Meeting attendees are used to seeing big screens with single images from cameras, videos, and PowerPoint presentations. Video monitors aimed at the stage are nearly required for presenters to see everything from a countdown clock to their production. But with a bit of creativity, video displays can add functionality and punch up the coolness factor of your show.
- Scenery: Putting a screen with images behind the stage is a simple way to create decor that can be changed easily. The picture could be as simple as having a single idea or complex and expensive as using giant screen technology with high-end graphics. Images must be bright, so stage lights don’t wash them out, and remember, items on stage will block out parts of images.
- Graphics & Presentations: Presenters sometimes cram slides with a ton of information and sometimes just bullet points. It can be a tough call whether to show their presentations or the camera feed of the presenter (also known as Image Magnification or I-Mag). Consider having both I-Mag and graphics screens if your event has a lot of PowerPoint slides or other graphics. That way, people in the audience can see the presenter on screen and the presentations simultaneously.
- Delay Screens: Large audiences require more screens to accommodate people farther away from the stage and main screens. To decide how many, it takes a little math. Multiply your screen size by eight — this is the general limit of how far from the screen people can be seated. So, if a screen is 10 feet tall, try to establish people no farther than 80 feet away. Seat them even closer if screens will have small text or detailed graphics. Also, consider adding screens to lobby areas and overflow rooms.