Matrox Monarch HDX

Matrox Monarch HDX

Matrox Monarch HDX


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Product Highlights

  • Dual-Channel H.264 Video Encoder
  • SDI and HDMI I/O
  • Supports HD and SD Resolutions
  • 0 Frame Latency on SDI Loopthrough
  • Discrete Processing on Each Channel
  • Supports Flash and Wowza Platforms
  • Independent H.264 Preview Stream
  • Storage and Control over Network
  • Recallable Presets
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Matrox MHDX/I overview

  • 1Description

Simultaneously stream and record video from SDI and HDMI sources with the Matrox Monarch HDX. Expanding on the Monarch HD, the Monarch HDX adds SDI I/O to the already available HDMI I/O and dual-channel operation with independent H.264 encoders. This functionality makes it suitable for broadcast and other professional workflows that require streaming and recording of content, such as houses of worship and universities.

Having discrete encoders allows for each channel to function separately. You can stream to two different locations, record proxy and master files from the same input, and record two inputs simultaneously. You can also use one encoder for streaming video live while the other encoder records a high-quality copy of the broadcast for playback after the live stream. Whether you use it for live streaming or recording, the Monarch HDX can be integrated into SD or HD productions.


H.264 Encoding Engine
The Monarch HDX can share 30 Mbps of encoding capacity across the two channels. Each channel benefits from a powerful scaling, de-interlacing, and noise reduction engine for improving image quality before encoding.
Dual-Channel Streaming
When used as a webcasting encoder, the Monarch HDX generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocols. Each channel is assigned separately. Each channel can stream up to 10 Mb/s, allowing you to simultaneously stream to two destinations or set the device for up to 20 Mb/s streaming quality for a single encoding destination.
Dual-Channel Recording
Content can be captured in either MOV or MP4 files to ensure that they can be played by your application of choice. Recordings can be stored locally on an SD card, a USB drive, or remotely on a network-mapped drive. Dual channel recording allows the user to simultaneously record content locally and to the network, which means files are immediately available to anybody on the network, but also provides the assurance that no action is lost even if the network goes down. Furthermore, each recording can be done at a different bitrate should there be a need to deliver the content to devices with varying decode capacities.
Simultaneous Streaming and Recording
Monarch HDX dual encoders can broadcast a live webstream at one bitrate while simultaneously recording high-quality H.264 files for immediate availability, such as post event VOD or editing with your NLE of choice.
HDMI and SDI Inputs
The Monarch HDX H.264 video recorder can accept signals from HDMI or SDI sources. The input can be selected using the web based UI, Matrox Command Center, or directly on the unit itself, allowing for a wide range of connectivity to devices such as cameras, switchers, or routers. Additionally, both inputs are complemented by internal frame synchronizers to ensure uninterrupted streaming and recording operations, regardless of the disturbance on the input. The audio is also selectable between the two channels of the embedded video signal or the analog stereo input. Audio may be dynamically muted or unmuted without affecting the video encoding operation.

Regardless of input selection, SDI video, HDMI video, and embedded and analog audio outputs are live. For SDI workflows, the Monarch HDX recorder has an extremely low pass-through latency with a built-in power-loss relay which, in case of power loss, will route the SDI input directly to the SDI output, ensuring signal path integrity.

Wowza and Flash Support
The Monarch HDX is a certified "Works with Wowza" live video streaming encoder, allowing 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 Monarch HDX to easily connect to the Wowza Streaming engine.

The Monarch HDX 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 HDX using the Matrox Command Center, a web based UI.

Remote Control
The Monarch HDX can be controlled and configured via the Monarch HDX Command Center using any device on the network that supports a standard web browsing application such as a computer, smart phone or tablet. Designed for operator ease-of-use, master controls provide one-click operation to start streaming, recording or both from anywhere within the user interface. The device also provides convenient controls directly on the unit itself to stop/start recording or streaming, and an additional button to assign the input.
H.264 Preview Stream
The Monarch HDX H.264 encoder provides a useful low bitrate preview stream of the input directly in the Command Center UI. This same preview can be viewed using software players such as VLC or on third-party devices, such as Crestron control panels. This stream is available independently of the two encoder channels allowing you to check your video signal before your webcast goes live.
Profiles and Presets
The Monarch HDX 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. Each profile can be loaded instantly without having to re-enter data.
Matrox Utils Application
The Matrox Utils application allows operators to remotely scan and find all Monarch HDX's present on their network. The Utils application will also scan the attached Monarch HDX and notify the operator if the unit is up to date with its installed firmware version and will also update the device automatically to ensure that it has the latest software release installed. The Matrox Utils application can also be used to reboot Monarch HDX devices present on the network.
Closed Captioning Support
Ideal for broadcasters who require the integration of closed captioning while streaming and/or recording. Retrieving the closed captioning data from the SDI VANC or line 21 protocols, the Matrox Monarch HDX then embeds the data within the H.264 stream, as CEA-608. These caption-enhanced H.264 files can then be streamed (via RTMP) to capable media servers such as Wowza, CDNs including YouTube Live or Ustream, or recorded as MOV/MP4 files, which can then be decoded by players such as Telestream Switch, with captions intact and synced with the video - frame by frame.

Note: Requires firmware version or later, available as a free download from the Matrox website.

UPC: 790750247656
In the Box
Matrox Monarch HDX
  • Power Supply
  • 3 x IEC Power Cord (US, GB, EU)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Matrox MHDX/I specs

    HDMI Video Input 1920 x 1080p 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
    1920 x 1080i 29.97/25
    1280 x 720p 60/59.94/50
    HDMI Video Output Preview output of video input signal
    2-frame delay from input to output
    SD video output as windowed in an HD output
    SDI Video Input 1920 x 1080p 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98
    1920 x 1080PsF 29.97/25
    1920 x 1080i 29.97/25
    1280 x 720p 60/59.94/50
    720 x 576i 25
    720 x 486i 29.97
    SDI Video Output Clean distribution of SDI incoming signal
    0-frame latency passthrough of Input signal
    Hardware bypass relay present in SDI signal path is "closed" on power failure
    Audio Input Processes first two channels of audio embedded in HDMI or SDI input signals
    Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8" jack (3.5 mm)
    Line level
    Audio Output Pass-through of 8 embedded audio channels in HDMI and SDI signals
    Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8" jack (3.5 mm), pass-through of input Line level
    Frame Synchronization On both HDMI and SDI inputs.
    Video Encoder Built-in H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC)
    Resolutions Selectable encoding resolutions:
    128 x 128 to 1920 x 1080
    Video Bit Rates Single Encoder:
     Streaming mode - 20 Mbps
     Recording mode - 30 Mbps

    Dual Encoder:
     Maximum 10 Mbps for streaming channels
     Maximum 30 Mbps combining both channels
    Encode Frame Rates Encode frame rates (fps): 60/50, 30/25/24, 15/12.5

    Note: 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
    Average min/max data rate controls
    De-blocking filter
    Audio Encoder MPEG-4 AAC
    Audio Encoding Standard: AAC-LC
    Sample Frequency 32, 44.1, or 48 kHz when digitized from analog source
    Channels 2 channels stereo (L/R)
    Audio Bit Rates Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps
    Note: Audio codec settings are applied to streaming or files delivered by both encoders.
    Scaler High quality multi-tap 10-bit scaler and de-interlacer
    Available to both streaming and recording operations
    Preview Stream format: H.264
    Bitrate: 300 kbps (average)
    Stream type: RTSP
    Recording Formats MP4 and MOV with two channels of embedded AAC audio (maximum file length of 300 minutes)
    Network Interface RJ45 connector providing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet with Static or DHCP addressing

     IPv4 support
     Unicast and Multi Unicast (from 3 to 10 clients)
    User Interface HTTP via standard PC or Mac web browser using Monarch HDX Command Center
    Front panel push buttons for independent streaming and recording Start/Stop control
    Recording Media Support 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
     Supports SDXC cards formatted with NTFS

    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
    Operating humidity: 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
    Storage humidity: 5 to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)
    Regulatory EMI: FCC Class A, CE Mark Class A, ACMA C-Tick Mark, VCCI
    Power Supply Safety: UL/CUL(UL60950-1), TUV-GS(EN60950-1), T-LICENSE(BS EN60950-1), CCC(GB4943.1-2011), PSE(J60950), SAA(AS/NZS60950-1), KC-MARK(K60950),S-MARK(IEC60950-1)
    RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
    Power Line voltage: 100-240 VAC, 0.5 A
    Frequency: 50-60 Hz
    Input: external AC/DC adapter -- IEC320-C8
    Output: 9 to 24 VDC
    Total power consumption: 20 to 30 W typical, 42 W max
    DIN4 locking power connector
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions 5.6 x 8.5 x 1.4" / 14.2 x 21.6 x 3.6 cm
    6 x 8.5 x 1.5" / 15.3 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm (including pads and BNC spigots)
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.1 x 8.8 x 3.4"

    Matrox MHDX/I reviews

    Monarch HDX is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly What I Wanted it to Be!! I am using it to record. The fact that it can record to a standard .MOV or .MP4 file allows me to hand a copy of the event on an SD card, to my customer as soon as the event it over. No transcoding, no wasted time. I love it! The best part is that I record 2 copies, one to the SD card and another to a network mapped drive. Talk about back up to my back
    Date published: 2015-09-23
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't update firmware without filling out a bunch of forms Haven't tried the product yet but the hoops you have to jump through to download firmware was rage-inducing enough to make me leave this review. You have to: 1. Register an account (email and password) 2. Fill out required contact info (address, phone) 3. Fill out required 10 question survey about who you are and how you are using the product 4. Register the product serial number Only then may you download current firmware. What a load of garbage, Matrox. Unbelievable!
    Date published: 2017-10-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent for utility grade streaming This encoder produces a decent stream but that's it.� The bitrates exiting this box aren't controlled by the unit's min/max settings. When you look at the real bitrate output from networking management equipment, the bitrate can be substantially higher on average than your target. Also, the frame sync function isn't good at all, you still need a decent proc amp in front of it. sending this device any form of SDI cross point switching errors is very dangerous and may in fact take you event offline which can happen in studio settings when going from an opening video to cameras.� This occurrence can also significantly knock your video and audio out of sync requiring upstream intervention or a device reboot. uncool if you're needing to be live, and have an audience already logged in.�There's no on board correction tools for a/v sync.� -Beware the RTSP uses TCP and not UDP which has advantages, and disadvantages.� -You cannot make any changes to stream parameters once one side of the dual channels are streaming, both must be offline to make any changes whatsoever. When making these changes, the unit has in the past crashed requiring a reboot but a later firmware has seemed to thwart this crashing.� there's no input preview thumbnail either, so you have no idea what the unit is really getting.� my assumption is the device is designed around some sort of GPU acceleration for it's H.264 encapsulation which at times isn't the sharpest picture there could be, unlike when comparing it to FPGA based units that look much better.� updating firmware must be done on a local lan or over VPN as the tool used to perform it scans the local subnet for units and performs it accordingly. You cannot update firmware from the control GUI over the web. this works ok for Wowza and other basic RTMP services but the upstream signal processing needs are heavy and sending it any changes in video source once it's streaming or recording is extremely dangerous.� for recording, you cannot access the assets over it's web portal and you must remove the media to retrieve it. I've found recording to servers over network CIFS shares is possible but not always error free.
    Date published: 2017-12-04
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