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Matrox Monarch HDX Dual-Channel Broadcast H.264 Encoder

Matrox
Abel Code: MX-MHDX/I
Mfr. Code: MHDX/I
Estimated to Ship – 5-10 Business Days
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This is a special order item. You will be charged upon placing your order, which is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
Description
Live stream or record with this dual-channel encoder. It offers a flexible solution to demanding video delivery workflows. Ideal for broadcast and webcasts requiring flexible solution with 3G-SDI and HDMI Inputs. 2x independent H.264 encoders.
Key Highlights
  • 2x independent H.264 encoders
  • Dual location streaming
  • Record proxy & master version
$1,995.00
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Overview

Overview

Monarch HDX offers 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs with frame-synchronization to correct any discontinuity at the input, and two independent H.264 encoders that can be assigned to individual tasks. By providing (2) encoders in a single device, Monarch HDX can tackle any job; from streaming to dual locations, to recording a proxy quality file while simultaneously recording master quality version for post-event editing, to using one encoder for streaming while the other records at higher quality for VOD downloads. Whether used as a live streaming encoder or video recorder, the Monarch HDX can integrate seamlessly into virtually any SD and HD installation.

Ideal for webcasting to YouTube and Facebook Live due to its simplified interface and setup. Pair the device once with these accounts and it's automatically retained for subsequent streams.

Powerful, High Quality H.264 Encoding Engine

The Monarch HDX can share 30 Mb/s of encoding capacity across the two channels. Each channel benefits from a powerful scaling, de-interlacing, and noise reduction engine to ensure only pristine images are sent to be encoded.

Simultaneous Streaming & Recording

The quality of your VOD downloads need never be dictated by the available upload bandwidth. Monarch HDX dual encoders can broadcast a live webstream at one bitrate while simultaneously recording mastering quality H.264 files for immediate availability, such as post event VOD or editing with your NLE of choice.

When used as a webcasting encoder, the Monarch HDX generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocols. You can assign each channel separately to deliver what you need, where you need. Each channel can stream up to 10Mb/s, allowing you to simultaneously stream to two destinations or set the device for up to 20Mb/s streaming quality for a single encoding destination.

Dual-Channel Streaming

When used as a webcasting encoder, the Monarch HDX generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocols. You can assign each channel separately to deliver what you need, where you need. Each channel can stream up to 10Mb/s, allowing you to simultaneously stream to two destinations or set the device for up to 20Mb/s streaming quality for a single encoding destination.

NOTE: While streaming or recording, any attempt to switch between inputs by pressing the Input Select button (front panel) will not have any effect, whether or not the front panel buttons have been disabled. You can, however, select Disable Front Panel Buttons on this Monarch HDX Device from the Control tab of the Device page to disable all three buttons.

Dual-Channel Recording

Monarch HDX provides a huge amount of flexibility as an H.264 video recorder. 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 a drive, 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.

HDMI & SDI Sources

Monarch HDX H.264 video recorder can accept signals from HDMI or SDI sources. The input is 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/unmuted without affecting the video encoding operation.

Regardless of input selection, SDI, 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 and fail safe design options.

Easily Webcast to Your Audience

Monarch HDX can provide live content to CDNs such as YouTube, Facebook Live, and Ustream; media servers such as Adobe Flash and Wowza; or directly to a computer or device found on a LAN. The device is easily configured and paired for YouTube and Facebook accounts with a few short steps. As a certified Works with Wowza encoder it allows users to benefit from enhanced integration with the Wowza™ streaming engine via XML files or Wowza tokens. Additionally, Monarch HDX supports XML files generated for use with Flash Live Media Encoder.

Control from Anywhere

Matrox 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.

Secure Back-Up with Disaster Recovery

By targeting local and remote storage simultaneously, Monarch HDX ensures that no action will be lost should the network go down. Furthermore, it provides users with the ability to create split files while recording; particularly useful when recording for extended periods of time. The user can set a specific file segment length and Monarch HDX will automatically stop recording in one file and start a new file once the elapsed time is reached, without losing a single frame. The split file feature also ensures the majority of content will be preserved if disaster hits such as a power failure. All files created up to that moment will be saved and uncorrupted.

Matrox File Consolidator Application

Matrox provides a free Java-based utility that allows users to consolidate a sequence of MP4 or MOV files recorded with the Split File feature enabled. The application does not transcode but simply rewraps the video data, accelerating the consolidating process. The resulting file will have the same quality as the original and playback seamlessly, even across the file boundaries.

Selectable HDMI and SDI Inputs & Simultaneous Outputs

Monarch HDX H.264 video recorder can accept signals from HDMI or SDI sources. The input is 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/unmuted without affecting the video encoding operation.

Regardless of input selection, SDI, 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 and fail safe design options.

This same preview can be viewed using optional software players such as VLC or on third-party devices, such as your 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.

Closed Captioning Support

Ideal for broadcasters who require the integration of closed captioning while streaming and/or recording. Monarch HDX retrieves closed captioning data from the SDI VANC or line 21, then embeds the data within the H.264 essence as CEA-608. Caption-enhanced H.264 media can be streamed to video hosting platforms including YouTube and Ustream, media servers such as Wowza™, or a variety of content delivery networks (CDNs). MOV/MP4 files recorded with Monarch HDX preserves captions and can be included in VOD or archiving workflows.

Profiles and Presets

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.

Encoder Buttons

Encoder button use differs, depending on whether you are recording or the stream mode you select in the Command Center:

  • RTSP Mode
  • RTMP Mode
  • Record Mode

Connectivity

  • Power (9-24 V, 42 W)
  • LAN
  • RS-232 Ethernet
  • HDMI In/Out (with embedded audio)
  • SDI In/Out (BNC) (with embedded audio)
  • AUX (BNC)
  • Analog Audio In/Out (Stereo)
  • USB Ports 1 and 2 (for optional USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 media devices)

In addition, the Matrox Monarch HDX features a single SD Slot. It supports SD and SDHC cards with FAT32 or NTFS file systems.

Control from Anywhere

Matrox 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.

Matrox Utils Application (for Mac and Windows)

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.

Please be sure to update your firmware to ensure the best results.

H.264 Preview Stream

Monarch HDX H.264 encoder provides a very 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.

Integrate Matrox Monarch HDX into Your Own Application or Environment

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

Automatic configuration tools can be used to set all Monarch HDX 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 only needs to insert a USB key containing the customized automatic configuration file, boot the new Monarch HDX and the device will be ready to stream at exactly the right settings. Similarly, IT administrators in broadcast, corporate and education environments with deployments of multiple Monarch HDX 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 HDX access a defined webpage for configuration settings at boot up. Alternatively, the task of fetching configuration settings can be triggered manually from the Monarch HDX Command Center.

Monarch HDX Control API is an HTTP-based API that lets system integrators create their own control software to start, to stop, to set streaming bitrates and destinations, and to get the status of a Monarch HDX device. The Monarch HDX 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.

Integrate with Optional Crestron or ROSS DashBoard

The Monarch HDX Control API is an ideal way to integrate Monarch HDX functionality into an existing broadcast facility, classroom, boardroom or other space equipped with a Crestron control system. Broadcasters who use ROSS equipment can take advantage of the ROSS DashBoard network control and monitoring integration. Monarch HDX registered users are invited to download a sample SIMPL module written to run on Crestron 2-Series® and 3-Series® Room Media Controllers or our ROSS DashBoard module for use with ROSS DashBoard Control Systems.

Register Now to Integrate with Crestron

Register Now to Integrate with ROSS DashBoard

Robust and Practical Design

Powerful and robust, Monarch HDX offers simple, one touch stream and record push buttons, input selection, and a locking power connector. Monarch HDX's HDMI or SDI outputs makes it easy to monitor what you are streaming and recording, regardless of signal source. All eight channels of embedded audio can be passed from any input to any output. When embedded audio is selected, all eighth channels are passed from input to output. When Analog audio is selected, it is both looped out as well as embedded in video outputs. Its design allows Monarch HDX to be just as easily located on a desktop as in a rack—up to two 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. Finally, the Monarch HDX also features a wide input voltage range of 9 to 24 volts. It can be powered using the Matrox supplied power supply or DC sources such as standard field batteries.

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • IEC-C8 power cords
  • External Power Supply
  • Matrox Monarch HD Device
Specifications

Specifications

Key Highlights

  • 2x independent H.264 encoders
  • Dual location streaming
  • Record proxy & master version
  • Ideal for webcasting
  • 30MB/s encoding capacity over 2 channels
  • H.264 video recorder
  • HDMI & SDI video sources

Connectors

Output Connector/Port:
1 x HDMI - (with embedded audio)
1 x SDI - (with embedded audio) - BNC
Input Connector/Port:
1 x HDMI - (with embedded audio)
1 x IEC Power
1 x BNC - AUX
1 x LAN
1 x 1/8" (3.5mm)
1 x SDI - (with embedded audio) - BNC
1 x Ethernet - RS-232
2 x USB - for connecting optional USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 media devices. Support for NTFS (3.1) and FAT32 file system.

Encoding

Encoding Bit Rates:
Dual Encoder - Maximum of 10 Mbps for streaming channels
Maximum of 30 Mbps combined for both channels
Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps - (AUDIO) - NOTE: Audio codec settings are applied to both encoders.
Single Encoder - Recording mode: 30 Mbps
Single Encoder - Streaming mode: 20 Mbps
Encoding Formats:
MPEG-4 - AAC Audio Encoder (Standard: AAC-LC)
H.264/MPEG-4 - Part 10 (AVC) Video Encoder
Encoding Frame Rates:
Dual Encoder – Maximum of 720p60 fps or 1080p30 fps
Selection includes - 60/50, 30/25/24, 15/12.5
Single Encoder – Maximum of 1080p60 fps
Encoding Resolutions:
Selectable Encoding - ranging from: 128x128 to 1920x1080
Encoding Sample Freq.:
32, 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from an analog source - (Audio Encoding)

Inputs & Outputs

Video I/O:
Video Input - Video Input Format is Auto-Detected in SDI and HDMI.
Video Output - SDI: Zero frame latency passthrough of Input signal. Output is a clean distribution of SDI incoming signal. Hardware bypass relay present in SDI signal path is "closed" on power failure.
Audio I/O:
Audio Input - Processes the first (2) channels of audio embedded in HDMI or SDI input signals. Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack. Line Level
Audio Output - Passthrough of 8 channel of embedded audio channels in HDMI and SDI signals. Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack—passthrough of input. Line Level NOTE: All outputs are active regardless of audio and video input selection.

Power

Power Input:
AC - 100-240 V AC, 50-60Hz frequency
Power Draw:
20 to 30 W typical, 42 W max

Recorders

Recorder Options:
Frame Synchronization - Designed to compensate for disruptions of the input signal. This circuitry is in place for both SDI and HDMI inputs. Streaming and recording operations will proceed cleanly with repeated or dropped frames.
Down Scaler - High Quality multi-tap 10 bit Down Scaler and De-Interlacer. Available to both streaming and recording operations.
Preview Stream - H.264 Input - (320x180), Bitrate: 100-300 kbps, Stream Type: RTSP. NOTE: preview encoder is automatically disabled when primary encoder resolution are at the max to ensure best streaming and/recording performance.
Recorder Channel Count:
2-Channel - Audio is Stereo (L/R)

Recording

Recording Format:
MOV - with two channels of embedded AAC audio
MP4 - with two channels of embedded AAC audio

Special Features

General Notes:
Closed Captioning - Embedded in VANC of SD or HD SDI signals per SMPTE 334-1 or Captions found in Line 21 of SD signals per EIA-608 are embedded in the essence of H.264 as SEI NAL Units (CEA-608) as per SCTE 128-1 specification
Encoding Controls - 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1 Level Support; GOP Size; Variable bit rate support; Average max/min data rate controls; Deblocking Filter
Encoding Profiles - Baseline, Main and High
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.
Regulatory: EMI - FCC Class A, CE Mark Class A, ACMA C-Tick Mark, VCCI
Regulatory: 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)
Regulatory: RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
The Monarch HDX - will create sequential file segments over the course of the recording operation without losing a single frame of video.

Temperature

Relative Humidity:
20 to 80% (non-condensing)
Storage: 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
Operating Temperature:
32 to 104°F - (0 to 40°C)

Shipping

Width:
8.8 in
Height:
3.4 in
Length:
14.1 in
Weight:
3.6 lb
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