This article will go through how to set up a video wall or run a piece of content (image or video) on 2 screens or more while using ScreenCloud. With the help of our recommended Windows OS powered Intel NUCs, iBase PCs or in some cases even custom made PCs that are powered by specified graphics cards, you’ll be able to set up your multiple displays into one large display so that it can run the ScreenCloud player app just like normal.
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Compatibility and Limitations
Before we continue to our recommendations and means of setup, we’d like to first explain ScreenCloud's compatibility with multiple displays: The available space for content changes based on the player being used, which means, for example, if you connect 2 1920 x 1080 resolution displays side by side with a device that supports dual displays, you'll get 3840 x 1080 resolution of available space for that screen in your ScreenCloud account.
Another key thing here, to understand, is that Studio only supports symmetrical layouts. What this means is that you can only use your screens properly if they are either all side by side or stacked on top of each other. For example, with a setup of 5 screens, you will not be able to have 3 displays on top and 2 on the bottom, as ScreenCloud wouldn't be able to make that custom layout of available space usable.
Now, on to our recommendations.
2 to 6 screens
For customers with video wall setup for up to 6 displays, we recommend Intel NUCs, as they are easily purchasable and Intel have good documentation on how to set them up. You can see Intel's list of NUCs that support multiple displays here. For 6 displays, Intel recommends the Intel NUC8i7HNKQC, which we currently have in our test lab and also recommend. You can get it from our partner Simply NUC here.
Following are 3 steps to get an Intel NUC powering 2 to 6 displays to work properly with ScreenCloud.
- Check here and make sure the Intel NUC you want to use supports your desired number of displays.
- Install the Intel Graphics Control Panel app here, as you will need to use this to configure your multiple displays.
- Once you have connected your displays they will show in the Intel Graphic Control Panel app and you will be able to use the controls in the Display > Multiple Displays section to arrange them and also set your desktop to "Extended Desktop" so that the ScreenCloud Player app extends across all the displays, filling the available space.
4 to 24 screens
For something more industrial, and for support for 4 to 24 displays, we recommend iBase PCs. You can see their digital signage media players (PCs) here. With iBase we recommend getting support from their sales and support teams more directly.
Custom amount of screens
For media walls of 24 or more displays, or those who wish to have a more customized setup, we recommend a custom built Windows PC with an AMD's FirePro or Nvidia's Quadro graphics cards, such as AMD FirePro w4100 or Nvidia Quadro P600 or above.
There is quite a range of FirePro cards starting at around 200 dollars. We have tested a 6 (3x2) wall setup using the W4100 card.
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