Freeform video walls are a category of advanced video wall systems. They are composed of multiple LCD screens tiled at angles to form irregular shapes. Due to their unexpected forms, they are often excellent at attracting viewers’ attention.

Each tile in a freeform video wall play a dedicated video file up to 4K resolution. The total display resolution increases without bound as more screens are added to the wall. AnyTiles enable them to synchronize accurately to compose a grand view that delivers an impactful experience.

Freeform video walls require special content planning to achieve. For simpler applications, one can use AnyTiles to build regular video walls.

Tutorial objective

To build a 4-screen freeform video wall. Freeform video walls of any other size can be just as easily built following these steps.

Ingredients

Screens

One screen per tile

Screens matter

For the best result, you should use professional public displays to avoid color discrepancy. Consult your screen provider for recommendations.

Players

One AnyTiles player per tile

AnyTiles players

A professional video wall controller ensures reliability and serviceability to minimize your field effort. Use certified IAdea AnyTiles players to build your video walls.

Content

Video editing needed

Crop video for each screen

Slice content into exact pieces that would show through each screen. For best clarify and synchronization, use HEVC/H.265-encoded 4K@60.

Accessories

Networking & configuration workstation

Gigabit router

You will need a gigabit switching router  to connect the video wall players. For best performance, the video wall network should be separated from your corporate network.

Steps

  1. Connect the system components

Connect all system components per the diagram shown. Each player is attached to a screen via an HDMI cable, and to a network switch via an Ethernet cable.

Then install and launch AnyTiles Express on the PC workstation. Download a free copy of AnyTiles Express here.

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  1. Create video clips

The freeform video wall requires that a video file be prepared for each screen tile. This is usually done by using a video editing tool such as Adobe After Effects. You would first create a video file that matches the dimensions of each screen, load the video file, then rotate and resize it so only the region that should appear through the screen is shown. Save the resulting video file, and then repeat the rotation and scaling to create video file for each screen.

If you are not familiar with this, please consult with a content producer.

  1. Choose Freeform layout

In AnyTiles Express, you are first prompted to select a layout for screen tiling. Scroll down slightly to find the Freeform layout option. You will be asked for the number of screens. Enter “4” for a four-screen video wall.

  1. Select a video for each screen tile

For each screen tile, you will be asked to select a video file to play into that screen.

  1. Pair a player with each screen tile to finish

AnyTiles Express will then scan for licensed players on the local network. Make sure your workstation is connected into the same subnet as your video wall media players. If you are not sure, consult with a network administrator.

You need to pair each tile with a player. Once this is done, the software will transfer the video into the players and start playback. Note that the tiles may be out of sync the first time the video is played.

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