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Video Walls and Signagelive

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There are numerous ways of delivering video walls within the Signagelive platform, at a high level these can be divided into the following main configurations with their Pros and Cons as we at Signagelive see them below:

 

Configuration Pros Cons
Single External Player using the loop through on screen

Content is easy to produce as it does not need to be sliced before it's upload.

Any media type supported

Single Point of failure (if media player goes down video wall goes down)

Resolution of content is limited to the max output resolution of the player and the capabilities of the loop through function on the chosen screens

Input resolution is split between all screens so can sizes of video walls can be limited otherwise the content will appear stretched.

Specific screens that support loop through are required

Art walls not possible

Doesn’t support bezel correction

Single Media Player with multiple outputs

Content is easy to produce as it does not need to be sliced before it's uploaded

Any media type supported

No additional hardware is required other than screens and player

Full resolution of each screen can be used (if PC hardware supports it)

Limited to a fixed number of displays e.g. 4 if there are 4 outputs

PC likely to be fairly expensive as it will require a high-quality graphics card

Video Wall Controller

Content is easy to produce as it does not need to be sliced before it's uploaded

Can we used with screens that don’t support on loop through with greater flexibility

Possible to mix and match input sources onto the video wall e.g. mix multiple (unsynced) Signagelive players or Signagelive with IPTV etc

Any media type can be displayed

Works with any screens (with HDMI/DVI input dependent on controller used)

Some support bezel correction

Some support overlapping screens correction (for art walls)

Single Point of failure (if media player goes down video wall goes down)

Resolution of content is limited to the max output resolution of the player

Input resolution is split between all screens so can sizes of video walls can be limited

Art walls are possible depending on controller used - some allow rotations of 90deg increments others allow 360deg

Additional cost of the Video Wall Controller

Player Per Screen (Internal player)

If a single screen goes down the whole wall does not go down

The full resolution of each screen is utilised

Can be used to create larger video walls only limited by the bandwidth of the network or limitations implemented by the player vendor

Content needs to be sliced into individual files for each screen before upload

Video only

Additional cost of external media player versus screens with internal media players

Player Per Screen (External Player)

If a single player goes down the whole wall does not go down

The full resolution of each screen is utilised

Can be used to create larger video walls only limited by the bandwidth of the network or limitations implemented by the player vendor

Works with any screen (with HDMI input)

Content needs to be sliced into individual files for each screen before upload

Video only

Additional cost of external media player versus screens with internal media players

Userful

Content is easy to produce as it does not need to be sliced before upload

Any media type

Easy configuration as the video signal is sent to screens over IP (there is also a con to this)

Allows for creation of art walls

Easy to configure

Works with any screen (with HDMI input)

Server can be installed in the server room for easy maintenance

Requires Expensive PC as a host for the Userful software

Cost versus other solutions a Userful licence must be purchased

Careful consideration must be given to the network setup as the video signal is sent over IP

Currently, Signagelive only works as an input to the server PC and is limited to 1080p (we are working towards an internal player that will run up to 4K)

Single Point of failure (if Userful server goes down, video wall goes down), or if are contention issues on the LAN then the video wall will fail

 

Dependant on the customer requirements the following media players can be used in the following configurations (building upon the high-level pros and cons of each configuration above):


Player Configuration Pros Cons
Samsung E Series Internal Player Per Screen

No external media player so setup is simpler

Perfect frame synchronisation between players

Limited to 50 screens per sync group

Is E series only (Tizen is coming)

Max resolution of each screen is Full HD

Video only

IAdea XMP-7300 Player Per Screen

No external media player so setup is simpler

If used with 4K screens the full 4K resolution of each screen can be syn'd

Unlimited number of Players can be sync’d (limited by network config)

Perfect frame synchronisation between screens

Requires AnyTiles Licence from IAdea

Video only

IAdea XMP-7300 Single Player (via loop through or Video Wall Controller)

Supports up to 4K input into the solution which if you have a 2x2 video wall using Full HD monitors will utilise the total resolution of each screen

Perfect frame synchronisation between players

Any content type can be used (except HDMI In)

 
IAdea XMP-6400 Single Player (via loop through or Video Wall Controller)

Supports HDMI Input and HDCP to allow for live broadcast TV

Any content type can be used

Perfect frame synchronisation between screens

Max output resolution is Full HD

IAdea MBR-1100

Chromebox

PC

BrightSign

Single Player (via loop through or Video Wall Controller)

Any content type can be used (except HDMI In)

Perfect frame synchronisation between screens

Max output resolution is Full HD

No HDMI In

PC Player Per Screen

Any Media Type

4k Support (with the right PC)

Does not support frame synchronisation it uses a signal at the start of each asset

PC’s are generally more expensive than other media players

Windows PC High End Graphics card with 4 outputs

Any Media Type

4k Support (with the right PC)

 

 

You will notice we’ve not recommended a specific setup for 2x2, 3x3 etc as this really depends on a lot of external factors, but hopefully, we've highlighted the right questions you may need answering to make a firm recommendation - what is the resolution of the individual screens, how large is the video wall (number of screens), what content is going to be played, who is going to manage it (what are their technical capabilities e.g. can they slice content etc guide here).If you would like any further assistance, please speak with your Signagelive representative to discuss setup or presales enquiries, or with our support team if you have any further assistance once set up.

If you would like any further assistance, please speak with your Signagelive representative to discuss setup or presales enquiries, or with our support team if you have any further assistance once set up.

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