There are many ways to plan and create a video wall. Here are a few:
- Some video wall vendors add an extra video card to the PC ( server). This additional card is used as a controller for the video wall.
- Other video wall controllers are built on proprietary hardware with multiple built-in video outputs.
- Another way to create a video wall is to synchronize multiple players on the back of each display.
Deploying a video wall can be an overwhelming experience. ThinGlobal’s devices and Userful’s software offers a solution that is simple, flexible and maintains a high performance.
The best way to make sure your video wall deployment goes smoothly, here are some additional tips to getting a stunning video wall assembled.
1. Understand and Plan Your Intended Impact
Don’t even get started until without being clear on one vital question: what is your intended impact?
Understanding the business case of the video wall, and how you want to engage your intended end-user? This can provide great insight into what video wall solution to use, and what components to acquire.
Addressing this question first will help make your campaign a success while returning on your investment–without blowing up your budget.
2. Understand Your Environment
The next step in planning a video solution is considering the environmental factors:
- Location (indoor or outdoor?)
- How much ambient light will there be?
- How will you access the video wall for maintenance?
- What are the physical dimensions of your space?
This will all influence the size of displays you will choose in the next step.
3. Match Size of Displays With Size of Space
Think about the space you want to use and consider the number of displays as well as the size of those displays. You’ll find various video wall size calculators online. Keep in mind the larger displays you use the fewer bezel lines you’ll have but the more you’ll pay.
4. Pay Attention to Aspect Ratio
People say content is king for a good reason: a video wall can be big and bold, but without content, it’s not much use. And the content has to *look* good, too.
Before you create any video content, understand the aspect ratio of your video wall. Ensure you’ve got a solution that upscales content if your source content is not maximizing the resolution of your displays.
For example, 4k content on a 3×3 video wall will mean the displays are only playing 720p unless either at the display or the video wall controller an upscaling algorithm is adding in additional pixels to ensure the display is playing in full HD.
Userful’s software does this by using advanced scaling algorithms to give users the option to have every display playing at full HD resolution.
5. Pay Attention to Content Format
You have a lot of choices to make when it comes to content format:
- Still images
- Low-res / High-res videos
- 4k, 6k or 8k content
- HTML5 applications
- 3D graphics
Which of these will be showing on your video wall? These are things you would need to consider from the very beginning.
Flexibility is Key
Regardless of what content you want to put on the video wall today, choose a solution with flexibility. You may want larger content or higher resolution content or different video wall features in the future.
Video walls are a significant investment; you don’t want to install one to find out it won’t support a need that crops up next year.
ThinGlobal devices and Userful’s software, allows customers to leverage the incredible power of standard computers to provide content of up to 8k on up to 100 displays.
While you might not have needs like that today, it’s good to have a solution capable of much higher resolution and performance to ensure you have options in the future.
6. Decide Which Displays to Use: Commercial or Consumer
Commercial displays offer zero or thin bezel, better brightness and longer life, consumer TV’s offer a lower cost but are not designed for digital signage or video wall use.
ThinGlobal’s video wall solution will work with any display, allowing customers to choose based on budget and needs.
7. Choose Your Components
Video Walls require a variety of components – including monitors, media players, cabling, assembly structures, etc. Make sure your shopping list has all the necessary components.
ThinGlobal’s devices will allow you to have a state of the art solution while maintaining low costs.
8. Understand How Video Wall Calibration Works
If not properly calibrated, a video wall can generate a negative impact on the end-users, defeating the purpose of it, and ultimately affecting the business.
Choose a video wall with a simple calibration tool because if it’s not easy to do, should you ever need to recalibrate or replace a display, it could result in a nightmare.
Troubleshooting, maintenance, and updates are always expected, as with any technology solution, so a solution that minimizes these expenses will always be the smarter choice.
9. Can You Operate Your Video Wall Yourself?
While video walls can be quite pricey, if you choose the right solution, from the start, you will be able to operate your video on your own.
Total Cost of Ownership is Key
Keep in mind your total cost of ownership. If your solution requires highly-trained personnel or specialized skills to set it up or run it, you’re unnecessarily burdening yourself with extra labor costs and a higher total cost of ownership. For a solution to be great, it doesn’t have to be complicated.
10. Always Plan For the Future
Where will you be in three years? In five? Video walls can be a substantial investment, so what happens with your video wall solution when there is a need to expand its size, or perhaps upgrade it to accommodate the latest content resolution or format?
Video walls that need specialized components might prove inflexible, even perhaps needing to replace the entire system upon refresh.
On the other hand, modular, software-based solutions such as ThinGlobal’s Solution, which leverages standard hardware can easily accommodate future upgrades by replacing just the PC or server and keeping the rest of the video wall intact.
ThinGlobal’s Solution makes things easy
ThinGlobal’s devices and Userful’s software can turn a standard off-the-shelf PC into a high-end video wall controller with excellent performance and unparalleled flexibility. Unlike competitors, this approach allows customers to upgrade and expand the solution in the future quickly.