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About the Class

What the class focuses on?

Once you complete this course, you should have some basic skills and be familiar with how Lightworks non-linear editing software can be used to do a simple edit. The focus is on learning where the tools are and how to navigate Lightworks.

Why use Lightworks?

Lightworks has been used in the film industry for over 25 years, rivaling the likes of Avid, Final Cut Pro, Media 100, and Premiere. Films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Heat, Road to Perdition, Hugo, The King’s Speech and many more, have all been edited on Lightworks!

What will you learn in this course?

  • How to source clips online with Creative Commons Zero license
  • How to create a new project
  • How to import clips into the project
  • How to create a rough assembly edit
  • How to use the trimming tool to fine-tune the edits
  • How to adjust audio levels
  • How to edit overlay video (B-roll)
  • How to use the digital video effects system (DVE) on a still image
  • How to add idents, titles, and rolling credits
  • How to export the final video
  • How to identify audio issues when using mixed frame rates
  • How to re-render clips to ensure they all use the same framerate
  • How to reconnect clips that appear off-line in the Lightworks project

Who should take this course?

The course is for film & media students, enthusiasts, business videographers and social media producers, wishing to use a professional, yet inexpensive non-linear editing system that can work on Windows, macOS or Linux operating systems.

Why should you take this course?

This course has been designed for students wishing to learn Lightworks, as a free alternative to using another non-linear editing systems. The course explores Lightworks tools to help students navigate the program to achieve basic editing that can be used in corporate, promotional, and social media videos.

What is the course not about?

This course does not go into editing theory or editing techniques, other than how to use the editing tools available in Lightworks.


George Kingsnorth

Filmmaker, 3D Artist, Writer & Educationalist.
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I have been a Media lecturer for 17 years initially at UCE Birmingham and more recently at the Southern Regional College, where I was the Course Coordinator on the HND in Interactive Media Production and the new HND in Creative Media Production for three academic years. I now work independently developing my own courses. Over the past six...

Class Requirements

  • You should have Lightworks downloaded on your computer. 
  • In addition to Lightworks, you can use Squared5 (another free software package) for rendering some clips.
  • Also, for converting audio from MP3 to WAV you can use an Open Source package called Audacity.

What's Included

Language: English
Level: Beginner
Skills: Lightworks, Video Editing
Age groups: All ages
Duration: 2 hours
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