How often do you come across an LED video wall that is no longer in tip top shape, but isn’t old enough to warrant an entire upgrade?
Taking down an old video board and choosing, buying, shipping and installing a brand new one is costly—both in time and money, not to mention the man hours involved. But technology is changing so quickly that it seems like every time this industry turns around, a new resolution is being touted as the only acceptable pixel level for commercial installs.
In the months leading up to InfoComm 2015, Stewart Filmscreen lent an empathetic ear to businesses (and their integrators) which had slightly outdated LED video walls, or perhaps wanted to install LED tiles in an indoor environment, but needed to do so with a tight budget. By the time InfoComm International’s WOW sign went up in June, Stewart Filmscreen had a solution.
“The FIDELEDY Vision is the first screen of it’s kind that doesn’t need a projector,” says Peter Brown, vice president of sales and marketing at Stewart Filmscreen, who spoke with CI at the show.
Stewart’s newest product looks and feels like a projection screen, but it isn’t. It’s made of a material that creates a film-like image without the harsh glare and pixelated look of a bare LED system, especially an outdated one.
“It’s great for indoor signage applications, where viewers are a lot closer to the screen,” says Brown. “In these types of environments, signage is about much more than informing. Have you heard the term ‘technorating?’ Signage is used more and more lately as an architectural addition, to enhance the look of a space.”
Especially in these spaces, odd tiles and little flaws that add up over time are more easily seen. The FIDELEDY Vision covers the entire screen in a smooth material that masks even the biggest ‘blemishes’ on the LED screen, so the video wall can be used much closer to viewers and even in larger pixel sizes than unenhanced wall tiles.
Available in sizes up to 40 by 90 feet, the screen is designed to deliver an extremely flat spectral response curve on or off axis and maintain exact color accuracy. Brown says the company will work with clients, installers and architects to design the framing and mounting systems to best suit each location.
Brown says the most important thing to note is the screen’s importance to retrofit installations. The FIDELEDY Vision, called an “image enhancement system” by Stewart, offers huge cost savings for a client looking to make improvements without emptying his pockets.
“Honestly, it’s peanuts compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars you might otherwise have to spend on a complete LED wall upgrade,” says Brown.
- Flat spectral response on and off axis
- Pixel smoothing creates a film-like quality to the images
- Reduces the glare and intensity of LED video modules when viewed from up close
- Eliminates moiré interference