There are many designs available when using multiple screens, also known as a “video walls”. These Video Wall solutions will discuss the various options and limitations of using a multiple screen setup. There are decisions that must be made prior to setting up the programming and the creation of the content that will run within a program.
A single player is used to provide video outputs to two or more screens. This multiple output player is not the standard EnGage player as it has special hardware capable of providing up to 8 video outputs and has been specifically designed to play back high resolution videos over multiple screens.
The multiple output player is not a standard desktop PC. It has been designed with high end CPU’s a large amount of RAM, solid state drives and high end videos cards to be able to play back very high resolution and simulations videos. This hardware, although very powerful, still has playback limitations. Throughout these solutions the hardware is referred to as “resources”. These resources have a maximum capability and planning should be done to avoid overrunning the resources of the hardware and compromising video playback quality.
Testing of the content playback is the single most important detail in these solutions. Content creation is more of an art rather than a science and playback quality will heavily depend on the content and programming.
Note: The only way to know for sure that the content will playback at the desired quality is to test it on the exact same hardware (player and screens) that the content is destined for. This may require a testing or lab setup but this is essential for knowing that the content will play properly since there are so many factors that determine the playback quality.