Video wall software is what gives multi-display installations their flexibility, and this capability is essential to executing the advanced functions that multi-display systems are known for. Audio and visual systems can be extremely powerful if they are used to their fullest extent, and this is where things can get difficult. Without intuitive backend technology to control the system, it will be impossible for most organizations to take advantage of their technology. Fortunately, reputable A/V integrators have robust control systems that are designed for ease of use, so anyone can be trained up in a matter of hours.
What kind of functionality does video wall software offer?
Controlling multiple displays is, obviously, more involved than controlling a single display. Unlike a single display, which is formatted for standard inputs and outputs, a multi-display system needs an additional layer of management to make it function properly. Developers have come up with some advanced, clever technology for this purpose, and modern versions of it can do the following:
- Allow people to create, save, and load custom layouts for the display. The point of a multi-display system is that it can present unique visual layouts that are designed for greater impact. Management technology, then, has to provide an easy way to produce and alter these layouts. Ideally, it will provide an intuitive graphical user interface that makes it easy to segment the layout as needed across the entire system.
- Allow a controller to instantly switch between layouts when needed. A single button press should be all that’s needed to move from one layout to another. In this way, the video wall software can impart a slideshow effect into multiple layouts, which allows managers to control the message as they see fit.
- Offer robust preview options that ensure the layout looks the way it is intended. One of the difficulties in loading a layout is that it is difficult to render so much information across multiple displays, and to do it quickly. Modern management technology allows designers to preview their layouts with quality and refresh rate sliders, which allows for faster and more accurate previews.
- Allow a controller to push layout updates live, or to update in real time. Every layout designer has been there – they work for hours on a single design, only to spot a single error once their work is up on the display. Live update functionality allows a designer to fix any mistake instantly, without having to go through an extended loading process. This is especially useful in venues that need to constantly update their event schedules.
Modern video wall software is designed to make these functions easy to execute, with intuitive interfaces that anyone can learn right away. And with an A/V integrator providing insight during the installation and training process, any organization can get what they need from a multi-display system.