PRO: Free option with support for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X
Alternative to Shotcut, OpenShot Video Editor, and VSDC Video Editor
CON: For seasoned video editors, the features and functionality may be lacking
Best for beginner video editors and small business owners
Not every video editor is beginner friendly. But Lightworks is not like every other video editor.
While Lightworks claims to have “Hollywood strength” editing power, it still features a simple, intuitive interface that makes it easy for those with little to no experience to learn to edit their own video content.
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Lightworks allows you to deliver your final video in a variety of formats, including SD, HD, 4K, and beyond. You’ve also got the option to publish on Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube. (The free version supports 720p in Vimeo and YouTube only.)
Beyond all the powerful features that Lightworks offers, you’ll also get access to an impressive tutorial video library as well as a community of users to help with any questions. This is invaluable to those who are just getting started and need to learn the ropes.
The free plan is ideal for those who are just starting out in video making as the only restriction is on the output formats. For everyone else, the Lightworks Pro license can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis or as an outright license.
Overall, this software is best suited for those who are newer to video editing or those who just need a free and easy-to-use software to get their video projects done quickly and easily.
You don’t need a high-end, powerful computer to use Lightworks. And you won’t have to spend a lot of time learning how to use a bunch of complex features. So if you’re not a professional editor, this might be just the video editing software for you.
Lightworks is free with Pro plans available for $24.99 for a month license, $174.99 for a year license, and $437.99 for an outright license.
Real-time effects with inbuilt presets
Royalty-free music and stock video library
Dedicated web export
Optimized for speed
Real-time project sharing