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 , in this article I’m going to discuss how to make a . We’ll discuss all the various components that you need to get your
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,
Let’s start with a very important part of any video wall, the .
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) to create a giant . 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
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
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
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 and using a -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 -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
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 that can handle multiple monitors and the cost of a
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 .
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 . Of course there are custom stands for
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.