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Video Wall Options: How To Choose Among Them?

A guide through the selection criteria of video walls as well as a general overview of their operation and advantages.
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So, you’re looking to get your hands on a fresh new way of presenting? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Video walls are at the forefront of visual display and give industries a cutting-edge way of entertaining, distributing information, and unifying their workforce and clients.

But, how do you choose among video walls when they all do great things?

Whether you’re a video wall know-it-all or a total beginner, we’re going to guide you through the selection criteria of your new video wall as well as provide a general guide to its operation and advantages.

Let’s go!

What is a video wall?

Before we get started, let’s break down the basics. A video wall is a collection of multiple monitors used to display one coherent image or present isolated snippets of information in one area for multiple people. The quality of the image, or images, is the sum total of the individual monitor’s display quality.

Video walls can be tailored to your individual needs and usage requirements, so they can vary in size, ranging from a small number of monitors to your personal mission control centre.

Perhaps you’ve seen a video wall before in an entertainment setting like a football stadium, concert, or movie screening. Video walls are truly cross-divisional and can be beneficial in almost all settings, from a train station to a university lecture theatre.

In short, wherever information has to be broadcast at the same time to lots of people, a video wall can be advantageous.

Why do we use video walls?

Video walls are used for a number of reasons, and really it depends on the individual user requirements. For example, if a business is struggling with its distribution of information and suffering from the effects of misinterpretation, a video wall can help centralize its distribution of information, making sure messaging comes from a single source, in the same format for everyone!

But, we’ve listed some of the most common reasons why industries decide to step into the world of video walls:

— Improves their image
When clients or customers spot a business using video walls, they take away the impression that the business takes its clarity and transparency of information values seriously. A company that prioritizes colleague transparency is a company that values productivity, efficiency, and communication; who wouldn’t want to work with them?

Video walls also convey to interested parties that you are interested in staying up to date with the latest technology trends and prioritizing innovation and streamlined services.

Engages their colleagues
Colleagues who are engaged by communication are much more likely to be productive and proficient in their work, as mistakes due to miscommunication are kept to a minimum. Video walls also provide employers with the opportunity to broadcast company-wide announcements to wider teams, so everyone feels unified and valued at work.

Entertaining
Need your own personal movie theatre for a casual Friday event? No problem! Video walls are great for entertaining guests and colleagues as video walls’ advanced solutions have the capability to display web browser-based content, so streaming sports and movies is super easy! Gone are the days of crowding around an old TV or monitor.

Surveillance
As video walls can display one coherent image, setting up your personal security hub has never been easier. With a video wall, you can get the full picture by linking your cameras to your controllers, giving you peace of mind and full control over your surveillance.

The different kinds of video wall technology

Video walls are not a one size fits all policy, and certain video wall technologies are better suited to needs than others. Let’s go through the different kinds of video wall technologies:

LED panels
LED panel-based video walls are exactly what they say they are. They are LED tiles put together to display one clear image. They tend to be thinner and have smaller boundaries to give a much more blended image.

Rear projected cubes
Rear projected cubes offer a seamless video wall effect as the video wall is integrated with the projector. A projector is mounted behind the display panel, making for a much higher quality display output.

TFT/LCD monitors
Although LCD monitors work on the same principle as other video walls, they come with a much thinner boundary than other video wall types, which ultimately makes for a more seamless smooth image with little interruption in the display quality.

Front projectors
Front projector video walls offer a completely seamless display by blending edges and having next to no interruption in screen boundaries. This makes for a much better visual experience

How do we pick between video walls?

To pick your video wall, consider your user requirements and the best technologies to accompany your setup. Here, we’re referring to the video wall management like the matrix, switches and controllers that process input signals and display visual, audio, and effects on to each of the monitors.

Frequently asked questions

What is a video wall?
A video wall is a collection of monitors used to display one or multiple coherent images for large sums of people. Video walls help centralize the distribution of information and can help entertain, engage, inform and improve company perception

Are there differences between video wall technologies?
There are four main video wall technologies: LED panels, rear projected cubes, TFT/LCD monitors, and front projectors. All come with their individual differences in terms of output quality and projection placement, and all are suited to different uses.

What is the selection criteria of video wall technologies?
The user should consider their usage requirements and individual technical capability before investing in a video wall solution. This is to do with the management of a video wall, with switches, matrix and controllers all suited to different types of AV projects.

If your AV project is advanced, you should base your tech search on equipment that is able to handle such demand. Here you can find our full range of multi display controllers that are specially designed to handle different kinds of project demands.

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