Let’s start with the basics: What is a video wall?! Put simply, it’s a wall consisting of two or more screens that come together to display a bigger picture. They are an excellent option for businesses, allowing you to instantly display promotions, employee news, and moving graphics.
If you’re looking to build your own video wall, this article is for you! If you want more information or aren’t sure what works for you, contact us at Signworks Thinks today.
Your Guide to Video Walls
If you want a new statement piece for your lobby or office entrance, a video wall might be right for your business! Whether you’re a school, museum, or corporate business, this display model can help convey your information in a bigger and better way than with just one screen.
Your goal for setting up a video wall will depend on the type of information/graphics you want to display, so let’s go through how they can be used. Before starting the installation, consider your goals and measure your space. This will save you money down the line if everything is planned out.
Here are some questions to consider:
- Do you have access to WiFi?
- What does your video wall need to be able to do?
- Where is it going to be located in your space?
- Do you have an outlet nearby?
- What’s the wall’s purpose?
- What size do you need it to be?
- How is it going to be installed, and by who?
Set out a master plan for yourself with all these questions answered, get other people to review it, and confirm everything in your design works. Setting up your video wall doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. Contact our helpful team via our website if you’re stuck on something!
If you want a wall-mounted video wall, think about what mounting frame will work best for your monitors. Installing many monitors can be difficult, so mounting all your screens with one tool can simplify this process. Once you’ve planned this, it’s time to buy and install your wall pieces.
How to Make a Video Wall Work For You
Consider what hardware and software you will need for your project. Below are a few options that might work for you:
Nvidia Surround and AMD Eyefinity
Nvidia Surround is software for combining several monitors to display pieces of an overall image. AMD Eyefinity is a similar program that requires an AMD graphics card. Once connected to the card, the software merges all your screens into one cohesive unit.
If you go with any Samsung, LG, or other large manufacturers, Daisy Chain is an option for you. You can connect to multiple screens via its HDMI ports – so whether you need four or a hundred monitors, Daisy Chain links everything. This software doesn’t use an extra controller, but you need a separate player to control your screens.
If you’re looking for an expert in the video wall solutions game, then using Matrox QuadHead2Go software is your best bet. This software works great for your 2×2 or 1×4 set-ups, best for menus and smaller imagery.
Cloud-based options are another great way to connect your monitors. Userfull is one of the most notable providers, making it easy for digitally managed and configured video displays. This can be connected via HDMI or built into the screen.
Setting Up Your Video Wall Display
Make sure everything you’ve done has been measured with room for error. LED screens are some of the best options, having some of the largest screens available to create a unique video wall for your business. So ensure you’ve covered all bases before committing to one design.
If you choose an LED setup, you will be working with a pixel ratio instead of an aspect ratio. Selecting the same pixel ratio as your LED screens for any content you display will yield the best results for you. For example, if your pixel ratio for your screen is 1024 × 768 pixels, you will create your content with this ratio to match your monitors to avoid being off-center or having empty spaces.
Once you’ve got your pixel ratio, you can fit your content perfectly to the monitor. Try and stick with the darker colors, as whites and light colors will drain the life and function of your display by creating high temperatures and power consumption.
Bring Your Video Wall Vision to Life with Signworks Thinks
There are endless options, so whatever video wall set up your business is looking for we can help you. Signs come in all different types, and every business needs something unique to them and their offering. We believe that digital products can be just as effective as traditional signage, even more so with the ability to edit and change what’s being shown to your clients.
With over 30 years of experience working with signs, we can make the designing and decision stage easy so that you can enjoy your display without worry! Drop us a line at Signworks Thinks to find out how we can help your business grow.