lightworks linux

A few people scoffed when we suggested that Lightworks would become a player again in the very competitive NLE market. Think again, 360,000 downloads on and a move onto Linux is real.

We are a site about Final Cut Pro, but we believe in reporting about other major news stories even though they are FCPX competitors and don't yet run on a Mac!

At the recent IBC show in Amsterdam, we visited the EditShare stand and took a look at Lightworks running on Ubuntu, the most popular flavour of open source Linux. It's very nearly finished, the Lightworks controller is not yet interfaced but they seem pretty sure the new version will become available for download in October. No hard news on the Mac version, but we think a working copy will be on display at NAB 2013. All versions of Lightworks across all platforms will remain free apart from the Pro upgrade which enables more codecs for $60 a year.

James Richings, managing director of Editshare EMEA, said: “We're really excited to be demonstrating the Alpha version of Lightworks for Linux at IBC this year, as it confirms our commitment to making Lightworks the best and most accessible NLE on the market.

“Our development of the Linux version was a direct reaction to the requirements of our passionate customers, who we’re in constant dialogue with.” 

Now why do we think Lightworks will have an impact on the market? To date there have been over 360,000 downloads of the windows build and this will only grow with the availability of the Linux and OS X versions. Next year will probably see Lightworks jump up the NLE charts into the top 5 pushing out Sony Vegas or Grass Valley Edius. We were told that on one day when the windows beta was updated, 12,000 people downloaded the new version as a result of an email notification. That is a growing and commercially viable userbase.

We look forward to taking a look a the Mac version in April. Hopefully!

Go to the Lightworks download webpage.

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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.

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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.


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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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