Should a Video Wall Array have tilt? If it’s mounted above the viewer’s head, probably. Stand in a fast food restaurant with digital signage high up and you’ll find most of the monitors are tilted downward. Easy in a single row of monitors, less easy for a large array.
Logically, we usually see video walls mounted flat on a wall. This is perfect when the visual center of the array is at about eye level. It’s easy and simple, but perhaps not as effective as it might be.
Many arrays will be mounted at a higher level. Often they are at a level where pedestrian traffic can walk under the video wall. We recently proposed an array to be mounted on a large structural pole in a public display. In that location, and due to the audience viewing position, we felt it would be critical to seriously consider tilting the array downward towards the viewers, who would be standing 15-25 feet away.
Most mount manufacturers don’t want to have this discussion because they can’t tilt an array conveniently or safely. RPT’s GHB Mount was designed to modular and with the option to be tilted as needed.
Some boring numbers are essential. If we use home theater guidelines for viewing distance (2-5 times width), a 2 wide x 2 high array of 55″ monitors should be best viewed from between 16 and 40 feet. If we mount the bottom of the array above door level, say 96″ off the floor, and an average person standing has their eyes about 65 inches off the floor, we’d need to tilt the monitor between 7-18 degrees downward to aim the visual center of the array at the viewers eyes more comfortably.
Here’s a rendering of a front view of such an array
And here’s a view from the side showing 7 degrees of downward tilt. Depending on monitor and installation, RPT GHB Mounts can be installed with up to 15-20 degrees without custom design.
If you’re mounting an array above the heads of your viewer, make sure your message doesn’t go over their heads and talk to RPT Motion about a tilted array mounting system.
RPT Motion can quickly propose solutions to allow you to mount tilted arrays of large monitors which will improve the presentation of your message.