Monday, October 8, 2012

How to Install Computer Hardware Needed to support and run Triple Monitors on you PC!

To use a Triple Monitor Array with a single PC or Laptop, you must have internal or external computer hardware that will support the use of three monitors. This is not a common feature for most computers. There are several ways in which you can utilize a Three LCD Multi-Monitor Array. Here are the four ways you can support a Three Monitor Display with the proper hardware:

1) You can purchase a “ready out of the box” SUPER PC Quad Monitor Computer System (Recommended)

2) You can replace your current Graphics Card with a Quad Monitor Graphics Card! (Recommended)
For most users we recommend the following video cards for best performance, compatibility, and price!
3) You can use an External Multiple Monitor Adapter. There are several kinds available in our store:
  • Xtreme4VS Quad Screen Video Wall Controller. This controller converts a single DVI or VGA output into 4 Outputs with many options of control. Great for Desktops and perfect for Laptops with VGA Output (Achieve 5 Screens with Laptops) (Recommended)
  • Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition – If you have a desktop computer you can use one of these adapters to achieve three screens. Achieve Four Screens with a Laptop! To check your PC for compatibility, click here.
  • USB to VGA Adapter – This adapter allows you to add an additional VGA monitor through a USB port. If you have a dual monitor graphics card, you would need one of these to achieve three monitors. If you have a single monitor system, you would need two.
  • USB to DVI Adapter – This adapter allows you to add an additional DVI monitor through a USB port. If you have a dual monitor graphics card, you would need one of these to achieve three monitors. If you have a single monitor system, you would need two. Make sure you have enough USB ports.
4) You can use three separate computers.
  • However, windows across computers will not be interactive with each other. This usage of the multi display is recommended for organizing multiple computer environments. By adding an appropriate KVM switch, the user can control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse station.

How to Install Computer Hardware Needed to support and run Four Monitors on you PC!

To use a Quad Monitor Array with a single PC or Laptop, you must have internal or external computer hardware that will support the use of four monitors. This is not a common feature for most computers. There are several ways in which you can utilize a Quad LCD Monitor Array. Here are the four ways you can support a Four Monitor Array with the proper hardware:

1) You can purchase a “ready out of the box” SUPER PC Quad Monitor Computer System (Recommended)

2) You can replace your current Graphics Card with a Quad Monitor Graphics Card! (Recommended)
For most users we recommend the following video cards for best performance, compatibility, and price!
3) You can use an External Multiple Monitor Adapter. There are several kinds available:
  • Xtreme4VS Quad Screen Video Wall Controller. This controller converts a single DVI or VGA output into 4 Outputs with many options of control. Great for Desktops and perfect for Laptops with VGA Output (Achieve 5 Screens with Laptops) (Recommended)
  • Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition – If you have a desktop computer with a Dual Monitor Graphics Card you can use two of these adapters to achieve four screens. Use one adapter with each monitor output to double your outputs. To check your computer for compatibility, click here. (Recommended)
  • Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition – If you have a desktop computer with a Dual Monitor Graphics Card you can use one of these adapters to achieve four screens. To check your PC for compatibility, click here.
  • USB to VGA Adapter – This adapter allows you to add an additional VGA monitor through a USB port. If you have a dual monitor graphics card, you would need two of these to achieve four monitors. If you have a single monitor system, you would need three.
  • USB to DVI Adapter – This adapter allows you to add an additional DVI monitor through a USB port. If you have a dual monitor graphics card, you would need two of these to achieve four monitors. If you have a single monitor system, you would need three. Make sure you have enough USB ports.
4) You can use four separate computers (or two dual monitor computers).
  • However, windows across computers will not be interactive with each other. This usage of the multi display is recommended for organizing multiple computer environments. By adding an appropriate KVM switch, the user can control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse station.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Governments using Multi-Monitor Control Rooms

You may not realize it, in fact you probably don’t, but right now you are being kept safe by a technology system that our government has not only embraced, but has put to use in


so many facets.  Where ever you might find a government run control room you can expect that there will be multiple monitor technology employed.  And fortunately, the technology is improving at such a rate that we have seen massive increases in the ability to set these systems up and also an improved functionality of these systems that make them operate more smoothly.

For example, government broadcast agencies use a multiple monitor control room to monitor incoming and outgoing feeds.  This type of control room wouldn’t be able to operate if it were not for multiple monitor systems that allowed controllers to view multiple screens at once.

This technology has been incorporated in many different types of government systems.  Another major system where this technology has been incorporated is our defense systems.  Government Navy, Army, Air force and Marines, all use multiple monitor systems for a variety of purposes.  Be in tracking, spying, monitoring, recording, weapons systems and more.  These multiple monitor control rooms save American lives by allowing the military to operate remotely.  This has been a key to our success abroad in recent years.

Weather monitoring and recording stations also rely heavily on multiple monitor computer systems.  When there are big earthquakes, storms or other catastrophic events, U.S. government has weather and natural disaster stations that actually record the details of these evens to help others prepare.  They use multiple monitors so that they can



monitor large amounts of data.  It is because of these multiple monitor systems that we are able to keep people safe and give early warnings that often times save lives.

Another area where multiple monitor systems play a key role in government is in mass transit control stations.  The ability to monitor which way trains are coming and going is absolutely essential to the health and safety of everyone on board these trains.  Multiple monitor systems help make that possible by making sure the operators and controllers can see every aspect of what’s going on during their shift.  Most people that ride mass transportation probably take for granted all the technical details of what goes on behind the scenes, but the fact of the matter is that without multiple monitor systems it wouldn’t be possible to run major transportation systems.

And last but certainly not least; were you aware that the people that manage your utilities need to use multi-monitor computers to make sure everything runs smoothly?  Whether it is your electricity, water, sewer or cable (OK electricity and cable aren’t government run, but for simplicity sake we’ll lump them all in the same group) using multiple screens is what makes it possible to manage millions of people’s utilities at once.  They rely on giant control rooms to help keep things moving along.
Regardless of which government agency you are talking about, governments use multiple monitor computer systems to help manage things more efficiently.  You probably never knew that you owe all of the things that you take for granted on big and powerful multiple monitor computer systems that make life better.  It is because of this technology that millions of people are kept safe, millions of people get to work, millions of people have electricity and millions of people have water.  It’s is because of these systems that we can live our lives with all the comforts that we’ve become so dependent on every day.

Friday, August 31, 2012

SUPER PC iVu9 Video Wall Controller Box - Design & Build up to 9 Screen Data Walls!

If you are looking for the least expensive and easiest way to setup an electronic billboard, medical imagery review station or satellite imagery review, the iVu9 Video Wall Controller is the answer.  The iVu9s is a super high resolution video controller that has the capability to run up to 9 screens.  It can manage up to 8 megapixels and has up to 1920 x1200 image scaling function.    This makes it perfect for those who need high resolution graphics cast across multiple screens.

Some of the most popular uses include medical image review, and government satellite image.  Those interested in billboard displays have also found that the iVu9 is a great tool for their trade as well.  As mentioned before, the iVu9 can support up to 9 screens at once, but what really makes this controller special is that it can handle really high quality graphics across all 9 of those screens. At a resolution of up to 1920×1200, the iVu9s is one of the best in its class.

Convenient cabling is a breeze with iVu9s because of the all of the inputs being located in the rear, but it also has a great OSD keypad on the front.  This enables the user of the iVu9 to conveniently be able to control the easy to use interface.  Like other video controllers, the iVu9 controller is capable of driving both LCD and DLP screens.  However, unlike many of its competitors, it is also able to drive video wall cubes and projectors as well.  This means it has the flexibility to run a number of different applications- making it the perfect 9 screen controller.

Many of the iVu9 users have said that the fact that you can hook up in a variety of configurations is extremely helpful.  For example, the iVu9 can operate in 3 x 3, 2×3 and 3×2 mode.  This gives you the flexibility to setup your video wall in the best way you see fit.  And with the controller access pad, it’s super easy to configure and to use.  As a side note, for those interested in using the iVu9s in clone mode (also referred to as 1×1), it is capable of this as well.

Another cool feature of the iVu9 is the bezel mask, sometimes referred to as screen border adjustment.  This function is important because it will help you avoid items not lining up correctly.  This is especially important for high resolution imagery, such as in the medical field or large satellite displays.    The staggered look is typical on LCD and plasma displays.

In addition, the iVu9s has RS-232 communication- this means that the controller can be controlled remotely via your laptop or desktop computer.  This includes the ability to control additional and multiple units for larger screen configurations.  You can achieve this by using dual channel graphics cards in one computer and then connecting multiple iVu9’s.  It should go without saying, but you can mix and match all iVu9 units.  This gives you the ability to have up to 16×16 video wall/multi-screens.

So how much does the IVu9s cost?  The suggested retail price is $3299, however, the some retailers, such as Multi-Monitors.com have this item listed for just under $2700.  If you’re looking for the most economical way to hook up a 9 screen video, the iVu9s is a good choice. It’s a solid controller with a good history of use.  The fact that it is expandable to up to 16×16 with multi-card support makes it a top choice for advertisers, medical industry personnel and military alike.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Using a Stand Alone Video Wall Controller Box

The iVu9Pro from Super-PC (exclusively available at multi-monitors.com) may very well be the very best solution for companies attempting to create an amazing video wall presentation. Simply put, this is the
ATI Multiple Monitors Flight Simulator Video Wall Display
ATI Multiple Monitors Flight Simulator Video Wall Display
stand alone video wall controller to use. It’s an ultra high resolution solution that allows 8 mega pixel input and more importantly, 8 mega pixel output, resulting in an ultra high quality display. But here’s the real kick, this controller has an OSD keypad on the front that enables super easy-control interface. And because of the design, keypad in the front and video outputs and power in the rear, it means that cabling is a breeze. On its own, the iVu9Pro can drive nearly any type of display: LCD, DLP, video wall cubes and projectors, so it’s perfect for any display application. But to add more fuel to the fire, it will save you a small fortune, especially if you are trying to use an extra large wall display. Consider this, the NEC 82” Large Screen LCD Wall display unit will set you back almost $50,000, and while I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with its performance, you may not be able to afford this kind of display. However, $40,000 (maybe more) less, you can design and setup display using the iVu9Pro that will knock the socks of any trade show. It is clearly the economical choice.
Some other advantages are the pixel-to-pixel mapping without resolution loss. In fact, the iVu9Pro displays 7 megapixel images. The iVu9Pro also has fan-less design for any implementation and the iVu9pro can operate in a total of 6 screen modes (3×2, 2×3 or 3×3) for ultimate versatility. And it can do this with one images source input of up to 4080×2304 DVI Dual-Link or even 9 DVI-D out puts to 9 monitors (the above mentioned 3×3 configuration.)
If you have been considering setting up a video wall display, the iVu9Pro from Super-PC is an optimal choice. It is designed to allow ease of use features and will likely leave you feeling excited with the possibilities and versatility. You can only find this video wall controller box at multi-monitors.com, so keep that in mind when you are shopping around as you’ll be let down trying to find it elsewhere.

How Do I Make A Multple Monitor Video Wall?

As someone that focuses most of their energy on computers and tech related products, one of the most common questions that I hear these days is, “How do I make a video
wall?” Fortunately for those that are trying to put together options for a video wall, in this article I’m going to discuss how to make a video wall.  We’ll discuss all the various components that you need to get your video wall up and running.  Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll be able to piece together everything you need to get your video wall up and running and in turn this will help your business, whatever it may be, thrive!
Let’s start with a very important part of any video wall, the monitors.  I can’t honestly think of a good reason to use anything other than LED high resolution monitors these days.  But beyond resolution is there something that you should be looking for when you pick out your monitors?  Of course there is, one of the things that makes a video wall so attractive is using monitors which have a smaller than traditional bezel.  The idea behind finding monitors with a small bezel is that you’ll be able to use many small (and inexpensive as well) screens to create a giant screen. In case you’re unsure, the bezel is simply the inactive part of the screen, it kind of looks like a frame to me. There are a
number of companies that focusing on micro bezel.  Among those are Samsung, NEC and Dell.  I can’t say for sure that one is particularly better than the other.  I will say that NEC has been around and innovating in the monitor world probably the longest, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best.  Probably the best way to pick your monitors is to find out what’s on sale, and then compile a pros and cons list to determine what you best option is going to be.
Next you need to consider what type of video card is going to be best.  Well let me back up, there are multiple options for connecting your screens and making them active.  What you choose should be dependent on how many monitors you need to use or how big you want to make your video wall.  The two main methods for hooking up your video wall are going to be using a multiple monitor computer and using a stand-alone video wall controller.  There are pros and cons to each of course, which we’ll touch on, just a little bit.
One of the big advantages of using a stand-alone video wall controller is going to be cost.  When you’re building your video wall it’s important to make cuts where you can, and by using a device such as the iVu9 Xtreme4vs.  The beauty of a device like this is this is that it’s relatively easy to setup, as the ports are conveniently placed.  It can handle up to 9 different screens in up to 3 different arrangements and can be easily programmed, to make moving your video wall (if necessary) a complete breeze.   Of course, a big advantage is also the ability to use high-resolution graphics across all the screens.  And finally, I find it pretty cool that you can remote into your stand-alone video wall controller so that you can program the screens as needed.  This is definitely a cool feature.  For example, consider this:  you’ve sent an employee to work a trade show that you were unable to attend, but you can make adjustments to your presentation on the fly, thanks to the remote-in feature.
The other option, and one that many opt to do for some reason or another, is to have a custom PC built that’s designed to specifically for multiple monitors.  I know this seems like it might be a good option, and honestly for some of you it might be, but it does tend to be a bit more expensive.  Here’s why:  when you build your own system, you’re stuck with the cost of an expensive video card that can handle multiple monitors and the cost of a computer system that will cost you a pretty penny as well.  You can’t go cheap when you get your computer system either, and that’s a big chunk of the expense.  You need a system with a fast processor, preferably an i7 and 4-8 GBs of RAM.  There’s nothing wrong with going this route though, and in the end it may give you a bit more control, which is what some people are looking for, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.  You just have to balance you decision and figure out what is going to work best for your business.
One big question people ask quite frequently is what type of stand do you use for video walls.  The answer really depends on the size and scope of your video wall.  In other words, there are customized stands that can be purchased that make setup (physically) your video wall pretty easy.  Among these stands, it’s worth noting, that there are both stand alone versions and wall mounted versions, either of which is considerably easy to assemble and display.  Of course there are custom stands for large display setups.  The stand usually cost a few hundred dollars.  You don’t need to be an expert to setup a video wall stand; it’s fairly common sense.
Hopefully this article helped you figure out how to make a video wall.  It is not hard to do these days, all you need are the tools and you can have your video wall up and running in no time at all.  The benefits of having a video wall in your business’s arsenal are exponential.  You’ll find that you’re better able to attract new clients and new customers and you’ll love how easy it is to setup and design new content for you presentation.  Using a video wall will be one of the smartest moves that you’ve ever made for your business.

Improve your Trade Show Display with a Multi-Screen Video Wall

In a worldwide economy it’s important that everyone know and understand how they can
 meet others that are in their field.  It’s important that others know how they can find new prospects with the eventual goal of being able to find new prospects that will lead to strong business growth.  In fact at popular trade shows, it’s not uncommon for the guy (or gal) with the biggest and flashiest display to get most of the floor traffic.  In fact, I’ve been to trade shows where people were literally lined up past other vendors because a particular display or promotion caught their attention.  In this article were going to show off some of the coolest trade show displays and talk about where they were at and some of the particulars.  In particular we’re going to discuss multiple monitor and video Wall displays because the trend tends to be going toward all video displays these days.
Now this may not seem like a big deal to most people, but this is actually one of my favorite vendors, and they are demoing one of my favorite products, the Matrox TripleHead2Go.  This display is pretty simple, but it catches your eye because if you’re not using multiple monitors, you’re probably wondering how they were able to pull this off, and what the little box behind the monitors is and what it does.
In recent years Microsoft sold their famous Flight Simulator to war machine Lockheed Martin.  This is their display at a trade show demoing the awesome flight simulator.  I like this setup because it gives anyone that hasn’t seen the flight simulator in action a chance to play with great graphics on a 1080p 40 inch display.
Here is a great tradeshow display from Nike and there are a few things that really stand
out in this display.  Of course they have multiple screens that are showing off different new product features and benefits, but they also have some strong bright visuals that attract attention.


My favorite thing about this display is the, uh, big screen in the background that shows
my favorite car, the Porsche, performing.  Reel them in with the car and deliver interesting facts or other information with your digital wall display.  This works like a charm.


Other than being the king of search Google has been known to be king of the trade show, often giving great presentations to demo new products or features.  Here they just have a few computers setup and are undoubtedly showing off one of their new apps, features or something else cool, because that’s what Google does!


WOW!  Samsung really knows how to make an impression.  This is their video wall when they were announcing the competition that that they were releasing against the iPhone
and the iPad.  Apparently they nailed it too because they are really penetrating the market, but that’s a whole other article.  What we can talk about are the 173 screens that made up their wall of vision at this trade show.  It was quite a site to see.


Sony loves to do it large and at this trade show it was no exception.  They have a huge display with their name and big lights.  But it doesn’t stop there, behind that big sign they had various displays lined up behind the flashy lights and they were demonstrating some of their newest products, including the Sony Vaio.  There’s no doubt though that these
displays make



Here’s an Apple iPhone tradeshow display and I love what they’ve done here the use of multiple monitors to create a video wall inside of an iPhone.  This is a great example of how you can use an interesting visual presentation to grab attention and sell your product.  The iPhone went on to revolutionize the way we thought about
personal communication, it’s undoubted that this display played a small part in the build up to its original release.


If you’ve been to any tech related trade shows, and as I a blogger I try to attend at least a couple each year, then you know that eBay always has a strong presence.  Much like the way apple revolutionized the personal communication industry, eBay was up and running in the late 1990’s and
changed the way we thought about buying and selling online.  But they haven’t stopped and have continuously tried to improve the way they run their company.  Their displays always pack a punch and trade shows and I love to stop by their both to see what new service they’re going to be offering next!

Last, but not least, I really like this Panasonic display, because I think it captures a lot of cool features of a good trade show display.  They have black lights with white objects to grab your attention.  They also have a strange video wall configuration that looks more
art deco than trade show.  I just think it’s a cool way to grab the attention of potential clients.  Panasonic is a big brand that has been around for a long time.  It’s likely that they will continue to impress trade show attendees with stunning visual displays.

Hopefully this has shown you a little bit of what is possible at trade shows these days.  More and more companies are using powerful video wall displays to grab attention, but it doesn’t always have to be the traditional video wall that we think of when we think video wall.  The creative minds of big and small companies think of amazing ways to put video to work for them at these shows that they guarantee that no one is going to miss their booth.
When it comes to creating a great trade show display, I think one of the most important things to remember is that creativity and uniqueness counts.  Making your display stand out with a multiple monitor video wall is an excellent way to grab extra attention.  And if your business is like mine, one important thing to remember is that a new client or customer is worth its weight in gold, so don’t be afraid to go all out with your video wall display and create something that will really impress those potential clients.  A video wall display can deliver your message and create a positive scene that no one will forget.

Great Video Wall of China! Shanghai International Airport


There are multiple airports in Shanghai, China – The Honggiao Airport and the Pudong Airport.  Both have one thing in common though- their advertising is managed by the well-known JCDecaux Momentum Shanghai Airport Advertising Company.  They are known for the more than 209 displays that they manage throughout Asia and the world.

Among other things these companies manage the type of content that gets displayed within the airport, which often includes advertising, but also includes other content as well, such as announcements from the airport authority and live TV.  One thing that JCDecaux Momentum Shanghai Airport Advertising Company does that’s kind of neat is that they arrange content in a synchronized manner.  For example they’ll have digital signs arranged in groups, that display the same information and an image may jump from one screen to the other.  Pretty cool huh?

Digital airport displays like this are becoming more and more popular as they seem to be popping up all over the globe.  It just so happens that a large number of companies also design and manufacturer their displays in China.  And China is no stranger to using technology to an advantage.  Displays of how technology is truly innovated into Chinese culture can be found all over China’s largest cities, and Shanghai is no exception to that rule.  Other cities through China are good examples as well.  This is a trend that is likely to continue too, because this digital signage technology is only going to improve.

Creating a Realistic Flight Simulator Environment using Multiple Monitors

Pilots and flight enthusiasts know all about Microsoft flight simulator. In fact, they’ve been using it for the better part of a decade (if not longer.) And there are many reasons why, not limited to the fact that it has some of the most accurate features of common aircraft. Real enough that before I took my first flying lesson, the instructor had me learn the basics with Microsoft Flight Simulator (or FSX for short.) And it’s not just me. Flight schools and programs around the country have started integrating Microsoft Flight Simulator into their programs as well, in combination with some pretty awesome multi-monitor setups that create an almost real environment to learn to fly. We’re going to go over some of the best features of FSX and discuss the best setups as well so that you too can create a realistic multiple monitor flight simulator environments. When Microsoft released Flight Simulator X, they touted it as the as “an important technological milestone.” Among the advantages was the ability to play the game without first inserting the disc. Since it was the first of the Flight Simulator series to be released on DVD-ROM, you can imagine that it also included a pretty sharp graphics update from previous versions. Technically speaking it was the 10th version of the game to be released, hitting stores on October 17, 2006. Some of the key new features were navids, GPS and airways. This version featured over 24,000 airports and 28 detailed cities. Also included were 18 types of aircraft, which we’ll discuss in more detail in a moment. It’s also worth nothing that if you bought the deluxe version, you would get an additional 10 cities and 6 additional types of planes. Three of those planes include the Garmin G1000 flightdeck, a feature that aspiring pilots need to learn. Another cool feature of the deluxe version is the ability for a player to act as air traffic control for other online users, including an authentic radar screen. A gold edition was later released as well, which did a couple of things. It combined the Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration expansion pack into one. According to Wikipedia, the available aircraft for FSX include:
Beechcraft Baron 58
Beechcraft Baron 58 G1000
Beechcraft King Air 350
Bell 206B JetRanger
Boeing 737-800
Boeing 747-400
Boeing F/A-18 Hornet
Bombardier CRJ-700
Bombardier Learjet LJ-45
Cessna 208-B Grand Caravan
Cessna 172S SkyhawkSP
Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP G1000
de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane
De Havilland Canada DHC-8
DG-808-S Competition Sailplane
Douglas DC-3
Extra EA-300-S
Grumman G-21-A Goose
McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Maule Orion M-7-260-C Super Rocket on skis
Maule Orion M-7-260-C Super Rocket
Mooney M-20-M Bravo
Mooney M-20-M Bravo G1000
North American P-51D Racer
Piper PA-28 Cherokee 180
Piper J-3C-65 Cub
Robinson R-22 Beta II
Additionally, players can use a few other aircraft for specific missions, although they aren’t available for free flight. The significance of these aircraft is that they are relatively authentic to the actual controls, handling and features, making it possible to train a new pilot on an aircraft without ever setting foot in the aircraft. Flight Simulator X: Acceleration was an expansion pack that was released in the US roughly a year after the original release date. Some of the key features of Acceleration were new aircraft (3 in total), including a helicopter and the ability to “air race” with other players. Additionally, non-US cities such as Berlin and Istanbul are available for fly over and include stunning and realistic images. Setting up FSX on a multiple monitor system requires a few things. Number one is the proper computer components. In fact, one of the most common criticisms of the game comes from those that attempt to run it on poorly optimized systems. Although most new computers can now handle FSX, it’s important to note that the proper CPU speeds and multiple cores are generally necessary. This should go without saying. Next we’re going to describe how to setup Flight Simulator with multiple monitors. Of course, before you can setup multiple monitors with FSX, you need to make sure that you computer can handle multiple monitors. We’ve done extensive writing on this, so we’re not going to cover it again in this article. That said, if you are using Windows XP or above and you have an extra video output, then the resounding answer is, YES, you do have a multiple monitor capable machine. The next question is will your hardware allow you to run multiple monitors smoothly. Especially when you run programs, such FSX, your system might need an extra kick like a high quality graphics card, or even a faster processor. If you know your computer allows multiple monitors, then proceed to the next steps to setting up multiple monitors for FSX. One of the coolest features of Flight Simulator X is the its ability to offer multiple views of the space surrounding your aircraft with multiple monitors. It creates an almost real cockpit environment, perfect for learning a new aircraft. As a general rule, the center monitor will represent the instrument panel and the view straight ahead, and additional monitors can be used to show the radio stack, GPS, the throttle, or any of the other various windows that are easily accessible in the “Views” menu. If your video card only allows one monitor connection you have a couple of options. You can 1) install a second video card or 2) install a card with 2 or more monitor outputs. Depending on your budget and your overall goal, there are plenty of options available regarding video cards. Because this has been covered before we won’t really go into detail, but know that both video cards and adapters can expand your existing monitors. It’s worth noting that most laptops have either a VGA or a DVI output connector on them, making it relatively easy to expand your monitors on most laptops. Adapters like the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go work well for laptops with no additional outputs. You will, obviously, need additional monitors as well. If you need additional help setting up your multiple monitors within FSX you can find it in the “Learning Center” within the simulator itself. The easiest way to access this is to A) Start Flight Simulator X B) Click Learning Center C) Open the index tab and click the letter D D) Go to “Display” E) Click Using Multiple Monitors You may also find the topic “Using Views” (also found in the learning center) relevant to your interests. It’s quite simple to move between monitors when you have additional windows open, but it typically works best if you give the throttle and the radio their own windows. It goes without saying that this can be done with other cockpit elements as well. If you’d like to move the windows between monitors just right-click on the window > click “Undock” > the grab and drag the window into another monitor. Simple! One tip that Microsoft recommends is not letting a single window stretch to multiple screens, as this will adversely affect the performance of your machine. If you’d like more information on setting up multiple monitors inside of Microsoft Flight Simulator X if you go to youtube.com. Many users have demoed how to do this within the software itself making it easy for you to follow along and set these up yourself.

Using a Multiple Monitor Video Wall for Boardroom Presentations


Corporate business meetings have gotten a lot more interesting over the past decade or so, because those doing the speaking do not have to rely on a poster board presentation or even a slide show. These days it’s all about digital technology in the boardroom, which has made visiting these presentations much more interesting. In fact, in a modern boardroom, there are custom solutions with multiple screens so that each any every member of the meeting can maximize their time in the meeting. This is important because it means that there is less time wasted, but also that it’s easier to get your point across, so there is less confusion, less frustration and only easy to understand presentations for the board.     A prime example of this is featured the following image, as you can see, this is a state of the art boardroom and there are a couple of really cool features that I’d like to point out. At each seat you’ll notice a screen that highlights some of the notes that others may be seeing on the main screens in the front of the room. There are also 4 smaller monitors surrounding the main screen that can be used for a variety of reasons. The great thing about this setup is that it isn’t that expensive or difficult to setup, and can really make a huge impact on your ability to present a strong presentation. Making the sale, inspiring new investors, seeking additional funding for your project- these are all things that should be relatively easy because the tools are there and all you have to do is present the information. Video conferencing is another very important feature for a modern day boardroom. Gone are the days of a single phone in the middle of a table for a conference without visual aid. The modern day video conference is practically as good as getting everyone together in person, because with dual screens one can be used to watch the person giving the presentation, while the other is for material being discussed. Likewise, you can actually have multiple other people “there” with multiple other screens. It makes the conference much better for everyone involved if you can see their pearly white smile along with hearing their voice too. Video conferencing is the wave of the future, no question.   A modern day boardroom is full of big images and bright colors because no matter how successful you are, your mind is still captivated much the same way as a child. Powerful images don’t’ stop being effective when you grow up and intelligent board members know this. That’s why multiple large LED screens at the end of the board room table are going to be key to keeping your audience (however captive they may be) interested in what you have to say. Using multiple screens, such as the ones featured below here are a powerful way to do that.     Another good example of what a boardroom screen might look like is pictured below. I like the fact that the table here is curved a little bit making it easy to see the monster 65-inch screen at the end of the room. While I don’t necessarily love the idea of only having one screen at the end of the room, I do appreciate the fact that it’s a very large screen, easily viewable, regardless of where you are sitting. It’s a very elegant designed boardroom that your members will likely appreciate.     So I included the picture below here because I thought it was awkward and kind of a weird design. The dual-screens are mounted on the wall behind half of the people at the meeting. This works great if you’re facing the screen, but what if your facing the opposite way, are you just out of luck? It would appear so. Not sure who is responsible for this design, but I can say that it looks obnoxious and just rather annoying. It’s a bizarre design that no one should have approved in the beginning, but it would appear that someone did, and forever reason it got built. I wouldn’t suggest this design to anyone though. It’s a horrible design and shouldn’t be used. Period.     Leave it to the Germans to design one amazing board room- I love what they did here, they used a large video screen in the center of the room but have smaller chairs/desk so that members of the meeting can arrange in any way that they see fit. This is a super slick design that everyone should take notice of and appreciate, as it’s very sharp and bound to grab attention.     Check out this ultra-modern 2x2 video wall in this sleek and stylish meeting room. I love what they’ve done here, because they’ve essentially taken 4 screens and used the ultra-thin bezel to create one giant screen. But if the need arises, you can use these screens as individuals as well. That’s ultra-sharp. It’s the perfect way to display a videoconference or to have meeting materials displayed. This is what a boardroom should look like at this day in age. It’s very sharp and this style of video wall/video screen is a huge advantage in your boardroom.     Here’s another example of how an actual video wall can be used in a boardroom, this one is 6x3 though, giving you an even greater advantage. In the demo you can see that newsreels are being played, as well as other imagery. You can also hold a very large videoconference as well. Setting up a video wall like this is pretty easy with the use of stand-alone video wall controllers, such as iVuProExtreme4vs. It’s almost as simple as mounting your monitors and plugging in a few wires. The configuration takes only a few minutes and you can program these device to remember various setups, which is great for remembering which application that you want to use it for, depending on a which situation you may be using it for in the future. That’s probably what I like about this style of video screen within a boardroom the most. Usability is at an all time high.     Regardless of how you decide to setup your boardroom, a strong video presence is a must. That’s why the above examples should be seriously considered. Having the right tools in your room can make all the difference when you’re pitching your new idea, so it can’t be underestimated just how important having the right tools actually is. Many executives take for granted the attention span of their perspective clients and even other officers and probably lose out because of it. You should be aware that not having the latest technology may adversely affect business, and as such it the type of screens that you use should be taken as a very serious matter. It’s not just a passing decision, making the wrong choice could actually cost you money, which is something you definitely don’t want to happen, so make sure you choose correctly when setting up your board room.