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Matrox Monarch HD

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Matrox Monarch HD

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Product Highlights

  • Simultaneous Live Streaming & Recording
  • HDMI Input and Output
  • Up to 20Mbps Streaming/30Mbps Recording
  • H.264 RTSP/RTMP Compliant Streaming
  • H.264 MP4 Recording with 2 Ch AAC Audio
  • Multi-Tap 10-Bit Scaler & De-Interlacer
  • Web UI Accessible on Phone, Tablet, PC
  • Start/Stop Front Panel Push Buttons
  • Operates on Linux O/S
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The Matrox Monarch HD is an HDMI input/output streaming and recording device that can stream live events and record master versions for post-production or storage at the same time. The streaming and recording functions are totally independent of each other, and therefore recording quality is not affected by streaming bandwidth, and record controls can be operated without disturbing streaming operations. Recorded files are available anytime during a streaming session for use as complementary streaming videos.

Monarch HD generates RTSP/RTMP compliant H.264 streams from any HDMI source using a built-in encoder and multi-tap 10-bit scaler and de-interlacer. It records the live streams as H.264 MP4 files with two channels of embedded AAC audio to an optional SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive. Network-mapped drives are useful if multiple users will need to access the recorded footage. Streaming bitrates can be assigned at up to 20Mbps and recording bitrates at up to 30Mbps. You can stream to your own server or to CDNs like YouTube.

Bitrates, resolution, and other operational details are selectable in a web-application called Command Center. Via an Ethernet connection from Monarch HD to a router, Command Center is accessible on a phone, tablet, or computer. Up to four Monarch HD units can be controlled from Command Center simultaneously. Stream and record start/stop can also be controlled via push buttons on the front panel.

Monarch HD operates on a Linux O/S and isn't vulnerable to any automatic updates or unscheduled exchanges with 3rd party servers.

Overview
Monarch HD can stream live events from HDMI sources and record master versions for post at the same time. The streaming and recording functions are independent, and recording quality is not affected by streaming bandwidth. Recorded files are available anytime during a streaming session for use as complementary streaming videos.

H.264 Streaming & Recording
Monarch HD encodes video from any HDMI source in H.264 in RTSP/RTMP compliant protocols using a built-in encoder and multi-tap 10-bit scaler and de-interlacer. It records the live streams as H.264 MP4 files with two channels of embedded AAC audio to an optional SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive. Network-mapped drives are useful if multiple users will need to access the recorded footage. Streaming bitrates can be assigned at up to 20Mbps and recording bitrates at up to 30Mbps. You can stream to your own server or to CDNs like YouTube.

Compact and Simple-to-Use Design
Monarch HD features one-touch stream and record front panel push buttons and an Ethernet jack for Web UI access via connection to a router. It's fanless, consumes little power, and has a locking power connector. It can be used desktop, and three units can be installed in a 1RU rack.
Matrox Command Center Web UI
Each Monarch HD features its own IP address and can be controlled in a web-application called Command Center. Via an Ethernet connection from Monarch HD to a router, Command Center is accessible on a phone, tablet, or computer. Bitrates, stream/record start and stop, and other operational details are assignable in Command Center, and up to four Monarch HD units can be controlled from it simultaneously. Monarch HD runs on an embedded Linux O/S and is therefore not vulnerable to any automatic updates or unscheduled exchanges with 3rd party servers.

Status Page
The Command Center Status Page provides status information including input video detection and resolution, state and configuration of streaming operation and/or recording operation, error conditions, and more.

Control Page
Features controls for initiating recording and streaming operations, including synchronized start/stop.

Record Settings Page
Allows configuring recording parameters and includes presets based on intended post uses, such as a YouTube preset for VOD uploads and a master quality preset for high quality editing.

Streaming Settings Page
Here's where you enter RTMP or RTSP credentials and encoding parameters. Encoding presets are available for quickly choosing settings based on available bandwidth and desired delivery resolution or bitrate. The target encoding streaming parameters only need to be entered once and saved as a unique profile. Multiple profiles can be saved if the device is used in different environments. Each profile can be loaded instantly without having to reenter data.

Administrative Tools Page
Allows device naming, IP configuration, date/time settings, and other tasks.

Additional Tools Page
Features PC and Mac based utilities to help detect Monarch HD units on a particular network (DHCP server required).
HDMI Video Input Progressive:
1920 x 1080 @ 60/59.94/50/24/23.98 fps
1280 x 720 @ 60/59.94/50 fps

Interlaced:
1920 x 1080i @ 29.97/25 fps

Video input format is auto-detected
HDMI Video Output Pass-through of video input signal
1 frame 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" jack (3.5 mm)
Line level
Audio Output Pass-through of all embedded audio channels in HDMI signal
Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8" jack (3.5 mm) -- pass-through of input Line level
Video Encoder Built-in H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC)
Resolutions Selectable encoding resolutions:
96 x 96 to 1920 x 1080
Video Bit Rates 100 kbps to 30 Mbps for recording
100 kbps to 20 Mbps for streaming

When both streaming and recording resolutions are above 1280 x 720, the encode parameters must be identical for both processes. Independent record and streaming settings are available when either the streaming or the recording resolution is 1280 x 720 or below.
Encode Frame Rates Encode frame rates representing 1:1, 1/4, and 1/4 of the input frames rates are supported

The maximum encoded frame rate is 30 fps when input resolution is 1920 x 1080
Encoding Profiles Baseline, Main, and High
Encoding Controls 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1 level support
IBP GOP size and structure
Variable bit rate support
De-blocking filter
Audio Encoder MPEG-4 AAC
Audio Encoding Standard AAC-LC
Sample Frequency 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from analog source
Channels 2 channels stereo (L/R)
Audio Bit Rates Range from 96 kbps to 256 kbps
Scaler High quality multi-tap 10-bit scaler and de-interlacer
Advanced noise filtering
Available to both streaming and recording operations
Recording Formats MP4 with two channels of embedded AAC audio
Network Interface RJ45 connector providing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet with Static or DHCP addressing

Protocols:
RTMP, RTSP/RTP
IPv4 support
Unicast and Multi Unicast
User Interface HTTP computer based control via standard PC or Mac web browser
Front panel push buttons for independent streaming and recording Start/Stop control
Storage 2x USB 2.0:
Support for NTFS file system
Monarch HD will support writing to USB 3.0 devices at USB 2.0 speeds

1x SD card slot:
Supports SD and SDHC cards

Network mapped drive:
Support for writing to Shared Folders in computers found on a network using NFS or Windows share protocols
Transport and Storage Max operating altitude: 9,842 ft (3,000 m)
Max transport altitude: 39,370 ft (12,000 m)
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
Power Line voltage: 100-240 V AC, 0.5A
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Input: external AC/DC adapter -- IEC320-C14
Output: +5 VDC, 3A max
Total power consumption: 15 W
DIN4 locking power connector
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Operating Humidity 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Dimensions 5.6 x 4.3 x 1.2" (14.2 x 10.9 x 3 cm)
5.6 x 4.4 x 1.2" (14.2 x 11.2 x 3 cm) with optional SD card inserted
Weight 0.66 lb (300 g) excluding power supply
Matrox Monarch HD
  • External Power Supply
  • IEC-C13 Power Cord (US and EU)
  • GB/AU Adapter
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty with Phone Support
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    MatroxMonarch HD
     
    3.3

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (4)

        Reviewed by 6 customers

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        2.0

        Hard time staying in sync

        By Steve Janak

        from Oakland, CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Matrox Monarch HD:

          The price is attractive for what it is supposed to do. However, it is very finicky when latching on to an HDMI signal. The audio and video drift out of sync. I ended up returning the device. For the time being, I'll continue to use wirecast and my $ black magic mini recorder to encode live video.

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By Bosifes

          from IL

          About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects

          Comments about Matrox Monarch HD:

          out off the box, plug and play, easy to use most dummies can figure it out .

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          2.0

          Very finicky device

          By Kevin Ross

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Production Designer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Setup Is Easy

          Cons

          • Poor Performance
          • Unreliable Over Time

          Best Uses

            Comments about Matrox Monarch HD:

            I have three of these units in three systems. We have found over the past year that when they are 'working' they function very nicely.

            However, they tend to freeze up a lot and we have to reset the devices. Sometimes we just stop and start the streams. Other times, we have to reboot the devices. Rebooting one of these can take up to 5 minutes. The later firmware seems to reboot a bit faster (about a minute or so), but it still takes a LONG time when you are trying to do a live show.

            Video quality is good. We typically feed it 1280x720p60 and send 720p30 to ustream.tv

            The issues we end up having are three: 1) The video stream starts to stall. It will appear to lose about 10 out of 30 frames. The Monarch reports no problems, but everyone watching sees it. If we cycle the stream by hitting the button on the front panel, the stream will be rock solid for about 30 minutes, then starts acting up. 2) The stream occasionally freezes up, again requiring a stop and start. 3) The most challenging is when it freezes and stops responding to the front panel switch. That requires a reboot, which takes a lot of time.

            Recording over the network has been very unreliable for us on all three units.

            Matrox appears to be still working on the firmware as of this writing. I have installed 2.0.70 firmware.

            This has every potential to be a great product. The overall design is great, the feature set is outstanding. The support team is wonderful to work with. However, it currently would rate as unreliable. I am here today to shop for an alternative streamer.

            We did return one unit which had repeatable issues. Obviously defective, which I don't ding the company for. Failures happen, they were great to work with on getting it resolved and very quickly got me a new unit.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Work great

            By Artem

            from Fairfax, VA

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Matrox Monarch HD:

                We use the Monarch HD for video streaming and it works great except for initial start up. It takes a little longer to start up. I would also like to see it in rack-mountable format.

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                • No

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                3.0

                Simple but formware still in flux

                By RLSGBC

                from Dallas TX

                About Me IT Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Limited Compatibility

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Matrox Monarch HD:

                  Using to stream church services...very simple setup, but the firmware didn't support my streaming vendor originally. After several hours of trying to get it working, Matrox had to put a beta version of the firmware out, and it now appears to be working. Will definitely use the record to an external disk feature.

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                  4.0

                  HD recording of Prezi slideshow

                  By Joey D in Honolulu

                  from Honolulu

                  About Me Univ Prof

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Hd Recording
                  • Highly Configurable
                  • Profile Settings

                  Cons

                  • Computer-device Tricky

                  Best Uses

                  • Record Computer Out
                  • Streaming Hdmi

                  Comments about Matrox Monarch HD:

                  I used this product to record the computer output of my student's PH.D. thesis defense. He used Prezi as his slide show presentation tool. Prezi is a mind-map presentation tool that has zooming and pans across a mind map of images, data and transitions. The Monarch HD recorded all the movement in HD and the embedded videos, shot in HD were recorded in a super clear HD, much better than the live presentation via a projector. The best part about this tool is the HDMI thru that allows for monitoring of the input. The tricky part about using this tool is entering the Command Center via a Ethernet conection, took me about 3 hours to properly configure the computer IP address to match the static IP address. I could not get the building DHCP server to work with the Finder program from Matrox. I had to set the Monarch to static IP then configure the computer IP t match the IP range, then the computer and Monarch could talk and configure the various functions. I set the device to record to the SD chip and the recording looked great. I used a pro wireless mic to add sound to the recorded HDMI input but recorded volumes were very low and when we increased volume to the device recorded volumes remain low. Matrox needs to improve input volume controls, volume settings are limited in Commander program. Also the device gets pretty warm when plugged in, seems a little high for a device with no moving parts.

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