When I say large, this is a locally organized music festival with moderate drawing power. I'm thinking an audience of 2,000 to 5,000. Perhaps something like 8' x 16' would do? I don't know. Like a highway billboard or something.We need to show short videos throughout the day and real-time closeup shots of the performers would be cool too. We don't want to rent because we are planning 2 or 3 festivals each summer. Buying or building our own video screen makes more economic sense at first glance.I have found a few solutions in America, but they are still extremely expensive. I really like the idea of the LED video curtain because some are open-air design and wind passes right through.Does anyone know where I can gain enough knowledge to build my own? It can't be that tough. All they are is what?...Flexible addressable led strips, controller, power supply? How hard can it be?What I want to learn is stuff such as, what voltage to use, (5 or 12,) what dot pitch I need, where to get the parts.Am I crazy for thinking this?Any help or discussion here would be great. Thanks.
When you say expensive, what is your target budget. Expensive is relative and what may be expensive to one may be normal spending for someone else. Cheap (in terms of $'s ) and LED Video Walls don't seem to be used in the same sentence.
I was quoted a price of $15,000 for a one-day rental. Also, from other companies, I've been quoted $39,000 to $20,000 for purchase, (based on size and dot pitch.) I know they are not yet being mass produced, but really? I only see those prices as grossly inflated. This is 2013, the age of cheap electronics. They can't possibly cost that much to build and deliver. I think they are just capitalizing on the fact that they are net yet readily available to the public.If I could build my own for under $10,000 US, I would surely consider it.
LED panels and curtains have been around for years and are pretty widely available. Many of the 'cheap electronics' you reference are likely related to markets that involve millions of consumer units, which justifies significant investment in reducing per unit cost as well as amortizing any costs across all of those units. That situation changes dramatically where the market is significantly different and smaller. Go ahead and try building your own, you'll probably find the cost is not actually as grossly inflated as you think.
Any help or discussion here would be great. Thanks.
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