Industry Free Training Courses

Stage Lighting Courses

ACT Online Courses – ACT Lighting is offering free online courses with promo code act4me until June 1, 2020 to help programmers during this period of social-distancing

ETC Connect Courses – Temporarily free to the community

ETC EOS Training and Workbooks – More free training material from ETC

Vista by ChromaQ – Intro class to Vista 3 as well as an advanced programming class
on Vista

Obsidian Onyx Classes – Console Training

Chamsys MagicQ Training – Video classes

Chamsys “Stuck at Home” Programmers Challenge – Provides lighting pros with more than a creative outlet during slow times, it also offers a chance to win a new MagicQ MQ70 console

Strand Console Training – Free

Avixa CTS Certification Courses – Free through June 12

USITT Teaching Archive – FREE online resource for teachers in areas of technical theatre and live entertainment

Avolites Online Learning – hosting live learning sessions on their Facebook page for both their Titan and Ai platforms

Gaffer Systems 3D Modeling – Free training for their 3D Modeling/Visualization software

LightWright6 – Free through June 1, 2020 – Helps designers and electricians record and keep track of the vast amount of data needed to install and maintain a lighting installation.

Capture Student Edition and Demos – Great for creating small rigs that lighting designers can play with, will link with Nomad offline relatively easily

Drafty App – CAD Tool with a few tutorials

grandMA Training

MA University – Intensive training for all MA products. We are working with MA Lighting to offer a limited number of readers access to the full MA University training for free

grandMA2 Tutorial Series – Youtube videos created by MA Lighting

grandMA3 Tutorial Series – Youtube videos created by MA Lighting

Christian Jackson’s MA2 Console Resource – Great tutorials on programming a show on grandMA2

Audio Training

HARMAN Professional University – Audio, control, and networked AV certification courses

JBL CBT Calculator Training  – Video tutorial

Crown Amplifier Training – Video Tutorials

QSC QSYS level 1 – Always free. Great certification for an Audio Tech

Dante level 1 and 2 (maybe 3) – Always free. Great certification for an Audio Tech

Variety Training

ETC | Learning Stage – ETC made all of their online courses FREE until May 15. They also have a great video series, Eos Family Learning, that you can watch on YouTube here.

ACT Academy – ACT Lighting’s ACT Academy online courses are available for FREE from now until June 1st. (Use promo code: act4me)

USITT Teaching Archive – The USITT Teaching Archive is a FREE online resource for teachers in areas of technical theatre and live entertainment that was assembled by the various USITT Commissions. It features lesson plans for full class period exercises, week- and month-long projects, and even full semesters.

Avolites Online Learning – Avolites will be hosting live learning sessions on their Facebook page for both their Titan and Ai platforms along with live webchats with some of the industries leading professionals.

VIDEO | Full Astera Setup Guide – Blackout Lighting Console’s YouTube channel has great tutorial videos. This video, in particular, is one of the most in-depth videos we’ve seen in regards to setting up Astera Titan Tubes.

ChamSys Online Programmers Competition – Enter NOW to win the new MagicQ MQ70 Console! Be one of the first with creativity that fits in the carry-on. Contestants will have the chance to program a massive, 200-fixture CHAUVET Professional rig formerly set to premiere at PL+S 2020.

The Rigging World – Andrew Fulton has written some helpful articles about rigging safety for Exhibit City News. He let us know more articles with be available soon.

Vectorworks Spotlight Essentials Seminar FREE – You will explore some of the most common workflows and utilize the latest tools and commands of Vectorworks Spotlight software. Designed to help you save time, by designing more efficiently, this seminar will cover the fundamental knowledge, needed to be successful with Vectorworks Spotlight software. (Use promo code: MAGNUM)

Lightwright 6 Beta – Many colleges and universities who use Lightwright are now conducting classes remotely, which means their students do not have access to the school’s computer lab and Lightwright licenses. A special emergency Lightwright license is now available for anyone who needs to use Lightwright under these circumstances between now and June 1, 2020. | Rigging Trussing Television – This online video training series’ mission is to elevate event engineering & safety practices through education programs in partnership with leading industry professionals.

HippoSchool – Green Hippo’s HippoSchool is designed specifically to show you how to operate, configure and get the most of your Hippotizer media server.

disguise | Fundamental Training – disguise’s Fundamental Training sessions will be starting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The training will be on Tuesday & Thursday and split into six 1 hour sessions, teaching the core features of disguise including the timeline, stage, how to configure output feeds, and how to set up devices.

Obsidian Control Systems | Free Training – Obsidian is offering free weekly training sessions covering the ONYX control platform and the new NETRON data distribution range. These classes will be hosted online and are available globally for anyone interested in learning more about Obsidian’s advanced yet intuitive lighting control products.

For Fun

Moving Light Madness – Our friends at LimeLight Wired are putting a March Madness type bracket challenge together with moving light fixtures. They also post some funny memes and useful information for people in the industry.

LD At Large Podcat – LD Chris Lisle takes time to lay out his unique philosophies that have allowed him to succeed in the hard knocks business of rock ‘n roll touring.

Geezers of Gear – Geezers Of Gear is a podcast by production industry veterans, created to discuss anything and everything related to live show production and gear.

Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers – LIGHT TALK is a place where lighting designers can feel free to express what really annoys them about the industry, lighting education, and the art of stage lighting design.



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