How to Fade Up / Fade In using QLab

I have had to do this like a million times in the last 2 years and if I put any considerable amount times between instances, I always completely forget. Fade ins in QLab are the most ass backwards designed, pain in the ass to remember feature in an otherwise elegantly and well designed program. It’s not hard – but for me, for some reason – its stupid-hard to remember.

So here’s a step by step set of instructions, just as much for me (cause I just figured it out after 20 minutes of grinding my teeeth) as for anyone else.

  • Create a Sound Cue
  • Create a Fade Cue after the Sound Cue
  • Drop the Sound Cue into the Fade Cue
  • Set the Sound Cue’s MASTER FADE LEVEL to -INF
  • Set the Fade Cue’s levels to where you would like the volume to fade up to
  • Make sure the fade is set to ABSOLUTE

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9 comments about “How to Fade Up / Fade In using QLab”

  1. Calliope8muse Says:

    that’s a valuable add as I myself am a bit bewildered with fades.

    Would that work the same with the video or camera cues please?

  2. mike Says:

    While I’ve had only very brief experience with QLab’s Video capabilities, and don’t have a license for it in front of my right now, I remember the video fades to work in a similar manner, i.e. for fading in: you add a fade after the video file, set the visibility of the video file to 0% and then set the desired visibility level in the fade. But more specific than that – I can’t help. Maybe check the Figure53 tracker:

  3. James Says:

    You are a gentleman and a fucking legend!
    I always get boned when it comes to remembering how to fade in using this stupidly un-intuitive, completely fundamental feature.
    But not anymore.
    Thank you!

  4. mike Says:

    my pleasure! glad to be of help.

  5. Todd Says:

    Tha-hank ya-hoo for posting this readily searchable reminder of the fade-in protocol for q-lab.

  6. Nolly Says:

    Nice one! A quick google and I found this. I was adjusting the TRIM of the audio file to 0%, not the OUTPUT level! Trap for young players!

  7. Filip Says:

    Thanks a lot, this one was really driving me mad!

  8. Kenny Says:

    Fading video slides in and out what worked for me:-

    Cue 1 (your slide with opacity at 0 with an auto continue)
    Cue 2 (animation cue (drag Cue 1 on to this) with opacity at 100, DURATION would be how long you want the fade to last, DISABLE Stop Target When Done, then start fade at 0 and finnish at 100 OR make any curve shape you want!)
    Cue 3 (a copy of your first slide with all settings the same)
    Cue 4 (animation cue (drag Cue 1 on to this) with opacity at 100, DURATION would be how long you want the fade to last, ENABLE Stop Target When Done, then start fade at 100 and finnish at 0 OR make any curve shape you want!) add an auto continue to it.
    Cue 5 (a stop cue) drag Cue 1 on to it, with a post wait time of 2sec. this covers a jump of a few frames of black between slides.

  9. Rolf Hansen Says:

    This saved my day! Thanks man!

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