As video walls become increasingly popular in the pro AV industry, more and more manufacturers are starting to enter the market. For value-added resellers (VARs), this presents the opportunity for a wider range of technology choices and, in many cases, cost-savings. However, it also opens you up to the possibility of getting stuck with lower-quality products from vendors who are new to the market.
Of course, high-quality products are always the ideal, but in the case of video walls, quality is an absolute must. These large-scale displays are very much in the public eye, so they require the best technology possible—to ensure that they always provide the best content possible.
Here are some of the top quality considerations for video wall technology:
1. Professional-grade screens.
For the vast majority of your installations, this will be a must-have. Some VARs might try to cut corners by opting for lower-quality digital signage, but those half measures will quickly reveal themselves.
Professional-grade screens that are designed specifically for video wall use have several important features: They have cooling fans, are rated for continuous use and have thin bezels. And when you select professional-grade screens, you can rest assured that your video wall will live up to its harsh public environment, no matter where it is located.
2. HD resolution or higher.
Considering the sheer size of today’s video walls, screens with high-definition resolution are a must-have. The higher the resolution, the crisper the image you’ll create across the entire display. Depending on the environment of each installation—especially the average viewing distance—you might consider using 1080p or even 4K displays.
3. Ease of use.
Another hallmark of a high-quality video wall system is the user experience. Can your customer easily navigate through the various display and content options? Or is the system clunky enough that they’re forced to call you on a regular basis for help?
Seek out technology that was designed with the end user in mind. That way, you know that your customers will end up with an intuitive user experience that helps them achieve their goals.
4. Flexible content management.
These days, most of your video wall customers are going to want to get a bit creative with content, so look for a video wall processor that offers flexible scheduling options, internet connectivity and other more advanced features. That way, they’ll be able to switch up their content depending on the day or even hour; and being able to source content from the internet will ensure that the video wall stays fresh and relevant.
5. High-speed image processing.
Any video wall processor that you consider should be able to quickly and seamlessly handle content shifts, even between the various screens of the entire display. Look for a high quality of image upscaling and downscaling to ensure that content is sent to the video wall correctly.
You’ll also want to opt for a device with accurate color reproduction, and carefully calibrate it for proper color, brightness and contrast. Color reproduction is a feature that can be compromised in slower, lower-quality processors, so look for something that is well-reviewed in this regard.
If you’re new to the pro AV market and need guidance in choosing video wall vendors, you might consider partnering with a technology distributor who can help guide you to the highest-quality products that come from trusted manufacturers and have been proven in the field.
What are some of your top quality considerations for video wall technology? What would you say has the biggest impact on the success of a video wall installation?