Jeremy Framstad from Grace Community Church in Fremont, Ohio brings us this “poor man’s video wall”.
From Jeremy: I have a friend who worked for a hospital in our area. He called me to let me know that the hospital was changing out all their desktops and getting rid of some old LCD monitors. For a small donation to the hospital’s non-profit organization, I loaded up 100 22” LCD monitors into our church van and drove away. Each monitor came with a power cord and a VGA cable.
Over the past few years, we have been using unistrut for our stage set framings and we had some backstage. We constructed a grid out of 3/4” and 1 5/8” strut and attached the monitors to the strut frame. Basically, it was like a big erector set. There were 6 monitors on each vertical strut. Each strut had a power strip and a VGA distro amp behind a monitor. Each column’s VGA distro amp was connected to a master 16 output VGA amp. One ProPresenter machine supplied the video output, which was fired and controlled through our Jands Vista L5. The same video was on every screen. Our lighting techs fired the backgrounds at the same time as their lighting cues. Matching the colors for each screen was a pain, but after few hours of switch out some bad monitors and working on some colors it worked out ok.
Directly above the monitors was a unistrut framework that existed from a previous set there were 36 LED Pars attached to strut. After we used this set at our main campus we took it to our student ministry winter retreat.