[Updated 13 JUL 17 for QLab 4.1]
Welcome to Mic Pool’s QLab Cookbook. I am a British sound and video designer, working mainly in theatre, and I use QLab as the playback system for much of my work. This site contains a selection of projects and examples using a broad range of QLab programming techniques including Applescript, OSC and external control by TOUCH OSC and LEMUR controllers.
The Site is currently updated for QLab 4.1 (released June 2017). Many of the screenshots are from QLab 3 but unless noted are generally similar, functionally, to the same workspace opened in QLab 4. Similarly example workspaces may have been created in QLab 3. All QLab 3 workspaces have been tested in QLab 4.1. If no specific QLab 4 workspace is available then the QLab 3 workspace should open and function in QLab 4.1
It is not intended as a comprehensive manual or tutorial. Some of it is quite random. I have tried to index with tags so you can find your way around, but it’s really intended to be explored, rather than used as a comprehensive reference work. I also prefer coffee table books to programming manuals, so that probably has had an influence on how I have put this together. But hopefully, there is some substance among the style.
The major omission in the areas covered is lighting. This is a major feature of QLab 4 and a reason many people use QLab in their work. I do not use these features regularly enough to reach the stage where I would be comfortable writing about them with any sort of authority. However, many of the techniques in the examples in the cookbooks are not video or sound specific and may well have applications in shows where QLab is used as a lighting controller.
The site is optimised for browsers, but will display well on mobile devices and tablets.
Much of the basis of the underlying techniques used, in particular a lot of the scripting, has been based on the work of other QLab users and Figure 53 staff, in posts to the QLab google group or on the QLab Wiki. I have tried to credit these contributions where possible. I am grateful to Rich Walsh for his many contributions to the QLab scripting WIKI, and for helping me out on many occasions when I have been completely stuck on a script.
For a more complete selection of QLab tips, the following links may be useful:
This site is not affiliated to Figure53. Figure 53 and QLab are registered trademarks of Figure 53 LLC. All contents of this site including photographs (except where noted in the photo credits on each page) are copyright and may not be reproduced without permission. Finally, I am a designer, not a programmer. I have put this together without an editorial team or technical proof-readers. All suggestions and comments, particularly improvements to scripts and other code are very welcome. I will be adding chapters regularly. Click the wordpress follow button to get notifications when new material is added.
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