Lightworks just released a big update. They claim 5.5 million users worldwide, but I have only ever heard of a handful of film editors using it. So I’m curious if anyone here is using it. If so, what are your experiences with it? They are pushing a tight cloud integration (option), but otherwise it’s a fairly traditional track-based NLE in the design of the UI. Thoughts?
5.5 million downloads, maybe, but 5.5 million users ?? This is what happens with free software, you get a download to user ratio that can run to 100 -1 or greater. I downloaded lightworks to fool around with several years ago but I’ve never used it, so I qualify as a “user.”
I downloaded a version years ago and never used it. I’m so comfortable with the Resolve ecosystem I don’t think I’ll kick the tires on this version. Good on them for sticking to their software. I do know there are serious fans out there but they are not in my circle of colleagues.
I know literally no one who uses it, but several who gave it a shot. That 5.5 million users stat seems pretty unlikely.
They are getting pretty far from their roots with the new marketing push. In much of their copy they are specifically calling out to YouTubers, gamers, and others. IMO that is so not the right audience for Lightworks. Juxtaposing that with the same screenshots from the Wolf of Wall Street they’ve been using for years is pretty strange. The people who seem to love it seem to do so because of things like cutting dialogue – narrative stuff.