Many businesses and non-profits considering installing a video wall processor may wonder why it is necessary. As multi-monitor displays are appearing in a greater variety of contexts, from retail outlets to hospitality environments and from sports venues to the walls of schools, this is a question that more and more organizations are asking.
While the technology behind the screens can be complex, the reason for the spread of multi-monitor displays is very simple: video walls present an elegant means of resolving a complicated problem, namely how to display content in a powerful and flexible manner to both large and small audiences.
Yet multi-monitor displays require a dynamic method in which to control what is displayed where, how, and when. This is where the comparatively little-known video wall processor enters the picture.
What exactly is a video wall processor?
Simply put, a video wall processor—also known as a video wall controller—is a device used to control a multi-monitor display, also known as a video wall. These monitors may be independently operated or operated as a group, resulting in complex display systems that can be used to fulfill a great diversity of display needs and presenting content in an efficient and impactful manner. Multi-monitor setups can range from two displays to two hundred or beyond. The size and shape of the display simply depends on what an organization needs—and the sky is really the limit.
Beyond flexibility, video walls provide a variety of other benefits. For example, some organizations use multi-monitor displays rather than expensive custom single-monitor displays due to pixel density per unit cost or due to other economic aspects of employing a series of smaller screens rather than having a custom, single-monitor display commissioned. Depending on the multi-monitor setup, units can also be swapped out if necessary. Displays of this type can be custom-installed to the needs of a facility with relative ease.
Why is a video wall processor necessary?
Whatever the content-delivery purpose of a facility’s display setup, image systems of all sorts need some way to control what an audience sees. Picture an air traffic control room—the more advanced and complex a system, the more necessary a powerful control mechanism becomes. As a result, controller systems are needed to get the most out of a multi-monitor display.
However, not every controller system is the same. The best systems allow for maximum flexibility, providing a business or non-profit’s audio-visual crew with the tools necessary to make the absolute most out of any system that a company may have at its disposal.
Modern controller systems also reach far beyond their predecessors. For example, modern controllers allow for seamless internet connectivity, resulting in content delivery possibilities like never before. Indeed, with the right controller system, incredible levels of flexibility are easily attained, yielding endless options for high-impact presentations.