Hollywood studios use GNU/Linux for making block-busters, but there is no professional grade film editing solution for the GNU/Linux desktop. Lightworks may be the first such solution. Editshare, the company behind Lightworks, has announced the first public beta of Linuxworks. Earlier an alpha was released to a limited audience.
Users can download and install the beta from Lightworks’ download page. A Lightworks account is needed to activate the beta; the trial expires in 6 days.
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The announcement page states:
This Beta version contains the new EditShare Licensing Service (ELS) which will allow users to sign in to the application using their Lightworks Username and Password (an internet connection MUST be present on the system) When signing in each new user will be automatically given a complimentary seven day Pro license to test the Pro version of Lightworks, this is renewable at the end of the seven days by simply signing back in to the application.
Currently it is available only on the Debian based systems. I successfully tested in on Kubuntu. The download page says that it may work on other distributions but it has not been tested by the team.
If you are going to try Lightworks, keep in mind few points:
- ATI and Nvidia cards are supported. EditShare recommends Nvidia for the best performance
- Do not use linux default GFX driver. If you experience the viewer playing at a reduced size then the Linux default graphics driver is installed. Please make sure the Nvidia driver is loaded an the system is restarted
- The build is 64bit ONLY
The public beta is intended for testers to make it better. You can find more information on submitting feedback on the Wiki page. If you are planning to give the company feedback, Editshare suggests, “Please make sure you have searched for the issue before submitting a ticket, this should help stop duplicate tickets being submitted. The more feedback we get, the faster we can resolve issues,”