Lightworks(free): Easy import, proxy editing and upload with EyeFrame Converter

Convert videos for hassle free import in Lightworks and lag-free playback on low-end computers with proxies. And convert exported files from Lightworks to an upload friendly format for ex. Vimeo and YouTube.

The excellent Lightworks NLE is very picky on what video formats to import. EyeFrame Converter can convert most video files to the Lightworks friendly Matrox Mpeg2 I-Frame HD format. If this format is too heavy for your computer, use the convert to proxies option, which will produce low quality clips for a smooth editing process, which later can be swapped with high quality intermediate files for high quality export.

Import:
EyeFrame Converter will import and convert any file ffmbc/ffmpeg will open including mts, mov, avi, avs…

Download:
Lightworks: here.
EyeFrame Converter here.
(NB. There might be some unicode problem on 98/Me and older OS)
Install Matrox codecs here. Reboot computer after installation.
ffmbc(included) here.

Tutorial:

Changelog:
1.6.4
New:
– Add prefix to selection of exported file names by right clicking item in the Name row. Leave prefix entry box empty to remove previously added prefixes from selected items.
– L-key opens the ffmbc_log in Notepad.
1.6.3 New: Edit conversion formats.
1.6.2
– Sort all items alphabetic by clicking row headers.
– Intermediate files in project folder as default.
Changes by Khaver:
– Increment now works as it should (no gaps in frame count).
– Clips don’t have to be the same frame rate for increment to work.
– Frame rate edit dialog changed from up/down arrows to a text input box. You can also enter a formula in the box to get fps such as 24000/1001 to get 23.976.
– Frame rate item in the list now has 3 decimal place precision for those rates that might need it.
1.6.0
New:
– Add incrementing time codes to selection(if all clips have the same frame rate).
– Limit reel name to 8 characters.
1.5.9
New:
– Right click on Frame Rate to change fps for selection.
New hotkeys:
– F5: Convert for edit.
– F6: Swap.
– F7: Convert for upload.
1.5.8
Khaver:
– Speedup in encoding: the intermediate creation and proxy creation processes run simultaneously.
– Minor fixes.
1.5.7
New:
– Icons.
Fix:
– Avisynth frame rate.
– Numeric check for frame rates.
1.5.6 New by Khaver:
– Changed the Size column to Duration column.
– When adding a tiff image sequence or Avisynth scripts, an input box pops up so you can enter a new frames per second value.
– When the thumbnail creation function runs, it creates the thumbnail and at the same time retrieves the file info to fill in the list view items. If that doesn’t supply all the info, mediainfo.dll is run to retrieve the missing info. This allows for correct image sequence info.
– The thumbnail creation command for ffmbc has been fixed so correct aspect ratio thumbnails are shown and it doesn’t crash ffmbc.
– Dashes removed from reel name(max. 8 characters in Lightworks > the date).
– MJPEG HD export pre-set with time code for Lightworks free.
1.5.5
Fixes by rhinox202:
– Limit spinner
– Cancel of swap dialog
– Remove unused icon code
– Left-double-click to open tc and reel name
Fixes by Khaver:
– Wrap spinner
– Only numbers in spinner
– Added Cancel buttons on TC and Reel Name
– replace ffprobe with mediainfo(so ffprobe can be left out)
New by Tin2tin:
– Open folder after export to non-proxy
– F1 key opens help
1.5.4 New: Edit time code settings for selection with right-click on time code item. – Edit reel name settings for selection with right-click on reel name item.
1.5.3 New: Time Code, Reel Name and Frame Rate added(MediaInfo) or generated at import time and automatically added to exported mov and mxf files. Intermediate and proxy files from the same source will get the same time code and reel name.
1.5.2 New: Setup installer. Correct ini format. Various command line corrections.
1.5.1 Various great enhancements by rhinox202
1.5.0 New: Timecode and reelname added to mov and mxf exports. If source has timecode it will be reused and if not the file creation date and time will be used. The creation date and a unique five letter word will be added as the reelname and the creation time will be the timecode. The intermediate and proxy file from the same source file will get identical reelnames and timecodes.
1.4.9 Added: Collect information on files it is not able to import and give you one message-box after the import has finished.
1.4.8 – Right click to select ‘Convert for editing’ – format and ‘Convert for upload’ format.
14/10 – v. 1.4.7
New: Import of Lightworks exported tif image sequences.
– If a wav file with the root name is found in the same folder it will be imported too(ex. ‘filename.wav’ for a sequence named ‘filename-000001.tif’).
– A ‘filename-000000.tif’ file must be the first file of the sequence.
13/10 – v. 1.4.6
Bugfix: Thumbnails not correct after delete and new import.
New: Keyboard short-cuts: Del and x key deletes selection, i key shows info, a key selects all.
New: Folder with alternative export codecs ex. ProRes and DVCPRO100(rename to EyeFrame_cmd.txt and add to main folder).
9/10 – v. 1.4.5 Added Double-left-click to view media in ffplay. Added Right-click to get media info.
8/10 – v. 1.4.4 Added import of folders and folders within folders.
6/10 – v. 1.4.3 Change audio bitrate when source is mono, check for 0k exported files, option to open log in Notepad.
29/9 – v. 1.4.2 Swap proxy files to project folder when adding more proxy files to project.
28/9 – New button: “Convert for upload”
27/9 – Thanks to Khaver new command lines solves the problems of missing audio in longer clips.
24/9 – New and improved interface, save working paths etc.
20/9 – Added check don’t export to sourcefolder
19/9
– Added: drag and drop files on the desktop icon for fast import.
– More error checking ex. project must be closed in LW for successful file swapping.
– Higher quality intermediates thanks to Khaver.
18/9 – Error checking and more meaningful messages
17/9 – External command lines in EyeFrame_cmd.ini – Proxy files exported with 1/4 resolution and bitrate.
16/9 – Night: Added ffprobe for checking import files. Bugfix: swap wasn’t working correctly after restart of app.
16/9 – Morning: the EyeFrame Converter can also create proxy files and swap between uncompressed intermediate and compressed proxy files by the click of a button. If the playback of Mpeg2 I-Frame HD files lags you can use this new function to create low bitrate proxies and by the click of a button swap low and high bitrate files when you want to export your project from Lightworks. If you got a very low end computer this is the way to edit without playback lag in Lightworks.
15/9 2012 – First release.

How to use without proxies:
– Unzip the all files to a folder ex. on your desktop.
– Double-click EyeFrameConverter.exe
– Drag and drop files to the GUI.
– When you hit convert, say no to add proxies.
– Import in Lightworks by “Create Link”
– And spend your time on the fun stuff – the actual editing.

How to use with proxies:
– When you hit convert, say yes to add proxies.
– 3 folders will be added. Project, Intermediate and Proxy.

- The Project will contain the proxy files as default.
– The Intermediate will contain the uncompressed Mpeg2 I-Frame HD files.
– The Proxy folder will be empty.

- In Lightworks import from the ‘Project’ folder and use ‘Create Link’ function.
– Edit your video.

- When you’re ready to export your edit in high quality, shut down the project in Lightworks.
– Open EyeFrame Converter and select: ‘Swap proxy and intermediate files’
– Select the folder containing the Project, Intermediate and Proxy folders.
– The Proxy files from the Project folder will now be moved to the Proxy folder and the Intermediate files will be moved to the Project folder.

- Reopen your project in Lightworks. Now the high quality Intermediate files will be used. Export the project.
– If you want to continue editing click ‘Swap proxy and intermediate files’ again and reopen your Lightworks project.

Motivation:
After spending days trying to figure out to get high quality footage(Canon 60D) into Lightworks without having lagging playback(which all the LW included transcoding formats does and also the much talked about GoPro CineForm codecs on my ageing computer), I finally tried the Mpeg2 I-Frame HD Matrox codec, which Khaver has been mentioning for a long time, and I was really surprised not only did my files convert fast, but they also played without lagging in Lightworks in 1080P resolution. That made me so happy that I spend the night on coding a simple, no fuss(no settings) drag&drop batch converter GUI for ffmbc.exe to convert HD files to the Mpeg2 I-Frame HD format.

3 Responses to Lightworks(free): Easy import, proxy editing and upload with EyeFrame Converter

  1. White. says:

    Hello, it’s a very useful program for me, but…. How I can do this in Adobe Premiere Pro?. I have Lightworks but must the time I use Premiere Pro because the many plugins I have inside. (Sorry for bad English)

  2. White. says:

    Play very smooth my vídeo(1080p) in Lightworks, wow amazing. Thanks for the program =)

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