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How to Install a Video Wall

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Published on Jan 11, 2017

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Video wall installation can be easier than you think. In this video, we will look at how fast and easy it is to install a video wall from start to finish with Userful. We will also cover some of the key things to consider when deploying a video wall, in order to save time and money. First, watch how easy Userful makes installing a video wall in this fun speed lapse segment. In reality, it only takes 37 minutes!

Let's look at some of the steps you'll need to know when deploying your video wall:

Step 1. Layout & Sizing

Understanding your audience and ensuring stakeholders agree on your video wall’s purpose and the type of message you want to deliver is important. This will affect all aspects of the video wall including design, layout, and sizing. Is your goal clear communication of specific written messages such as with a grid layout video wall or is to make an impact with a unique design, such as an artistic or architectural video wall layout?

Step 2. Location and placement

A prominent location is important, but be aware that sun or bright lights can darken the display and create glare. Consider your surroundings and lighting conditions to ensure visibility and legibility throughout the day.

Step 3. Mounting

There are a wide range of video wall mounts. you need to ensure your wall and mounting system can handle the weight and size of the displays. Zero client devices can be mounted to the back of your displays using vesa mounts. The zero client devices can be set to always power on automatically (via either a dip switch or rocker switch). Verify the structural integrity of the wall before mounting and follow all display mounting guidelines in the display and mount products you purchase. If you are mounting more than a few rows of displays directly on the wall, ensure there is sufficient space for the heated air from the displays to rise. If you are recessing the displays to be plush with the surface of the wall, ensure there is ventilation or active cooling so the displays don’t overheat. Be sure any freestanding display support structures are sufficient to support the weight of your displays.

Step 4. Wiring & Connectivity

The host PC can be either at the video wall location or in the server room. You can also place the Ethernet switch in the server room if desired. In this case, as we are using the existing network infrastructure, all the cabling runs to an outlet in the wall. When configuring the video wall, you can use a wireless network connection to remotely access the Userful PC making it easy to set up and manage your video wall from a laptop or tablet. Remember that you need a Gigabit switch for video walls up to 25 screens, and a switch with a 10Gig uplink for larger video walls. Any electrical work required should be done by a qualified professional.

Step 5. Content

You can display just about any content on a Userful video wall. You can use standard video formats (i.e. .mp4, .avi, .mpg, etc.) organized in a playlist. You can use one or more HDMI or SDI capture cards and display multiple HDMI sources, such as cameras, laptops, media players, and more. Network streaming is another way to deliver content to your video wall. Also, there are Content Management Systems that allow you to schedule content in a personalized canvas. Userful also supports browser delivered content and full-screen desktops for just about any OS for control room and command center applications.

Do you need help with your video wall installation? We have some great tips and resources on our website at http://www.userful.com or drop us a line at getstarted@userful.com and we can help answer any questions you may have.

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