Clay Stahlka CTS-D

Many of you have probably heard about Digibird. You may have already discussed it amongst your selves. I’m quite sure the some of you have already been approached by customers. So, I want to tell you about Digibird, and help you understand their family of products.
Digibird Logo
Digibird makes video wall control processors.

If you’ve ever deployed video walls before, you know that the difference between a great video wall and a lousy video wall is all in the control processor.

I will make an important point here, that a video wall built upon daisy-chaining multiple displays, using the built-in matrixes, stink. I can unequivocally say that you absolutely need high-capacity video processing to successfully (and completely) map pixels in real time. There is no display on the planet that can do it alone.

There are a bunch of video wall controllers on the commercial market. Some of them are really good (and expensive). Many of them are just okay. Digibird does several things that only a few can do, and they do it at a remarkable price point.

Digibird Wall Controller Units
1. Image rotation down to 1-degree. Most controllers allow you to flip the image for portrait and landscape positioning, but if you’re designing one of those “designer video walls,” you may need 45-degree rotation. In some cases, you may need increments less than that. Digibird’s VRC solutions support rotation down to a 1-degree level of adjustment. And as you may have seen at a tradeshow, they can be interfaced with robotics to create a mechanically moving video wall. This is a real show stopper.
Digibird Wall Controller Units
2. Edge-blending for projection walls. Many other video wall control processors are designed for displays only. The Digibird EBC series combines all the other video wall control processes with projection edge-blending. This allows you to sell Digibird with multiple projectors to make huge projection walls, seamlessly. These are commonly used as video backdrops and in rental and staging applications, where a display-based video wall is not practical.

3. Hardware-only design. You probably know that most of the other video wall control processors are built on a computer platform. They use Windows or sometimes Linux operating systems, and utilize high-quality computer graphics cards and computer capture cards to do the heavy lifting. Digibird, on the other hand, is exclusively built on a hardware platform. There is no computer underneath the lid, and there is no operating system or software running on-board. This means that latency is reduced to near zero. (less than 10ms) This also means that it’s built like a tank, and cannot crash. Digibird is perfect for applications like government, military and command & control environments where computer-based solutions may not be allowed

4. Fully scalable and expandable. While some of the high-end video wall controllers can be scaled to very large capacity, they do not sell them through distribution. That means that only partners that are setup direct with the manufacturer can provide those products. Digibird has available frame designs that support up to 168 inputs and 144 outputs, and those frames can be combined to design a system to support an unlimited number of inputs and outputs. Plus, a single control processor can be used to control multiple video walls, so you can create very large video wall systems with a single Digibird modular frame and the appropriate number of I/O cards.

5. Motorized, rotating displays. Digibird has a system that comes with a motorized mount and one of their 360-degree controllers, that allows you to automatically rotate a display while keeping the image still. Now, I can’t think of a lot of applications for this, but they showed it at InfoComm 17 and everybody loved it. I’ve already gotten several requests for this solution. It’s new, it’s different, and it’s available now from Starin.