[QLab 4.1 or later  with QLab remote Only]

Prior to QLab4, most touchpad button remotes were programmed by users in TouchOSC or Lemur. With the release of QLab4, with cart lists that can contain any sort of cue, including  Start, OSC, and MIDI cues, it often became preferable to construct cart lists to serve as remote touchpad screens and access them from QLab Remote, while leaving the main cue list visible on the QLab computer.

With the release of  QLab 4.1 and QLab Remote 4.1, it became viable to construct complex control systems, with multiple monitors and iOS devices as touchscreens, without using any third-party tools. The main new features in QLab 4.1 that allow this are:

Cue Lists and Cart Lists that can be opened in their own windows, allowing multiple cue lists to be visible and controlled simultaneously.

Cart lists that can be programmed to provide many utility functions, like adding slices to cues on the fly, changing the volume of selected cues, selecting understudy voiceovers and video cues etc.

A QLab Remote, running on an iOS device can view any of the cue lists or carts. They can connect to the Mac running QLab through USB cables, for greater reliability (and simultaneous charging), or wirelessly over wi-fi. Many remotes can be connected simultaneously, allowing multi-room control and complex control surfaces, with access to  QLab features immediately available under the hand, with good visual feedback and good customization of layout and facilities.

This chapter explores many of the new operating methods these pop out lists and enhanced remote functionality enables.

On the next page, we will look at a complex multi-monitor example.

Chapter Author: Mic Pool

Music in Demo Video: “Fast Talkin”
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