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Remote Training Opportunities

This pandemic shall pass, and while we all have some downtime as you are sheltering in place, it's a great time to learn some new things! Below please find links to different opportunities to learn more about the industry from different organizations. Some are free, some are discounted. Let's learn some new things together and be ready when the lights come up!

Free Online Master Classes

ARRI has made available two of its Master Classes to watch online for free. The first being a five-part series on the high dynamic range with cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub, whose work includes Independence Day, Stargate, and The Jackal. The second Master Class, cinematographer James Laxton discusses large format cinematography in a five-part series that includes a conversation on If Beale Street Could Talk and different lighting setups.

Free Webinars

For all of those who want to learn more about Astera software and hardware we now offer free webinars.

If you think that there is a particular topic which Astera should cover, please email soerensen@astera-led.com

Webchat, Training, and Tutorials

We will be giving you the opportunity to improve or update your skills via online webchat, training or tutorials from our Facebook community forums for both Titan and Ai platforms.

Our PC based products, the T1, T2, Titan Mobiles and AvoKeys are still available should you wish to have all the latest features we have developed when our industry bounces back.

Waived Online Access Fees

AVIXA is waiving online access fees and Elite seat limitations through June 12.

We hope this will give you and your team the opportunity to learn new topics, work toward CTS certification, or earn CTS-RUs if already CTS certified, even if you are home.

If you know anyone else who could benefit from this opportunity, please encourage them to participate at the link above.

Mental Health Tools

Behind the Scenes, in conjunction with other concerned organizations and individuals, have come together to create the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative. A series of tools and resources have been developed to not only help you but also assist you in helping your colleagues. Find links to resources, the online self-assessment tool, and information about the initiative and programs.

The Joy of Painting

Take some time out of your “Shelter in Place” and hang out with Bob Ross – I mean – how many ways can you learn to paint a mountain and a pine tree, right?

Online Group Training

Take advantage of your #stayhome time with our live online group trainings!

Led by the creators of wysiwyg and BlackTrax, these sessions guarantee the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge that can be directly applied to your next project.

Daily Online Classes

ChamSys is offering Online Daily classes are taught by experienced ChamSys trainers, who are ChamSys console programmers and Lighting Designers, currently active in the entertainment industry.

How-To Tutorials

From Tech Talk to Lighting and Programming – these training videos are available to you learn more about the industry.

Train with Rigging Specialists

Members of USITT, IATSE, and ETCP receive a $50/person discount off the training registration price. Enter code FH-Training at checkout to receive it. You must be able to provide your member ID number to verify. If you are registering more than one person, please contact training@flyhouse.com to receive additional discount codes.

LearningStage Classes

Check out ETC’s online LearningStage classes. They are also curating and creating new content for users for a new site: Study Hall. Look for a collection of tailored articles and videos, and stay tuned for live webinars, roundtables, and Q&As coming soon.

Additionally, ETC continues to offer educators educational resources to help enhance their lesson plans and navigate remote learning.

Visit ETC’s EOS for Educators blog and learn how to utilize their technology to engage with your students, remotely.

Free Online Webinars

Green Hippo is offering a series of FREE online webinars to cover several different topics catered for new and existing users of the company’s products.

Free Workshop Training

Harman Professional/Martin Lighting is offering free live WebEx workshop training sessions this week/month for various audio, video and lighting products and applications. Click here for the complete list of sessions available.

Free CueServer Training and Certification

Learn CueServer in an interactive six-part video series, including a fun “Restaurant Tutorial” that covers both architectural and entertainment style programming.  Play with CueServer Studio, make lights flash, create touchscreen layouts and more.  The CueServer Level 1 Certification exam is also available online for you to get your certification from the comfort of your own home.

Project-based Theme Park Design

Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers and engineers work together to create theme parks. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers and complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your very own.

Online Grip Training

Matthews University is the leading source for everything you ever wanted to know about grip. The dean and host with the most info and experience is our own Martin Torner, Best Boy Grip (Local 80). Lessons are available on YouTube.

Free Online Tutorials & Resources

Moviola is a 100% free educational resource with thousands of hours of tutorials, software quick start guides, interviews, curated behind the scenes content and so much more. Every week we are adding new content that we hope you can use to learn and further your skills as a professional in the entertainment industry!

Free Weekly Training Sessions

Starting the week of March 23rd, Obsidian will offer free weekly training sessions covering the ONYX control platform and 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.


Free Access to Content for Non-Members

Each Friday, the SMA will roll out new content (interviews and webinars) that non-members can access for 1 week.

Business Survival Series

Covid-19 will be the event that defines many of our careers. More than 9-11 or the 2008 Recession, the global pandemic is unilateral in its affect on the live event, travel, and hospitality industries. The situation is far from hopeless though. The Show WILL Go On.

New Online Courses

Strand has introduced a new round of online training classes that cover a variety of topics on lighting design, system installation, and console operation. Perfect for integrators, programmers, lighting designers, and consultants alike, our suite of trainings will be ongoing, with new classes being added as we go.

Free Lesson Plans

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.

Free Spotlight Essentials Seminars

Vectorworks is offering free Spotlight Essentials Seminars. For a 100% discount, use the code TRAINMENOW.

Free Training

Join our experts for FREE Vista 3 lighting and media control training, from the comfort of your own home. Every Wednesday and Thursday throughout April, we will be bringing you free Vista 3 training webinars on a range of topics, including; programming techniques and tips for a variety of different applications. Whether you are a new or an existing user, these webinars will help you get the most out of Vista. If you missed some of our previous webinars, reply them on our YouTube channel!