What type of content looks best on Absen products?
Regardless of which panel you purchase, you should always look for content that is 1920×1080 HD or higher (4K) in either a video format, static images or motion graphics. If you must go down in quality in order to get the exact content that you are looking for, try to use them for smaller displays (in relative size not pixel pitch) for shorter amounts of time.
Here is a general list of the type of content that would look best on our displays: solid shapes, basic shapes (circles, square and triangles), contrasting colors, vector objects, close-up shots, logos, landscape shots, people, text (and of course, many more!)
What type of content should be avoided?
This ultimately depends on if the content is in motion during the time it is played on the display (i.e. scale up, scale down, pan left, etc.) Content that is in an HD format and is static will always do well on the screen. However, depending on the type of content, that same HD format content may produce inconsistent results when it is in motion.
For example, let’s say that we want a close up photo of a lion with a furry mane on a 2520×1344 A2Pro screen. The photo of the lion is static and the finer details of his fur and mane are kept in tact. But then the photo is in motion scaled up in size as well as sliding to the right; now the detailing in his fur become blurred and overall the content will appear as if it is stuttering or is of lower quality. The last thing you need from all the stress of meeting a deadline is bad content!
Here is a general list of the type of content that can be a challenge when the content is in motion: thin vector lines or shapes, serrated material, fine-drawn patterns, and mesh materials.
What about frame rate?
Frame rate is an important part of creating high quality content for LED screens. To ensure a smooth motion, 60fps should be the lowest frame rate that content be exported at. Slow motion content that has been recorded at 120 frames or higher and then converted to a 60fps project frame rate do extremely well on Absen products. Macro shots of animals, different objects, or food moving in slow motion give a different perspective for the viewer to enjoy and add a layer of depth to your overall content.
Does the file format matter?
The file format should not matter as long as it can playback on the controller. Typically, content and graphics should be exported as MPEG-4 video format to ensure the best playback on the controller.
What about color?
Because an LED houses a R, G, and B chip, content created with the colors of red, blue, and green will produce the best and most vibrant results. Colorful displays make a statement! Don’t ignore this step and really take the time to think about the colors you want to display. Raising the saturation levels of the content is another factor to consider when creating content.
How does the screen size of the display affect the aspect ratio and content?
For a typical project, Absen products can be built at a 16:9, 1.78 aspect ratio. This is your standard 1920×1080 screen. For example, the N2 product can be built with an exact screen resolution of 1920×1080, pixel for pixel, with a 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect ratio and is 4.61 m x 2.59 m in size (8 tiles x 9 tiles). The majority of today’s content comes in a 16:9 format and so the display can easily match that aspect ratio depending on the type of Absen product. Moreover, because of the tile nature of our Absen products, there is no limit to the different resolutions or screen sizes you can create to design customized displays that fit any project’s specifications. Implementing your unique look is simpler and workable with Absen panels.
The best way to create content for these standard screen sizes would be to take graphic elements that are in a 16:9 aspect ratio and has a higher resolution than the display and then scale down the graphic elements to fit the screen. With this method, you preserve the quality of the content without sacrificing the size of the display or screen resolution and can make the display as large or as small as you would like.
For example, some common screen sizes of the X5 come in screen sizes of 15×8 tiles, 17×9 tiles, 20×10 tiles and they all fit 1920×1080 resolution content. However, in relative size they are all different.
This all really boils down to how big of a display your project needs, which Absen product you would like to use, and adjusting the number of tiles and editing the content to fit the display.
For a more detailed look at the relationship between the screen size, screen resolution and aspect ratio, use our LED screen calculator here or call our sales department at 407-203-8871.
What if I use a screen size that is not 16:9?
Displays that are built for creative applications and that do not conform to the standard 16:9 aspect ratio should still follow the same guidelines for creating high quality content. Whether its a spiraling column for a gorgeous centerpiece in a mall or a field of cubed panels for a concert, the content should be at a higher resolution than the display it will be played on and then scaled or cropped to fit the screen size. Doing this will ensure that your content will consistently look fantastic!
Playback will require special mapping on the Absen Pro HD Video Controller. For more information or training inquiries on how to use the controller, you can join us at our next Absen Certified Engineer training program. Email us at ACE@usabsen.com to find out more.
Remember, your imagination is your only limit—because Absen products are tiles in nature, the possibilities of what you could construct for your unique projects are truly endless!