable media and free editing software?

I think it’s generally a good thing, but ultimately you still have to make a good product. There was maybe a very small window where some ‘less good’ things were being made, but essentially it’s all down to the quality of the final product. Is the story good? Is it shot well? Edited well?

What’s your favourite film that you’ve worked on?

I’d say it’s probably Bryan Adams ‘Live in Lisbon’ as it was shot exclusively on 16mm and Super8 at 15 frames for ‘the look’. It took almost a month just to vary the speed and sync up the rushes before the edit could even start!

And on a personal level it has to be The Who & Friends at the Albert Hall, as they are one of my favourite ever bands.

How do you think we can bring Lightworks back to the forefront in high-end editing?

The direction Lightworks is heading is incredible. I’m especially impressed with the level of support, help and goodwill available on the online forum — it’s staggering. Many editors I know are all Mac based and are using products made specifically for the operating system. Once Lightworks releases its Mac version I’m sure people will see the benefits of using it and jump on board.


Planning to try #Lightworks for Linux next week? These tutorial videos will help you get up to speed.

We produced this series of Lightworks tutorial videos earlier this year to help people get up to speed with the software quickly.

Watching all ten videos is an excellent crash course for getting up & running with Lightworks.

  1. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 1 – Creating a Project (2:23)
  2. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 2 – Importing Media Files (4:04)
  3. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 3 – Organising Your Project (3:31)
  4. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 4 – Searching in the Project (2:38)
  5. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 5 – Playing Media (3:06)
  6. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 6 – Basic Editing (6:19)
  7. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 7 – Trimming on the Timeline (4:59)
  8. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 8 – Simple Transitions (4:36)
  9. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 9 – Working With Audio (4:30)
  10. Lightworks 11 Tutorial – Part 10 – Exporting Your Work (2:31)

Try them out and let us know what you think!

Lightworks brings Led Zeppelin’s ‘Celebration Day’ 2007 reunion concert DVD to life

London, UK – 22 October 2012 – With over 20 million people eager to get their hands on tickets to their first headline show in 27 years, Led Zeppelin’s 2007 London concert was one of the hottest events on the planet. The release of the live concert film “Celebration Day” on 19 November gives those millions who missed out the chance to experience the performance in all its glory.

Legendary music filmmaker Dick Carruthers once again turned to his editor of choice, Henry Stein, to help bring the film to life. The pair has worked together on a long and illustrious list of music projects, including 2003’s Led Zeppelin DVD – the biggest selling music DVD of all time – with Henry Stein using Lightworks exclusively to edit each and every one of these explosive live performances.

Stein explained why Lightworks is the best tool for the job. He said: “With any multi-camera project, you need a solid, stable and fast system, and Lightworks is certainly that. I particularly enjoy using Lightworks’ sync group function for multi-camera live footage, which in the case of the Led Zeppelin concert was a real mix of files – including Super 8. Lightworks allows you to run these extra files essentially as another camera, something other NLEs struggle with. Above everything else, Lightworks just lets you get on with the job of editing.”

Fans awaiting footage from the tribute concert held for the band’s dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun have had to wait five long years. But, as is often the case with Led Zeppelin, they tackle projects when they feel the time is right, hence the 27-year wait for a live performance, and the production of this film was no different.

“The picture edit was originally started and almost finished in 2011 and was subsequently put on hold for a year at the band’s request. The original footage was then archived and put into storage, but when the time came to finish the film a year later, after un-archiving and restarting the edit we found the seven year-old Lightworks Alacrity’s hard drive was dead,” said Stein.

“The beauty of Lightworks was that we just hooked up the new computer with the latest software and everything worked seamlessly straight away. All in all we lost just a couple of hours of editing time as opposed to facing a major headache.”

The latest version of Lightworks for Windows is available to download for free at, with an upgrade to the Pro version available for only £40/€50/$60 per year, with Linux and Mac versions soon to be released. “Celebration Day” is available in multiple video and audio formats on 19 November from Swan Song/Atlantic Records.

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(The “four symbols” image is via Wikipedia’s Led Zeppelin IV article. The fact that we could use them for a Lightworks article just totally made our day.)