Lightworks Is Not As Open As Some Would Like
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 11 November 2012 at 07:36 AM EST. 34 Comments
Lightworks has been talked about for the past two years as an open-source video editor and the Linux client was delayed multiple times. Lightworks ended up beginning a very limited alpha last month, but not everyone is happy.

Here's a new blog post about how "Lightworks is not anywhere close to open-source." The statements made by a GNOME developer over Lightworks not being open-source and "most likely won’t be anywhere close to a truly open project" come down to the source code not being readily available yet, the source base at millions of lines of code is likely too massive, the open-source version is likely to be crippled compared to their professional (paid) versions, etc.

The author recommends using open-source alternatives like PiTiVi, OpenShot, and Kdenlive, albeit there isn't yet a really compelling open-source non-linear video editor from the community, especially one that could compete with Lightworks in the professional segment.

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