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Visual Screens for Events and Stage Backdrops
Your speaker could be oozing with charisma, or perhaps you’re playing the most upbeat music at your event. But if your audience is just staring at a plain white wall, they’ll probably get bored real quick.
To capture your audience’s attention, you need to give them something to look at. Having an image or video shown on the display screen or as the stage backdrop not only help your audience to follow the information you’re presenting, but also serves as a visually appealing background that can create an exciting atmosphere for them.
So let’s say you’ve already produced and filmed an amazing video that’s all ready to wow your guests. The next and final step is to screen it – but…on what?
From LCD screens to LED video walls, there are many different types of visual screens that you can screen your images on. To choose the most appropriate one, you’ll need to consider factors such as the venue your event is held at, the resolution of the image and context of your event.
To help you make the right decision, we’ll go through the different types of screens and their advantages and drawbacks.
Types of Visual Screens
1. LED Video Wall
A LED screen can display your content in high-quality and in a variety of sizes. With extremely small panel gaps, LED screens tiled together seamlessly form a huge LED video wall – it can be as big as you want it to be!
These walls can be set up in various ways. You can use them to screen presentations to convey messages in a speech, or play ambient motion graphics in the background during dance performances, music concerts and plays. Its versatility means that it can suit almost any occasion – corporate events, concerts, and even roadshows or product launches.
Here’s what else you can expect from them:
If you’re holding an outdoor event during the day, LED video walls are the way to go. With extremely bright screens, the strong daylight accentuates the images on the walls, making them look clearer.
LED walls are also great for the outdoors as you’ve got one less worry for your wet weather plans. Your show can still go on without damaging any equipment, as they can be used even in the rain!
When you’re using an LED screen, it is important to consider the quality of the image or video made. If the resolution is too small, your content may appear blurry or unfocused. But if the resolution is large, your audience would need to be seated further away to get the full picture.
As such, do consider the restrictions and layout of your venue to see the ideal distance your audience should be seated from the screen.
Cost and logistics:
Mostly used at large-scale events or outdoor venues, LED walls are one of the more costly options for event displays. LED walls can also be heavy, requiring heavy rigging systems – large equipment to move them around.
2. LCD Screens and Video Wall
You probably see LCD screens around frequently – during meetings in your office or when you’re watching TV at home. You can also often find them on stands in key locations around an event. Very much like your computers and TV monitors, LCD screens are suitable to display information for small events, booths and exhibits.
If you’re planning a large-scale event at a huge venue, LCD screens alone might not be sufficient. What you can do though, is to build many LCD screens together to form an LCD video wall. As a magnified version of an LCD screen, the qualities of an LCD video wall are similar to LCD screens.
If your content looks great on a standard computer monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio, you can expect the same on a huge LCD wall. The resolution for LCD walls can also be extremely high with the image displayed sharply.
And for events held indoors, there’s no need to turn off the lights – LCD screens are bright enough to be seen clearly under normal indoor lighting. But while it’s great for indoor use, LCD screens are not bright enough to be screened outdoors, unlike LED screens.
With inputs for various connection options like VGA, HDMI, DVI and S-Video, LCD screens can be easily and conveniently connected to many different types of devices.
Cost and logistics:
Cost-wise, LCD screens are much more affordable than an LED screen. Though bigger LCD screens are less common and can be more expensive, you can also use multiple smaller screens around an event space at a low cost. LCD screens can also be set-up easily due to their light weight.
3. Projection Mapping Projector
All you need is a surface to easily spice up a plain and bare background with a projector. Besides projecting on flat white walls and professional projection screens, you can also display your visuals onto surfaces like the exterior of buildings and roads. This is also known as projection mapping.
So whether it’s the backdrop for a small seminar or a 360-degree projection for a night exhibition, these versatile projectors can be used for almost all events! Here’s what you’ll need to take note of:
The lighting conditions for projection are essential. To show the projected image clearly, the environment has to be dark – it has to be at night, or in a room where the curtains are drawn and the lights switched off. Even if your visuals have strong contrast levels, direct light on the surface will still cause a faded image.
One tricky thing with projectors is the calculation of the distance between the projector and its mapped surface. If not estimated correctly, the image might not fit well on the screen.
To help you estimate the viewable area, optimal screen size and seating distance, check out projectorscreen.com. All you need would be the dimensions of your screen.
When you’re arranging the seats of your guests, do also remember that shadows can be cast if someone happens to be in between the screen and the projector. Be sure to check that nothing might block your guests from enjoying the full image!
To reduce light reflection, the projection surface should be matte. A shinier surface would not only cause light reflection, but also a drop in image quality. The surface should be light-coloured for the image to be screened clearly too.
Cost and logistics:
Projectors are generally light and portable, making them easier to carry around and set-up than other display options. They are also considerably cost-effective.
Choosing the Right Visual Screens
Now that we’ve given you a background on visual screens, you can go ahead and impress your audience by choosing the right one. If you are ever in doubt, you can also speak directly to a professional visual display provider for more customised advice. Let’s blow your audience away with an immersive visual experience!