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Workshop (Calgary): QLAB Intensive – Ghost River Theatre

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Workshop (Calgary): QLAB Intensive – Ghost River Theatre


Calling all indie artists, the community theatre fam, creators, and collaborators! Ghost River Theatre is offering our annual beginner’s QLAB Intensive this January. Learn how to program basic light/sound/projection and level up your communication skills when talking with designers and technicians. Thinking of taking your show on the road? Knowing how to build a basic QAB file or even how to go in a tweak one could SAVE. YOUR. BUTT.

Perfect for community and indie artists, the QLab Intensive is led by long-time Ghost River Theatre audiovisual designer and programmer, Matthew Waddell. The Intensive is a hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques used in audiovisual design for theatre and multimedia performance. This four-day, 18 hour, workshop will combine lectures, live demos and in-class exercises that will guide participants through the process of media design from conception to delivery with a focus on technical execution and problem-solving. The intensive is intended for students, technicians, designers, artists, and educators with little to novice experience of multimedia design or digital tools.



  • QLab as a multimedia playback and control system. Qlab will be the backbone of this intensive and we will learn it from the ground up, starting with the very basics and slowly moving through its many features. We will look at how build basic and complex audio and video cues, how to apply live effects, video mapping onto custom surfaces and non-conventional shapes, working with multiple projectors and show control using MIDI and OSC.
  • Audio techniques and tools: Effects, surround-sound and live performance systems. We will look at proper audio workflow techniques and software tools for making your audio sound better in any environment.
  • Video techniques and tools: Efficient workflow, content creation, live camera manipulation, codecs, resolutions and how to deal with large video formats while using a slow or older computer.

No previous knowledge of Qlab required. Basic knowledge of Apple computers and operating system recommended.

Thursday, January 23, 2020: 6pm – 9pm
Friday, January 24, 2020: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, January 25, 2020: 10am – 5pm
Sunday, January 26, 2020: 10am – 5pm

University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Early Bird (Register by Monday, December 23, 2019) $350.00+GST
EQUITY $350.00+GST
Regular $450.00+GST

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