What do you most need to know about making an informed decision when designing a video wall? All too often, system designers, contractors or integrators do not always design a video wall aligned with the customer’s realistic goals, budget, and environmental limitations. Obviously, you’re looking for a solution that delivers a strong return-on-investment for both the current need and ability to expand in the future. Here are some considerations to help maximize your video wall design:
1) Determine how your video wall will be used today and in the future. Knowing the requirements for the video wall will drive the selection of the right video wall software and hardware.
2) Content is critical to your video wall system. Which of these will be showing on your video wall? Still images, low-res/high-res videos, 4K content, HTML5 applications, and 3D graphics? Once you know what kind of content you’ll display, then consider how it will be delivered to the video wall.
3) Know your environment and limitations. Before specifying a video wall system, be aware of the environment of where the video wall will be placed. Physical dimensions, room space, layout and ambiance will determine the appropriate size for your video wall.
4) Consider alternatives for future-proofing your technology without blowing the budget. You need flexibility in your design to ensure your video wall will grow with your future requirements.
5) Select the right technology. A well-designed video wall and the correct technology working together in your operations center enable the best results. There are so many ways to specify and implement a video wall that it can be hard to cover every approach. However, all video walls require an array of high quality, commercial or professional grade monitor screens configured to create a larger screen – video wall.
- The traditional proprietary hardware suppliers use video wall controllers that are designed around their own technology with multiple built-in video outputs. There are expansion limitations with this technology and you are committed to a single vendor for the life of your video wall. Also, it is expensive.
- Next generation video wall systems are based on new distributed visualization software that is transforming the industry by eliminating the need for specialized servers, matrix switches, tangled cables and time-consuming training in favor of a solution that is easy to install, easy to use and easy on the budget. Hiperwall, for example, has eliminated these barriers by developing a software-based video wall platform that is completely hardware agnostic and budget friendly allowing users to deploy systems with nothing more than commonly available PCs, monitors and network equipment.