Video walls
Five Design Tips

 12 May 2016

The high-cost and visibility of video wall projects can make them seem daunting and complicated, especially for those who are new to video walls installations. There are a range of factors that experienced professionals consider when installing and managing video walls. We have put together 5 key tips to help take some of the stress and mystery out of delivering your first video wall.

1: Pick the optimum location

Please keep in mind that video walls become a visual focal point in any space. For example, in retail the display will potentially create a central focus for the store, or they will send footfall to certain areas within the store. Make sure the end goal for directing audience attention is clearly defined, then you can 100% commit to the video wall location.

You must consider what size, what scope, what content, and what display placement of your video wall before deciding on its final location. Ambient light is also critically important, bright sunlight spaces will dissolve the impact of your video wall or will require more expensive ultra-high brightness displays. No one wants to invest in a video wall that will lose its dominance.

2: Map out your space

A plan should be made before selecting your displays and control system.

What is the square footage you need to fill?
How easy is it to run power and data cabling?
Is audio required?
Throughout the day, how does direct light sunlight change the space?

If you have chosen to deliver multiple video wall locations within one area. You will need to make a decision on display sizes, use of space and video wall type desired. Also, be aware of the brightness and cooling needs of the displays being integrated.

3: Decide on installation strategy

The choice of display mount will have a big impact on the ease of installation, accessibility and support of the video wall. You will also need to decide on how often you will need to gain access to the displays. A full-service mounting solution can be expensive, but makes maintenance and display leveling easy.

For a 1x3 or 2x2 video wall - where you can access the backs of each display without removing the panels - you can likely get away with low-cost mounts. However, for a 3 x 4 and above video wall you would be strongly advised to invest in an easy-access mounting solution to make for a more clean and professional install in regards to the display leveling.

4: Consider what content to display

List all of the content you will potentially want to display both now and in the future. This can include live cameras, social media streams, IPTV, managed content, image galleries , interactive content, or a playlist of different content types. Make sure there isn't a conflict between your planned implementation and the products you are purchasing. The video wall distribution and scaling is ultimately one of the most important parts of the equation. Be sure to select the correct product for one that fits within your budget and the desired solution.

5: Decide on your content resolution

Think about the resolution needs for both now and in the future. Whether it's still images or full-motion video, ensure the video wall scaler can handle both the required source resolutions. Today, you need at least 4k, and ideally a solution that can scale to even larger resolutions in the future. Contemplate the idea of using ultra-high definition resolutions, like 4k, now for competitive advantage. Plus, think about a solution that can keep pace with ever-increasing resolutions. The more intense the need for a lot of data and fine image quality and depth, the more high definition content comes into play.

These tips will help you create the most versatile and efficient video wall possible for your budget. When the right decisions are made along the way, anyone can create stunning video walls to transform any space or make your team more productive. Please get in touch with Duratec Audio Visual if you would like to discuss in more detail.

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