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Alpha and blends
Alpha transitions
Art effects
Blurs and sharpens
Broadcast tools
Cleanup and repair
Colour grading
DVE reposition and crop
Distortions
Filmstock effects
Filters
Keying
Lower thirds
Masks and vignettes
Motion
Noise and grain
Pattern and bgd genes
Simulation
Special Fx
Texturisers
Transitions A
Transitions B
Z_RC
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README.md
ReadMe.pdf
metaparser-requirements.txt
metaparser.py

README.md

Lightworks user Fx archive, November 14, 2018.

The effects in this ZIP file were created by Lightworks users - thank you to all who have contributed, especially khaver, who started things off. Previous users of the library will of course have noticed that this library is no longer sorted by simple alphabetical order. Details of the library contents can be found at the following on-line locations. The first is sorted by order of posting and the second thread is sorted by category as is this library, and is rather more detailed.

https://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=view&catid=7&id=9259&Itemid=81#ftop

https://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=view&catid=7&id=135923&Itemid=81#ftop

First, a warning: you shouldn't import effects files that you're unlikely to need. If you do Lightworks startup times may be affected. This is a library and should be treated as such - you don't take home all the books in your local library at once either.

In this library where alternative versions of the effects exist they are separately listed and the entry includes the path that they are in. Where necessary a Read Me file may also be included in the folder with those versions.

Use of these effects is simple:

  1. Copy the FX file(s) that you need to your computer. Anywhere will do as long as you know where to find them.
  2. Launch Lightworks, open a project, then open the Effects panel. In "Flexible" mode there's a button in your timeline, in "Fixed" mode you must select the VFX tab.
  3. Select the orange "+" symbol, and right click on the word "Category".
  4. From the drop down menu that appears choose "Create template from .FX file..".
  5. In the top left of the window that appears click on "Places" and navigate to the folder in which you stored the FX file.
  6. Select the FX file and then click OK.

The effect will be copied, compiled and a further window will appear giving details.

NOTE: Every attempt has been made to ensure that these effects will compile and run on any version of Lightworks on any supported operating system. If you have trouble installing them, please make a note of any error message that Lightworks gives you. Post the complete details here. It will be followed up.

There is no checking in this zip file for effects with duplicate functionality. These are all included largely as supplied by the original creator. Some of the earlier effects may have been superseded by Editshare-supplied equivalents. It's up to you to check that any given effect does what you want, and does it better/faster/simpler than any alternative.

Lightworks does not overwrite existing effects but simply adds new ones to the list, even if they have the same name and category as a currently installed effect. If you want to replace an effect you need to destroy the existing version first. In the effects panel right-click on the effect you wish to change, and from the menu that appears, select "Destroy current effect". Then install your new version in the usual way. Note that you cannot delete effects supplied with Lightworks this way.

If you need to use two effects that have the same name, simply open one of them with any plain text editor (definitely not a word processor) and look for the line up near the top of the file that says something like ' string Description = "Effect name"; '. Type in your new name in place of the existing effect name inside the quotes and save the file. When you load that version it will now have the name that you gave it.

One alternative approach is to change the category the effect is stored under. Look for a line that says something like ' string Category = "Stylize"; '. Type in a new category name and save the file. The effect will be added to the category that you gave it, even if that category hasn't previously existed. The other alternative for version 14 users and up is to change the subcategory assigned to the effect. Look for a line near the start of the effect that is similar to ' string SubCategory = "Vignette"; '. Type in the new subcategory you wish to use. If the effect has no subcategory line you can add one after the category, but it must be spelled exactly as shown, i.e., SubCategory.

Alpha transitions are a special kind of effect, and require slightly different setting up to other transitions. The setup instructions for them can be found at the following link. https://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=view&catid=7&id=135923&Itemid=81#135925 A newer group of composite wipe transitions have also been developed. They are also a special kind of effect. The very simple technique for using them can be found at the following link. https://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=view&catid=7&id=135923&Itemid=81#135945 Finally, there is a special category of remote control effects, the brain child of user schrauber. The way that they work is unique, and the special setup and control instructions for them can be found in the thread here.

CATEGORY FOLDER: Alpha and blends

EFFECT FILE NAME
Alpha Feather AlphaFeather.fx
Border Border.fx
Drop shadow and border DropShadow.fx
Drop shadow plus DropShadowPlus.fx
Enhanced blend BlendX.fx
Extrusion Matte Extrusion_Matte.fx
Flexi-blend FlexiBlend.fx
Floating images FloatImage.fx
Glitter edge GlitterEdge.fx
Key tools KeyTools.fx
Light ray keys LightRayKeys.fx
Lumakey and matte LumaMatte.fx
Magic edges MagicEdges.fx
Matte key MatteKey.fx
Unpremultiply Unpremultiply.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Alpha transitions¹

EFFECT FILE NAME
Alpha bar wipe Ax_Bars.fx
Alpha block dissolve Ax_Blocks.fx
Alpha blur dissolve Ax_Blur.fx
Alpha border transition Ax_Borders.fx
Alpha corner split Ax_Corners.fx
Alpha corner squeeze Ax_CnrSqueeze.fx
Alpha colour sizzler Ax_Sizzler.fx
Alpha dissolve thru colour Ax_Colour.fx
Alpha dissolveX Ax_DissolveX.fx
Alpha dry brush mix Ax_DryBrush.fx
Alpha folded neg dissolve Ax_FoldNeg.fx
Alpha folded pos dissolve Ax_FoldPos.fx
Alpha fractal dissolve Ax_Fractals.fx
Alpha granular dissolve Ax_Granular.fx
Alpha kaleido mix Ax_Kaleido.fx
Alpha non-additive mix Ax_Non_Add.fx
Alpha ultra non-add dissolve Ax_NonAddUltra.fx
Alpha optical transition Ax_Optical.fx
Alpha pinch Ax_Pinch.fx
Alpha push Ax_Push.fx
Alpha radial pinch Ax_PinchR.fx
Alpha RGB drifter Ax_RGBdrift.fx
Alpha ripple dissolve Ax_Ripples.fx
Alpha rotate Ax_Rotate.fx
Alpha S dissolve Ax_Scurve.fx
Alpha sine mix Ax_Sine.fx
Alpha slice Ax_Slice.fx
Alpha spin dissolve Ax_Spin.fx
Alpha split Ax_Split.fx
Alpha split squeeze Ax_SplitSqueeze.fx
Alpha squeeze Ax_Squeeze.fx
Alpha stretch dissolve Ax_Stretch.fx
Alpha strips Ax_Strips.fx
Alpha tile transition Ax_Tiles.fx
Alpha transmogrify Ax_Transmogrify.fx
Alpha twister Ax_Twister.fx
Alpha warp dissolve Ax_Warp.fx
Alpha wave collapse Ax_Wave.fx
Alpha X-pinch Ax_PinchX.fx
Alpha zoom dissolve Ax_Zoom.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Art effects

EFFECT FILE NAME
Colour mask ColourMask.fx
Edge Edge.fx
Edge glow EdgeGlow.fx
Four Tone fourtone.fx
Five Tone fivetone.fx
Pencil Sketch /PencilSketch/PencilSketch.fx
> Windows legacy version /PencilSketch/Legacy Windows/PencilSketchWin.fx
Sketch Sketch.fx
Tiles Tiles.fx
Toon Toon.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Blurs and sharpens

EFFECT FILE NAME
Big Blur BigBlur.fx
bilateral blur bilateral_blur.fx
Bokeh Bokeh.fx
Focal Blur FocalBlur.fx
FxSpinBlur FxSpinBlur.fx
FxTiltShift FxTiltShift.fx
Ghost blur GhostBlur.fx
Iris Bokeh /IrisBokeh/IrisBokeh.fx
> Windows legacy version /IrisBokeh/Legacy Windows/IrisBokehWin.fx
Masked Blur MaskBlur.fx
Masked Motion Blur MaskedMotionBlur.fx
Motion Blur motionblur.fx
Soft foggy blur SoftFoggyBlur.fx
Soft motion blur SoftMotionBlur.fx
Soft spin blur SoftSpinBlur.fx
Soft zoom blur SoftZoomBlur.fx
Super blur SuperBlur.fx
Unsharp Mask UnsharpMask.fx
Zoom Blur ZoomBlur.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Broadcast tools

EFFECT FILE NAME
Antialias AntiAlias.fx
Channels Channels.fx
Channel selector ChannelSelect.fx
Clamp to 16-235 /Maintain_16_235/Clamp16-235.fx
Color Bars ColorBars.fx
Colour swizzler Swizzler.fx
De-interlace De-interlace.fx
Expand 16-235 to 0-255 /Maintain_16_235/Expand16-235.fx
Exposure Leveler ExpoLeveler.fx
JH Show Hi/Lo jh_analysis_show_hilo.fx
OutputSelect OutputSelect.fx
Quick video levels QuickLevels.fx
Safe area and crosshatch Crosshatch.fx
Shrink 0-255 to 16-235 /Maintain_16_235/Shrink16-235.fx
Tenderizer Tenderizer.fx
Test greyscale Test_greyscale.fx
Two-axis vector balance TwoAxisVector.fx
Zebra pattern ZebraStripes.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Cleanup and repair

EFFECT FILE NAME
Chromatic Aberration Fixer CAFixer.fx
Clone Stamp CloneStamp_03.fx
Cubic lens distortion CubicLensDistortion.fx
Pixel Fixer PixFix.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Colour grading

EFFECT FILE NAME
3 Axis Colour Temperature 3AxisColTemp.fx
ALE_SMOOTH_CHROMA ALE_Smooth_Chroma.fx
CC Helper CCHelper2.fx
CC_RGBCMY CC_RGBCMY.fx
Film exposure FilmExp.fx
HSV Wheel HSVWheel.fx
Hue rotate HueRotate.fx
Peak desaturate PeakDesat.fx
PolyGrad PolyGrad.fx
S-Curve SCurve.fx
S-curve adjustment RGBsCurve.fx
Two-axis colour balance TwoAxis.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Distortions

EFFECT FILE NAME
Bulge bulge-2018.fx
Glass Tiles GlassTiles.fx
Magnifying glass magnifying_glass.fx
Regional zoom Regional zoom.fx
Ripples (automatic expansion) Ripples_automatic_expansion.fx
Ripples (manual expansion) Ripples_manual_expansion.fx
WarpedStretch Warped Stretch.fx
Whirl whirl20171106.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: DVE reposition and crop

EFFECT FILE NAME
2D DVE plus alpha DVE_alpha.fx
Anamorphic tools AnamorphicFx.fx
Bordered crop BorderCrop.fx
Deco DVE Deco_DVE.fx
Flip/flop FlipFlop.fx
Format fixer FormatFixer.fx
Framed DVE Framed_DVE.fx
FxPerspective FxPerspective.fx
Perspective Perspective.fx
Simple crop SimpleCrop.fx
Simple matte SimpleMatte.fx
Spin Zoom Spin_Zoom_20171022.fx
Triple DVE Triple_DVE.fx
VisualCrop vicrop.fx
zoom-out-in zoom-out-in.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Filmstock effects

EFFECT FILE NAME
Bleach Bypass bleachbypass.fx
Colour film ageing ColourFilmAge.fx
Duotone Duotone.fx
Film negative FilmNeg.fx
FilmFx FilmFx.fx
Filmic look FilmicLook2018.fx
Old Film Look /OldFilmLook/OldFilmLook.fx
> Windows legacy version /OldFilmLook/Legacy Windows/OldFilmLookWin.fx
Technicolor Technicolor.fx
Vintage Look vintagelook.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Filters

EFFECT FILE NAME
Anamorphic Lens Flare AnaFlare.fx
Flare Flare.fx
Glint Glint.fx
Graduated ND Filter GradNDFilter.fx
JB's Chromatic Aberation ChromAb.fx
Rays Rays.fx
SkinSmooth SkinSmooth.fx
The dark side TheDarkSide.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Keying

EFFECT FILE NAME
Ale_ChromaKey ALE_ChromaKey.fx
Chromakey with DVE ChromakeyDVE.fx
Chromakey plus ChromakeyPlus.fx
Delta key with blend DeltaKeyBlend.fx
DeltaMask DeltaMask.fx
INK INK.fx
KeyDespill KeyDespill.fx
Lumakey with DVE LumakeyDVE.fx
Simple chromakey SimpleCkey.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Lower thirds

EFFECT FILE NAME
Lower 3rd toolkit A Lower3dTkA.fx
Lower 3rd toolkit B Lower3dTkB.fx
Lower third A Lower3d_A.fx
Lower third B Lower3d_B.fx
Lower third C Lower3d_C.fx
Lower third D Lower3d_D.fx
Lower third E Lower3d_E.fx
Lower third F Lower3d_F.fx
Lower third G Lower3d_G.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Masks and vignettes

EFFECT FILE NAME
DVE with vignette DVE_vignette.fx
JH Vignette jh_stylize_vignette.fx
Letterbox Letterbox.fx
Octagonal vignette Octagonal_Vignette.fx
Poly03 /Poly Masks/PolyMask03.fx
Poly04 /Poly Masks/PolyMask04.fx
Poly05 /Poly Masks/PolyMask05.fx
Poly06 /Poly Masks/PolyMask06.fx
Poly07 /Poly Masks/PolyMask07.fx
Poly08 /Poly Masks/PolyMask08.fx
Poly10 /Poly Masks/PolyMask10.fx
Poly12 /Poly Masks/PolyMask12.fx
Poly14 /Poly Masks/PolyMask14.fx
> Windows legacy version /Poly Masks/Legacy Windows/PolyMask14Win.fx
Poly16 /Poly Masks/PolyMask16.fx
> Windows legacy version /Poly Masks/Legacy Windows/PolyMask16Win.fx
Spotlight effect SpotlightEffect.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Motion

EFFECT FILE NAME
Camera Shake CameraShake.fx
New Strobe NewStrobe_20180523.fx
Random switch RandomSwitch.fx
Strobe Strobe.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Noise and grain

EFFECT FILE NAME
Film Grain FilmGrain.fx
FxNoise FxNoise.fx
Grain Grain.fx
Grain(Variable) VariGrain.fx
Variable Film Grain VariFilmGrain.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Pattern and bgd genes

EFFECT FILE NAME
Fractal magic 1 FractalMagic1.fx
Fractal magic 2 FractalMagic2.fx
Fractal magic 3 FractalMagic3.fx
FxTile FxTile.fx
Kaleido Kaleido.fx
Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope.fx
Lissajou stars /Lissajou/Lissajou.fx
> Windows legacy version /Lissajou/Legacy Windows/LissajouWin.fx
Multigradient Multigrad.fx
Plasma Plasma.fx
SineLight /Sine lights/SineLights.fx
> Windows legacy version /Sine lights/Legacy Windows/SineLightsWin.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Simulation

EFFECT FILE NAME
Camera distortions CameraDistortions.fx
Chroma smear ChromaSmear.fx
CRT TV screen CRTscreen.fx
JH Old Monitor jh_stylize_oldmonitor.fx
Low-res camera Low_res_cam.fx
Night vision NightVision.fx
Quad VTR simulator QuadVTR.fx
VHS v2 VHSv2.fx
Water Water.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Special Fx

EFFECT FILE NAME
Double vision DoubleVis.fx
Flag wave FlagWave.fx
Lens Flare #1 LensFlare_1.fx
Lens Flare #2 LensFlare_2.fx
Sea Scape SeaScape.fx
Rainbow connection RainbowConnection.fx
String Theory StringTheory.fx
Transporter I Transporter_I.fx
Transporter II Transporter_II.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Textures

EFFECT FILE NAME
70s Psychedelia 70s_psych.fx
Acidulate Acidulate.fx
FxColorHalftone2 FxColorHalftone2.fx
FxDotScreen FxDotScreen.fx
FxHalftone2 FxHalftone2.fx
FxMangaShader FxManga.fx
FxRefraction FxRefraction.fx
Texturizer Texturizer.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Transitions A

EFFECT FILE NAME
Abstraction #1 Dx_Abstraction1.fx
Abstraction #2 Dx_Abstraction2.fx
Abstraction #3 Dx_Abstraction3.fx
Block dissolve Dx_Blocks.fx
Blur dissolve Dx_Blurs.fx
Chinagraph pencil Dx_Chinagraph.fx
Colour sizzler Dx_Sizzler.fx
Coloured tiles Dx_ColourTile.fx
Dissolve through colour Dx_Colour.fx
Dissolve through flat colour Dx_ColourFlat.fx
DissolveX dissolveX.fx
Dream sequence Dx_Dreams.fx
Dry brush mix Dx_DryBrush.fx
Erosion Dx_Erosion.fx
Fade to or from black Dx_FadeOutIn.fx
FlareTran FlareTran.fx
Fly away Fly away.fx
Folded neg dissolve Dx_FoldNeg.fx
Folded pos dissolve Dx_FoldPos.fx
Fractal dissolve Dx_Fractals.fx
Granular dissolve Dx_Granular.fx
Kaleido turbine mixer Kaleido turbine mixer.fx
Mosaic transfer Dx_Mosaic.fx
Non-add dissolve ultra Dx_NonAddUltra.fx
Non-additive mixer Dx_NonAdd.fx
Optical dissolve Dx_Optical.fx
Page Roll PageRoll.fx
RGB drifter Dx_RGBdrift.fx
S dissolve Dx_Scurve.fx
Sinusoidal mix Dx_Sine.fx
Slice transition Dx_Slice.fx
Spin dissolve Dx_Spin.fx
Stretch dissolve Dx_Stretch.fx
Subtractive dissolve Dx_Subtract.fx
Swirl mix Swirl_mix_20171113.fx
Transmogrify Dx_Transmogrify.fx
Transporter transition Dx_Transporter.fx
Warp dissolve Dx_Warp.fx
Zoom dissolve Dx_Zoom.fx

CATEGORY FOLDER: Transitions B²

EFFECT FILE NAME
Barn door split Wx_Split.fx
Barn door squeeze Wx_SplitSqueeze.fx
Composite corner split Cx_Corners.fx
Composite corner squeeze Cx_CnrSqueeze.fx
Composite pinch Cx_Pinch.fx
Composite push Cx_Push.fx
Composite radial pinch Cx_rPinch.fx
Composite split Cx_Split.fx
Composite split squeeze Cx_SplitSqueeze.fx
Composite squeeze Cx_Squeeze.fx
Composite twister Cx_Twister.fx
Composite X-pinch Cx_xPinch.fx
Corner split Wx_Corners.fx
Corner squeeze Wx_CnrSqueeze.fx
Pinch transition Wx_Pinch.fx
Radial pinch Wx_rPinch.fx
The twister Wx_Twister.fx
X-pinch Wx_xPinch.fx

SPECIAL REMOTE CONTROL CATEGORY FOLDER: Z_RC³

EFFECT FILE NAME
RC 1, Five channel remote RC1_Remote_control.fx
RC 3001, cyclic User control RC3001_Cyclic_Remote.fx
Settings Display Unit Setting_Display_Unit.fx
RC-all zoom RC-all_Zoom.fx
RC Gain RC_Gain.fx
RC RGB-Gain RC_Gain_RGB.fx
RC Gamma RC_Gamma.fx
RC RGB-Gamma RC_Gamma_RGB.fx
RC Lift RC_Lift_20180418.fx
RC RGB-Lift RC_Lift_RGB_20180421.fx
RC regional zoom plus RC_Zoom_Regional_20180506.fx
Spin Zoom, RC Spin_Zoom_RC_180516.fx

(1) Install and use alpha dissolves and transitions

(2) Simple instructions on how to use these composite transitions

(3) Instructions on how to install and use these rather complex effects.

MetaParser

MetaParser is a simple tool for extracting metadata from FX files.

It expects path to the effects directory as an argument and it results with JSON output describing metadata for all files found.

Meta attribute syntax is:

    @<attribute> <value>

or

    @<attribute> "<value>"

where: - <attribute> can contain only letters and digits ([a-zA-Z0-9]) - <value> can contain any character

Value enclosed with double quotes will be trimmed respectively. Otherwise value will contain all characters up to end of line (EOL).

Supported meta attributes:

  • author: name of the author (multiple)
  • maintainer: name of the maintainer (multiple)
  • created: date of the first release (one)
  • released: date of the release (one)
  • version: actual version (one)
  • license': license name (one)
  • see: an URL to related resource of any type (multiple); can be link to the screenshot, picture, video, document, webpage, etc
  • name: name of the effect (one); provide only when _LwksEffectInfo is missing or contains no description

Meta attributes are case insensitive.

Category, subcategory and effect name are taken from _LwksEffectInfo section automatically.

Prerequisites

Install dependencies:

$ pip install --user -r metaparser-requirements.txt

Usage

python metaparser.py <path-to-fx-directory>

Example

$ ./metaparser.py  Simulation/ | jq

Output (fragment)

{
    "items": [
    {
      "name": "Glow amount",
      "filename": "CRTscreen.fx",
      "description": " CRTscreen.fx developed by jwrl 22 February 2017.\n\n This effect simulates a close-up look at an analogue colour\n TV screen.  Three options are available: Trinitron (Sony),\n Diamondtron (Mitusbishi/NEC) and Linitron.  For copyright\n reasons they are identified as type 1, type 2 and type 3\n respectively in this effect.  No attempt has been made to\n emulate a dot matrix shadow mask tube, because in early\n tests we just lost too much luminance for the effect to be\n useful.  That's pretty much why the manufacturers stopped\n using the real shadowmask too.\n\n The stabilising wires have not been emulated in the type\n 1 tube for anything other than the lowest two pixel sizes.\n They just looked absurd with the larger settings.\n\n The glow/halation effect is just a simple box blur, slightly\n modified to give a reasonable simulation of the burnout that\n could be obtained by overdriving a CRT.\n\n Cross platform compatibility check 3 August 2017 jwrl.\n Explicitly defined InpSampler{} to reduce the risk of cross\n platform default sampler state differences.\n Inputs\n Samplers\n Parameters\n Definitions and declarations\n Shaders\n New code for Sony Trinitron stabilising wires\n Techniques",
      "category": "Stylize",
      "subcategory": "Simulation"
    },
    {
      "name": "Waves",
      "filename": "Water.fx",
      "description": " Header\n\n Lightworks effects have to have a _LwksEffectInfo block\n which defines basic information about the effect (ie. name\n and category). EffectGroup must be \"GenericPixelShader\".\n\n Version 14 update 18 Feb 2017 jwrl.\n Added subcategory to effect header.\n The title\n Governs the category that the effect appears in in Lightworks\n Inputs\n For each 'texture' declared here, Lightworks adds a matching\n input to your effect (so for a four input effect, you'd need\n to delcare four textures and samplers)\n Define parameters here.\n\n The Lightworks application will automatically generate\n sliders/controls for all parameters which do not start\n with a a leading '_' character\n Pixel Shader\n\n This section defines the code which the GPU will\n execute for every pixel in an output image.\n\n Note that pixels are processed out of order, in parallel.\n Using shader model 2.0, so there's a 64 instruction limit -\n use multple passes if you need more.\n Technique\n\n Specifies the order of passes (we only have a single pass, so\n there's not much to do)",
      "category": "Stylize",
      "subcategory": "Simulation"
    }
  ],
  "count": 7,
  "date": "2018-03-31T21:14:56.170227"
}