Video system setup considerations for Spivi®

Since Spivi® is a visual oriented solution the video system setup plays a crucial role in the overall experience.
In order to get maximal impact from Spivi® it is highly recommended to choose the best video setup that fits to your site.

When you are getting into the video system setup stage for your Spivi® system you have to consider the following:

  • For a Spivi® Studio system the rule of thumb is “the bigger the better”.
    Just like at the cinema, the virtual road looks better on a big screen and the overall experience of outdoor riding is much more impressive.
  • For a Spivi® MetriX system the guiding rule is the image quality. In most cases a flat panel TV provides sharper image than a projector.
  • You can split the output video signal of any Spivi® system to multiple screens. Many of our clients have selected to use a couple of big flat panel TVs.
  • Take a look at your studio, do you have enough space for a big screen and a projector? Use them instead of TVs.
  • LCD projector is the most cost effective solution.
  • The recommended TV size is 60 inch and up.
  • In any video system setup it is highly recommended to add a personal screen for your instructor.

Pedals_cycling_studio Big screen and projector setup

Spivi Studio on multiple TVs
Spivi® Studio on multiple TVs
Personal Spivi® Screen
Personal Instructor Screen

Want to use a projector?

A few words about the technology
The technology used in projectors can generally be broken down into two types: transmissive or reflective. Because LCD projectors pass light through the LCD panels rather than bouncing it away, they are considered a transmissive medium. A DLP projector uses mirrors to direct the light in an image, so it is considered to be “reflective.” The third type of projector discussed, an LED projector, is named for the light source, not the type of projection technology.

While LCD projectors have no moving parts, DLP projectors with slower color wheels may give off a rainbow effect; flashes of color that appear on the screen, like rainbows. This rainbow effect known to cause a nausea to 5% of the population.

* Information was taken from Understanding the Differences between LED, LCD and DLP Projectors on eBay.

That’s why we recommend using an LCD projector with Spivi® Studio.

The minimum required projector should have:

  • LCD
  • Minimum of 2000 ANSI Lumens
  • Input resolution – HD Ready 720p (1280×720)
  • Output resolution – XGA (1024×768) with 720p emulation
  • Ceiling mountable
  • VGA + DVI/HDMI inputs
  • Consider a short throw projector (Wide angle projection) for small rooms

Short Throw Diagram

The optimal projector would also have:

  • Full HD 1080i input and output resolution (1920×1080) or 720p (1280×720)
  • Wide screen projection

PC Magazine published a great article about the preferred technology when considering a new projector and mentioned 5 great projectors to be considered:,2817,2402493,00.asp