Chief Introduces ConnexSys™ Video Wall Mounting System

Originally Posted on February 5, 2014 by chief team

Chief set out to create the best video wall system on the market – a system that solves the most common problems installers often run into on the worksite. They’ve achieved those goals with the ConnexSys Video Wall Mounting System.

Chief gathered feedback at each step in the development process of this product until they landed on the new system for video wall options.

“I think the outstanding part of Chief is how much the customer plays a part in the development cycle,” said Kathryn Gaskell, product manager.

After extensive research and conversations with customers, the Chief team determined the largest issues facing installers with video walls:

  • Speed of install
  • Ease of alignment
  • Access for serviceability
  • Rigidity to maintain adjustments

Chief engineers solved these problems and more with the new ConnexSys Video Wall Mounting System.

“Alignment can take up 50-70 percent of the install time,” Gaskell said. “This new system quickly aligns rows for substantial time savings. For massive video walls, it’s exponential.”

Here are 5 Benefits of the ConnexSys Video Wall Mounting System:

  1. Single strut channel install per row– for large walls, installers simply level a single strut channel and hang the mounts. This quickly aligns the entire row and removes the need for spacers to measure horizontally between mounts. The mounts work with strut channel that can be easily sourced locally. For multiple rows, simply use the height of the screen to measure between each row rail.
  1. PowerZone™ Adjustment– 6 points of tool-free height, tilt, lateral and depth adjustment are all found in one easy-to-access location. One tilt pivot point and a floating plane protect the display from damaging twisting and eliminate transfer of torque from the wall to screen. Three levels of lateral adjustment allow for precise alignment and protect screens from unnecessary collisions.
  1. Generous Depth Adjustment– No wall is perfectly flat, and the more screens are added, the more difficult aligning video walls becomes. ConnexSys mounts allow the home position to be set anywhere between 4 to 7.3” (102-186 mm) from the wall for perfect depth. Independent depth adjustments can be made on both sides of the mount to accommodate walls up to 2” out of alignment horizontally. This helps meet needs for large video walls, recess video walls where matching the outer surface can be particularly difficult, and even single display recess applications.
  1. RapidDraw™ Display Release– A controlled pull cord release gives installers access to any display on the video wall, removing the possibility of accidental pop-outs from people bumping into screens. The release also protects the displays by reducing the frequency and aggressiveness of screen pushing. Cords can be positioned to pull for release from any side. The mounts can be pulled out up to 13.7” (348 mm) from the wall for ample access space. Engage the kickstand to 20 degrees for even more room to work.
  1. Rigidity– A particular problem for installers is that displays lose their alignment if they are pulled out for service. Overzealous cleaning crews can also accidentally shift display alignment. Chief engineers added rigidity to the solution to prevent accidental screen shift from occurring when the screen is pulled out.

ConnexSys is available in landscape (LVS1U) and portrait (LVS1UP) versions with rails, and can be ordered without strut channel (LVSXU and LVSXUP) so installers can take advantage of longer lengths from local sources.

“I am excited about the way the new mount works,” said an installer Chief asked for feedback at various points in the development. “It should be a game changer in leveling your video wall. It’s really a no-brainer when it comes to leveling. You should be able to cut your time in half for installation.”

ConnexSys, the next generation in video wall systems, will be available from Chief in mid March. Going to DSE? Stop by booth and 1325 for a hands-on demo of the ConnexSys Video Wall Mounting System.

If you are interested in learning more about the ConnexSys, the next generation in video wall systems, please contact Hillman AV today!





Hillman AV is a Chief Certified Partner, and is excited to share the announcement that they made earlier this week regarding their newest additions to the 2014 Chief line up. Below is the link to the original post from their website,

Digital Menu Boards – The Top 5 Reasons to Make the Switch This Year

Introduction to Digital Menu Boards

McDonald’s, Burger King, and Tim Hortons have them. You’ve glanced at them in almost every fast food restaurant you’ve entered and become so common place they have become standard across the entire restaurant industry. They are now being slowly embraced by every retailer across the country. They are digital menu boards.

Big brand’s have become the industry leaders integrated digital boards and are ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating this new technologies.

Here are 5 reasons how can your business benefit from digital boards:

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Prices change. Menu items change. If you’re using a static menu board and you need to add a menu item or change pricing, you would have to print a new version of your menu in order to swap it out with your current menu. At the very least, you would have to manually change the price by taking the old numbers down, and replacing them with the new numbers.

By using Digital Menu Boards, making changes to your menu is as simple as logging into your software, typing in the new item, and publishing it to the media player. In only few minutes, changes are complete. In addition, if your business has multiple locations, and your media players are connected to a network, you can publish the new menus across all of your locations, saving you even more time.

2. Up-sell and Promote New Items

New menu items, and the ability to effectively up-sell are a crucial part of any business. It can affect your bottom line in a huge way. When a new product is added to a menu, companies depend heavily on their employees to educate consumers. Purchasing new static signage is another cost associated with marketing that new product.

Updating your menu digital allows you to introduce new items and promote your specials on a more frequent basis and helps build your brand. The ability to embed video into your digital menu board can have a significant impact with your customers. Once again, you save the cost of having to print signage each time you add an item, or an item goes on special.

digital menu 063. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Menus

Offering different menu choices for breakfast and supper is common in many businesses. By scheduling your digital menu board to automatically switch over from the breakfast menu to the lunch menu, the whole process is simplified. Pictures, items, and prices seamlessly change at any specified time.

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4. Make Changes Remotely

As an owner, you can’t be at your business 24 hours a day. You can however, have the ability to make any changes to your digital menu from anywhere with an internet connection. Adding items from home, changing prices from a business conference in Vegas, or creating a monthly special from your hotel suite in Mexico, for example can all be done with from a laptop or mobile device.

5. Green Friendly

I have mentioned the cost savings when switching from a static menu to a digital menu, but going digital with your menu also is “green friendly”. By not having to print new posters or menus every time your menu changes, companies will use far less paper throughout the year and save on print design costs.

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The cost of commercial grade displays and media players has steadily dropped over the past few years making this an even more appealing solution. Hillman AV has the technologies and advice when it comes to digital menu options. Our expertise, paired with your desire to advance your business, makes for a great partnership. Call us today!

Hillman Audio Video Partners with Jack FM for “A December to Remember”

Hillman Audio Video Partners with Jack FM for “A December to Remember”

“A December to Remember” is an annual event hosted by local radio station, Jack FM. This event assists teachers by providing them with tools to help preschool children who are who are deaf, have cleft palates, and/or praxia, how to communicate. What they found was that many of these children learn best through visual and interactive lessons.

So in early December, Adam MacKay approached Hillman AV with regards to contributing to this event by providing them additional tools to use within the classroom environment. Immediately we wanted to help these teachers with a solution to better communicate with their students and provide an interactive learning environment for them. For more information on the Luidia eBeam, please follow this link.

If you have 3 minutes, please take the time to listen to what tools we were able to provide these amazing teachers and their students.

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Our team at Hillman Audio Video want to extend a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone this season.

Hillman AV Congratulates Kramer Electronics on 2013 AV Awards Wins

Kramer Electronics Wins at 2013 AV Awards

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Hillman AV would like to congratulate Kramer Electronics for the recognition they received at the recent 2013 AV Awards.

Kramer took home two awards at the event: The highly touted “Manufacturer of the Year” award, and a product specific category, “Systems Product of the Year” award with the VP-771 Presentation Switcher/Scaler.

The VP−771 is a high−quality, 9−input presentation switcher and scaler from the new line of Kramer’s presentation scaling switchers, ideal for boardrooms, hotels, churches, lecture theatres and training rooms. The VP−771 accepts one of nine inputs: component video, DisplayPort (DP), 3G HD−SDI, two computer graphics, two composite video and two HDMI signals. It offers a versatile feature set that includes Luma−Keying, Picture−in−Picture functions, 2K resolution, emergency alert notifications, built−in web pages, and more. The VP−771 offers the ultimate in image manipulation and processing, using the latest digital signal processing technologies.


For over 30 years, Kramer Electronics has been providing solutions to the vast range of challenges that confront the AV industry, developing creative, reliable and value−oriented top−of−the−line products and distributing them worldwide with an uncompromising level of service and support. Their products serve a broad range of market segments, with a guarantee for best performance, reliability and quality, and up to seven years of warranty for most products.

We here at Hillman AV love to partner with innovative companies that truly shape the future of the AV industry. Kramer Electronics continually strive to achieve greatness, and we’re truly honored to be aligned with this great organization.

Hillman AV is proud to be an Authorized Reseller of Kramer Electronics Products, and we wish them continued innovation and success.

Mobile Digital Signage

What Can Digital Signage Do?

Digital signage can be an incredibly effective means of delivering your company’s message. Most digital advertising networks that I’ve seen are fairly simple by design. A seven to fifteen second video loop played over a network of 6 to 14 large stationary billboards. But digital signage can be so much more than that.

At Hillman AV, we have partnered with BrightSign as our supplier of digital signage players. “Geo-Fencing” is one of the coolest options that the XD1230 media players are capable of.

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Geo-fencing is a fairly new concept when it comes to digital advertising. It allows you to play content that is targeted to the current location. By adding a GPS dongle into the BrightSign USB port, you’re able to establish geo-coordinates using Google Maps. From there you assign an interactive playlist to the geo-fenced area as a trigger and as you enter each area, the playlist will change based upon your location.

Public transit is the perfect environment for geo-fencing. Imagine a business traveler being picked up at the airport by a taxi or limousine that has an advertising display installed. As he or she makes their way to a downtown hotel, the advertising playlist being shown is for downtown area businesses. Bars, hotels, shopping centers, and restaurants in the area are advertised on a small LED screen that is targeting this traveler. Upon check in, he or she now has an idea of what businesses are in the area.


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Not only does this provide relevant location-based business information, but it can also generate an additional revenue stream for the taxi company as well. By selling advertising that can be geo-targeted, the business that is advertising is relevant when consumers are driving into the shopping area. This type of targeted marketing can be more effective and economical than trying to talk to too broad of an audience.

This is just one of the key features of the BrightSign XD1230. For more information on the capabilities of digital signage, click on the links throughout the post, or Contact Us.


Consumer Versus Commercial Grade TV’s

Consumer or Commercial Grade?

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So you’re looking to purchase a TV. Whether it’s for personal or business use, there is a lot to choose from. More and more businesses are integrating flat panel televisions in their establishments as they are becoming more aware of the benefits of using these mediums. Whether they are used for digital advertising, business information, or for Monday Night Football, these displays are in literally everywhere.

How do you choose between consumer and commercial grade TV’s for your business? Were you even aware that there is a choice? Most models look exactly the same, but there are differences.

When deciding on a flat panel display for use in commercial applications, there are four things to keep in mind when making your final decision.

1. Portrait or Landscape – When using the displays for digital advertising, it’s a nice feature to be able to choose between portrait and landscape modes. Most commercial displays are built with the ability to do either mode. Consumer grade TV’s, on the other hand, are typically not able to access portrait mode.

2. Running Time – The Majority of commercial grade TV’s are specifically designed to run 24/7. Consumer grade TV’s on the other hand, consumer models are rated 4/7. Four hours per day, seven days a week. For most business applications, displays are running much longer than that. You could find yourself replacing the consumer displays more often due to image burnout.

3. Cost – Many consumers expect commercial grade TV’s to cost substantially more than their consumer grade cousins. That’s simply not the case anymore. As technology advances, prices tend to come down. Gone are the days when a commercial display would cost you 30-40% than consumer grade. And in most cases, the difference is less than 15%, and on occasion, I have actually seen less than a 5% difference in price.

4. Warranty – Many business owners do not realize that when consumer displays are used in a commercial environment, the warranty can revert to 90 days “over the counter” requiring the display to either be shipped back or taken in to a service center for repair. Most commercial grade TV’s come with a minimum two-year warranty, with the option for additional years to be added for an additional cost.


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As you can see, there is little to no benefit if you were to choose to use a consumer grade TV in your business. You may save a little bit of money short term, but in all actuality, using consumer grade for a commercial application could cost you more in the long run.

Be more informed and take the time to ask the proper questions and you could save you and your business a lot of grief down the road.