Are you looking to upgrade the video technology in your church sanctuary or event venue? Projectors have long been a staple solution in these places and are often the first solution to come to mind. However, over the past few years, videos walls have more and more been coming into the mainstream, and there’s a very good reason why!
Video walls are by far a superior technology solution to projectors, and they enable new and compelling ways of presenting content that once would have been possible only in the realm of imagination. Here’s a quick introduction to video wall technology, what it does, and how it compares to projectors. Finally, we will explore how video walls are a wise long-term investment.
What is a video wall?
A video wall is a series of LED video displays that work together as a single unit. These LED displays work together via a built-in video wall controller. This device contains heavy duty image and video processing hardware and software that gives each LED display more video processing power and capabilities than it would have on its own. The result is a video solution that is bigger and brighter than a traditional projector or even a single LED display.
Benefits of a Video Wall vs. a Projector
So, what exactly does this look like in reality, and how do video walls stack up against projectors?
1. LED video walls deliver superior performance to projectors
Firstly, video wall technology has a superior resolution to projectors. Many video wall displays are already higher resolution than a projector to start with, but then you must consider that video walls are modular and can be stacked together to increase the resolution even further. Projectors simply do not have this ability.
Video wall technology is also much smoother when it comes to displaying content. The frame rate is much higher thanks to the video wall controller, and the high-resolution LED displays offer consistent, clear, and crisp image and video rendering. Projectors, on the other hand, are not as crisp and often have a slight blur around sharper edges, such as around the individual letters in the words of projected song lyrics or sermon notes.
All-around the visual quality of video walls is superior, and we have only begun to scratch the surface of this technology.
2. LED video walls are brighter than projectors
Video walls are also much brighter than projectors and are visible even in broad daylight, whereas projectors must compete with other light sources to look their best. Projectors also lose brightness over time with 20-30 percent of brightness lost during the first year alone. The disadvantage of this is that projectors require dimmer and dimmer room lighting for optimal brightness or must be placed closer to the screen, which can be technically limiting.
Video walls, however, do not have these limitations and are ideal for sanctuaries and auditoriums with high-ceiling light sources or large windows that offer competing sources of light.
3. LED video walls connect to various content sources with ease.
The processing power of the video wall controller means that these videos and media sources can also be resource-heavy without affecting the video wall’s overall performance. Projectors simply do not have this level of power and flexibility.
4. LED video walls are long-lasting and require minimal maintenance
Video walls do require more time and effort to install initially than projectors, and they are a more complex technology than projectors are. However, they require much less maintenance in the long-term. For example, projector bulbs quickly lose brightness over time and are very expensive to replace. The average bulb lasts around 2,500 hours, while a video wall can last up to 100,000 hours. You would have to replace a projector bulb 30-40 times over the same period of time that a video wall lasts. In addition, LED video walls emit direct light, which means they will look great for years without losing brightness.
A video wall’s modular design enables front access with standard wiring (no ceiling wiring like projectors), so you can easily remove one tile from the wall and replace it as needed. The new tile will even auto-calibrate its color to match the other displays around it!
Conclusion: Is a video wall a wise investment?
It is important to acknowledge that video walls do cost more than projectors, but they also last much longer and deliver superior performance. In addition, video walls require minimal maintenance and support over the long-run. We believe that these reasons justify the extra upfront cost to provide a long-term, sustainable display solution that you and your church or event venue will be able to enjoy for years to come!