QLab 5 Features by License Type

QLab 5 is a free program, with additional optional features that can be unlocked by purchasing and installing a license. This chart shows which of the major features are enabled by each type of license.

Demo Mode

You can experiment with the advanced features of QLab 5 for free by choosing Start Demo Mode… from the QLab menu. This will create a new workspace in demo mode. While demo mode is active, all of QLab’s licensed features are available, but copying cues and settings into the demo workspace is disabled.

Demo mode will expire after 60 minutes. After demo mode expires, or after the workspace is saved, closed, and reopened, licensed features will once again require a license.


Feature Free Audio Video Lighting
Audio features
Channels of audio output 2 128 2 2
Channels of audio per file 2 24 2 2
Audio waveform view
Unlimited slices per Audio or Video cue
Sample-accurate playback sync
Audio fades
Audio playback rate fading
Edit audio output patch routing
Edit audio output patch channel names
Edit audio input channel names per cue
Audio effects on cues
Audio effects on cue outputs
Audio effects on device outputs
Audio effects fading
Audio output patch fading
Mic cues
Video features
Single-output video stages 1 1 unlimited 1
Multi-output video stages 0 0 unlimited 0
1000 video layers
Full-stage Video cues
Custom geometry Video cues
Video fades
Video playback rate fading
Masking & edge blending
Video output warping & keystone correction
Video effects
Per-cue blend modes
Syphon input & output
NDI input & output
Blackmagic device input & output
Camera cues
Text cues
Lighting features
Patchable DMX addresses 16 16 16 unlimited1
Addressable universes unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
RGB+, CMY, and HSI graphical color pickers
Build your own instrument definitions
Networking & Show Control features
Remote control via OSC, MIDI, MSC, iOS app
Act as Collaboration Primary 2
Act as Collaboration Remote 3
Network cues
MIDI cues
MIDI File cues
Timecode cues
Timecode triggers
Workflow & programming features
Automatic workspace backups
Media logging
Unlimited cue lists
Unlimited cue carts
Live fade previews
Pause cues
Devamp cues
Target cues
Arm & Disarm cues
Script cues
Workspace settings import & export
Fade patch parameters

  1. Primary workspaces on Mac with QLab licenses can accept connections from multiple Remotes, but only one Remote without a license can connect with full access. Additional Remotes without licenses can connect, but in view-only mode. You can learn more about this from the Collaboration section of this manual.
  2. The behavior of Remotes depends upon the license(s) installed on the Primary. You can learn more about this from the Collaboration section of this manual.
  3. Theoretical. The actual limits are based on the capabilities of your Mac and the rest of your hardware setup.

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