With high price tags and technical requirements to match, video walls were once the preserve of high-end military command centers and other well funded government operations that need video. But times have changed and today’s video walls have the ability to support every kind of display requirement conceivable while staying within the reach of most budgets. Among the options are:
Christie Digital’s MicroTiles used for a video wall display.
Christie recently introduced Christie Entero HB display cubes, which the company describes as “the next generation” of high-brightness control room light emitting diode displays. The Entero HB cubes offer deep contrast and native resolution that ranges from SXGA+ to HD. They are made with solid-state illumination technology, and are equipped with an advanced cooling design for long life and stable operation.
Entero HB cubes are equipped with discrete LED-based light engines/kits for retrofitting existing display walls, and third-party custom solutions. They are also Wi-Fi enabled for wireless control.
“Christie’s Entero HB cubes are among the brightest LED projection cubes available and the first to have a brightness capability of up to 1,100 lumens,” said John Stark, senior director of product management for Christie Collaborative Visual Solutions. “As budgets are always important to government businesses, the low maintenance and low cost of ownership and operation of Christie Entero HB cubes make them an efficient product to use as part of a government control room system,” he said.
Also new is the Christie TVC-1700, which is a flexible, built-to-order PC-based video wall processor. “The processor is powerful enough to support video wall configurations of up to 64 outputs,” Stark said. “It is flexible enough to display hundreds of inputs local applications, network-streamed desktops and direct-connected DVI, RGB and video inputs,” he added.
Tiler 2-Slot Card When it comes to video walls, Evertz’s attitude is “go big or go home,” and the company’s new EFX series of video wall products makes clear that they believe in going big, for the EFX line of systems can support up to 18 displays using a single Evertz 3000DVT-18x18 Digital Video Tiler 2-slot card.
It can process 18 live real-time video inputs including 3 Gbps, and drive up to 18 displays all at once, and users who need more capacity can simply add a second 3000DVT-18x18 to the mix, according to Evertz. The card is also hot swappable and designed to fit into 3RU or 6RU rack mount chassis, Evertz said.
In addition, the same 18x18 capability is provided by the Evertz 9700DVT-18x18 Digital Video Tiler, but in a smaller 1RU package. It is backed by dual power supplies, which is why the 9700DVT-18x18 has a “mean time between failures” rating of 100,000, Evertz said.
Harris Broadcast’s HView SX Pro Multiviewer The Harris Broadcast HView SX Pro multiviewer is designed to serve as a complete multi-display management system. The HView’s high-density design accommodates more sources and outputs in fewer rack units to reduce system and installation costs, Harris said.
A single HView SX Pro card can connect to up to three unique displays, while the dual- and quadslot versions can serve up to six displays, according to Harris. Depending on frame size, as many as 64 HView SX Pro modules can be installed in a single chassis, the firm adds.
The HView SX Pro offers low-latency processing, plus enhanced image quality by using Harris MicroFine scaling technology, and the HView’s built-in control features support a range of display options, from single-surface video wall configurations to multi-unit/ multi-room systems. In addition, Harris customers can use the HView SX Pro as a standalone solution or integrated within Harris Platinum routers.
RGB Spectrum’s OmniWall Flexibility is at the heart of RGB Spectrum’s new OmniWall display processor, which handles multimonitor displays in all types of configurations. Aimed at everything from digital signage to command centers and control rooms, OmniWall fosters situations where users define the video-wall layout, window specifications and input/output routing. The OmniWall process handles the rest, while supporting high-resolution graphics and video sources up to 4K “UltraHD” resolution at full resolution, RGB said.
Two models are available. The OmniWall 16 has up to 16 inputs and 16 outputs, making it suited for video walls in 2x2, 3x3, or 3x4 screen arrays, or linear configurations from 1x16 to 16x1. To go bigger, the OmniWall 32 supports up to 32 inputs and 32 outputs. For monitor walls exceeding 32 displays, simply gang together multiple OmniWall processors.
Compatible inputs include DVI, HDMI, 3G/ HD-SDI, RGB and component signals. OmniWall supports DVI resolutions up to 1920x1200, and 4K (UltraHD) up to 4096x2160.
Rose Electronic’s UltraVista Plus Rose’s UltraVista Plus video wall controller can support four monitors (2x2 layout) at one time, the company said. It can ingest a standard or dual-link DVI input signal, and share it across four monitors, with a quarter-signal going to each display. Each monitor can display any rectangular section of the input signal, while the combined 2x2 display itself offers a total resolution of up to 2048x2048 pixels.
The UltraVista Plus enables monitors to be laid out in portrait mode, and the unit can rotate a selected region of the input signal by 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
In addition, the company’s UltraVista LC II allows the creation of inexpensive 2x2 video walls at resolutions up to 1920x1200 pixels, with the ability to expand the array to a 4x4 monitor layout. In addition, the UltraVisita LC II’s selectable display modes can put the input image on all displays, split the images so that each monitor has a complete image, or display the image on each row (2x2 system only).
Sharp’s PN-R903 LED Display A display large enough to replace conventional video walls is the thinking behind Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America’s PN-R903 LED display.
Equipped with a high impact 90-inch (90-1/16 inch diagonal) class of screen, and standing 6 feet, 8 inches, the PN-R903 is the first professional LED display with a “portrait view” that can provide images of people at their actual height.
Sharp’s new 90-inch display is part of the PN-R Series of professional-grade monitors, which are also available in 60-inch and 70-inch size categories. All of the screens feature a choice of portrait or landscape modes and the ability to enlarge or daisy chain images on multiple monitors.
“Sharp has long been a leader in display technology, and this new series of professional, large-format displays continues to deliver groundbreaking functionality,” said Mike Marusic, the company’s SVP of marketing and business solutions group. “With the breathtaking size, impact and durability of these leading edge displays, applications are almost unlimited in indoor digital signage environments.”
Thinklogical’s Veocitydvi Fiber Input Card Tired of video wall cables? Thinklogical has eliminated that wire tangle by creating the Velocitydvi Fiber Input Card. It is an integrated fiber-optic input card for Mitsubishi video walls that eliminates the need for an external receiver, power supply, video processor or copper cabling. Rather, using the Velocitydvi Fiber Input Card, the video wall can be connected to the source via a single LC fiber optic strand (per display).
Worth noting, the Thinklogical card installs directly into the display for reduced hardware footprint and simplified installation. In addition, the Velocitydvi card can connect directly to a Thinklogical router or transmitter for simplified configuration, installation and integration.
The integrated Mitsubishi and Thinklogical solution is in use in command and control facilities and operations centers in defense, intelligence and homeland security installations, the company said.
TV Logic’s Ultra Thin Bezel FCMA downside of multi-monitor video walls can be “the bezels,” which are the edges of the monitor case that create dividing lines in the overall video image. The thicker the bezels, the more their vertical and horizontal edges detract from the picture, but that is where TV Logic’s Ultra Thin Bezel FCM video monitor wall makes a difference. The Ultra Thin Bezel FCM video monitor’s bezels are only 0.27 inch thick, compared to the standard bezel thickness of 0.9 inch.
Bearing in mind that two-bezel-widths are seen by viewers at the points where monitors touch, the visual difference is between bezel edges that are either 0.54 inch or 1.8 inch thick for other monitors.
Add the fact that TV Logic monitors offer WXGA 1366x768 resolution, advanced S-PVA technology for high-quality viewing angles/contrast/brightness, and rapid video response speed of up to eight microseconds, and those monitors are well suited for command centers and other critical applications where video clarity counts, TV Logic said.
“The most famous feature for all TV Logic products is their ability to be calibrated perfectly using their automatic calibration utility,” said Marc Rheaume, regional sales manager with Broadcast Systems & Equipment, a Canadian TV Logic dealer. “That means all monitors can matched perfectly using the same luminance, gamma curve and color temperature,” he said.
ViewZ’s VZ-55MZViewZ makes both consumer and professional- quality LCD and LED monitors. For video wall applications, the company’s newest products are its VZ-46MZ and VZ-55MZ LED sunlight readable displays that are respectively available in 46-inch and 55-inch screen diameters.
Both the VZ-46MZ and VZ-55MZ LED offer 1920x1080 pixels resolution with a 178 degree vertical/horizontal viewing angle, and a refresh rate of eight microseconds or faster, ViewZ said. Those monitors can work in video walls that are viewable up to 40 feet away, and have super-thin edge bezels that are just 0.15 inch at their thickest.
The VZ-46MZ and VZ-55MZ monitors are compatible with DVI, VGA, component and BNC inputs/outputs, and are sold with all mounting hardware included, the company said.