In many parts of Asia, a total lock-down or partial restriction on movements are in place. The impact of the COVID-19 virus is unparalleled. Many may not even be used to the idea of being stuck within the four walls of their house! Nevertheless this is an opportune time to refresh your knowledge.
Manufacturers have gone all out to help you in this aspect.
There are tons of webinars and online training available to take advantage of – all for FREE! We have done our best to compile the list of what is available for you to take advantage of. As this is a dynamic situation, you will need to keep a lookout for information from manufacturers and the media through social media or websites for upcoming trainings that might tickle your fancy.
Non Manufacturer Based Training
AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association is waiving online access
fees and Elite seat limitations through June 12. That means you and your entire team can now access ALL of AVIXA’s online training.
As part of their commitment to the industry in these unprecedented times, AVIXA is opening its full online training catalog to all AV professionals, regardless of membership level.
The online training will provide the opportunity to learn new topics, work toward CTS certification, or earn CTS-RUs if already CTS certified, even if you are home.
Note: If you are not an AVIXA member, you may still register and access the materials by signing up as a free Basic member.
Access online training HERE
You can take advantage of the free SDVoE Academy learning platform to develop the skills you need to take advantage of the latest technologies for AV signal management.
Available online and via mobile app, more than 50 self-paced lessons help system designers, integrators and end users discover how simple it actually is to enjoy the flexibility and scalability of Ethernet while benefiting from the performance of a matrix switch – 4K video without compromise, without latency, and without image artifacts.
Here’s your chance to catch up on Dante training and get Certified.
From an introduction to setting up and using an Audinate Dante System, to IP networking for AV systems and understanding the principles of digital audio straight through to Dante Certification Level 1, 2 and 3, do it all from the comfort of your home.
To register and learn visit HERE
Manufacturer Based Training
HARMAN Professional Solutions has announced free HARMAN Pro University learning
The Learning Sessions along with the Live Workshop Series provides a range of free on-demand and instructor-led webinars hosted by leading knowledge experts from around the world.
The Industry Expert workshops feature tips and tricks from Front of House Engineers, Lighting Designers, Technicians and other industry experts, while the HARMAN Expert workshops feature in-depth product and solution webinars by HARMAN product specialists.
You can catch the following:
April 7—Lighting for Churches: Live and Video with Lucas Jameson and Chris Pyron
April 9—Audio Challenges in Esports with Cameron O’Neill
April 15—Special Martin Lighting Product Launch with Markus Klüesener
April 16—Lighting Programming Workshop with Susan Rose
April 23—Performance Manager: Beginner to Expert with Nowell Helms
Courses are added frequently. To learn more and register early visit HERE
Martin Audio has unveiled a series of weekly webinars aimed at helping technicians stay up to date with the latest technology during this unprecedented time for the industry. The live webinar series will begin on Wednesday April 1st with all sessions remaining available on the Martin Audio website.
The live webinars will begin with Low Frequency System Design, presented by Simon Purse and will be followed by sessions on Display 2.3, EASE Focus and WPS Optimised Line Arrays.
In addition to these initial sessions, the company will be adding a variety of topics over the coming weeks, covering Martin Audio’s products and software, as well as more general pro audio topics.
To learn more about the upcoming webinars and to register for them, visit HERE
Since 1990, Yamaha has been proactive in developing and maintaining practical education programs. These are designed to help users deliver better results in both live and installed audio, as well as achieving a more efficient workflow.
Now consolidated under the ‘Audioversity’ banner to accelerate Yamaha’s training initiatives, the brand has expanded their online education resources further to support you.
Here is some content that might catch your fancy. Click on the description to be brought to the video:
The Astera Academy is doing its bit to help make the best out of the worldwide situation and assist the wonderfully creative and resourceful entertainment technology industry – lighting and visual designers, DOPs, directors, gaffers, grips, engineers and techs of all types and from all sectors who are into creative and practical lighting – so they can utilize and maximize their time in self-isolation to learn cool new things!
The Astera Academy offers free webinars allowing people to learn more about the AsteraApp and various Astera lighting fixtures.
Topics will include subjects like Getting Started with the AsteraApp to discover its best tips, tricks and less well-known features, with additional topics to be added in the coming days.
Each webinar is streaming twice a day – to cater for Europe and Asia, with an afternoon session for the convenience of the Americas – and will last between 30 and 60 minutes. Interested. Click HERE
Powersoft ramps up E-Training with over 30 new sessions covering various subjects directly of interest to Powersoft customers and users. Each course will last for one hour and will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Italian by experienced trainers and application engineers from Powersoft.
Next week’s sessions (beginning 6 April) will focus on ArmoníaPlus 1.4 and explain how to set up and programme a basic audio system with groups, monitoring, and remote control.
On 14th and 16th of April, in the session entitled ‘Powersoft products network connections and Dante/AES67 integration’, trainees will learn how Dante and AES 67 protocols are integrated into Powersoft amplifiers and how they can be connected to networked environments using the set up and management tools.
Finally, on 21st and 23rd April, Powersoft trainers will provide insight on ArmoníaPlus’s latest feature: Health Plus, system monitoring and remote control using third party control plug ins, including Powersoft unique ‘live impedance monitoring’ and cloud-based remote monitoring of all vital functions of a system. Information on third party remote control and monitoring of Powersoft amplifiers will also be provided, with examples on various remote control and DSP systems including Crestron.
To find more details on the dates, times and languages of each sessions, and to book a
slot, click HERE
Over the next few weeks, ADJ will host a series of live video broadcasts that will provide educational content and in-depth product overviews. Each installment of ‘Stay Connected’ will have a specific focus and provide an opportunity for lighting and event professionals to upskill from the safety and comfort of their own homes.
Coming up on 7th April (12pm Pacific time) is the Multi-projector and 3D Projection Mapping with ArKaos Media Master (with Corey Saenz) topic.
Hosted by ADJ’s video product specialist, Corey Saenz, this session will be a deep dive into the world of projection mapping.
Corey will demonstrate multi-projector use, as well as projection on a three-dimensional surface using the ArKaos Media Master software. Time: 12pm (Pacific Time) / 21:00 (Central Europe Time).
To know what other topics are being covered click HERE
Adamson launches free Bi-Weekly webinar series for current and potential partners and end-users around the world. The Adamson Education Webinar Series launched in mid- March with a pair of episodes dedicated to the latest version (v1.2.8) of Adamson’s Blueprint AV 3D predictive simulation software, followed by an in-depth discussion and Q&A with Adamson’s Head of Education, Jeremiah Karni, and Head of Product and Technology, Brian Fraser.
New webinars currently go live every Tuesday and Thursday. With past episodes already archived for on-demand access, the series will continue to cover a myriad of topics relevant to Adamson products, technologies, and applications, as well as the wider live sound and integration industries for the foreseeable future.
In addition to the webinar series, Adamson is developing and adapting other education and networking initiatives to be delivered remotely.
All upcoming editions of the Adamson Education Webinar Series, along with other training and networking initiatives, can be found HERE
From now until May 15, ETC is offering all the online classes on LearningStage for FREE.
That means you can now access these online resources ranging from basic concepts to advanced expert training tailor-made for console users, lighting designers, and technicians.
To take advantage of this generous offer visit HERE
disguise has launched ‘disguise OnDemand’ – a virtual hub that features access to free training and webinars exploring key features and elements of the disguise workflow.
Held in multiple languages, multiple times a day, the platform will feature exclusive content, including the opportunity for the community to take part in specialist discussions on key industry topics, and hear from customers during spotlight discussions on showstopping case studies.
Designed as a place for the community to learn and keep up-to-date on all things regarding disguise, free online training sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
They are planning on running a condensed version of the Fundamental and Pre-Production Workflows Training, broken down into a series of six one hour sessions where attendees can learn the core features, including the timeline, stage, configuring output feeds, and how to set up devices.
Keep up to date with the growing webinar and training schedule, and register by visiting HERE
ChamSys Training Academy expands online learning opportunities. The lighting console maker has been actively expanding its online education resources with new courses, tutorials and appointment opportunities being added on a continuous basis. In addition to providing programmers with the chance to sharpen their skills (and develop new ones), the academy is serving as a platform for them to remain connected to the industry in the wake of the closings and cancelations that have taken place.
Open to anyone, the academy offers daily online webinar training sessions.
Conducted by active lighting designers and programmers, like Philip Watson, Brett Lorins and Charles Courser, these sessions cover a range of basic, intermediate and advanced topics.
The ChamSys Training Academy also features an expanded menu of video tutorials, including Beginners Sessions that provided a basic look at subjects like windows, buttons, faders and shortcuts; to Intermediate Sessions that deliver in-depth guides to topics like using the Execute Window to its maximum benefit. An extensive collection of Advanced Sessions is currently under development.
Another highlight of the academy is its free MagicQ and QuickQ online training sessions. Free of charge, the sessions provide practical user-friendly guides to mastering these powerful software tools.
For more information visit HERE
TIPS before you start
To enjoy your learning experience here are a few tips. They are not in any particular order:
1. Make sure that you are comfortable – good lighting, privacy if possible, fans or air- conditioning and seats that do not make your bottom sore. Have a bottle of water nearby as well.
2. It is a general rule that you should see your screen directly and not tilted downwards or upwards as that is a sure fire-way of having neck issues. Also reduce the brightness of your laptop to a comfortable level so that you do not get visual fatigue.
3. Ensure that you have the right headset that offers noise-cancellation and fits comfortably as you might be doing this for a while. If you do not have one we suggest you approach any of the industry brands for a special discount 🙂
4. Do not depend on battery life and ensure that your laptop is plugged in.
5. Set aside time where you feel you are most open to learn. For some it might be the early morning hours. Of course some of the webinars are held at a fixed time but we are sure you will be able to catch it in the archives.
6. It would be best to have your phones and other distractions (TV, radio, email alerts and spouse) off. You need to commit the time!!!
7. Ensure that you have pen and paper to take notes. Use the print screen if you need to
capture an important point.
8. Space out your timing to learn – do not cramp it all. You are not studying for a Degree.