This article will instruct you on how to set up a video wall with ScreenCloud by using a 3 display setup powered by an Intel NUC Mini PC as an example. We’ll then continue further with our recommendations for devices you can use for Video Wall setups of 2, to 4, and up to 24 screens or more.
Table of Contents:
Section I: How to set up ScreenCloud with a Video Wall
1. Compatibility and Limitations
1.1 Before we continue, we’d like to first explain ScreenCloud's compatibility with multiple displays: The available space for content changes based on the player being used, which means, for example, if you connect 2 1920 x 1080 resolution displays side by side with a device that supports dual displays, you'll get 3840 x 1080 resolution of available space for that screen in your ScreenCloud account.
1.2 Another key thing here, to understand, is that ScreenCloud only supports symmetrical layouts. What this means is that you can only use your screens properly if they are either all side by side or stacked on top of each other. For example, with a setup of 5 screens, you will not be able to have 3 displays on top and 2 on the bottom, as ScreenCloud wouldn't be able to make that custom layout of available space usable.
2. Installing the ScreenCloud player on your Video Wall
2.1 To set up your video wall, your best resources for instructions are to look over the device manufacturers' page. For our example, where we've chosen an Intel NUC8v5PN, we navigated to Intel's page Multiple Display Configuration Options for Intel® NUC Kits NUC8v7PN, NUC8v5PN, and NUC8i3PN and we chose the Three Display setup via the HDMI port for one screen and 2 screens through the USB-C port.
Image source: Intel.com
2.2 To configure the right settings for our Windows computer, we found the correct Intel Graphics Control Panel for our computer with the help of How to Install the Intel® Graphics Control Panel. Your graphics control panel will vary according to your device. For a 3 screen and landscape orientation, the below settings in Intel UHD Graphics Control Panel was selected.
2.3 Because of the applied changes above, the Windows System Display settings should now look like this image below.
2.4 After your single desktop screen has been spread across your group of video wall monitors, all you need to do is download and install the latest version of the ScreenCloud player from our ScreenCloud Software page.
2.5 If the Player opens in windowed mode, please right click on the app and select Toggle Fullscreen to make the application cover every pixel of your video wall screen. You should then have a window that looks like the image below. Make sure to enable the Launch on startup and Always fullscreen option. Don’t worry about the sizing of the pairing code in the image, as your content will adjust to your screen.
3. Setting up the screen in your Studio account
3.1 Once you have used the pairing code to add the screen to your account, you should get a view of a screen preview that has the exact ratio of your video wall. Here, with the screen specifications on the right, we can see that the dimensions are 5760x1080 px.
3.2 You could go ahead and set a single app or piece of media on your video wall screen, but in case you are planning to add more than just a single piece of content, and wish to take advantage of Zone Layouts, we recommend that you set up a Channel with the same dimensions as the screen as well.
You can do this by selecting the ⚙ icon of your Channel to change the Channel’s dimensions. Select Custom Size, and input the dimensions of your video wall and click Confirm. For help with setting up custom Zone Layouts in your Channel, please refer to ScreenCloud CSS & Zone Layout Guide.
3.3 When everything is ready, set your Channel on your screen, and let that massive screen collage beautifully display your content!
Section II: Video Wall Device Recommendations
1. Video Wall of 2 to 6 screens
1.1 For a video wall setup of 2 to 6 displays, we recommend Intel NUCs, as they are easily purchasable and Intel supplies good video wall set up documentation for them. You can see Intel's list of NUCs that support multiple displays here. For 6 displays, Intel recommends the Intel NUC8i7HNKQC, which we currently have in our test lab, and which wec also recommend. You can get it from our partner Simply NUC here.
1.2 Following are 3 steps to get an Intel NUC powering 2 to 6 displays to work properly with ScreenCloud. This is the method we used to set up the 3 screen video wall in the above instructions.
- Check here and make sure the Intel NUC you want to use supports your desired number of displays.
- Install the Intel Graphics Control Panel app here, as you will need to use this to configure your multiple displays.
- Once you have connected your displays they will show in the Intel Graphic Control Panel app and you will be able to use the controls in the Display > Multiple Displays section to arrange them and also set your desktop to Extended Desktop so that the ScreenCloud Player app extends across all the displays, filling the available space.
2. Video Wall of 4 to 24 screens
Image: iBASE SI-60E
2.1 For something more industrial, and for support for 4 to 24 displays, we recommend an iBase PC, or iBase Digital Signage Player, which you can find here. With iBase, we recommend getting support from their sales and support teams more directly.
3. Video Wall for a Custom Amount of Screens
Image: AMD FirePro™ W600 (left) and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 (right)
3.1 For a video wall of even more displays than 24, or those who wish to have a more customized setup, we would recommend a custom built Windows PC with AMD or Nvidia multiple display graphics cards.
3.2 From AMD there is their Multi-Display Eyefinity Technology with their AMD FirePro™ Graphics Cards. The AMD FirePro™ W600, for example, contains 6 display ports, which can combine with a clone of itself to support 12 or more displays. If you build a custom Windows PC setup with AMD graphics cards, you'll need to look over and find help from Setting Up and Configuring Multiple Displays to Run in AMD Eyefinity Mode to set up your video wall. There is quite a range of FirePro cards starting at around 200 dollars, and we here at ScreenCloud have tested a 6 (3x2) video wall setup using the W4100 card.
3.3 NVIDIA's multi-display technology NVIDIA Mosaic™ gives you the ability to easily span your content across up to 16 high-resolution displays from a single system with the help of NVIDIA Quadro (which include NVIDIA Quadro Sync) and NVIDIA NVS™ graphics cards. You'll find 8 display outputs on, for example, the NVS 810, and 4 display outputs on the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000, where, if paired with identical graphics cards, can create a video wall of up up to 32 screens. Setup help can be found through the NVIDIA Mosaic Technology User's Guide.
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