I have been asked by a local company to figure out how to implement their desire to run four different videos in the 4 quadrants of a 61" monitor in their showroom. Each video will run in a continuous loop.
Is this possible? If so, what kinds of technologies are we looking at.
Well, seems to me that it could be easy, or could be difficult... largely dependent on the length of the videos...
Obviously the easiest solution is to feed the one big monitor from one source (I suppose DVD or Blu-Ray or HD-DVD)... and the presentation is pre-produced with the show already split into the four quadrants.... rather than feeding from four sources and using some kind of quad splitter.
That's easy breezy if all four of the videos are exactly the same length.
If the four videos are of DIFFERENT lengths... that's where you could run into some trouble. Then you would have to produce one big looping video, the length of which would be the lowest common denominator of all the videos.
Say video "A" is 5:00, video "B" is 2:30, video "C" is 10:00, and video "D" is 12:30. Then, in that fairly simple fictional case, you would have a "master" looping video that is 50:00 long... video quadrant "A" would show 10 times, "B" would show 20 times, "C" would show 5 times, and "D" would show 4 times.
That would work with videos that are fairly "rounded off" times... if you have videos that are 2:13, 9:42, 12:05 and 3:27... you'd have to come up with an alternate method (probably four sources with a quad splitter) because in practicality you could never produce a master where they would all come out evenly.
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you don't scour it - you CALL THE COMPANY tomorrow morning, and say "we are intersted in purchasing a product that can split a video signal into 4 large Plasma displays" - and then you spend a LOT of money on it.
When your boss or client comes back and says "gee, we weren't thinking about spending THAT much money", you respond "are you f#$%ing stupid, of COURSE it costs a lot of money to build a big video wall - you want some names of big AV contractors to do this - see what they charge you".