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Userful is Your Easy & Powerful Custom Video Wall Solution

Userful turns a standard PC into a flexible and powerful video wall controller that delivers visually stunning video wall displays over the network with unparalleled simplicity and ease, at an affordable price. With Userful you can:

  • Using virtually unlimited simultaneous internal and external content sources
  • …on preset zones across a single video wall
  • …or onto a mix of video walls and digital signs
  • All controlled in real time through Userful’s API or with remote control tools which staff can use to invoke zone and content presets created by Administrators

Industry Standard Hardware

Userful video walls use standard, off-the-shelf server or PC hardware and network zero client devices connected over a standard gigabit Ethernet network. Single install setup turns a standard Intel Core i7 PC into a browser-managed video wall controller. Optionally add extra Nvidia video cards which are used by Userful software to offload video rendering thereby increasing the power of the PC and the number of screens and size of content supported.

Artistic and Grid Configurations

Arrange video walls in standard grid or artistic formats. Rotate individual displays to any angle to create a unique video wall.

Add virtually unlimited content inputs from just about any source: Local CMS player, Live TV, RTSP, RDP, VNC, an interactive desktop or full screen browser or just about any content using one or more HDMI or SDI capture cards.

Configuration Flexibility

Preset zone support allows for the display of simultaneous content streams on specified displays within the video wall which can be changed on the fly as needed.

With a single touch customers can instantly change the content playing on the video wall using a smart phone or tablet.

Powerful Control Features

Userful has a powerful suite of control tools. Administrator can preset zone and content options for all displays, and then staff are able to invoke those presets using a tablet or smartphone switching content and zones across all video walls and displays with a single touch. Userful also allows users to control the mouse and keyboard of an interactive video wall from a smartphone or tablet. Ths effectively turns every video wall into a touch video wall.

The Userful platform began as a virtual desktop solution, reducing the cost and simplifying desktop deployments around the world. Delivering cost effective centralized and virtualized desktops however was just the beginning for Userful. Since then, we’ve developed our software platform to do amazing things for displays of all kinds. Userful also supports high performance video walls, digital signs and locked down kiosks that are easy to manage, cost effective to deploy. From interactive video walls, to artistic, mosaic-style video walls, or simple control room applications, Userful is a high-end video wall controller that makes it easy to synchronize and add intelligence to displays.

Epson’s EB-696Ui Full HD Interactive Projector (Video)

With a brightness level of 3,800 lumens and FullHD WUXGA resolution, the EB-696Ui’s ultra-short-throw design allows you to present large images from a very short distance.

This new projector offers ultimate interactivity by combining finger-touch with dual pen capability. With a brightness level of 3,800 lumens and FullHD WUXGA resolution, the EB-696Ui’s ultra-short-throw design allows you to present large images from a very short distance with minimised shadows and glare. A 16,000:1 contrast ratio and HDMI input means that students benefit from sharp, clear images.

Check out this promotion video for Epson’s new EB-696Ui ultra short throw projector.

The Story Behind Vivi

The Story Behind Vivi

Check out this awesome infographic from Vivi Australia, outlining the brand’s timeline from 1997 until 2017!

Creative Agency Uses Epson Projectors for Projection Mapping

Creative Agency Uses Epson Projectors for Projection Mapping

A US advertising agency has used some of Epson’s most advanced large venue projectors to deliver interactive work for its clients.

Creative agency All of It Now, based in San Francisco, has been using Epson Pro G and Z-Series projectors to develop amazing visual displays and sophisticated projection mapping designs.

The firm, which offers live digital video production, interactive design and 3D production, recently used some of the Pro Z-Series projectors to create a 60′ x 80′ planetarium-style projection mapping installation at the space-themed Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.

Danny Firpo, managing partner at All of it Now, said projection mapping was in a constant state of change.

“Projection mapping is an ever-changing thing – it has evolved a lot,” he said.

“The surface being projected on has very specific interplay and communication with the image being mapped, bringing it to life. The vibrant images from Epson projectors have allowed us to create some really special displays – everything from large-scale building mapping to atmospheric projecting on a tree.”

All of it Now chose to work with Epson projectors for their mapping displays because of the bright colours they offer within their class. “Specifically, the Epson Pro G and Z-Series large venue projectors have outperformed other projectors with a 20-30 percent higher lumen rating,” said Mr Firpo.

“One of the really great features we’ve found with the Epson Pro Z-Series specifically is the SDI input – being able to use the same cables that we use for cameras,” he added.

“Being able to have a motorised zoom and motorised focus helps with setups with less than an hour of turnaround time. And the interchangeable lenses on the Pro G and Z-Series have given us the flexibility to take the same projector and multiple lenses to troubleshoot and solve problems on the fly.”

Vision One Sponsors the Camrea Cricket Club

Vision One Sponsors the Camrea Cricket Club

Vision One are proud to announce the sponsorship of newly-established North Metro Cricket Association entrants, the Camrea Cricket Club.

The sponsorship will see the Vision One logo featured on the side of in-game playing caps in addition to online website placement and across all Camrea Cricket Club digital platforms.

” The synergy between Vision One and the rich history of the Camrea Cricket Club is something we’ve endeavoured to maintain throughout the course of our 18 years of operation,” Vision One director Chris Sismanes explained. “The values of family, relationships, comradery and respect exhibited by the Camrea Cricket Club and its members aligns verbatim with our ideals and philosophies at Vision One and we are delighted to have partnered with the cricket club once again.”

BrightSign Unveils New Media Players

BrightSign Unveils New Media Players

BrightSign, LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, today announced the first major overhaul of the company’s players in nearly two years. BrightSign’s lineup of digital signage media players has been completely redesigned and will ship with a portfolio of technology updates including an M.2 interface for Wi-Fi antennae or a solid-state drive (M.2 SSD). BrightSign’s free BrightAuthor software and the BrightSign Network are also updated with advanced digital signage features for enterprise-level performance.

“The digital signage marketplace is evolving rapidly. For that reason it’s important that our technology solutions not only support signage as it’s being used today, but that they also work flawlessly many years from now,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “Customers can install our players today knowing that BrightSign software, hardware and networking solutions will serve them well in the future as they implement new and exciting digital signage features.”

BrightAuthor software v4.5 will enable a new feature on the HD, XD and XT players called Mosaic Mode, which allows a multitude of lower-resolution videos to be played in multiple video zones that add up to the total resolution decoding power of the player’s video decoder. CEA HDR 10 is supported on all players delivering a much higher contrast ratio and much wider color palette, complementing the higher resolution of 4K displays. And the ability to real-time encode and stream content from the player to another end-point or device is now incorporated in XD and XT players.

B-Deploy, a powerful new feature that allows customers to set up and deploy from tens to thousands of players all at once, can be used with the BrightSign Network, a BrightSign Partner CMS, or an on-premise secure corporate LAN with internet access.

BrightSign Network, including the new B-Deploy feature, now supports media and player tagging for highly targeted content distribution to large networks of players.

Each of the seven new players boasts a sleek new industrial design with a very slim profile under 1” in height that makes it possible to place the players virtually anywhere. All new players integrate H.265 (HEVC playback features) and HTML5. The top two product lines (XD and XT) offer a hardware-accelerated H.265 video decoding engine capable of 4K HDR 10-bit video playback.

BrightSign’s portfolio of digital signage media players is now comprised of seven players spanning four product lines:

BrightSign LS: Affordable, Compact and Fully Featured

BrightSign’s LS423 is a fully featured, commercial-grade player offering a superior alternative to consumer devices often chosen for price-sensitive digital signage installations. Based on the award-winning BrightSign HD platform, BrightSign LS423 delivers signature reliability and affordability, with a robust feature set including H.265 Full HD video decoding, a basic HTML5 engine, USB 2.0 type C, and networking.

BrightSign HD: Updated Classic with Mainstream Performance

BrightSign’s new HD models are updated with advanced technology that delivers power and performance for mainstream applications at a very affordable cost. Both the HD223 and HD1023 offer hardware-accelerated HTML5 engine and 1080p60 decode, along with BrightSign’s highly reliable media-handling platform and signature ease of use. All HD models support Gigabit Ethernet, as well as robust interactive controls and dynamic live content features.

BrightSign XD: True 4K Playback and Advanced Performance

BrightSign’s two new XD players are capable of decoding either two 1080p60 videos or a single 4K video and a single 1080p60 video simultaneously. Both the XD233 and XD1033 have Gigabit Ethernet and offer an advanced hardware-accelerated HTML5 engine.

BrightSign XT: State-of-the-Art Technology with Enterprise Performance

The BrightSign XT243 and XT1143 offer unsurpassed performance with the company’s fastest HTML and graphics engine and the most powerful CPU. This state-of-the-art technology for enterprise level digital signage installations supports dual video decode of one 4K and one 1080p60 video simultaneously. The hardware-accelerated HTML5 engine enables flawless playback of multiple modular HTML5 assets including CSS animations, Web GL and swipe/gesture interactivity. Both XT models support PoE+ and Gigabit Ethernet, and the XT1143 offers HDMI-in for Live TV playback.

For more information about BrightSign’s complete portfolio of digital signage hardware and software, contact Vision One on (03) 9467-3777.

Epiphan Pearl – The Ultimate Live Streaming Platform

Epiphan Pearl – The Ultimate Live Streaming Platform

Live streaming is hardly considered a specialty service anymore. Most performance venues are realising it’s virtually a requirement to stay with the times in an increasingly online, inter-connected world. TV channel counts are dwarfed by the gazillion options available live on the Internet, and stream-hosting websites like and have never been busier.

Pearl is a solution that allows you to integrate live streaming functionality without requiring a complete overhaul of your pre-installed AV systems. It’s designed for live video production, and provides switching and recording functionality in addition to streaming. Up to four HD video sources can be connected to the rack unit, all of which can be displayed in a variety of system via HDMI, SDI, or analogue TRS inputs.

Users can facilitate the power of the Pearl to record a session, edit it, and get a package up online within 24 hours with the easy access format, providing simplicity to integrate directly into Final Cut or Premiere Pro. The Pearl can also be custom-branded, giving customers a totally whitelabeled experience to present to their visitors.

Learn more about Epiphan Pearl here.

Make Anything Your Canvas: Projection Mapping Content

Make Anything Your Canvas: Projection Mapping Content

Video appearing on large objects is nothing new. For decades, Times Square in New York has had video monitors on the sides of buildings. What is becoming more common, with the advent of stronger projectors, is making the building itself a screen.

In a process called projection mapping, a 3D model of a building is made, then this model or map is entered into special software that allows video designers to “wrap” images that are projected back onto the original surface. This requires very high resolution, high lumen projectors and often more than one projector to cover a large surface. The result is a stunningly clear image and new levels of creativity.


The Disney Way

When it comes to creativity and innovation, the Walt Disney Company often leads the way. We spoke with Chuck Davis, Principal Technical Director at Creative Entertainment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and he told us that the concept was actually born in Disneyland.

There are three singing statue busts in the Haunted Mansion, which debuted in 1969. Originally the illusion was done by projecting a head shot of the singer that was perfectly cut out to match the surface. Chuck tells us, “Disney pioneered the process of taking specific imagery that is designed to highlight or augment or work with the surface that it’s projected onto. Walt Disney Imagineering has been working on this for a long time.”


Let’s Celebrate

Fast Forward to the present and Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. The creative team took 18 months to develop a fully immersive outdoor show called “Disneyland Forever”. Davis says, “We wanted to tell the story of what Disneyland was about. We projection mapped on the castle with super high accuracy.” But because of the way Disneyland is laid out, not every guest can see it during the fireworks show, so he tells us that they projection map onto “It’s a Small World” and even the 80 ft high Matterhorn. Davis continues, “We projection mapped the entirety of Main Street. Each block is a 4K shot, so literally Main Street is a 16K video image.”


Erik Koehler is the Senior Video Designer for Creative Entertainment at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He gives us the technical specs on the hardware: “Those are all separate systems and we tried to keep all the pixel densities similar across all the surfaces. It requires three totally different systems with totally different lenses to achieve that.” Koehler tells us that all of the projectors are by Christie (link is external). They chose the Boxer 4K30 for the Matterhorn. There are four Roadster HD20K-J’s to cover the castle. Main Street is longer but the throw is shorter so they use 14 projectors.


A Green What?

Both men say they the key to the process is the Hippotizer (link is external) from Green Hippo). This is the processor that seams the images together and software that allows for the creation of 2D images laid over large 3D objects.

Chuck Davis says that there are three ways to think about the process, “We can just project on the object like it’s a flat screen. We put textures and things on there. Second, using the Hippo itself to do shrink wrap, we can take a 2D image, project it onto the model detail and then we can start moving it around.”

Additionally, he says they can add barriers within the animation to make objects appear to follow the building’s exterior. “There’s a scene in the show where balloons start popping up. They are flying in the air and they bounce off the contours. They bounce off a ramp, bounce off the veranda and one hits a little bit of the turret and then flies off into the air.” Davis continues, “The third thing we can do, that people are most amazed by, is that we can animate in 3D on a 3D and it looks like the building is doing something that it can’t do. It looks like it’s getting squashed or blown up or flipping over or doing crazy things. We play with your eye and trick you into believing that these crazy things are happening.”

Erik Koehler designs the systems and he says that the greatest limitation they face is the size of the images and the speed of their processors, “The size of that file is the tricky part. You can’t go too big because then it becomes too burdensome on the video server to playback live.”


Look East To The Future

Davis and Koehler say that what we’ve seen at Disneyland is just the beginning. Their team is working on 4K resolution they are moving that way very rapidly. Chuck Davis says, “We’re opening a new park in Shanghai. It features the largest castle ever built. We’re working on a show that will have 18 4K projectors. It’s the largest canvas that we’ve ever projected on in terms of pixels. Green Hippo has never done anything this large and they are the king of the industry.”

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