What is a video wall?
Your typical digital signage video wall is made up of several digital screens mounted on a wall in a grid pattern to create a large visual canvas on which content is shown. Popular configurations use screens installed in a rectangular layout. For example, three screens wide by two screens tall.
However, video walls aren’t limited to a grid pattern. Screens can be mounted in any number of configurations or orientations. The trick behind any digital signage video wall is how you publish content across all the screens.
Navori Labs’ QL digital signage software excels at driving video walls and managing the viewing experience. Using QL, you can display content that spans all the screens, content that spans some screens, and content unique to each screen. QL also supports mixed screen configurations like when connected screens are mounted vertically and horizontally.
Why use QL for your digital signage video walls?
QL is a versatile digital signage software that supports any type of video wall and enables users to organize content in any configuration. With QL’s intuitive Template Designer, users can define zones for individual screens or zones that span multiple screens for eye-catching content.
Our software empowers creative users to easily produce high-quality programming for screens of any size or configuration. Content can transition smoothly from individual zones to all screens, without any hesitation or black screens between transitions. Plus, you’re never limited to a single template layout, as QL allows you to modify templates in just minutes.
QL’s Template Designer is an intuitive and feature-rich tool that enables you to produce and manage high-quality content for your screens. With QL, you can unleash your creativity and capture your audience’s attention with stunning digital signage displays.
QL lets you achieve many different scenarios:
Play a single content (video or image) across an entire video wall
You treat the entire group of screens into a single virtual display. Using QL Content Manager, drag and drop individual content into a scheduled playlist and publish. A single PC or device running QL Player will then treat the connected screens as a single canvas and the content will span the screens.
Play individual content on each screen
You want to show different videos or a mix of videos and images on individual screens. To achieve this effect, launch QL Template Designer and create a template that spans all the screens. Using the same example as above, create four content zones (playlist or media) that you size and position so each one covers an individual screen. These four zones will each be capable of playing a mix of playlists or media independently.
By default, the template will assume the duration of the longest running content in any zone. Meanwhile, the content in other zones will loop continuously until the template has finished. If you would rather not let the content loop continuously, you can have it pause while the longer running content plays.
Play individual content on each vertical pair of screens.
A video is shown across the two left screens while the two right screens show a series of images. To achieve this effect, launch QL Template Designer and create a template that spans all the screens. Then, you create two zones (playlist or media) that you size and position so each one covers the area of two stacked screens. The content will play independently in each zone. QL lets you even assign transitions between your images for professional results.
QL powers professional Video Wall solutions
Display high-quality content across any number of screens without expensive video wall controllers or specialized hardware. There is no limit to what you can achieve with QL.
Where can I use a video wall?
Video walls have become very popular, and QL’s versatility means anyone can achieve professional results. Investing in a multi-screen installation for your business is no longer a luxury.
Let’s look at popular digital signage video wall applications you can create and manage with QL:
Tradeshows and Conventions
Video wall digital signage an important part of modern trade show booths. They serve to attract passers-by and let you present your products in a captivating and entertaining way. It’s a great opportunity to use QL Mobile for instant content changes, or to bring up content on demand.
Display promotional videos and inspiring content that informs and captivates. Let QL be the engine that promotes your brand.
QL’s content validity feature lets you pre-program content before important events. After you upload your content, select it’s start and end dates. You can also define specific days or time periods where the content can be shown. When you’re done, drag your content over to a scheduled playlist and it will only play when needed. With validity settings, you don’t need to wait until the last minute to add and program your content.
Forward-thinking businesses recognize the significance of effectively communicating information about their products and services to customers. That’s why corporations make investments in video walls for their experience centers. Video walls serve as the ideal canvas on which to showcase your company’s ideas, and QL serves as the perfect companion to support your project.
QL is a reliable digital signage platform that offers flawless content playback on any number of screens. You can rely on QL to display perfectly synchronized content that engages viewers:
- Transitions can be assigned to any image. Choose between fades, slides, wipes, zoom and random transitions for creative effect.
- Shorten your videos by selecting the start/end frames.
- Crop any content. Select the size of the cropping box and its coordinates to highlight part of an image, video or any other supported content, including web pages.
Corporate Lobby Signage
They say that making a good impression is crucial, particularly in the office lobby. Furthermore, it is believed that you never get a second chance to make a good impression. To achieve this, video walls and multi-screen digital signage installations are a great way to upgrade your lobby experience. Moreover, these installations have the added benefit of helping to reduce perceived wait times by displaying content that informs and entertains your visitors.
Incorporating QL’s data feed manager allows you to easily synchronize your office lobby signage with various live data sources. For instance, you can display news and information from RSS or XML feeds, as well as social media postings from platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, you can even showcase meeting information from your company’s Microsoft Exchange or Google Calendars.
An additional advantage of having a professional video wall with well-designed content is that it elevates your brand and motivates your staff. With QL managing your lobby screens, you can be confident that your content will always be perfectly synchronized. Gone are the days of worrying about dark screens or dealing with time-consuming service calls.
Digital Menu Boards
Fast food restaurant chains increasingly relying on video walls to dynamically display their digital menu and promotional content.
You can use your digital menu boards video wall to display many types of information and media:
- Up-to-date product information (Items, pricing, caloric values, specials)
- Latest video or image based product and brand advertisements.
- Order queue information for in-store order pickups.
Administrative staff control who has access to the system and what users can do while they use Content Manager. For example, staff who manage a facility’s donor wall can be excluded from digital signs installed in other departments. The system is also compatible with Active Directory and Single Sign-On making it easy for people to log in and get working.
Classrooms and Auditoriums
Video walls and multi-screen installations serve many purposes in the academic world:
- Deliver attention-grabbing educational content that inspires.
- Provide a useful backdrop for conference material and speakers.
- Can easily be repurposed for artistic activities or other non-academic events.
QL runs behind the scenes making sure your education digital signage will always be ready regardless of the type of event you have planned. Presentations and multimedia content can be pre-programmed well ahead of time so administrative staff can focus on other tasks.
Notifications and real-time alert messages can be triggered automatically using external data sources (RSS/XML feeds). QL’s APIs also let you integrate the platform with a facility’s alarm system to trigger alerts on any screen.
Control Rooms and Operation Centers
Ensuring that staff members are informed and prepared to take action can pose a challenge. However, with QL running on operation center video walls, you have the ability to display tailored content across multiple screens. You can design a customized layout that simultaneously showcases IPTV streaming video, web pages, and live data. Switching seamlessly from content that spans all screens to zoned content is effortless and straightforward.
Meeting Rooms and Boardrooms
With the rising popularity of digital signage video walls, they are becoming increasingly common in corporate meeting rooms and boardrooms. These video walls serve to enhance presentations and create a more engaging experience. Utilizing QL’s Template Designer, individual screens can be easily configured to display a combination of content, providing comprehensive support for presentations. Moreover, QL allows for seamless playback of high-quality videos across multiple screens.
Thanks to QL’s native PowerPoint support, there’s no need to convert your presentations, allowing you to focus on refining your message. Additionally, QL offers support for various file types, including images, videos, and PDFs. Uploading these files to QL Server is as simple as dragging and dropping them, after which they can be effortlessly added to your playlists.
QL is the perfect multi-screen digital signage engine
Navori Labs has developed efficient and reliable player software that delivers impressive results on affordable, off-the-shelf hardware. Whether you opt for a multi-screen compatible Windows PC or Navori Labs’ StiX media player device, you can easily create captivating video walls that instantly grab attention.
With QL, you have the flexibility to drive standard LED displays or commercial LED boards, making it suitable even for large surfaces. You can effortlessly organize your displays in any orientation or layout to meet the specific requirements of your project.
To cater to ultra-high-resolution screens and extreme video wall installations, QL offers the QL Player add-on. This add-on is specifically designed to support H265 and can handle 8K video at 60 frames per second on either four 4K screens or sixteen full HD screens using just a single PC.
By configuring your setup in this manner, a single PC becomes capable of displaying any supported content, enabling you to seamlessly play fully synchronized HTML5 content and images across extensive video wall arrays. The best part is that no special skills are required to achieve this, making it accessible to all users.