As you may or may not know, and for those that care, EditShare are releasing the industry NLE Lightworks! Basically, in April this year (2010) EditShare decided to be very lovely. They got their hands on the program Lightworks and are allowing developers from all over the place to…develop it. This is big news because EditShare are already a technology leader in cross platform collaborative editing and media storage solutions so the ability to tie this into a professional NLE is very exciting. A wonderful statistic, since the start of this project they have had 200,000 editors sign up (including us..obviously) and 170,000 developers! now there’s some tantalising statistics. Here at Pufferfish we are always looking to trial the latest tech, and lets be honest, the fact it’s free hardly hinders the appeal. Do not fear, we are in-line to get our copy and will keep you posted with our opinions.

Anyway, here’s what they think.

Academy® and Emmy® award-winning Lightworks was introduced in 1989 as the first and most advanced non-linear editing system on the market. Used by editors such as Chris Gill and multi Oscar-winning Thelma Schoonmaker, Lightworks offers intuitive controls, advanced real time effects, 2K native support with DPX or RED, and multi-camera editing features that remain unmatched. With wide support for codecs, including EditShare’s Universal Media Files, Lightworks achieves a level of unsurpassed interoperability by offering seamless media sharing with Avid and Final Cut Pro. This new workflow enables Lightworks artists to collaboratively edit projects with a much wider group of editors.

We’ll let you know what we think when it get our hands on it, very soon

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