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Lightworks, a professional video editing and mastering software, is finally available for Linux, as a public beta.

Lightworks has been used in renowned Oscar and Emmy Award award-winning films, including The King's Speech, The Departed, Mission Impossible, Pulp Fiction or Braveheart.

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Lightworks Beta for Linux has only been tested on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10, Mint 13 and 14 and Lubuntu 13.04. There are some unofficial Fedora rpm files but this is not an officially supported distribution. Also, there's a pretty big list of known issues and limitations for now, including:
  • support for only Nvidia and ATI graphics;
  • 64bit builds only;
  • no AVI and H.264 MOV export option;
  • AVI files may play back incorrectly with black flashing frames and there might be no audio for some uncompressed AVI files;
  • PNG Image Sequences are slow to export;
  • the record tool, playout tool will not be available in the current Linux Beta build of Lightworks. They will be added in a future Linux Beta build;
  • no SDI or Firewire support;
  • more.

You can take a look at all these known issues on the Lightworks Beta for Linux downloads page.

Lightworks is free to use, but if you want extra codecs and support, you need to purchase a $60/year PRO license.

To be able to download Lightworks Beta for Linux, you need to register and agree to the Terms and Conditions:

Submit feedback or bug reports for the Linux beta, HERE.