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Help & Info about Lightworks for windows

  • What is Lightworks?

    Lightworks is a system used for editing and mastering digital video. It has been in existence since 1989 and continually updated since then; it was used in the creation of such films as Pulp Fiction, 28 Days Later and The King's Speech.
  • What platforms can run Lightworks?

    The software is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The Linux release is relatively recent, having been first demonstrated in 2012.
  • What filetypes are supported by Lightworks?

    The software supports a wide range of codec formats for Quciktime, MXF and AVI files;image sequences in BMP, Targa, TIFF, JPEG and PNG files; Canon and Sony HDV, AVCHD and Quicktime DV / DVCAM. However, it does expect the user to have some familiarity with televisual standards, and errors in this area can lead to compatibility issues.
  • Why does Lightworks ask for a Skeleton password?

    Sometimes the software will ask you for a Skeleton password, which you will need to obtain from the developer through the official website's Report a Problem form. This process will require the Machine Number for the system in question, which you can find by selecting from "Show Licensed Options" in the Project Browser's System Settings.
  • Does Lightworks cost anything to use?

    The system is available in both free and paid versions. The free version comes with a seven day license, but you can renew this as many times as you like. The paid version, Lightworks Pro, has a license which can be either purchased outright or obtained through a monthly subscription.
  • Can videos created with Lightworks Free be used commercially?

    Yes, the license of the free version allows videos created with it to be distributed commercially, with the one provision that the Lightworks logo be included at the end of the video in question. A usable logo can be obtained from the official website.
  • How do you activate the onscreen playback console?

    To enable the onscreen playback controls, visit the Editor Preferences on the Tool Bar; from here, choose User Interface and then Playback Controls. This will present you with further options; choose Global for the bottom console bar, or alternatively On Each Viewer if you would like separate controls for each viewer. To remove controls, choose None.
  • How do you rotate a video?

    To rotate a video, go to the Effects window and select "Videos, DVE". From here, choose 3D DVE and click Apply. This will present you with a window that allows you to make adjustments including rotation.
  • What is the Contour ShuttlePRO V2?

    The Contour ShuttlePRO V2 is a hardware accessory designed for use with Lihtworks. It works in tandem with your mouse to serve as an alternative to your keyboard, presenting you with a set of buttons to handle most of your workflow.
  • Can the sotware export to anything besides YouTube/Vimeo at 720p quality?

    This is the only export option for the free version of the software. If you need to use a wider range of export options, the only solution is to pay for the professional version of the system.


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