How to Set Up a Video Wall
Video walls are a set of screens that work together to create one continuous and impressive display. You may want a video wall to relay information, create an immersive display, interact with your audience, or for presentations. They are difficult to create for those that are unfamiliar with the process. However, following the tips in this guide should make it easier.
1. Have a Clear Vision
You need to create a draft project document that highlights its important points, goals, or objectives. Some points to consider include:
- The purpose of the video wall, what you plan to display
- Location: is it near WiFi, internet cable, electrical outlet, near a water fountain?
- Size: the size that would accomplish what you want to achieve
- Layout: for instance, in a 4 TV video wall project, do you want that in 4×1 or 2×2 video wall layout?
2. Measure Everything
If you decide on a DIY video wall, you are likely to mess up the measurements. Here’s what you should include:
- Display size: people only consider the screen size but overlook display size. Measure the bezels and width
- Clearance: the space behind the display and support structure
- Frames, supporting structure, walls
- Distances: to power supply, internet connections, between displays
- Space allowance: for media players, internet or WiFi adapters
- Weight: consider supporting structures, cables, video wall controller
3. Select Your Hardware
The most important hardware in digital signage projects is the video wall panels. If they are for digital signage, you want high-quality video wall displays like an LG or Samsung video wall. Using Samsung for illustrative purposes, a single display unit costs $2,000 to $6,000.
When choosing a video wall TV, remember that a thin bezel TV for video wall will look the best. They create an illusion of a seamless video wall, especially if you choose a multiple panel set-up, such as a 3×3 video wall. Another thing to consider is that LCDs are better at close-up viewing, and LEDs look better at further distances.
Video wall mounts come in various types; make sure you get the right one for your displays. For instance, the Peerless video wall mount can only accommodate 46’ to 55’ video wall TVs. A simple Peerless 2×2 mounting kit for 46’-55’ screens costs $534.
4. Consider Media Players
Media players allow you to control and show content on digital signage displays. Most media players come bundled with video wall software free of charge.
If you have a simple project such as a 2×2 video wall mount, a simple $299 Xhibit Mykro media player will do. For a bigger set-up like a video wall grid, you need more computing power. A desktop computer that has several display ports will be more suitable as your video wall processor. Alternatively, you can go with video/matrix players or video wall controllers. They are devices that allow streaming of a single video source to multiple screens.
It would help if you had digital signage software or content management software (CMS) to control and display content on your video wall. Although some software is cloud-based, you can choose an onsite solution such as Mvix software.
5. Create a Plan
Video wall signage is not cheap. Create a detailed project draft that lists down all materials before you start. Let others run through the draft to ensure you cover everything, preventing oversight that could prove costly down the road.
6. Construct Your Wall
A grid-style video wall is the most complicated set-up as it requires a lot of configuring and installation.
- Displays and mounting – match your screens to the right mounting and adjust according to the grid. Bigger set-ups will be bolted to the floor, smaller ones to the wall.
- Accessibility – If you decide on an LCD or DIY LED video wall, leave some space for installing cables and media players.
- Software installation – install and update the software and load it with content.
- Audio – connect the media player to external speakers. Be mindful of the speaker placement to improve acoustics.
7. Customize Your Displays
With your digital signage video wall up and running, you need to create customized content for display. Before you do so, you need to develop content through research, content creation, and distribution. Some innovative ways you can do that include:
- Live social media feeds
- Emergency, News, traffic, weather alerts
- Quizzes and games
- Motivational messages
Like any other electronic, you should regularly clean your video wall screens to get rid of dust and dirt. Ensure you update the software to keep it running smoothly. Support needs to check the displays to catch any degradation quickly and prevent downtime. Additionally, keep the video wall display off for at least two hours daily.