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Portable Video Wall Mount Options

Portable Video Walls aren’t well understood. Frankly, people don’t usually move video walls from place to place because they’re expensive complex systems and the available mounting systems aren’t reliable or simple to move. That’s a shame, we have RPT Modular Video Wall customers who deploy large video walls 40+ times in a few months each year at self-managed trade shows and product launches in smaller cities. Our new RPT PopUp System makes it even easier.

Before you consider the RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall System, you should first look at how you will use your portable video wall. The following questions will help you define your needs and narrow down your selection of portable mounting systems.

Basic questions you need to answer:

Have you ever rented a video wall? A 3×3 video wall will typically cost roughly $10K for a three day event, where they are available. Many smaller cities won’t have easy access to rental video walls, and the costs will multiply if transport and set-up costs are added.

How many monitors will your video wall have? What size monitors?

How many times per year will you move your video wall to maximize its impact and ROI?

Will your video wall stay in one room for its lifetime?

Do you need to move your video wall to different rooms or deploy it on different floors of one facility through standard office doors or on passenger elevators?

Is the primary use for your video wall to take to trade shows? If so are these events at large convention centers or self hosted events at hotels in smaller cities or various customer facilities?

Will your video wall be part of a rental program?

Will your video wall always be deployed in one layout (example fixed as 2 Wide x 2 High Landscape Array) or do you want flexibility and future expandability (example the nine monitors in a 3×3 array could be deployed as two 2×2 video walls)?

What type of content will you display on your video wall, what resolution is that content produced in, and what type of video wall controller will you select to place your content on your video wall?

Who will be responsible for the basic integration of the Portable Video Wall mounting, monitors, player, power distribution, cabling and any other required hardware? Where will all that hardware be mounted?

Once you understand the purpose of owning a portable video wall, you can start looking at ways to mount it and more importantly move it.

Option to explore:

The first thing we will do is send you to another top-notch supplier, so that you can educate yourself to some options. At first glance, RPT PopUp Video Walls will seem to be  significantly more expensive than this option, so if this works for you you might be able to save money. Often we find potential customers have budgeted for this type of mounting without fully understanding the limitations. Or worse, they own these mounts and moving the video wall is inconvenient so it never moves place to place.

The lowest cost and simplest portable video wall mounting system is a single cart type of mount for a fixed number of monitors. If this type of mount works for you, please understand the limitations and then choose a quality cart of suitable capacity.

Here’s a link to typical fine example of a quality cart type of single layout mount from Milestone (formerly Chief):

See:  http://www.chiefmfg.com/Products/LVM2X2U

It handles up to 50” monitors and provides micro adjustments mounts for the monitors. It is assembled on site from a kit of parts (Assembly manual link: http://downloads.chiefmfg.com/MANUALS-I/LVMSeries-I.pdf) and the completed assembly measures 80.5” high x 72.5” wide x 40” deep without monitors.

This type of simple single layout cart is a good choice for a simple low cost self-integrated video wall that won’t ever be moved room to room or facility to facility. Even without monitors these carts won’t fit through standard office doors or onto passenger elevators unless you take the cart apart to move it. There are wiring passages in the frame, but you will need to integrate and enclose your power distribution and any network or video wall controller hardware you require to move with the video wall.

All of these integration issues multiply if you’re deploying larger arrays (example 3×3) and each layout of array requires a specific model of cart, there is no clean upgrade path to larger arrays or deploying a large array as two smaller ones.

If a simple cart type of mount works for you, it may at first glance seem to be lower cost than the RPT PopUp System, but the time, integration quality and total cost may vary widely.

Monitors are the most fragile part, and the most expensive:

We’ve seen a lot of poorly mounted simplistic modular portable video walls at trade shows and other events from smaller manufacturers. These can take a long time to properly align into an attractive and professional looking array, an exercise that repeats every time you move your video wall.

You really need to be 100% confident in the rigidity and accuracy of the mounting system when using Ultra Thin bezel monitors (3.5mm Bezel-Bezel like the 49″ Philips BDL-4988XC is the smallest bezel we recommend for portable video walls).

Ultra thin bezels make for easily broken monitor glass with any impact especially to corners. Quality monitors are the biggest cost in a video wall and are the most likely components to be broken when moving a poorly mounted in a portable video wall.

RPT highly recommends properly designed road cases for the monitors of a portable video wall to protect the monitors during a move. RPT partners with Calzone Cases for dual monitor road cases predesigned for maximum protection of the 49” and 55” monitors we recommend. These cases allow one person to safely move two monitors at a time.

Why RPT PopUp Portable Video Walls?

RPT provides a rugged precision portable video wall mounting system designed for modern Ultra Thin Bezel monitors.

Our  RPT PopUp Video Wall deploys quickly, typically a 2 x 2 wall will be content ready in under 30 minutes, often 15 minutes.

Our Monitor stacks include standard front panels and rear cable bins to catch excess cables, this allows simple integration. As well, we build on t-slotted aluminum and that offers an unlimited number of places to secure cables and other hardware.

For more on integrating RPT PopUp Stacks see: http://digitalsignmount.com/2018/02/06/rpt-popup-video-wall-integration/

RPT offers options like rear doors to make your PopUp Video wall look finished from behind if needed:

If you’re using an HDMI over Ethernet Video Wall Controller like Userful or MonitorsAnywhere, RPT offers mounted ThinGlobal MiniPoint DS Power Over Ethernet Zero Clients at each monitor location.

We will integrate our RPT PopUp System to any desired level, from naked non-folding mounts for you to integrate all the way to fully folding and wired plug and play. Because of that experience, we’ve already answered most of the hard integration questions and can quickly deliver what you need: A reliable and safe portable video wall, or components to help you do the integration yourself.

We offer an optional  RPT Modular 4U rack mounted to the back of one or more monitor stacks to carry your network, power distribution, Uninterruptible Power Supply and Video Wall Player or Controller hardware securely and neatly.

We always offer expansion and variety of deployment configurations as a retrofit at any time from a basic 2×2 array through 4 high x as many wide as you want, all without losing your initial investment. This can allow multiple smaller video walls or one large one from your pool of monitors. A common example would be one 3×3 trade show Video Wall deployed as two branch office 2 x 2 RPT PopUp Video Walls when not at trade shows.

Or a collection of several branch office RPT PopUp Video Walls merged into a 17 monitor back wall of a 20 foot trade show booth:

Simply put: RPT PopUp Portable Video Walls are a premium option that will make your Portable Video Wall easier to integrate, more flexible, more reliable and easier to deploy more often in more places.

Tell us what you need to do, you’ve answered the questions above, we have the solution.

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RPT PopUp Arrays Non-Linear

Variable Height Arrays

RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall Stacks can deploy at 2, 3 or 4 high across a linear array as wide as you want. The stack spacing is precision set to the monitor width by three precision machined structural crossbars. Note that the stacks can be deployed at differing heights (2, 3 or 4 monitors high) across an array.

Angled Arrays

The stack to stack connection can also be a precisely angled connection, using the same precision connection points on each stack with three custom machined RPT structural connector bars. Same stacks, fast set-up, same accuracy of spacing. This capability allows a lot of flexibility for angled corners, curved arrays and mixes of straight and angled.

Here’s an mock-up of an eighteen monitor, 10 x 20 Foot trade show booth (wall is 20 ft x 10 feet x 8 feet high for reference) with six RPT PopUp 49″  Stacks deployed three high. There is a flat 3 x 3 Array on the left, then the three stacks on the right side form and finish a 90 degree angle.

Another example is a large curved array or two:

We can produce the angled connections at custom angles, so the curve can be gentle for a wide audience or steep for an immersive smaller feel.

Eagle Eye view:

 

Two Curved Arrays

These could be connected at the rear by a flat array as wide as you want.

A large corner array:

With eight stacks of 49″ Monitors this fills a 20 foot x 20 foot corner with video wall.

If you want a Portable Video Wall with extreme flexibility of simple and creative deployment, rapid and precise set-up, the RPT PopUp Portable Modular Video Wall System has the answers you need.

Please contact us for more information:

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RPT PopUp Video Wall Integration

From naked RPT PopUp Monitor Stacks ready to integrate into your own PopUp Portable Video Wall, to custom fully integrated systems, RPT has got you covered. We know what is required and available to help you ensure that your RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall system is a reliable success in the shortest possible timeline.

We don’t sell monitors with our RPT PopUp mounting systems,  because that would just add to the final cost of a portable video wall. Instead, we qualify and approve several high quality Video Wall monitors in both 49″ and 55″ sizes and build standard quick delivery systems to use with those monitors. We can likely build custom dimension RPT PopUp Stacks to accommodate customer needs or existing fleets of monitors in rental programs that want to add RPT PopUp video walls to their offering. In today’s competitive market, you’re frankly better off buying monitors on our list from the best priced dealer or re-seller in your area or on the Internet.

Monitor Road Cases are a must for any Portable Video Wall, even one that stays in the same facility for its entire working life. We don’t sell Monitor Road Cases, but we have a monitor case partner, Calzone Case Co. who build reasonably priced, very high quality custom road cases that store, protect and safely ship two monitors per case. We work with Calzone Case Co. to ensure that the approved monitor with RPT GHB mount interface attached fits perfectly. RPT supplies a part number for the case and then you deal directly with Calzone Case Co. or you can choose to get your own cases built at your own effort, time and risk.

The RPT PopUp Portable Modular Video Wall System is purposely designed to allow very flexible customer integration. We’ve done a lot of integration and the results are available for our customers. RPT can provide a lot of advice and components to simplify integration of the perfect PopUp Portable Modular Video Wall system for your own choices of hardware. We’ve solved most of the problems you or your local integrator will face. If you’d rather, and are willing to work with the hardware the RPT knows will work, RPT can build and deliver custom fully integrated RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall systems.

Modular means flexible. We can offer many optional features like rear door panels to fully enclose and hide the wiring and mounts while still allowing easy access for adjustment. Because our system is based on structural t-slotted aluminum extrusions, we have tremendous flexibility to add things that you may need.

Unless you’re doing the simplest tiling of a single input 4K image onto a single zone  2 x 2 or 3 x 3 video wall, you will need to choose a suitable multi output media player, or a PC that can handle as many monitors as you want, or a hardware video wall controller, or a software video wall controller like Userful or MonitorsAnywhere. Each solution has specific benefits and costs, as well as limitations. But in any of these solutions, being portable means you’ll need to enclose and transport electronics and wiring.

We prefer having a RPT PopUp Video Wall system with a master stack that has the Video Wall Controller and network infrastructure on-board and connected. The basic video wall controller infrastructure rolls in with one of the stacks.

RPT is a fan of Zero-Client based Video Walls. Zero Clients are basically HDMI over Ethernet decoders. The same exact Zero-Clients and network infrastructure can handle MonitorsAnywhere’s PC based Network Video Wall or Userful’s Software Video Wall Controller. Userful has huge capacity for monitors, inputs, content and complex layouts including artistic layouts and Cloud based management. MonitorsAnywhere basically turns your video wall array into a giant Windows monitor, so anything you can display on your Windows PC can display on your video wall.

Here’s an example of an integration option: RPT PopUp 19″ Rack (4U) that can be added to the rolling base of any standard RPT PopUp Video Wall stack at the rear.

There is a latching rear door and a latched down top cover to protect wiring once your system is deployed. We use industrial grade wire mesh on all other sides for airflow. We can easily customize the height (rack depth) and the types of panels or mesh as needed.

A small PopUp Stack detail that we include standard: You’ll note that just on the other side of the rack is a wire bin that’s built onto every RPT PopUp Stack. It’s an open top enclosed place to drop the extra wire you’re sure to have when quickly setting up RPT PopUp video walls.

This rack has a small format (not rack mount) PC based Userful Server held in place with an RPT CPU Clamp and there’s also a 19″ rack mount POE (Power Over Ethernet) Gigabit Switch. The T-Slotted construction makes it easy to add tie-down points for cables with a low cost quarter turn wire tie mount.

With the top cover off below, the black cables are power cables to the Userful CPU and to the Network POE Switch from the left side mounted surge suppressed power strip, the Blue cables on the right are Ethernet cables to this stack’s  two ThinGlobal Minipoint DS POE Zero Clients, and the red cable is to our in-house network. Note at the bottom left are the only two external connections required to this stack: Power and if needed for content a wired Network.

Userful is immensely powerful and can handle up to 100 Monitors per high-end Userful Server. RPT PopUp Video Walls can connect as many stacks  wide as you own monitors. If you needed a really large array, we’d simply add a second RPT Rack onto an adjoining PopUp Stack to your system to house a Rackmount 4U high-powered Userful Server and of course a much more powerful POE switch with enough POE Ports ad power plus a 10 Gigabit Ethernet to link the few feet between them.

Even with low monitor count Zero-Client based video walls, you’ll probably want to mount a power strip on each RPT PopUp Monitor Stack to supply power to up to four monitors. Then between stacks you need only run an Ethernet cable to each Zero Client on the other PopUp stacks to the POE Switch connected to the Userful Server or Monitors Anywhere Windows PC.

On large arrays, you will likely place the Server Equipped PopUp Stack somewhere in the middle of the array and cable the network outwards towards both sides. The latching door makes it easy to reach the Userful Server power switch or make a connection even when the top cover is latched down to cover the wiring.

 

Please contact us with any questions you have, we’re happy to be on your  RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall integration team.

RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall Stacks

RPT PopUp Stacks are the building blocks of the RPT PopUp Portable Modular Video Wall System. Each RPT PopUp Stack is a precision mount for a column of two, three or four 49″ or 55″ Ultra Thin Bezel Video Wall monitors in landscape orientation.

An introductory YouTube video on this system:

Here’s the PopUp Stack family picture for the RPT PopUp Portable Modular Video Wall System. Each model shown folded and in the stages of deployment: Folded (if it’s a foldable version), Two High, and Three High. Not shown is the RPT PopTopUltra, an optional quick connect fourth row of monitors, which can be selectively added to RPT PopTopMax and RPT PopTop three high stacks if you need to deploy huge arrays.

RPT PopUp Stacks, without monitors, are designed to roll through standard office doors, onto passenger elevators, and for local deliveries into trucks or trailers, or for Common Carrier LTL freight into the smallest possible road-cases.

RPT PopUp Stacks connect horizontally with precision machined quick connect spacers. In a few minutes these precision spacers form RPT PopUp Stacks into a precisely spaced, rigid and precision aligned structural array of RPT GHB series 3-axis micro-adjustable mounts ready to drop monitors onto.

RPT PopUp Starter System:

RPT PopUp Portable Modular Video Walls protect your initial investment by offering an upgrade and retrofit path to build larger arrays, so there’s nothing to lose by choosing a small starter system.

RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall basic starter system, a 2 x 2 array, front and rear deployed views. This level is the starting point for small business local rental offerings as well as for corporate or commercial uses where a video wall that can quickly move to a different location within a facility or a different facility is valuable.

Extending the RPT PopUp Video Wall System:

By adding as many additional stacks as you need, any rectangular array of 2, 3 or 4 monitors high can be quickly deployed. Larger arrays require a proper Video Wall Controller. RPT can add optional custom mounted ThinGlobal POE ZeroClients and with an HDMI over Ethernet  video wall controller like Userful’s Software Video Wall Controller or MonitorsAnywhere Network Video Wall it becomes very simple to reconfigure one or multiple video walls and display contents from one or multiple inputs to quickly display complex content on the array. For speed and connection convenience, RPT has  options for including a small rack mounted Power Distribution and Gigabit POE Network Switch options on some of your stacks.

Here is an example of a 2 high x 4 wide array, assembled from two RPT PopUp starter systems plus one extra set of precision connector bars.

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RPT PopUp Portable Video Wall Multi-Height Arrays:

PopUp Stacks in an RPT PopUp Video Wall have the same bottom row height, but don’t need top be deployed at the same top height. Here’s a simple multi-height deployment assembled from a single three high stack added to a 2 x 2 starter array:

Here’s a PopTop 3×3 Portable Video Wall

Thinking outside the box a bit, owning a 3 x 3 system with 9 monitors, adding a single extra RPT PopUp Stack to your RPT PopUp Video Wall System allows you to deploy two 2 x 2 Arrays in the same or different locations. Or deploy a single 2 high x 4 wide array, plus as many other combinations of 4 single or joined stacks as you have monitors for. That kind of deployment flexibility maximizes flexibility of uses, as well as customer options and deployments in rental businesses, significantly increasing use and payback or income.

The RPT PopUp Portable Modular Video Wall System allows you to quickly deploy small 2 x 2 to truly monster video walls quickly, accurately and reliably. To protect your investment you can start with a small system small and upgrade or expand capabilities incrementally as your needs or markets grow.

Single facility, corporate road show circuit, or small to large rental programs: just let us how big your array should be and how you would imagine using a freestanding portable video wall and we’ll propose a system that meets your needs today and expands to your future needs. Contact RPT Motion for more information on the RPT PopUp Portable Modular Video Wall System:

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