The 3 types of subscription are available: free with limited codecs, educational and professional with the proprietary codec.
They are also previewing the 64 bit version and the Linux version.
Having played with the public beta version a bit I can say:
Yes it's different to the other NLE, but it also has a flexible logic. It has a very clear workspace and doesn't look like your standard computer program. You need to explore it with open eyes and not compare it to your other NLEs.
You can use the much loved console, keyboard and the mouse. I gather the drag and drop is more powerful in the release version compared to the current beta version. However, I wouldn't hang on too much to drag and dropping everything, because the Lightworks Mark and Park may be a lot quicker.
A catch you out is that all bins by default are temporary and are made permanent by naming them, or selecting permanent. I guess this encourages proper filing.
The terminology is slightly different, but easy to understand. Thumbnails are called tiles, but these are very flexible, they can expand out with a timeline and they can also become an edit in their own right.
Lightworks autosaves everything, so you don't need to save as you go along
It's a great new NLE option, especially if you've got a tight budget, but it's powerful enough to edit feature films.
Edited by Brian Drysdale, 16 April 2012 - 02:07 AM.