Announcing QLab 5.2
Today we are pleased to announce QLab 5.2, a major update that is free for anyone using QLab 5.
Have you ever wished you could fade the main volume of an entire audio output patch? Well now you can! Fade cues can now target audio patches, not just other cues.
Extended Cue Colors
Unlock a rainbow of new colors for your cues, and new ways to color code them before and after they run.
Audio Input Names
You can now assign custom names to audio inputs on each individual cue. You can use this to name microphone inputs or audio tracks in a file, making it easier to remember what input is being routed to what output.
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Many of QLab 5's new features continue to be polished and refined, such as many small improvements to the new video engine and a more thorough system for backing up your workspaces as you work. The full list of refinements, additions, and bug fixes may be found below. Thanks for using QLab!
QLab 5.2 Release Notes
Patch cueing. Fade cues and Reset cues can now target audio output patch routing, allowing you to adjust the overall levels of the entire patch, and easily reset those levels to their initial state.
Extended cue colors. The number of cue colors has been expanded to make it easier to color-code a large variety of cues, and to better support the needs of people with color vision deficiency. The cue color control in the Basics tab has been redesigned to support this larger number of colors, and you can now set both a cue color and an optional second cue color. If enabled, the cue changes to the second cue color after it’s started.
Multi-destination Network patches. Each Network patch can now have an arbitrary number of destinations. This allows a Network cue to send a single message to multiple different network devices. Each destination can have a unique combination of network transport, interface, IP address, port, and/or passcode values.
Audio input names. You can now name inputs (rows) in the Levels tab of the inspector for any cue that contains audio. Input names are per-cue, and can be edited in the inspector, by AppleScript, and by OSC.
QLab can now optionally delete old backups of your workspace in order to keep from using too much disk space. This option keeps the 20 most recent backups from the last hour, the latest backup per hour from the last day, and the latest backup per day beyond that.
Region names and the selected control point are now included in the grid display to assist with warping and focusing.
Video, Camera, and Text cues in “Fill Stage” mode can now be set to one of three fill styles: fit to the stage, fill the stage, or stretch to fill the stage.
The Active Cues display can now optionally be set to display the most recently started cue first, rather than last.
You can now use arrow keys to move and resize video regions. A new “?” help button in the video stage editor makes it easier to keep track of available keyboard shortcuts and modifiers.
You can now drag to re-order video stages and video routes.
For all OSC commands that set a boolean value, you can now use the string argument “toggle” or append “/toggle” to the address to toggle the current value.
Workspace MIDI and OSC controls have been added to move the playhead to the next and previous cue sequence.
Audio output patch OSC commands
Group cue OSC commands
Cues that output audio can use
/audioOutputPatch/... to send OSC messages to their currently selected audio output patch.
The Light Dashboard OSC command to set light values,
/dashboard/setLight, now has a “live” variation, which allows you to modify light values without editing the dashboard, and thus also avoiding the undo stack.
A network device definition for Reaper (using the default OSC mapping.)
Instrument definitions for the American DJ COB Cannon LP200ST, Eliminator Stinger Spot 30, Eliminator Stryker Beam, Eliminator Stryker Wash, Encore FR Pro Color, Encore FR50Z, Encore FR 150Z, Encore LP5IP, Encore LP7IP, Encore LP12IP, Encore LP18IP, Encore Profile 1000 Color, Encore Profile 1000 WW, Encore Profile Pro Color, Encore Profile Mini Color, Encore Profile Pro WW, Encore Profile Mini WW, Encore Z7LP, Focus Flex, Focus Flex L7, Focus Hybrid, Focus Profile, Focus Wash 400, Hydro Beam X12, Hydro Profile, Hydro Spot 1, and Hydro Spot 2.
Instrument definitions for the Chauvet COLORdash Par H7X, H12X, H18X, Ovation E-2, Rogue Outcast 2 Beam, Rogue Outcast 2 Hybrid, and Rogue Outcast 3 Spot.
Instrument definitions for the Clay Paky Arolla Profile HP, Arolla Spot MP, Mini Xtylos, Mini Xtylos HPE, Mini-B Aqua, Mini-B Spot, Sharpy X Frame, Sharpy X Frame FD, Sinfonya Profile 600, Volero Batten Aqua, and Volero Wave.
Instrument definitions for the ETC ColorSource Fresnel V, Desire Fresnel, and Source 4WRD Color II.
Instrument definitions for the German Light Products Impression X5 and Impression X5 Compact.
Instrument definitions for the Robe Footsie 1 WW, Footsie 1 TW, Footsie 1 RGBW, Footsie 2 WW, Footsie 2 TW, Footsie 2 RGBW, iBar 15, iBeam 350, iForte, iPainte, iSpiider, iTetra 2, Painte, T11 Profile, T11 PC, T11 Fresnel, and TX1 PosiProfile.
Instead of keeping one autosave copy that is periodically updated, QLab creates timestamped backup copies so that you can easily see a version of your workspace from a specific point in time.
Instead of having separate “autosave” and “snapshot” files, all backup copies of your workspace are now simply called “backup” copies.
The audition tab of the light dashboard is now more visually distinct.
Timecode cues now have a default duration.
Entering show mode now clears the find results.
The MIDI File cue has received some visual improvements.
Media logging now logs timestamps down to the second, rather than just minute. It also includes Video cues which target still images.
The waveform view in the Time & Loops tab of the inspector now supports trackpad pinch gestures for zooming in and out. To zoom using the vertical scroll gesture on a trackpad, hold the ⌥ (option) key while scrolling. Zooming with the scroll wheel on a mouse or trackball has not been changed.
Batch editing very large numbers of cue properties is now much faster.
Updating the warping of a video region from a collaborator machine will no longer flicker as you drag the region.
A bug affecting how audio effects on Cue Outputs are loaded that could cause errors with some plugins when opening a workspace.
A bug that caused a still-image Video cue in a crossfading Playlist group to flash briefly when the next cue started fading in.
Cues whose second trigger action is set to “second trigger on release” will now respond to a MIDI Note Off message at any velocity.
Several fixes to Network cue OSC
/fadeEntries and AppleScript "fade entries".
Using AppleScript to collapse / expand cue lists and carts now works in the workspace window Lists / Carts pane.
A bug in the Chamsys MagicQ network device description that caused Playback "10" to output as "20".