A video wall is a collection of displays titled together to show a variety of content from multiple sources creating an immersive viewing experience for real-time intelligence and situational awareness. While what’s shown on the screen is the central focus, there are other major components like a video processor that aid in critical visualization.
What is a Video Processor?
A video processor, also referred to as controller, connects content sources from nearly any device including workstations, laptops, cameras, and more to the display wall. Processors range in size and capability to display large amounts of high-resolution visual content, some can also withstand rugged terrain, and transport easily for mobile operations.
How Does a Processor Work?
Based on how it is configured through video wall management software, like Haivision Command 360, a video controller routes the desired information to multiple display panels in order to create a single view. In addition, the controller scales and processes the content, allowing users to manipulate its appearance in real-time on either sections of the wall or across the entire display canvas.
What are the Benefits of a Video Processor?
While features can vary, there are some standard benefits of a processor that complement a video wall solution:
- Wide array of visualization opportunities – display content from any signal format – digital or analog, physical or IP, and from any device.
- Multi-video wall control – provides control over different video walls as a single system or managed separately.
- Network and video streaming – instantly encode and stream a content source, or even your entire wall, to specific users and display systems across a secure network. Capture and display streamed content from any IP video source on your network.
- Built-in device control and automation – control external devices, like audio systems, VTC, and media players, from the same interface used to control your display panel.
- Reliable – 24/7 mission-critical dependability.
How do I choose the right processor?
Video processors range in size and capability to display large amounts of high-resolution content. However, your organization’s use case and environment play an integral role in the best type of controller to suit your needs. You’ll want to consider things like:
- Visualization needs – Are operations going to be held in a large, medium, or small command center or control room?
- Portability – Do you require hardware that packs up and moves to the next location at a moment’s notice?
- Weather and terrain – Will we remain operational in extreme conditions? Can the hardware withstand shock or vibration if a natural disaster occurs?
Not sure what type of video processor you need?
Let us assist you! We have a wide array of options to choose from. View our comparison guide for a side-by-side view of specifications and capabilities to help you make an informed decision or contact us to speak to one of our visualization experts today