Video Wall Controller Software: VigiControl Versus eSign 20
Video wall, media wall or data wall – are all ways to refer to large electronic screens that are used to display videos, data or images as a presentation. Usually more than one display device is used as a tile in a matrix that forms a single screen. A special video processor is used to scale an image or video or any text data or multiple images throughout the logical screen. This kind of display is used to present a higher resolution, larger and brighter picture to multiple people in a same place at the same time. Video walls are used for traffic and security management, data display of the stock market, elaborate trade shows displays, data presentation in conference room or simply for advertisements.
Multiple variations of software have been developed to enable these special display devices to work correctly. Vigicontrol Data Wall Controller Software (Product Code VC-SPCX) and eSign Digital Signage & Multi-Media Software-eSign 20 (Product Code SPCX-ES20) are two of them. The purpose of this article is to compare and contrast the two types of software on the basis of usefulness, price, performance etc. enabling you to decide which might work better for your project.
Both software programs are used for similar purposes: market applications, hospitality, retail advertising, information display, event scheduling displays, factory communications, museums, corporate display and communications, food service menus, control room monitoring, church information display and art gallery display.
Both run on Windows 2000/Xp and up.
Both VigiControl and eSign can be operated remotely on any PC via a network connection. VigiControl displays the desktop of the Video Wall Server in use so that you can organize and launch your PC application over a network on another PC or on local machine. You can access VigiControl server via Local Area Network. In the case of eSign, network or local content files run as a standalone system or network operation with eSign Site Manager.
Number of IRP:
Vigicontrol software uses application Split Screen function to divide an active RGB/DVI window into sub-windows. A maximum number of 16 sub-windows can be created. Also eSign supports up to 20 on-screen IRPs, but recommends for 1-16 displays. Though eSign 20 claims to be 20 IRP, it actually recommends a maximum of 16. So, there is no difference between the two pieces of software.
Still and video picture
Both Vigicontrol and eSign support industry standard formats for still image display and video playback.
Windows screen labeling:
VigiControl’s software provides Windows screen labeling. Also eSign offers you a multi-mode text banner player.
There is major difference between the two pieces of software, which may be a discriminate factor in your purchase. That is price of the software. Vigicontrol sells at $1099.99, and eSign 20 sells at $1199.99.
eSign 20 provides project manager for daily, weekly and specific date scheduling and background audio player whereas Vigicontrol does not mention such facility.
Resize and position application windows:
You can use VigiControl to interactively move, size and position application windows and control. VigiControl also has a guide and grid function to aid the positioning of windows.
Control of VxSwitch cards:
Vigicontrol provides control of VxSwitch cards in stand-alone mode.
VigiControl’s software provides a screen-ordering utility.
Save and re-call layout templates:
VigiControl allows you to save specific wall layouts as *.lay files enabling them to be re-called when required.
VigiControl provides Bezel Masking facility.
VigiControl’s software supports Creston controllers.
Command line interface:
VigiControl ‘ssoftware has command line interface for custom applications.
VigiControl’s software has Split Windows facility for Security and CCTV Systems and VigiControl now offers the ability to split RGB and DVI capture windows into separately cropped and scaled sub windows.
The cropping and on screen display settings for sub-windows can be individually modified and then saved as presets. Inputs can be split into a maximum of 16 separate sub windows. This is useful for applications where specific areas of a captured input need to be individually displayed and controlled, such as security and medical imaging systems.
Each sub-window will display a cropped portion of the captured source. When split, the sub-windows will all be the same size and occupy the same total screen size as the window being split.
The sub-windows can then be re-sized and cropped using the application Windows properties sheet. Each sub-window can be positioned anywhere on the display wall.
Vigicontrol’s software is ideal for use in CCTV and security control rooms.
Minimizing Video Gaps:
If a video overlay is displayed across multiple screens that have wide casings around the edges, strange effects maybe seen in the video images. Diagonal lines appear broken and circles appear elongated. Parts of the video are lost in the gaps.
Vigicontrol’s software allows the video to spread across the gaps between the screens so that the lines are straight and the circles remain circular.
Data input Labels:
The video overlay input label allows you to allocate specific labels; each input can be given more than one label. Depending on how many graphics cards you have installed will determine how many input labels you can create. The output of the rendering system or source PC is captured by the EMS XtremeRGB capture card and displayed as a single window.
From the above discussion, it could be decided that Vigicontrol’s software is more enriched with versatile facilities need for the optimum utility of the software.
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