Matrox Monarch HD H.264 encoder

Matrox Monarch HD

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.

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Product Description

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. Watch the video

Record master quality video while streaming

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If an event is worth streaming, it is worth recording at the highest possible quality. The better the recording quality, the more value it offers a post event produced asset. These assets can be made available to your audience as fast turnaround VOD files or as fully post produced highlight reels.

Matrox Monarch HD supports sharing the H.264 encoder between the streaming and recording processes so recording quality and upload bandwidth are independent of each other. 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.

Matrox Monarch HD injects the highest quality video into every bit regardless of input source or target bitrate. Combining the power of the built-in H.264 encoder with Matrox’s high quality deinterlacing and scaling engines guarantees stunning results.

Ready to edit and upload with MP4 and MOV

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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

Matrox Monarch HD H.264 encoder.

Matrox Monarch HD H.264 encoder.

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 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.

Easily Reach your Audience

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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. How to Connect the Matrox Monarch HD to Wowza Streaming Engine?

Stream and record SDI signals

Stream and record signals using Matrox MC-100 dual SDI to HDMI convertor. Click the image to see it at full size.

Stream and record signals using Matrox MC-100 dual SDI to HDMI convertor. Click the image to see it at full size.

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 using Matrox 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 attractively-priced bundle that includes Matrox Monarch HD and Matrox MC-100 is now available. Please see Matrox Monarch HD Tech Specs for ordering information.

Record to Anything

Record to USB key or drive when portability is important

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.

Presets and Profiles for simple Configuration

Matrox Monarch HD web-based user interface

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

Matrox Monarch HD web-based user interface

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.

Integrate Matrox Monarch HD into your own application

Monarch HD Control API

The very simple Monarch HD Control API has an HTTP-based API that lets users and system integrators create their own control software to start, stop and get the status of a device. The Monarch HD Command Center Web UI is used to initially configure the device with streaming and recording parameters and, once set up, users have the flexibility to control the unit using the Command Center Web UI controls, on-device buttons only or their own applications written using the Control API.

View or download the Monarch HD Control API documentation

Integrate with Crestron

Monarch HD Control API

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. Register Now.

Install in a Rack

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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. Please see Matrox Monarch HD Tech Specs for ordering information.

Download the latest firmware from here.


Specifications

Inputs and Outputs
HDMI Video Input Progressive
1920×1080 @ 60/59.94/50/24/23.98 Frames per second
1280×720@ 60/59.94/50 Frames per second

Interlaced
1920x1080i 29.97/25 frames per second

Video Input Format is Auto-Detected

HDMI Video Output Pass-through of video input signal. 2 Frames delay from input to output
Audio Input Processes first two channels of audio embedded in HDMI input signal
Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack
Line Level
Audio Output Passthrough 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
Resolutions Selectable encoding resolutions ranging from:
128×128 to 1920×1080
Bit Rates Ranges Record 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 when both streaming and recording resolutions are above 1280×720, 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 1280×720 or below.

Encode Frame Rates Encode frame rates representing 1:1, ½ and ¼of the input frames rates are supported

Note that the maximum encoded frame rate is 30fps when input resolution is 1920×1080

Encoding Profiles Baseline, Main and High
Encoding Controls 2.0, 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
Standard AAC-LC
Sample Frequency 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from analog source
Channels 2 channels Stereo (L/R)
Bit Rates Range 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 Type Industry Standard MP4 and MOV files with two channels of embedded AAC audio
Recording Lengths Maximum 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
Connector RJ45 providing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet with Static or DHCP addressing
Protocols RTMP, RTSP/RTP
IPv4 Support
Unicast and Multi Unicast (number of clients may vary from 3 to 10)
User Interface
Computer Based control HTTP 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 Interface On Device push buttons for independent streaming and recording Start/Stop control
Storage Types for File Recording
2 x USB 2.0 Support 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 Slot Supports SD and SDHC cards. Only NTFS formatted SDXC cards are supported. (Class 10 highly recommended).
Network Mapped Drive Support 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 Page Provides 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 Page Recording 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 Settings Configuration 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 Settings Configuration 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 tools Device Naming, IP configuration, Date/Time settings and a variety of other tasks performed
via this page
Additional Tools Matrox provide PC or Mac based utilities to help detect Monarch HD Device on a particular
Network (DHCP server required)
Physical
Dimensions 5.60 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
Weight 0.66 lbs (300 grams) excluding power supply
Operating conditions 32 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 Storage Max 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
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/I Matrox Monarch HD part number
MHD/MC100/KIT Monarch HD and Matrox MC-100 Dual SDI to HDMI convertor combo kit



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