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Video Wall with 10 Displays

Page Outline
  1. Requirements
  2. Solution

This is a technical deep dive into the 10 Display Video Wall covered in the featured customer story, "When You Are Up Against The Wall, Video Mill Has Your Back" .

This article assumes the reader has a good understanding of Video Mill basic editing and operation , and Automation Scripts.

play videoAlso see the companion Youtube video that has a live video clip of this video wall in action.

Requirements

Figure 1. The Video Wall
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Figure 1. The Video Wall

The video wall required consists of 10 displays. One large display at the center is used to present a Power Point slide show to clients. That display is surrounded by an outer-ring of smaller displays to play various sports themed videos of various lengths on a repeating loop.


Video Wall Operational Phases
  1. While customers are filing into the conference room, the wall will play multiple, simultaneous, action sports videos as a visual backdrop for the meeting. The videos are different lengths in the range of 2 to 3 minutes long. All videos repeat continously. (Figure 1)
  2. When it is time to start the meeting, with a single button click, the presenter pauses all the sports videos, replacing them with a simple logo video to avoid distraction during the marketing presentation. (Figure 2)
  3. The presenter then begins a Power Point slide presentation using the center display. (Figure 2)
  4. At the end of the marketing presentation, with a single button click, the presenter resumes all the sports videos which repeat until the end of a Question and Answer session. (Figure 1)

Solution

Figure 2. Wall Appearance During Marketing Presentation Phase
Figure 2. Wall Appearance During Marketing Presentation Phase

Transitioning between the Video Wall operational phases above turns out to be fairly straight forward using Video Mill .

* Note: An image file (PNG, JPG, etc) could be used for the logo rather than a video if desired.

Hardware Configuration

Figure 3. Displays Map
Figure 3. Displays Map

The hardware listed below is just one possible choice of devices and wiring design that can be used with Video Mill. The Video Mill laptop used by the customer is a Windows 10 machine with Intel i7 CPU.


Hardware Connectors
Figure 4. Video Wall Wiring
Figure 4. Video Wall Wiring

* Note: In this wall design, Displays 6-10 were chosen to be mirror copies of displays 2-5. However, they could just as well be used as more distinct video feeds from Video Mill. But that assumes that the laptop has the speed to handle 9 video playbacks simultaneously and you have a way to connect 9 displays to the laptop graphics card either by wire or via USB hub).

Automation Scripts

These Automation Scripts control the three Video Wall Operational Phases described in the Requirements section above.


Start Automation

This is the master script used to kickoff the automation. It starts the 4 scripts that play the sports clip videos shown in Figure 1.

Listing 1. Start Automation
Script: Start Automation
Steps:
1. Run Script (Display 2)
2. Run Script (Display 3)
3. Run Script (Display 4)
4. Run Script (Display 5)

Pause Videos

This script pauses the 4 scripts that are playing the sports clip videos. Then it runs the script that plays the Logo videos shown in Figure 2. The Logo videos continue to loop while the meeting presenter presents the marketing slide show.

Listing 2. Pause Videos
Script: Pause Then Logo
Steps:
1. Pause Script (Display 2)
2. Pause Script (Display 3)
3. Pause Script (Display 4)
4. Pause Script (Display 5)
5. Run Script (Show Logos)

Resume Videos

When the presenter finishes the marketing slide show, he/she will execute this script. It stops the Show Logos script, then resumes the 4 scripts that are playing the sports clip videos.

Listing 3. Resume Videos
Script: Resume Videos
Steps:
1. Stop Script (Show Logos)
2. Resume Script (Display 2)
3. Resume Script (Display 3)
4. Resume Script (Display 4)
5. Resume Script (Display 5)

Display x - Play Sports Clips

These "Display x" scripts start the playback of 4 sports clip videos (SportsClip2, SportsClip3, SportsClip4, SportsClip5). Each video has a different target display (Display2, Display3, Display4, Display5, respectively. See Figure 3). Each script will repeat its video continously until the script is stopped.

Listing 4. Display x - Play Sports Clips
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Script: Display 2
Special Processing:
* Loop continously.
Steps:
1. Play (SportsClip2)

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Script: Display 3
Special Processing:
* Loop continously.
Steps:
1. Play (SportsClip3)

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Script: Display 4
Special Processing:
* Loop continously.
Steps:
1. Play (SportsClip4)

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Script: Display 5
Special Processing:
* Loop continously.
Steps:
1. Play (SportsClip5)

Show Logos

This script starts the 4 logo videos on target displays: Display2, Display3, Display4, Display5, respectively. (See Figure 2). Offset :00 implies that all logo videos start as soon as the script is started. The script option "UnLoad all screens on completion" will close the logo video Media Screens when the script is stopped.

Listing 5. Show Logos
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Script: Show Logos
Special Processing:
* Loop continously.
* UnLoad all screens on completion.
Steps:
1. Play (Logo1), Offset: :00.0
2. Play (logo2), Offset: :00.0
3. Play (Logo3), Offset: :00.0
4. Play (Logo4), Offset: :00.0

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