lightworks tutorials

Rather ironic that there are two stories here on FCP.co that feature the two big NLE's that ruled editing before Final Cut Pro was released. After looking at Avid's precarious situation, it was good to find Editshare have published 10 new video tutorials for Lightworks 11.

Avid and Lightworks dominated the NLE world in the nineties with highly priced systems that needed a mortgage to finance. They started off as offline tools which meant fuzzy looking pictures and a trip to a tape suite to online the pictures.

The life of Lightworks has had its ups and downs, being bought by multiple companies including Tektronix who made a four channel version built on a Profile video server. You could digitise 4 tapes at once!

Lightworks is now owned by EditShare who have published a new version of the NLE after an 18th month beta program. There are two versions of Lightworks available, the free version has less features and reduced support for different codecs. The Lightworks Pro version can be licenced for $60 a year with a 50% discount for education users.

Althougth Lightworks 11 is only available for Windows at the moment, Editshare have published a roadmap that indicates versions will become available for Mac OSX and Linux. As with any software roadmap, the schedule has slipped so no dates on the releases.

So back to the tutorials. Peter Bridgman has authored 10 Lightworks tutorials that start with creating a project and run through the editing process right up to exporting your project. Whatever you think of Lightworks, you can't knock its film editing pedigree and we think that it will continue to grow in that niche. One to keep an eye on. 


Part 1 - Creating a Project

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn to how to choose project settings and setup your project including how to change the output format. 

Part 2 - Importing Media Files

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn to how to get your video/sound media into Lightworks ready for editing using the two methods available, Import and Batch Import.


Part 3 - Organising Your Project

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn to how to utiltise the functionality of the Lightworks Bins and Racks and we’ll discuss different ways of displaying and managing the contents of your project.

Part 4 - Searching in the Project

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn to how to use the real power of the Search tool as we use information that was added to the clips to do a number of project-wide searches.

Part 5 - Playing Media

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn to how to play your media using both the Onscreen Console and the keyboard shortcut assignments.

Part 6 - Basic Editing

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn to how to create a new edit, and find out how to use the four editing functions on the onscreen console – Replace, Insert, Delete and Remove.


Part 7 - Trimming on the Timeline

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn how to use the Lightworks trimming functions and see the real beauty and simplicity of Lightworks editing on the timeline.

Part 8 - Simple Transitions

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn how to make simple real-time transitions on the timeline. By simple transitions, we mean effects that can be done on the video or audio tracks, and don’t require a separate FX track.

Part 9 - Working with Audio

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, we’ll take a closer look at the audio tracks, find out how to add extra tracks for music and sound effects, and see how to set audio levels.

Part 10 - Exporting Your Work

In this Lightworks 11 video tutorial, you'll learn how to export your edit as a file, and we’ll look at further sources of information on Lightworks editing.

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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