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QLab Alternatives

An industry leading cue system for show and stage lighting, QLab is one of the more popular choices for lighting professionals. Alternatives vary heavily due to the specific needs surrounding stage settings and gear involved. These types of highly focused tools are strictly for desktop computers, most being for Windows and/or Mac with a few supporting Linux. They're nearly all commercial, with just a few free and open-source tools among them.

QLab alternatives are mainly Projection Mapping Apps but may also be Theater Show Control Apps or Media Servers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of QLab.
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  1. Show Cue System icon

    Show Cue System

    • Windows

    The Show Cue System has been designed to playback sound cues such as sound effects and music cues for live theatre productions.

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    Most users think Show Cue System is a great alternative to QLab.

    Easy to use and runs sound, video and lighting in one cue stack. Able able to set up a show in a fraction of the time it used to take in separate systems.

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  2. Linux Show Player (LiSP) is a free cue player designed for sound-playback in stage production. The goal of the project is to provide a complete playback software for musical plays, theater shows and similar.

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    Open source software under heavy development, awesome community.

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  3. Isadora is the award winning, interactive media presentation tool that allows you to follow your artistic impulse.

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    So flexible. Full creative control.

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    Resolume Avenue

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Resolume is an application for live video performances. Trigger video clips, Flash files, and pictures. Scratch, apply real-time effects, and become a superstar VJ!

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    Audio Cues

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android

    Backing tracks on cue for live performance. Backing tracks for musicians, audio designs for theatre, dance, and other live entertainment, sound effects for magicians: all are possible with this simple app.

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    Smode Studio

    • Windows

    Smode is a real-time 2D/3D creation, compositing and video-mapping engine developed by D/Labs. Everything with Smode is real-time: you can change any parameter at anytime without having to make expensive re-renderings.

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    VPT

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    Video Projection Tool (VPT) is a free multipurpose realtime projection software tool for Mac and Windows created by HC Gilje.

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  8. Software to create audiovisuals shows.

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    Christie Pandoras Box

    • Windows

    Media Server used for multiscreen media playback, 3D projection mapping and interactive video.

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    Watchout

    • Windows

    WATCHOUT multi-display software is your fast track to creating spectacular shows. Use WATCHOUT to compose and manage all the different media elements in your show – video, still images, animations, graphics, live feeds, sound – and then play it back on multiple displays.

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