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    I have a PC with windows XP professional and I need to connect five different monitors to this computer and show five different films on these monitors (mpegs and at the same time). I already have an Nvidia nforce3 250gb card with two DVI outputs.

    My other specs are:

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+
    2 GB RAM
    300 gb harddrive

    Does anybody know how to go about this?



  • #2
    You can't. The best you could do is to have 2 videos distributed via the desktop over 2 monitors but you would only have audio on the one in front.

    Please do not duplicate posts. Find the most appropriate forum and stick with that. Thanks!
    Eric Peterson (AKA, "Zwick")
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    • #3
      sorry, put my first post in the wrong forum.


      • #4

        It might be helpful if you give us more information about what you are trying to do. How will this set-up be used? Trade show booth? Also, tell us more about the MPEGs, and give the technical specs of the PC you will be using. Number of processors, speed, RAM, and type of hard drive, for starters.

        With some extra hardware, it might be possible, although audio will be an issue. If you need the audio tracks, then you are getting into technogeek heaven.

        Four monitors have been done (without audio) on a really high-end PC using 2 Matrox DualHead2Go boxes. Using one TripleHead2Go and one DualHead2Go might work, but it may depend on the health of the PC, and the resolution of the movies playing back.

        Post back some details of the venue, the movies, and the PC.

        Last edited by debe; 03-18-2008, 06:09 PM.


        • #5
          It's for a video installation with five monitors beside each other. The computer I wanted to use has a AMD Athlon 64 3000+ processor with 2 GB RAM and yes, I would like to use the audio. The mpegs are about 30 min. each, 4500 bit rate and are supposed to loop.

          If they used I high end computer in the example you mentioned, it seems to be cheaper and easier for me to just buy five separate dvd players and with let them do the job.

          what do you think?



          • #6
            The DVD players would probably be less expensive than the graphic cards and a lot easier than the headaches you'll have trying to get audio on 5 streams. And debe's right, I should have said you can have more than two but the audio was he main issue.
            Last edited by Zwick; 03-19-2008, 02:00 AM.
            Eric Peterson (AKA, "Zwick")
            Person in charge
            Content creation/Education


            • #7
              I'll run it by the Technogeek, since this sort of thing is what he does for a living, but I think I can fairly confidently agree with you and Zwick that DVD players would be a less stressful way of achieving the goal. Especially if you need the audio.

              You could probably get 5 DVD players for the price of one DualHead2Go if you shop well.

              Last edited by debe; 03-19-2008, 06:00 AM.


              • #8
                If you want to play them back in sync, you either need DVD players that have the ability to jam sync timecode. Many professional models can do this. Or you can go with a system that uses solid state memory.

                I use the AVStumpfl system and it is one of the most amazing things I've ever worked with. But your not talking cheap.
                Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
                8GB RAM
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the tip John, but I don't need them in synch. I think I'll just go for cheap dvd players.



                  • #10
                    Playing Different Videos on Seperate Multiple Monitors

                    Unfortunately, playing 5 videos is going to take a lot of processing power. You are going to need a Quadcore and a lot of RAM!
                    The way to play several videos at once is to have sperate players. You will need a seperate program for each Video.
                    Some that I use are, Windows Media Player, PowerDVD, VideoLAN & Nero Player.

                    For anyone who doesn't understand how to setup Multiple Monitors, here are a few tips:

                    The Three main ways to Setup Multiple Monitors

                    1) You can buy a pre-manufactured multiple monitor computer. The best place to purchase a multiple monitor computer is at:

           They carry a multi-monitor computer line called SUPER-PC that can support from 2 to 12 monitors.

                    Multi-Screen Computer Systems

                    Multiple Monitor LCD Displays

                    2) You can get a USB to VGA Adapter, or USB to DVI Adapter that will allow you to add an extra monitor to your computer

                    via any USB2.0 Port. You can also add multiple extra monitors by using multiple adapters. This is a great option for viewing

                    documents, surfing the web, using Microsoft Office and many other business tasks. This is not a good option for intense

                    graphical situations such as HDTV, Blu-ray, Gaming and 3D / CAD Workstation applications. For those types of scenarios,

                    it is highly recommended that you purchase a high-powered multi-monitor workstation or a Matrox Dual or Triple Head2Go.

                    Multiple Monitor Adapters

                    3) You can replace or add an extra video card to your existing computer, depending on how many monitors you wish to support.

                    Although this sounds easy enough, this is a rather complex solution for a beginner, especially when trying to find a compatible

                    graphics card. For this reason, I am going to write an entirely seperate post on that topic and will link to it here, very soon.

                    Multi-Monitor Graphics Cards

                    Once you have your multiple monitor system set up and ready to use, you will need to enable all of your monitors in

                    your “Display Properties” Control Panel. Here is a great link to a complete and animated walkthrough of how to enable

                    your multiple monitors in Windows.

                    How to Setup Multiple Monitors (Instructions)

                    This is what it will look like when you are done:

                    Multi-Monitor Video Demo 1
                    Multi-Monitor Video Demo 2