We get a lot of questions about what are the best multiscreen video setups. While the specifics within each setup might change, there are some basic elements to consider. What’s the room size? What’s the ceiling height? Can you hang/rig gear? There are just a few of the many questions you need to ask yourself when deciding what Multiscreen Setup is right for you. Given those considerations, let’s take a look at the options!
Here’s the list!
The triplewide setup (this can be discussed very similarly with a doublewide setup) is the most common setup we run into and obviously our passion! Keep things simple. Hang three screens side by side by side and align three projectors, one for each screen. Throw in a multiscreen processor and a presentation software or VJ application and you’re good to go.
2. Environmental Projection
Where a triplewide setup ends, is more often than not, where environmental projection begins. Environmental Projection, or EP, is literally just that. Creating an environment through projection. Walk into your room and look at the walls that surround your stage area. Look at the area behind and above your stage. Where are your screens? What’s around them? Most of the time it’s a big white wall which is an incredible canvas to be painted onto. Consider getting 2-3 projectors, a multiscreen processor, and a VJ software and paint your room. This can be an incredible accent to a special sunday, or a way to tell a deeper story at your local theatre house. EP is the idea of connecting your audience on a deeper level with the story your telling and your characters who are telling that story.
3. Edge Blending
Wait, edge blending is a Multiscreen setup? Absolutely! Consider hanging a large white cyc or scrim as a backdrop for your stage. Maybe you’ve got a massive white wall that’s just begging to be projected onto. You line up a couple of projectors and notice a major issue in the middle. The colors are off, the image is split or hanging over…you just can’t get it to look right. That’s what edge blending takes care of. It, in the simplest terms, blends and combines the images to reduce the perception of two side by side images. You’ll need a special software or piece of hardware to accomplish this setup, but it will add the wow factor and reduce the distractions.
4. Multiscreen TV Display
Of all the Multiscreen setups we’ve run into over the years, perhaps none are more versatile and lending itself towards creativity than a Multiscreen TV display. With technological advances over the past few years, the number of TV’s you can connect is virtually limitless. Setup 9 screens like a triplewide setup or create a faux header for your stage. You’ll need a multiscreen processor and a presentation or VJ software, but with this setup, no projectors are needed.
5. LED Video Walls
This is a technology that is changing daily and one that will continue to grow and change as it is developed. LED video walls are lighter and thinner than ever before and more affordable. Consider an LED wall as your main screen or as video elements to frame your stage. LED was used extensively at this year’s Oscars ceremony and we loved how well it played into the setup and enhanced the stories being told.
Want to Dig Deeper?
If you are looking for more information, or want to dive deeper into Multiscreen Technology, Setups, Ideas, and more, then you need to get The Wide Guide. It is The Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement.
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