How to Create an Insane Home Theater Using a Video Wall Screen
If you’re like most of us, you probably spend a lot of time in front of the TV at home. Whether it’s to watch movies, play video games, or just hang out with friends and family. But if you really want to bring your viewing experience to the next level, why not build an insane home theater those rocks? Using the incredibly large screen that comes with a video wall screens. You can make your home theater into an unforgettable immersive experience. Here’s how to create an awesome and totally insane home theater using a video wall screen in three easy steps!
Planning Your Room Layout
While many video walls consist of five, six, or more individual video screens, there is no set rule for how many screens you should use. This decision will vary depending on your personal preference and what type of content you are trying to display. For example, displaying multiple windows side-by-side is one way of taking advantage of multiple video walls but it’s not going to work well if you want to show the recorded content. If possible, when planning your room layout make sure that each video wall screen contains identical or complimentary video inputs and displays exactly what you want it to display (and nothing else). That way all that’s left is figuring out which screen does what!
Choosing the Right Hardware
Before you install your video wall screens, you’ll need to figure out what screen hardware will work best for your setup. The size of your video wall, or multiple screens if that’s what you’re working with, will determine how many units and what size screens you need. A professional installer can help with these decisions and also wire up everything for you so all you have to do is plug in when it’s all said and done. However, some do-it-yourself kits are available so even those on a budget can choose their own hardware. This can make it easy for users who want more control over how their video wall screens look.
Choosing Your Software
There are many professional video editing software options available today, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars on something like Final Cut Pro. There are affordable solutions that give you plenty of power and control without breaking your budget. For example, Sony Vegas Movie Studio has one of the most user-friendly interfaces we’ve seen with some interesting tools that make creating videos much easier. Check out our rundown here: Best Video Editing Software for Beginners That You Can Afford in 2018
Testing before Installation
Before you begin installing your video wall, it’s important to test each screen independently. This is easily done by connecting each screen to your computer and then booting up a video player. Turn off all of your computer’s displays except for one; from there, connect each of your display screens separately. Each video output should have its own unique names, like display1 or monitor4. Once you see what looks like one unified image on all displays, congratulations! You now know that everything is ready for installation.
When setting up your video wall, it’s important to keep in mind where you’ll be sitting during viewing. If you’re using front-projection technology with separate projectors for each screen, place them so that viewers are about three times further away from the screens than they would be from a single screen of similar size. This allows your eyes and brain time to adjust between images and take in each image as one complete picture. To play video content through one projector, however, that distance might need to be shorter depending on how large each individual screen is—as well as how close viewers will sit while watching.
One of those super-huge wall-mounted TV screens can be extremely eye-catching, but you want one that won’t dominate your home theater. The smaller of two main types of video wall (the other being matrix), each panel can be placed independently in terms of size and height, giving you more control over your video screen’s exact dimensions. Installation is also easier than with a Matrix Video Wall screen because fewer cables are required, and you can even place panels around corners or doors, or windows. It’s not as easy to create curved configurations as it is with matrix because each panel needs to run along edge-to-edge contact. However, if you have only needed regular rectangular screens, there’s no reason not to go with classic layout choices instead!
Benefits of video walls
Video walls come with several benefits. First, video walls are cheaper than single large displays. Second, video walls can support larger screen sizes than single displays can, making it possible to deliver ultra-high-definition content from one system. For example, you can create a wall of monitors that measures more than 100 feet wide and 10 feet tall for just $500 per foot. That’s about one-third of what it would cost for traditional projection systems and other alternative technologies (such as liquid crystal display), making it much more affordable and realistic for corporate boardrooms and home theater enthusiasts alike.
Internal and External Communication
A video wall is often used for entertainment purposes, but it can also be used for internal communication within businesses or educational purposes. A common example of internal communication is a security or business continuity exercises, where videos are played simultaneously on multiple screens to simulate emergency situations and disaster management plans. It is important that these videos are synchronized so that people who cannot see all screens at once can get messages from other screens as they scroll by in their peripheral vision. This also allows them to overhear messages intended for others in another location.
Easy Configuration and Control
Most video wall controllers are easy to set up and use. Many have large buttons that make controlling your video wall from a distance easy. If you have multiple displays of various sizes or brands, it’s easy to set them up and group them together into one display with most video wall controllers. A good controller also makes it simple for you to change your settings so you can easily switch between video walls, presentations, movies, and more with just a few clicks of your mouse or remote control. It is also possible to create dedicated zones with different content on each screen as well as show duplicate images across multiple screens.
Video walls are much more engaging than a single video screen and thus hold viewer attention longer. There is also potential for interaction with viewers. Video walls work great in lobbies or conference rooms where interactivity is needed or expected. More and more, video walls are being used as commercial displays in theaters, bars, restaurants, and other public spaces. If you have something to say, video walls can make that message loud and clear—while making it interactive at the same time.
Reliability and First Impression
Before purchasing and installing a video wall, you need to make sure that it can do everything that you expect it to. In order for you to do so, find out if your display tests and confirmed by independent laboratories in accordance with relevant standards and specifications. If it’s not certified, don’t buy it. Do some research and get references from anyone who has installed your product or other brands like yours in their own homes or businesses. Find out what they like about it and what they don’t like about it—and if they have any suggestions for improvements or changes then listen closely! If a customer is happy with their purchase, they will be more than willing to talk about how satisfied they are with your company and their particular product.
Multi Source Visualization
A common application for large video walls is multi-source visualization. This is when one or more sources (TV channels, cameras, players, etc.) are fed into several individual projectors or displays. The benefit of using multiple projectors is that each source can be displayed in its entirety on each screen. In addition to size and resolution considerations, projectors used for multi-source visualization should have built-in alignment controls so that they can be configured precisely with respect to one another (and with respect to any external reference point). Some of these controls include throw distance, zoom ratio, image skew, and lateral shift.
Increase Flexibility, Scalability and Creativity
Like two-way mirrors, video walls allow for increased flexibility and scalability. As companies outgrow their home theater setup, it’s as simple as adding more screens (and perhaps a third-party control system). It also adds flexibility in terms of presenting content – multiple programs can be run simultaneously. For example, showing sports coverage on one screen and live news on another. This is much more difficult with a standard TV or projector setup. Ultimately what it boils down to is creativity – you have multiple screens at your disposal to display things creatively. You may not have needed all those extra screens before, but now that they’re there, why not use them? The possibilities are endless…as are our imaginations!