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Editshare takes Lightworks open source

13 April 2010

EditShare has announced Lightworks Open Source, the industry’s first open-source development initiative for a large-scale NLE platform.

A notable departure from standard third-party developer programmes that limit access, the Lightworks Open Source platform offers an unprecedented gateway into the NLE’s core engine, enabling a wide-range of creative developers to implement forward-thinking features and workflows.

“EditShare has built a reputation for offering open solutions that enhance collaboration. In taking this uncharted path with Lightworks, we follow this same principle,” said James Richings, co-managing director, EditShare EMEA. “Lightworks Open Source offers a highly collaborative development environment based on powerful and feature-rich underlying technology, which has come from over one million hours of software development. Building on such a solid foundation will enable creative developers to generate concepts and capabilities never seen before. I expect that the Lightworks Open Source initiative will transform not only the technology, but also the opinions on what a professional editing tool can achieve. “

Leveraging its EditShare Universal Media File technology, Lightworks achieves a level of admirable interoperability by offering seamless media exchange between Avid and Final Cut Pro editing applications. The new workflow lets Lightworks users collaboratively edit projects with a much wider group of users.

EditShare officially acquired Lightworks in August 2009 and plans to make the first step towards releasing Lightworks Open Source in Q3 of this year in the form of a free Lightworks download. The download will be made available to everybody. Users will be able to familiarise themselves with the Lightworks editing system and its multitude of features including: true shared projects, instant save, multi-cam ingest, 3D editorial functionality, Universal Media File support, native RED editing, native 2k support with DPX and RED, dual outputs, and a format-independent timeline. Lightworks Open Source will let developers access and build on Lightworks technology to create their own innovative features and extensions. EditShare will offer developers and manufacturers an opportunity to sell their Lightworks plug-ins, options, or I/O devices through a centralised Lightworks online marketplace.

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