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Matrox Monarch

Matrox Monarch



Professional video streaming and recording appliance

Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record the master quality version for post-event editing. By separating the task of recording from streaming in a single integrated unit, Matrox Monarch HD ensures that the Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are focused on delivering quality video to your audience while you control the quality of the archive.

From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocols. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

Record master quality video while streaming

One way in which the Monarch is different to other devices is that it can record the H.264 file directly to an SD card as well broadcasting to the internet. These can be done at different settings so that you get a reasonable quality live stream that people can watch but save a higher quality version to the SD card in the Monarch

A typical setting will let a user record a master quality file at 25 Mbps while simultaneously streaming at a bitrate of 5 Mbps. As a dedicated streaming or recording appliance, Matrox Monarch HD can stream at bitrates up to 20 Mbps or record at bitrates as high as 30 Mpbs.

Ready to edit and upload with MP4 and MOV

Matrox Monarch HD gives the option of recording high quality H.264 video as MP4 or MOV files. These formats offer maximum versatility for use in any application. Upload a file to your own web server or to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) like YouTube. Alternatively, you can directly import the file into most creation tools without the need for file transcoding.

Robust and practical design

Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD offers simple, one touch stream and record pushbuttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector, and a fanless design. Matrox Monarch HD's HDMI output makes it easy to monitor what you are streaming and recording, regardless of whether the signal is received from a camera, a switcher, a signal convertor, or a computer. All eight channels of embedded audio can be passed from the HDMI input to HDMI output ports. Two channels of analog audio input with loopout are also available via 1/8" stereo jacks. Its design allows Matrox Monarch HD to be just as easily located on a desktop as in a rack–up to three units can fit in a single 1RU tray. The storage and button controls are conveniently located on the front of the unit while the power and I/O ports are found at the back.



Flexible streaming internet protocols support

Easily Reach your Audience

Whether you’re providing live content to Adobe Flash or Wowza Media servers, to any of the popular CDNs, or directly to a computer or device found on a LAN, Matrox Monarch HD’s flexible video streaming protocols’ support is up to task. The Monarch HD is a certified “Works with Wowza” encoder allowing our users to benefit from enhanced integration with the Wowza streaming engine. As a certified encoder Wowza Manager can provide an XML file which contains the credentials required for the Monarch HD to easily connect to the Wowza Streaming engine. The Monarch HD also supports XML files generated for use with Flash Live Media Encoder. These files are often offered by CDNs to allow their customers to easily connect to their service. Both XML files are loaded into the Monarch HD using the Command Center, a web based UI. Finally, the Monarch HD can be configured to target only a handful on viewers using software based players such as VideoLAN’s VLC Player. This is particularly useful for remote viewing of content being recorded locally.

Stream and record SDI signals

A/V professionals and broadcast engineers often work with SDI signals from devices like switchers, routers and cameras that do not have HDMI outputs. Matrox Monarch HD can stream and record these signals usingMatrox MC-100, a versatile SDI to HDMI convertor. This convertor accepts any HD-SDI or 3G-SDI sources and converts it to an HDMI signal that may be used as a source for the Monarch HD if it is of a supported resolution.

An bundle that includes Matrox Monarch HD and Matrox MC-100 is now available.

Record to Anything

Matrox Monarch HD lets you select from a variety of recording media types. Use an SD card when a compact portable solution is required or a USB drive for long form recording. Alternately, a system drive on a computer found on the network may prove extremely useful if multiple individuals need to access the footage.

The Monarch HD provides users the ability to create split files while recording. This is particularly useful when recording for extended periods of time. The user can enter a file length and Monarch HD will automatically split your recording into separate files, switching to a new file without losing a single frame. When loaded on an NLE timeline sequentially, they will playback seamlessly and can be exported as a single contiguous file.

Regardless of how or where you store the footage, the record controls can be executed without affecting the streaming operations. High quality files will be available to create video assets to complement the live stream well after the event is completed.




Matrox Monarch HD web-based user interface Presets and Profiles for simple Configuration

The Monarch HD firmware ships with a number of typical streaming and recording presets that define all the encoding parameters including resolution and bitrate. Whether preset or custom parameters are used, they only need to be entered once and saved as a unique profile. A profile not only contains encoding parameters but also destination information detailing where the encoded video is being sent. Multiple profiles can be saved if the device is used in different environments. Recording and streaming profiles are saved independently allowing a user to mix and match profiles depending how the Monarch is being used at the time. Each profile can be loaded instantly without having to re-enter data.

Remote Command and Control

A simple web page is all that is needed to harness the power of Matrox Monarch HD. You can control and configure the appliance using any device on your network that supports a standard web browsing application.

A single Matrox Monarch HD device can act as a master to multiple slave devices. From a single web page, you can simultaneously start the recording and/or streaming of up to four Matrox Monarch HD devices.

Matrox Monarch HD web-based user interface

Integrate Matrox Monarch HD into your own Application or Environment

Network- or cloud-based video management platform developers, A/V integrators and value-added resellers can use Monarch HD Dev Tools, which include automatic configuration tools and the Monarch HD Control API, to provide a unified, consistent and branded user experience. Individual users need not interact with the Monarch HD Command Center web UI, which can simplify enterprise-level and centrally administered deployments.

Automatic configuration tools can be used to set all Monarch HD encoding and destination settings by simply loading a properly formatted configuration file. For example, specialized CDNs and video platform providers who wish to offer a branded plug-and-play user experience can use the automatic configuration tools to give their customers a very simple installation procedure. The customer would just insert a USB key containing the customized automatic configuration file, boot the new Monarch HD and be ready to stream at exactly the right settings. Similarly, IT administrators in corporate and education environments with deployments of multiple Monarch HD units on a network can use the tools to manage all of the units from a single application or portal. This can be done automatically by having each Monarch HD check a defined webpage for configuration settings at boot up. Alternatively, the task of fetching configuration settings can be triggered manually from the Monarch HD Command Center.

Monarch HD Control API is an HTTP-based API that lets system integrators create their own control software to start, stop, set streaming bitrate and destination, and get the status of a Monarch HD device. The Monarch HD Command Center or the automatic configuration tools are used to initially configure devices with complete streaming and recording parameters. Once set up, units can be controlled using the custom application, on-device buttons only or the Command Center.

Download the Monarch HD DEV tools reference guide

Integrate with Crestron

The Monarch HD Control API is an ideal way to integrate Monarch HD functionality into an existing classroom, boardroom or other space equipped with a Crestron control system. Monarch HD registered users are invited to download a sample SIMPL module written to run on Crestron 2-Series and 3-Series Room Media Controllers.



Install in a Rack

Matrox offers an optional Monarch HD Rack Mount Kit, an ideal space and cable management accessory which allows a user to fit up to three Monarch HD units in a single 1RU space.

Price:692.08  +VAT  (830.50 Inc. VAT at 20%)

Matrox Monarch & Matrox MC-100 Converter

Price:859.00  +VAT  (1,030.80 Inc. VAT at 20%)


Matrox Monarch HD Technical Specifications

Inputs and Outputs
HDMI Video InputProgressive
1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/24/23.98 Frames per second
1280x720@ 60/59.94/50 Frames per second

Interlaced
1920x1080i 29.97/25 frames per second

Video Input Format is Auto-Detected
HDMI Video OutputPreview output of video input signal. 2 Frame delay from input to output
Audio InputProcesses first two channels of audio embedded in HDMI input signal
Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack
Line Level
Audio OutputPassthrough of all embedded audio channels in HDMI signal
Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack passthrough of input
Line Level
H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC) Video Encoder
ResolutionsSelectable encoding resolutions ranging from:
128x128 to 1920x1080
Bit Rates RangesRecord Only Mode: 100 kbps to 30 Mbps
Stream Only Mode: 100 kbps to 20 Mbps

Independent Stream and Record Mode**:
Recording: 100 kbps - 30 Mbps
Streaming: 100 kbps - 10 Mbps
Maximum combined total bitrate of 30 Mbps

**Note that whenbothstreaming and recording resolutions are above 1280x720, the encode parameters must be identical for both processes. Completely Independent recording and streaming settings are available when either the streaming or the recording resolution is 1280x720 or below.
Encode Frame RatesEncode frame rates representing 1:1, and of the input frames rates are supported

Note that the maximum encode frame rate is 30 fps when encode resolution is 1920 x 1080
Encoding ProfilesBaseline, Main and High
Encoding Controls2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1 Level Support
GOP Size and Structure
Variable bit rate support
Average max/min data rate controls
Deblocking Filter
MPEG-4 AAC Audio Encoder
StandardAAC-LC
Sample Frequency32, 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from analog source
Channels2 channels Stereo (L/R)
Bit RatesRange from 32 kbps to 256 kbps
Scaler
High Quality multi-tap 10 bit Down Scaler and De-Interlacer
Available to both streaming and recording operations
Recording File Format
File TypeIndustry Standard MP4 and MOV files with two channels of embedded AAC audio
Recording LengthsMaximum file length of 300 minutes - irrespective of storage type used. File splitting feature allows a user to record continuously for long periods by defining file segment sizes. The Monarch HD will create these sequential file segments over the course of the recording operation without losing a single frame of video. File segment can have a length of 1 to 300 minutes.
Network Interfaces
ConnectorRJ45 providing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet with Static or DHCP addressing
ProtocolsRTMP, RTSP/RTP
IPv4 Support
Unicast and Multi Unicast (number of clients may vary from 3 to 10)
User Interface
Computer Based controlHTTP via standard PC or Mac web browser using Matrox Command Center. The simple Monarch HD Control API is also available to programmers to create their own application to start and stop the Monarch HD.
Physical InterfaceOn Device push buttons for independent streaming and recording Start/Stop control
Storage Types for File Recording
2 x USB 2.0Support for NTFS (3.1) and FAT32 file system
The Monarch HD will support writing to USB3 devices at USB2 speeds. Also note, there is a very high variability in the performance capabilities of “thumb” drives (even USB3 versions). Many are optimized for “read” operations while the Monarch HD requires sustained “write” capabilities. For best results, Matrox recommends using powered USB drives. If small portable media is required, SD cards may be more suitable.
1 x SD card SlotSupports SD and SDHC cards. Only NTFS formatted SDXC cards are supported. (Class 10 highly recommended).
Network Mapped DriveSupport for writing to shared folders in computers found on a network using Windows Share protocols (suitable for windows system) as well as NFS protocols (suitable for Mac and Linux systems)
Matrox Command Center Web UI
Status PageProvides relevant operational information concerning Status of MonarchHD unit at that time including; Input video detection and resolution, State and configuration of Streaming operation, State and configuration of Recording operation, Error conditions, etc...
Control PageRecording and Streaming operations initiated here including Synchronized start/stop operations. Multiple Monarch devices can be synchronized in a Master/Slave topology to allow for synchronized record and streaming operations across multiple units via a single interface
Record SettingsConfiguration of recording parameters set within this page. A number of presets are included which are selected based on post event use of the recorded asset. If file is to be uploaded for VOD purposes, a YouTube preset may be selected. If content is to be edited for high quality production, a higher bitrate preset may be preferable
Streaming SettingsConfiguration of Streaming parameters performed on this page. The RTMP or RTSP credentials as well as encoding parameters are entered. Encoder presets have been included to quickly select an ideal encoder settings based on desired delivery resolution or bitrate. The loading of Flash Media Server XML configuration files is supported
Administrative toolsDevice Naming, IP configuration, Date/Time settings and a variety of other tasks performed via this page
Additional ToolsMatrox provide PC or Mac based utilities to help detect Monarch HD Device on a particular Network (DHCP server required)
Physical
Dimensions5.60 in. long (14.2 cm)
4.30 in. deep (10.9 cm) excluding inserted SD-CARD
4.40 in. deep (11.2 cm) including inserted SD-CARD
1.22 in. (3.1 cm) high including rubber feet
Weight0.66 lbs (300 grams) excluding power supply
Operating conditions32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C), 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Power
  • Line Voltage: 100-240V AC, 0.5A
  • Frequency: 50-60 Hz
  • Input: External AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C8
  • Output: +5VDC, 3A max
  • Total power consumption: 15 Watts
  • DIN4 Locking Power Connector
Transport and StorageMax Operating Altitude: 3000 meters
Max Transport altitude: 12,000 meters
Storage Humidity 5 to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Regulatory
  • FCC Class B, CE Mark Class B, ACMA C-Tick Mark, VCCI
  • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Warranty2 years with free telephone support
Kit Contents
In the box
  • Matrox Monarch HD device
  • Matrox Monarch HD external power supply
  • IEC-C8 power cords (US, GB and EU)
Ordering Information
MHD/IMatrox Monarch HD part number
MHD/MC100/KITMonarch HD and Matrox MC-100 Dual SDI to HDMI convertor combo kit
MRCH/RACK/KITMonarch HD Rack Mount Kit. Can fit up to three Monarch HD units in a 1RU space.
PWR/SUP/MHDMonarch HD power supply unit. Does not include IEC-C8 power cord. These cables must be sourced locally.

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