As media technology continues to evolve, interactive video walls have become a popular option for businesses to communicate with customers and employees. Whether it’s adding an interactive component to your retail space or creating a dynamic lobby or event showcase, a video wall creates immersive experiences for audiences that make a lasting impact.
What Is a Video Wall?
A video wall is a large display composed of multiple smaller displays. You frequently see video walls in public spaces like malls and airports to display information or advertising. Media wall systems can be used for a variety of purposes, including displaying information, teleconferencing, and showing interactive presentations. Companies also often use video walls as a backdrop for live events to grab the viewer’s attention.
Components of a Video Wall
A video wall system is made up of several components, each with its own specific function. The following is a brief overview of video wall equipment you will need to set up the wall:
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or LED (Light Emitting Diode) Displays
LCD screens are the most common type of display in a video wall system. They provide a clear image and can be viewable from far away. However, LED screens are becoming increasingly popular in video wall applications. They offer a brighter image and use less power than LCD screens.
Video Wall Processor or Controller
This specialized computer controls the display of content on the wall. The processor produces the image and moves it seamlessly across the wall’s multiple screens. This is especially crucial if you are displaying video streams from multiple channels and formats on your wall. Without the processor, the video wall would be nothing more than a collection of individual displays.
The audio components of a video wall system include amplifiers and speakers. The amplifier boosts the low audio signal to power the speakers. The speakers are typically mounted around the video wall. However, larger spaces may require additional speakers throughout other areas of the room.
Video wall software is necessary to control or manage the displays, video processors, and other connected devices. Advances in video technology include visualization applications that allow special functions for media walls.
These programs can produce 3D rendering. They also allow remote access, social media integration, and touch screen interaction. Video processors come with management software with intuitive interfaces to customize signal destinations, window sizes, and special effects.
Selecting Video Wall Components
There are many types and brands of video and sound equipment available on today’s market. But it’s important to select equipment that’s compatible with the other components in your system. Researching recommended brands and specifications will ensure your media system is the right fit for your space.
Consider these additional tips:
- When selecting media wall system components, consider the size, resolution, and type of content you wish to display. This will determine how many displays you need. For example, you can have 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, or any other configuration of video screens with an equal number of rows and columns. You can also choose to have a vertical or horizontal configuration of screens, depending on the type of content that will be displayed.
- Select displays with features such as touchscreens, motion sensors, and cameras. These features enhance the interactivity of your video wall and make it more engaging for your audience.
- Several types of video processors are available today, such as matrix switchers, multiviewers, and presentation switches. When selecting your video controller or processor, ensure you are selecting the appropriate unit for your presentation’s display size and type.
How to Install a Video Wall
Once you have the required components, you can begin setting up your video wall system as follows:
- Select the location for your media wall. It is important to consider the viewing angle and distance from the audience when selecting a location. The media wall should be placed in an area that is free from obstacles and has a clear line of sight to the audience.
- Mount the displays on the wall using the appropriate brackets and stands.
- Once the displays are in place, connect them to your video processor. You can choose between two configuration options. In a native setup, each display is separately cabled to the video processor. Alternatively, one connection from the processor can send the signal to a daisy chain of interconnected monitors. While the daisy-chain connection method is more efficient, professional displays with this capability tend to be more expensive.
- Configure your displays as preferred with the video processor’s software application.
- Connect any additional amplifiers and speakers as needed.
- Power on the system and test it to ensure everything is working properly.
Setting up your own video wall requires careful attention to hardware selection, setup, and configuration. However, consulting with a qualified media installation specialist can ensure your system will fit your company’s needs and budget. Our experts can help you design and install your video wall systems to create a dynamic, engaging environment for your business. Contact us today for more information on our advanced video wall solutions.