Client
St Pauls Catholic School
Date
December 20, 2015
Services
LED Wall

St Paul’s performs with UK’s first school LED video wall

St Paul’s Catholic School is a mixed comprehensive school for students aged 11-18. As a result of Leicester’s Building Schools for the Future funding, the school benefited from a new building housing a learning resource centre, dedicated Sixth Form provision,  a new science faculty and a new drama theatre space.

St Paul’s wanted a dynamic display solution in the theatre space that would enable them to easily create impactful backdrops for their performances and assemblies.

Project Brief

Believed to be the first of its kind within an education establishment in the UK, St Paul’s 6.1m x 2.3m LED video wall was supplied by MessageMaker for CDEC.
The 14.16 m2 screen is made up of internally bright full colour LEDs, has a 1024 x 384 resolution and is housed by a frame and black bezel.

Playback compatibility includes: Full HD camera feed / DVI / AVI /HDMI SD, SDI, S-Video, CVBS, YPrPb scaled playback and BluRAY / DVD playback with a seamless, high brightness option and adjustable brightness up to 1500NIT, the screen is bright enough to compete in a fully lit environment with stage spotlights landing directly on it.

A 16 bit video scaler puts content on screen, easily controlled from the tech desk in the theatre.

“CDEC is the best AV company that I have worked with – the success of our project is largely due to the excellent and flexible attitude of the CDEC team and the quality of their work. We were asked to accelerate work that we had planned over 3 years to be completed in 12 months, which CDEC has achieved by creating an off-site assembly line and minimising the work that has to be done on-site, meaning that each teaching room is out of use for an absolutely minimum period (often just 1 day).”

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David Swayne
Chief Information Officer , Goldsmith's University of London

Project Features

Believed to be the first of its kind within an education establishment in the UK, St Paul’s 6.1m x 2.3m LED video wall was supplied by MessageMaker for CDEC.
The 14.16 m2 screen is made up of internally bright full colour LEDs, has a 1024 x 384 resolution and is housed by a frame and black bezel.

Playback compatibility includes: Full HD camera feed / DVI / AVI /HDMI SD, SDI, S-Video, CVBS, YPrPb scaled playback and BluRAY / DVD playback with a seamless, high brightness option and adjustable brightness up to 1500NIT, the screen is bright enough to compete in a fully lit environment with stage spotlights landing directly on it.

A 16 bit video scaler puts content on screen, easily controlled from the tech desk in the theatre.

Project Benefits

The LED video wall is easy to control and load content. This ease of use enables students to instantly create a background for their performing arts sessions, including moving graphics and videos in addition to still images or ambient colour changes. It also has capability for backdrops similar to those used on the ‘X Factor’ to give the school’s performances that added edge.

Due to the flexibility of LED displays, we were able to create a very specific size and ratio which matched the dimensions of the stage.

In addition to drama productions, the screen and theatre space is used for assemblies and parental meetings.

The video wall benefits from substantial decrease in running costs in comparison to traditional projectors. In terms of energy use, the wall’s total consumption is as low as 400kwh, compared to the likes of 2 x 2300 kwh bulbs in a projector.

The LED’s used in the wall have a typical test life to half brightness of 100,000 hours plus (11.4 years) continually on, in comparison to a 2500 hour projector bulb life.

The video wall has a projected life span of 20 years and was designed to perform on a no / very minimal maintenance basis. Due to the lifespan of the bulbs there should be no maintenance required other than it will simply need to be cleaned / dusted occasionally to remove surface dust from the LEDs.