Video walls in themselves are not new, but they have certainly not lost their “Wow!” factor. Add AV over IP technology and the flexibility plus scalability make a truly boundary-breaking opportunity for AV consumers to engage with their audience like never before.
Combine the advances in display resolution and hardware that can withstand weather of all kinds with the ever-lower latency and reach of AV over IP, video walls have the ability to make a significant impact in creating a dynamic visual experience.
If you are an AV consumer who is not already asking questions about the flexibility and greater potential reach with video wall technologies, you can use AV over IP video walls as a point of discussion. If you are installing or upgrading video walls, you should be making the transition from older technologies into AV over IP sooner rather than later.
(Almost) Infinite Possibility
Without AV over IP, a video wall is made operable with a combination of video cards and capture cards that wind up being very expensive and also very limited.
With AV over IP video walls, you can start with a standard server in the server room. The video wall content is delivered over an ethernet network. You are not limited to just one or a few live web pages. The switching capabilities in AV over IP are vastly superior, allowing for nearly infinite possibilities in terms of input and output sources.
A video wall capitalizes on all of this, creating a stream of images, video and information that can be contextualized for the precise time and place it is being displayed.
A video wall is more than just a standard display that’s been super-sized. Content is available in a mind-boggling array of formats and shapes. AV integrators and content providers can get as creative as you want with the size, shape and scale of your video wall installation.
The physical appearance of a video wall can also be customized to blend in with the environment. They can be creatively placed and mounted in a variety of configurations and styles. Your video wall can be freestanding or mounted onto a fixed wall or other object. Displays can be placed indoors or outside. They can be flat, curved, or wrapped around surfaces. Beyond the hardware, AV over IP allows for this creativity to expand beyond the distance limitations of earlier generations of video wall technology.
What kind of information might you want to display on video walls? You can display statistics, scores, announcements or even live feeds. AV over IP video walls are also being used in live events to engage audiences to make a big impact with the audience’s experience.
For instance, in the current Broadway production Network, over 40 video monitors are used, and technicians share the stage with actors as live video is used to enhance the live performance.
Not everyone is going to need a Broadway show, but AV over IP video walls will bring those production capabilities exactly where customers are ready to see them. AV Integrators can demonstrate tremendous value in collaboration with clients and content producers to deliver the best possible customer experience.
Collaboration and Interactivity
With fewer limitations on the placement of a video wall, with clarity and definition ever-expanding and latency times ever decreasing, AV over IP video walls can now deliver a “Wow!” factor like never before.