The professional editing software Lightworks, which has been in existence since the nineties and has a slightly different operating concept, more based on analog film editing than other non-linear editing programs, has been part of EditShare for a good ten years, but has hardly been developed further in recent years. Now the manufacturer announces that the program, including developer and manager, will be outsourced to a newly founded company LWKS, which will dedicate itself to this program and the QScan tool.
Lightworks user interface
With new energy Lightworks will be further developed in the future and further features will be integrated. As it seems, a version for prosumers is planned, which should be more intuitive to use without a significantly reduced range of functions. The whole thing will be offered as before as a subscription model and as a permanent license. It is unclear whether the strongly limited but free option will continue to exist.
Already in November new versions of Lightworks and QScan will be released. Currently Lightworks is available at version 2020.1 (according to old count v.14.6) for Windows, Mac and also Linux -- the support of all three platforms is a special feature of this program. A prominent user of Lightworks is Thelma Schoonmaker, who edits Martin Scorsese's movies with it. As far as we know the software is not very common outside of Hollywood.