Shopping around for a new display can be confusing. At first glance, it may seem as though there are tons of different kinds of video wall displays, let alone brands. How are you supposed to choose between Direct View LED, LED Wall, LED Screen, or a standard Video Wall? Well the truth is, these are all different names for the same thing. Rather than getting hung up on the name for the overall display, what’s important is understanding the parts behind these screens, so that you can get the best bang for your buck. At PixelFLEX, we have experts that can walk you through the entire process to find a dynamic display that fits your exact needs. To make things a little, easier, however, we’ve put together a run-down on what exactly makes up a “video-wall,” regardless of what name you use for it.Read more
With countless displays types available on the market today, finding the right one for your unique application can be challenging, to say the least. From LEDs to LCDs to plasma, the choice in technology options can leave your head spinning. And now, there’s a new player on the field garnering much attention—4K. To help you find the right display, let’s explore exactly what 4K means and what it offers over other screen types.
4K Equals More Pixels
The resolution of any given screen is based on its pixel pitch. Pixel pitch describes the number of pixels within a display, measured by the distance in millimeters from the center of one pixel to the center of an adjacent pixel. A smaller pixel pitch indicates a higher density of pixels clusters with less distance between each individual pixel, translating to significantly improved resolution.
4K, or Ultra High Definition (UHD) as it’s also known, alludes to any display with a resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels. With a width that comes in just under 4,000 pixels, these displays have been dubbed 4K, boasting four times the pixels both horizontally and vertically than that of 1080p HD screens. This is the true differentiator between 4K and HD displays, as resolution reaped from more pixels encompassed within the same size screen delivers sharper, crisper imagery minus the pixelating effect.
4K Benefits Versus Other Displays
Several factors make 4K superior to other options, including:
- Resolving details: With enough pixels to fill four Full HD 1080p screens, 4K screens can display four times the level of detail with higher contrast, particularly evident in fine images like hair or feathers which may look blurry in non-4K screens.
- Closer viewing: When seen in close proximity, individual pixels within lower pixel count screens become evident, isolating imagery into sections that distort the viewer’s perception of the whole display. The multitude of pixels encompassed in a 4K screen allows for up-close viewing without pixelating, to deliver fine, detailed resolution regardless of distance.
- Scaling down: Often a video needs to be scaled down to a lower resolution. 4K videos downscaled to a 2K high definition output typically result in better final video quality than videos originally recorded in 2K.
Resolving details: With enough pixels to fill four Full HD 1080p screens, 4K screens can display four times the level of detail with higher contrast, particularly evident in fine images like hair or feathers which may look blurry in non-4K screens.
Closer viewing: When seen in close proximity, individual pixels within lower pixel count screens become evident, isolating imagery into sections that distort the viewer’s perception of the whole display. The multitude of pixels encompassed in a 4K screen allows for up-close viewing without pixelating, to deliver fine, detailed resolution regardless of distance.
Scaling down: Often a video needs to be scaled down to a lower resolution. 4K videos downscaled to a 2K high definition output typically result in better final video quality than videos originally recorded in 2K.
Why 4K is Ideal for Video Walls
With advances in fine pixel pitch LED displays, the ability to create displays at a 4k resolution has become much easier. In the past with pixel pitchs in the 5-8mm range screens would have to be extremely large, which in most applications is unrealistic for most people. Who has a 90ft + wide blank wall in a space?
Video walls enhance the ambiance of a space, creating a positive impact while providing the ideal medium to connect with team members, visitors, clients and the public. From providing vital informational messaging or streaming live events, to marketing your brand or creating eye-catching vibrant imagery that stimulates the senses, it’s easy to grasp why video walls are gaining in popularity at such an exponential rate.
Because beautiful, stunning imagery is the focus of your video wall, 4K technology is the perfect companion for these dynamic displays. 4K provides viewing experiences that far outshine standard HD capabilities, as seen in the 500 x 500 LED panel resolution examples below:
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In recent weeks we saw a major player release a commercial 4K television display that is 189” diagonal. The advances in pixel pitch has allowed LED screen displays to be an afforabadle and comparable replacement for these types of large format screens and tv walls.
4K Video Wall Panels that Deliver High Resolution from PixelFLEX®
At PixelFLEX®, our process begins with your vision, offering industry-leading LED display technology and solutions to create a one-of-a-kind design that transforms your unique space into a digital world. With a wide variety of award-winning displays, PixelFLEX can create nearly any size and shape screen to meet your needs, ranging from 1-100mm in indoor, outdoor, and curvable configurations. Our FLEXUltra fine pixel pitch display is one of the highest resolution screens on the market, featuring flicker-free patented anti-moire mask technology, cable-free easy installation and maintenance, seamless, secure tile interlock, and more, making it the superlative 4K video wall partner. Further, PixelShield™ technology is an added protective coating which ensures maximum impact and scratch resistance, providing a significant decrease in pixel failure over the lifecycle of your FLEXUltra display.
Explore all the benefits of the FLEXUltra™ screen or learn more about why PixelFLEX has been selected as the design/deployment partner in a variety of industries for some of the most creative and innovative visual projects on display today.
All too often, companies spend large amounts on production and editing of high-quality videos, without thinking about how they will actually be seen. The result is that, instead of a bright, engaging and visually grabbing display, important videos are shown using low-resolution projectors, or even a simple screen that is too small to be anything more than an afterthought to customers. For this reason, video walls are becoming key to companies looking to make a strong impression. From creative LED screen entrances, to auditorium viewing screens or even artistic structures incorporating the video itself, video walls have emerged as a versatile and unique alternative to help companies stand out.
When it comes to church service, modern times have encouraged us to think outside the pew.
While some still prefer the traditional hymnals, pulpit, and big church choir, most churches are modernizing in various ways. The use of dynamic LED screens is one example. And the options are plentiful!
Learn more about LED screen options in the house of worship at pixelflexled.com/house-of-worship/
Everyone wants to upgrade to digital signage. However, those unfamiliar with the technology may initially be intimidated by the various components necessary to create a digital signage network, deeming it far too complex and time-consuming. Never fear! Whether for revenue, branding, education, or information, this guide will help stakeholders navigate the basics of digital signage solutions.
What Is Digital Signage?
The proliferation of digital signage in public spaces has reached mass proportions. From LED video walls to LCD to projection, digital displays are used everywhere, including restaurants, airports, stadiums, museums, stores, hotels, on roadsides, and even in schools. From displaying content such as digital images, video, streaming media, and information, digital signage can provide way-finding, instructions, marketing information, advertising, and so much more. The only limit to a digital signage network is the imagination.
For businesses, digital signage can be used to provide messages, services, and notices to clients. They can provide ads to customers in the forms of digital posters and moving ads. They can even stream RSS feeds, live TV, and social media. Digital menu boards simplify offering and price changes for restaurants and other service providers. Used outdoors, messaging on digital billboards and smaller displays can also be easily changed, offering maximum flexibility at a very low cost. Further, audience targeting can be redirected based on the time of day, the day of the week and special days throughout the year.
You Mean I Can Afford a Video Wall?
In years past, video walls were considered a cost-prohibitive extravagance, used typically in large venues such as stadiums, malls and casinos. Today, however, expansion in technology and decreasing costs are resulting in video wall installations in more and more locations, both indoor and out. Although LCD is currently the more popular choice, LED is gaining ground rapidly as manufacturing prices continue to drop.
An LED video wall is a solitary screen comprised of multiple Direct View LED displays (also known as DV) that work cohesively to display content. Durable and long-lasting, LED screens are very efficient, and thus, very cost-effective to operate. Unlike a standard light bulb, LEDs are illuminated by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material, containing no filament that can burn out or run hot, opening up a wider variety of applications when compared to the hotter-running filament-lit signs of the past. And as LED pixel density continues to shrink, the popularity of LCD over LED shrinks in pace. Further, between the two, only LED can achieve “true black,” providing sharper images and bolder contrast.
Award-Winning Displays from PixelFLEX
With a wide variety of award-winning LED displays, PixelFLEX can help create nearly any size and shape screen. Our display systems are seamless, providing clear and detailed images. We have a large range of creative solutions—from 1 to 100mm, available in either indoor, outdoor, or curvable configurations—that will increase curb appeal, target impulse buyers, or simply attract attention. An LED video wall solution from PixelFLEX is a convenient, compelling and cost-effective way to reach your viewers dynamically while increasing brand recognition.
LCD video walls were once the only way to create a large video display. With the advent of large format LED displays, LCD video walls now look like a bunch of TVs in a grid that distract from the content they are intended to promote. On the other hand, LED displays present a seamless digital canvas unrestricted by frames or conventional dimensions.
In addition to the visual benefits, front-serviceable LED walls also facilitate faster and less expensive maintenance activities. Combined with the drop in price of fine pitch LED panels, replacing an LCD video wall with a large LED display is more affordable than ever.
For something as ubiquitous as air travel, the stress of the airport process is inescapable. Delayed flights, long wait times, luggage fees– they’re part of the flying experience that don’t seem to be going anywhere, and it’s leaving travelers unhappy. A 2017 Kelton Global survey claimed 97 percent of passengers had some issue with the airport process and experience. How do you begin to approach these staggering numbers? One approach, which hits on aesthetic and practical solutions, is robust digital signage. Learn more about how LED walls both traditional and creative are enhancing the customer travel experience.
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When it comes time to selecting an LED video wall or screen rental for your event, if you’re not an AV expert, the options can be overwhelming. Although understanding and interpreting industry jargon can be a challenge, educating yourself on the specifications and configurations of different display technologies will help you make the best decision for your unique event and space. As you peruse the options, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Choosing the right display for a video wall can be overwhelming and confusing. Screens are growing in size, resolutions are increasing, and there are new, more advanced video display options available each year. The first question to address is whether to use an LCD or LED display. Before deciding, it’s important to understand the purpose of each.
Advantages of LCD Video Wall Displays
LCD, or liquid crystal display, is a type of flat panel that has been popular for years, not only in video walls, but most smartphones, computer monitors, and television screens. An LCD panel is constructed by sandwiching a layer of liquid crystal between two pieces of polarized glass. Liquid crystal is a fluidly flowing material with molecules that can be oriented by applying an electric current. However, liquid crystals don’t produce their own light, necessitating the use of backlights positioned behind the glass to illuminate the display. LCD displays are bright, affordable, reliable, and produce brilliant, fluid color. In addition, LCD displays are extremely high-resolution and able to display text, images, and video in sharp detail, making them a great option for video wall applications.
Advantages of LED Video Wall Displays
A direct view LED display uses thousands of light-emitting diodes to create an image. Unlike LCDs, the LEDs don’t require a backlight, instead producing colored light when a particular voltage is applied to them. Red, green, and blue LEDs are grouped on the panel, creating the full-color pixels needed to produce an image. LED displays were once a lower-resolution option largely used outdoors, but the development of smaller LEDs in recent years has produced much higher resolutions suitable for indoor video walls. LED displays are bright, reliable, energy-efficient, and offer the best color accuracy and refresh rates of any display type available today. These qualities make LEDs an excellent choice for large-scale digital displays that demand high-impact visuals.
Comparing LCD and LED Displays
When LCDs are tiled together to create a video wall, bezels are visible between the individual panels. By contrast, LED panels have no bezels, so they can be tiled together to form a completely seamless video wall. Higher-resolution LED walls are still several times more expensive than comparable LCD displays, but offer a longer lifespan, with less color matching and burn in issues. LED tiles are also lighter than most LCD walls, and perhaps most importantly, much brighter.
PixleFLEX Can Help You Decide Whether an LCD or LED Screen is Right for You
With so many different factors to consider, it can be confusing to choose between an LCD or LED video wall. The experts at PixelFLEX can help. PixelFLEX strives to help our clients find a custom solution perfect for their unique needs.
To find out more, visit https://pixelflexled.com/products/.