Organizations considering their display options often ask the same question: what exactly are video wall displays and under what circumstances are they useful? The simple answer is that these setups are not only functional but also flexible and can be used under a wide variety of circumstances, meeting the needs of many facilities and organizations.
These setups are increasingly popular for a wide variety of applications. From athletic facilities to boardrooms, it’s not at all uncommon to find a multi-monitor setup built for the specific needs of a facility, with structural, operational, and audience factors all playing a part in each configuration.
Video wall displays can take a variety of shapes and forms. Generally speaking, these displays are multi-monitor setups composed of television sets, computer monitors, and/or video projectors. However, the technologies used in these setups are often specifically selected for their suitability and flexibility and will depend on the function of the display, which is why an A/V integrator should be consulted.
The equipment used in these setups are often designed to minimize mullion, the space between monitors. Large mullion means a potential break in displays, whereas a very small mullion can be essentially invisible. Unlike typical consumer electronics, units intended for these setup types are also often selected for their long-term use. They are built to last and engineered for regular use, thus meeting the demands of any facility while minimizing maintenance and service needs.
While the displays can greatly differ from one another, all setups share a common goal: to present content to an audience. Where they differ is how they may go about this.
Of course, there are other options outside of video wall displays for presenting media. Some organizations order custom-built displays from specialty manufacturers made for their needs. However, such custom-built single panel displays have major downsides: they can often be very expensive and are as a rule highly inflexible.
The reason for this is simple: they’re built to a single, static set of specifications, and therefore when the needs of a facility may change, large single-unit displays may not be able to change with it. They can’t be dismantled and reformed.
This scenario is much less likely to occur with multi-unit systems. With flexibility comes greater possibility, and video wall displays have flexibility to spare. Depending on the setup, units can be removed or adjusted at will. As cost-conscious organizations are well aware, long-term use is always important to consider, and the situation is no different when considering media display systems.
There’s no shortage of reasons why this type of display option is so popular. Outside of the aforementioned flexibility and customizability, these display are also comparatively affordable to the alternative. In fact, multiple high-quality displays typically come at a much lower price point than customized, single-panel units. All of these factors come together to paint a picture of an optimal solution for most display applications.