There are many fast-moving components to today's digital signage industry in terms of end users, hardware and software manufacturers, and content developers, such that when market segments are aggregated the industry is expected to double by 2020.
In order to keep up with creative application demands generated by content developers and marketers, video wall processors have had to offer more reliability and greater versatility.
For pro AV value-added resellers (VARs), that means keeping close tabs on performance capabilities and reliability stats of current video wall processors.
When prospective customers outline their digital signage projects and expectations, VARs that are well-versed in cutting-edge video wall processor technology will undoubtedly take home the lion's share of business because they will gain customer trust as the go-to pro AV professionals.
Here we take a peek at current video wall processors and why they are important components of today's increasingly competitive and intricate digital signage solutions.
RGB Spectrum offers three families of video wall display processors: Galileo, OmniWall, and MediaWall display processors. RGB claims that each provides unsurpassed reliability, versatility, and an array of user-friendly features.
The IP-enabled Galileo display processor is touted as being both powerful and economical and designed around a PC-based architecture.
The benefits of Galileo, says RGB, is you get the benefits of PC-based systems such as:
- IP inputs
- Ability to run multiple applications on video walls
- Real-time performance
- 24/7 reliability
The OmniWall Display and the MediaWall Display are both geared toward applications ranging from digital signage to command centers and control rooms. Both support a wide range of video wall sizes and configurations.
The MediaWall V differs in that it offers true UHD video wall processing up to 4K resolution, single-wire connectivity, and fully scalable windows.
Clarity makes a video wall processor that promises easy set-up, use, and maintenance, all while managing multiple video sources.
The Visual Control Station (VCS) supports a wide range of inputs, including analog, digital, computer, and HD audio.
Clarity is marketing the VCS as an all-in-one complete hardware and software solution that is Windows 7-based and can drive video walls of up to 60 high-resolution displays.
Extron Electronics, long a reliable player in the pro AV industry, now offers its Quantum line of video wall processors. Each runs on its own embedded proprietary operating systems that Extron says offers greater stability and reduced boot time compared to other standard operating systems.
Input/output options are highly versatile and include (depending on the model unit):
- HDCP-compliant HDMI input
- DVI input
- RGB/component analog input
- Video/S-Video input
- QGE 100 streaming input
- HDCP-compliant HDMI output
- DVI/RGB output
All three processors deliver maximum 1920x1200 @ 60Hz input and output resolutions. And all three processors utilize Extron's "Mullion compensation," which provides a natural look to images by making content disappear "behind" the bezel when it spans multiple screens.
Not to be outdone, Christie Digital says that it goes a step further than other pro AV manufacturers by offering flexible, built-to-order, feature-rich video wall processors that are fully customizable.
In keeping with Christie's turnkey pro AV philosophy, the TVC-700, TVC-1700, and Spyder lines of video wall processors utilize their proprietary MASTERSuite wall management software, which Christie says can be operated locally or over networked remote clients.
Inputs and outputs are generous, with the TVC-700 line offering up to 18 outputs and the TVC-1700 offering up to 64 outputs. In addition, the TVC-700 can handle a maximum of 40 video sources, while the TVC-1700 handles up to 128 simultaneously.
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