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Lightworks Review

Lightworks OUR SCORE 91%
starting price $24.99
our score 91%
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  1. What is Lightworks
  2. Product Quality Score
  3. Main Features
  4. List of Benefits
  5. Technical Specifications
  6. Available Integrations
  7. Customer Support
  8. Pricing Plans
  9. Other Popular Software Reviews

What is Lightworks ?

Lightworks is a cloud-based video editing software equipped with unique functionalities and powerful tools used for creating videos for social media, 4K film projects, Vimeo, and YouTube. The software has established a reputation in the cinema history and has been used as a video editor in the making of some of the finest movies in Hollywood, including The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, and Hugo. Lightworks makes it easy to edit shots or clips using the drag-and-drop method. With color blending and grading, enhancing the video images is made easier as well. The software also lets video editors execute keyframing to make a smooth transition between clips. Lightworks works with Blackmagic Fusion (a post-production image compositing solution used to create visual effects), and the software’s plug-in helps users make use of graffiti, filters, transitions, and graphics from Boris, a visual effect solution.

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Lightworks features

Main features of Lightworks are:

  • Drag-And-Drop Interface
  • Viewers
  • Content Management
  • Video Routing
  • Color Correction And Blend Modes
  • Work With Effect Keyframes
  • Rendering Effects
  • Apply Color LUTs
  • Applying Chromakeys
  • Fusion Compositor
  • Boris FX Plug-Ins
  • Boris FX And Grafitti Pro Bundle
  • Edit Multicam Sources
  • Configurable Multiple Monitors
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Export

Lightworks Benefits


The main benefits of Lightworks are easy drag-and-drop technique, video routing and keyframing, and direct exportation to YouTube. Here are the specifics:

Drag-And-Drop Technique

The software provides a user interface composed of panels such as bins, timeline, and edit review so users can understand how the drag-and-drop technique works. Bins are where video clips are imported and the edit review shows the clips that users currently worked on. The timeline is the location is where users can play their clips by sequence.

Video Routing

Lightworks has a systematized way to apply effects to their video clips and this is called video routing. To organize clips and videos, the software uses the node-based system, which is required for videos with multiple effects and tracks. Applying all kinds of effects from different clips in an organized manner is made easy with Lightworks because it allows users to connect video clips to specific effects applied to them.


Video and audio effects can also be added to the software’s keyframes. This functionality allows you to set keyframes for your clips, in which every keyframe has a parameter value that determines how the effects are applied. This feature, for instance, can be used to highlight some elements in your video clip and leave a smooth transition between keyframes through the set parameter values.

Direct Exportation to YouTube

Lightworks has a right-click menu to let users export videos to YouTube. Users can right-click a video from the edit viewers, bin, or timeline and export it to YouTube. While exporting, users can access other options such as frame rate, size selection, as well as adding meta tags for easy web searching.

Technical Specifications

Devices Supported

  • Web-based
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Desktop

Customer types

  • Small business
  • Medium business
  • Enterprise

Support Types

  • Phone
  • Online

Lightworks Integrations

The following Lightworks integrations are currently offered by the vendor:

  • YouTube
  • Blackmagic Fusion
  • Boris FX
  • Boris Grafitti


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Pricing Plans

Lightworks pricing is available in the following plans:

Free trial