As the AV industry continues to experience consistent growth, more end users can fully experience the dynamic solution of AV video walls. Video walls are installed in almost any application and can be found in many different public places. As a substantial component of the industry, Premier Mounts recognizes the complexity of video wall solutions. Every integrator has questions when it comes to embarking on an AV video wall project, so our team set out to answer the top 3 most common questions about video wall technology.
WHAT IS A VIDEO WALL?
The most common question of them all — “What exactly is a video wall?”. A video wall is a multi-monitor display that consists of configurations of multiple LED, LCD screens that display high pixel density and can be configured into a multiple array of sizes. Screens that make up a video wall demand strong high-quality mounts that can support long term visibility and versatility. These AV solutions captivate spaces and can be utilized in virtually any environment. From retail, to higher education, video walls provide a great digital canvas to showcase unlimited types of content.
WHAT’S BETTER, LCD OR LED VIDEO WALLS?
Both LCD (liquid crystal display) and LED (light-emitting diode) displays create video walls that draw attention and enhance environments, the difference between the two involve the configuration and view-ability in regard to distance and size. A direct view LED video wall includes several bezel-less screens on a dedicated mounting solution such as the Convergent LED mounting solution. These smaller screens create high impact visuals because of the light emitting diodes that actually produce dynamic color in high-resolution using densely populated pixels. Since LED displays efficiently create seamless video walls they are a premium commodity in the AV industry. However, these screens are just one type of solution available for video walls.
Compared to LED screens, LCD stands for liquid crystal display and is the same type of technology used in laptops and cell phones. Like light-emitting diode (LED), LCD allows displays to be thin, sleek, and captivating. LCD screens are composed of a thin layer of liquid crystals housed between two polarized glass panels which then form images when electricity is applied.
There are many advantages to both LED and LCD video walls. LED displays are seamless, energy efficient, and extremely illuminating. This makes them an ideal fit for large video walls that demand high-intensity visuals. LCD video walls are not seamless but can be beneficial when displaying text, images, and video with crisp detail. Both are commercial application quality and can be scaled to make high-resolution visuals possible.
Ultimately, the difference between the two is centered around the viewing distance of a video wall, the desired price that a customer has in mind, and the content that is going to be played. Both LCD screens and LED panels can create video walls but the determinants of which hardware and mounting solution to select depends on the content, application, and environment.
HOW BIG SHOULD A VIDEO WALL BE?
Video walls are used across the globe to attract attention, deliver key messages, and visualize data. The largest high-definition video wall in the world measures 709.69 m² (7,639 ft² 5 in²) and was created for the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in 2017. The size of this video wall has broken world records due to the larger than life display. Although this achievement underscores the power of video walls, not every display has to measure up to the same magnitude. When deploying video walls, the most important factor is the environment. The size of a video wall depends entirely on where the technology will be displayed. Whether a broadcast control room, corporate boardroom, hotel lobby, sports stadium, restaurant lobby, or even in a home, the size of a video wall is dependent upon audience, budget, and space.
Video walls are unique and attention-grabbing solutions that embody some of the best aspects of AV. The sky’s the limit when it comes to being creative through the use of video walls to accent any space or to step up any function. Premier Mounts understands the importance of cost-effective solutions that leverage flexible, intentional and customer-oriented solutions.