I think this may be the most exciting post for me review so far! I am have been using versions of Adobe Premier for about 10-12 years (Premier Elements & now Premier Pro). I love editing with that software, but I only have it on my computer at work. I cannot afford the premium price and I can’t really go back to elements.
Lightworks is an opensource NLE (Non-Linear Editor) for video and it is truly a professional program. Some opensource programs that I’ve seen have been cheap or old looking, but Lightworks has a very polished UI and tremendous capabilities.
I’m afraid the learning curve is going to be a bit steep however. Upon download, there are three keyboard layouts. 1) Final Cut, 2) Avid, and 3) Lightworks. I noticed right away that I was familiar with none of the processes or buttons. Because Final Cut has been “industry standard” for so long, I feel that people with a background in FC would probably get along easier with this program.
Everything seems pretty straightforward, but just very different. The user has to download the codecs to import any type of video file to be edited. The user needs a pretty hefty system in order to run this program. The program suggests having 3gb of ram dedicated to running the program. This will no doubt be for rendering and previews.
I’m sure that once I get the hang of the processes and UI that I’ll be able to use this fine, but until then I’ll just be messing around and reading their tutorials. I’m excited to delve into this program. Oh yeah.. ITS FREE!!! 🙂
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