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‘Centurion’ Takes EditShare Lightworks into Battle

Editor Chris Gill used EditShare Lightworks to edit the Neil Marshall thriller Centurion (Facebook link), which tells the story of a Pict camp raided by Romans during their 2nd century conquest of Britain. Centurion was filmed across the snow-lit Scottish countryside from February to April 2009 and cut at Goldcrest Films in London.

Centurion trailer
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The film’s storyline was brought to life using three Lightworks systems connected to a shared RAID via Fibre Channel. Lightworks yielded a fast camera-to-edit solution for Centurion‘s epic battle sequences. “Speed was crucial for my editing, because Centurion‘s subject matter required multiple cameras to catch all angles of action,” says Gill. “Lightworks has no competition when it comes to speed—it is truly the quickest and simplest way to shoot and edit organic footage.” The Lightworks system includes advanced multi-cam editing with unlimited sources and dual SDI outputs. Editors can simultaneously view source angles in sync with the edit.

Action sequences in Centurion were enhanced using orchestrated sound effects to heighten audience emotion and tension. Lightworks’ real-time audio level controls and automatic synchronization were ideal for matching rhythm drums alongside blood-soaked battle sequences.

Centurion Behind the Scenes
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“Music is always a big issue for the editor, and when dealing with fight scenes of a large proportion, it is crucial for impact. Lightworks tells me if any portions of my multiple layers of audio tracks and video are not in sync, and I can easily go in and fix them. It saves me so much time, and I never have to worry about it,” says Gill. Lightworks offers advanced sub-frame audio editing, direct-to-timeline voiceover tool, Mackie protocol support, real-time playback of mixed sample and bit rates, and guaranteed real-time multi-track audio.

“Chris Gill has edited some impressive films and has utilized Lightworks for superior results,” says James Richings, managing director, EditShare EMEA. “He has created a fantastic tale with Centurion and demonstrated the versatility of Lightworks in motion picture postproduction. Lightworks is an advanced film editor, but with creativity at the heart of it, allowing editors to do what they are best at. And once again, Chris has shown how Lightworks’ unique toolset can help craft a powerful story.”

Lightworks Open Source
EditShare recently announced plans to make Lightworks an open source editing solution. Beginning in Q3 of this year, a free Lightworks download will be made available to all users. Customers will be able to familiarize themselves with the Lightworks editing system and its features, including shared projects, instant save, 3D editorial functionality, Universal Media File support, native RED editing, native 2K support with DPX and RED, dual outputs, and a format-independent timeline.

“This is the holy grail of NLE announcements. Anyone who was ever reluctant to switch editors should truly reconsider,” says Gill. “Lightworks already provides so much creativity because of its ease of use and phenomenal speed. Going open source brings a whole new level of creative flexibility to the table. I look forward to utilizing these new features and seeing its success in the industry continue to build.”