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Video Wall: How Userful Works

Video wall demand is skyrocketing and organizations are looking to do more than just to play video across synchronized screens. They’re looking for easy-to-use solutions with the flexibility to address a wide range of business requirements from control rooms and network operations centers to interactive video walls or eye catching artistic video walls and scalable digital signage solutions.

Whether you’re looking for solutions for digital signage, retail use, for control and command centers, for data visualization or for office applications, Userful can help. Userful turns a standard PC into a flexible and powerful video wall controller or video wall processor that is easily managed through the cloud and delivers visually stunning content over the network with unparalleled simplicity and ease, at an affordable price.

With Userful you get:

How Userful is Different

While traditional video wall solutions can be complicated and expensive, Userful is neither of these. By using a standard PC and the network, Userful dramatically reduces costs and keeps set up simple. Userful’s easy to use, browser managed video wall software delivers all the high end features expected in a solution with unparalleled performance and flexibility.

Userful is easy to use, and it’s affordable (click here for Userful Video Wall price list)

Industry Standard Hardware

Userful uses a standard PC and a network of zero client devices connected over a standard gigabit Ethernet network.

Single install setup turns a standard Intel Core i7 PC into a high end browser-managed controller—but without the cost.

Optionally add extra Nvidia video cards which are used by Userful's video wall software to offload video rendering thereby increasing the power of the PC and the number of screens and size of content supported.

Userful Video walls use a PC and Zero Clients
Make Artistic and Mosaic-Style Grid Video Walls
Artistic & Grid Configurations

Arrange screens in standard grid or artistic formats. Rotate individual displays to any angle to create unique layouts.

Add virtually unlimited content inputs from just about any source: Local CMS player, Live TV, RTSP, RDP, VNC, an interactive desktop or full screen browser or just about any content using one or more HDMI or SDI capture cards.

Configuration Flexibility

Zones, Multi window and picture-in-picture give customers flexibility in how and where multiple sources are displayed. Userful enables customers to quickly and easily change layout and configuration on the fly.

In addition, with a single touch customers can instantly change the content playing on the displays using a smartphone or tablet.

Manage Video Wall From  your desktop, ipad, or smartphone
Create Powerful Control rooms video walls
Powerful Features for Control Rooms & Command Centers

Userful has a powerful suite of control tools. Administrators can preset lay out and content options for all displays, and then staff are able to invoke those presets using a tablet or smartphone switching content and configuration (including zones, multi-window and picture-in-picture) across all displays with a single touch.

In addition, operators can have mouse and keyboard control over an entire wall or a zone within the wall using any browser, even a smartphone or tablet.

Userful’s ability to natively display desktop and full screen browser sessions makes it an ideal solution for Network Operations Centers (NOC) and other control rooms that require display of browser and desktop applications. Userful can also capture and display a desktop through the network or using HDMI.


Exciting Features

Create artistic layouts with our video wall solution
Artistic video walls

Create unique layouts with any display angle rotation. Now supports a mix of screen sizes and types.
Use the Cloud to contol your video wall content
Cloud Management

Userful allows administrators to manage and interact with displays either within the LAN or over the cloud. Userful's cloud dashboard includes scheduling and content management.
Our Video wall software allows to use 100+ screens simultaniously
100+ screens per wall

Userful can now support 40 displays on a networked wall using standard Core i7 PC or 100+ screens using a high-end, custom PC.
An ideal video wall solution for control rooms
Powerful Features for Control Rooms

Create multiple lay outs using zones, multi-window and picture in picture and save these as presets for easy recall. Easily stream desktops and other sources onto the video wall.
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What’s a video wall and how does it work?

A video wall is a series of synchronized displays that combine to form one large screen. That combined large screen can be used as a single canvas or it can be subdivided as needed to show a variety of content sources simultaneously.

Basic walls can be deployed using just the internal scalers built into commercial displays. However, anything beyond a basic deployment requires a dedicated processor or controller.

A video wall processor is a computer or a specialized server that takes multiple inputs, processes them and outputs synchronized content onto displays. A video wall controller is either 1) an add on to the processor which gives customers more advanced control, interactivity and lay out features, or 2) it is a solution that is both controller and processor all in one--a single solution with the functionality of both.

Why Video Walls are in such demand today

There are a few factors driving the skyrocketing rise in deployments around the world. For digital signage applications, with large format displays everywhere today, it’s getting harder to engage and attract an audience. A single display is no longer enough. Instead to compete for attention, instead organizations from around the world (even the folks at NASA) are turning to video walls with engaging content.

The increasing need for data visualization and collaboration tools is also driving the uptake in video walls. Control rooms, command centers, meeting rooms, executive suites and law enforcement are all using display walls to share data and information and to ensure informed decision making. When gathering people to collaborate and make decisions there’s no better tool than a multi-screen display.

Installation related tips Display Options

When deploying a video wall it’s important to understand the various display options available today.

Commercial video wall displays with zero bezel, narrow bezel or ultra narrow bezel are the preferred option. LED video walls are common for outdoor use. This is because outside viewing is usually from a distance. In this case low display resolution and image quality don’t matter as much. For deployments where resolution and visual performance matter, commercial LCD video wall displays are preferred.

OLED and MicroLED panels offer an alternative to LCD panels. They offer high resolution, better brightness and a wider range of colours. In addition they usually have slimmer bezels. OLED and MicroLED however are significantly more expensive than backlit LCD displays.

Blended Projection uses a controller or processor to connect multiple front or rear display projectors to create a seamless display wall. The benefit of blended projection is that the canvas has no visible bezels.

Mounting systems

While it’s possible to purchase cheap TV mounts online, this will take more time than it will save in costs. These mounts are designed for displaying a single TV and their adjustment options are limited.

Precise adjustment is key for any mount. It ensures that all wall displays are are evenly placed, level and have no gaps. Without this, the final look of the wall will not be satisfactory.

Pop out mounts are increasingly popular as they allow customers to pop out a single display and adjust it. This is important for displays without exposed sides (eg the center display on a 3x3 wall).

Specialized mounts allow users to angle individual displays for an artistic or mosaic-style lay out. Userful recommends mounts with rotation capability for art-wall deployments.