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Matrox Monarch LCS

Matrox Monarch LCS
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NZ $3,936.00
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Matrox Monarch LCS is a dual-channel, dual-input H.264 encoder that serves as a stand-alone lecture capture appliance or a live webcasting solution. This compact, flexible appliance features 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs with built-in production modes that support simultaneous dual-channel streaming or top-quality recording while streaming. Whether used for lecture capture or webcasting, the Monarch LCS delivers powerful encoding that is easy to use.

The Monarch LCS Lecture Capture Appliance from Matrox allows you to simultaneously stream and record HDMI/SDI-based video. Expanding on the Monarch HDX, the Monarch LCS features two HDMI inputs, one for video sources and one for computer sources, plus one SDI input. Its dual encoders can process up to two of these three inputs simultaneously. Live content preview is available in both HDMI and SDI outputs. The Monarch LCS is designed to provide a mix of live video footage and/or SDI/HDMI presentation material. Suitable for on-line courses or lectures, video of the instructor can be displayed alongside the class material being referenced.

The Monarch LCS's two H.264 encoders can process each HDMI/SDI signal at up to 1080p30 resolution. These dual streams make multiple modes including PiP, side by side, and dual isolated layouts possible. Select newer third-party video players enable viewers as well as operators to choose layouts. Switcher mode is another Monarch LCS option, offering operators on-the-fly input selection throughout their event.

Mismatched audio and video signals are a thing of the past thanks to the Monarch LCS's frame synchroniser. Frame rate differences are eliminated by synching the computer and audio signals to the video camera signal.

The Monarch LCS Command Centre offers easy operation via any device (tablet, etc.) supporting standard web-browsing software (Internet Explorer and Safari fully validated). There are preset encoding and layout options for effortless operation or you can create and save up to eight user-defined setting profiles. Advanced network administrators can employ any VMS software (available separately) to use command controls with the Monarch LCS.

USB: Powered USB drives recommended SD/SDHC: NTFS-formatted SDXC cards required, Class 10 recommended

Key Features

 

Multiple Operating Modes

The user can choose between multiple operating modes with preset layouts or can actively alternate inputs in Switcher Mode.

Viewer Defined Layouts

In Isolated mode, the Monarch LCS can be used with select third-party players that allow viewers to choose between layout options.

High Streaming Rate

Choose individual encoding settings for each of the Monarch LCS's two channels. A total of up to 20 Mbps, 1080p30 encoding capacity can be shared across the dual streams.

Integrates Easily with Asset Management Software

The Monarch LCS is designed to work with existing network infrastructures using third-party video or lecture management software such as OpenCast or Moodle. It also integrates easily with open-source scheduling programmes such as Google Calendar.

Simple or Advanced Operation Options

Accessible through any web-browser–equipped device on its network, the Monarch LCS Command Centre provides a variety of control options. One-click encoding and multiple presets simplify operation for novice users while advanced operators can create and save up to eight custom profiles.

Multiple Destination Options

The Monarch LCS records content in MOV or MP4 files, ensuring playback on almost all devices. Record to USB drives, SD cards, or network-mapped drives for use with distance-learning software. It uses RTMP or RTSP protocols to deliver live streams to local servers or cloud-based networks.1Please Note:USB: Powered USB drives recommended SD/SDHC: NTFS-formatted SDXC cards required, Class 10 recommended

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HDMI and SDI Inputs

Both HDMI and SDI video inputs are supported, offering the option of using whichever best suits your needs. Either embedded HDMI or analog audio can be used as audio sources.

Frame Synchronisation Between Inputs

The Monarch LCS resolves any viewing issues arising from varying resolution and frame rates among video, audio, and computer-based content. These different signals are synchronized before encoding, ensuring perfectly aligned video and audio feeds. Integrated frame syncs also correct any breaks in the input signal continuity, providing uninterrupted streaming and recording.

Live Production Preview Output

Both the SDI and HDMI outputs remain active while the Monarch LCS is in use. Each output can be mapped to either input. The HDMI output also offers a preview option when the content output is matched to the frame size of the encoding parameters.

Additional Features

  • Integrates with Crestron control systems via the Monarch LCS Control API
  • Use the Matrox Utils application to remotely manage, update, and reboot all Monarch devices on your network
  • Enterprise-level users can configure their options with the Monarch LCS Dev Tools application
  • HTTP computer-based control via browser using Monarch LCS Command Centre
  • On-unit control buttons offer an alternative to using the Command Centre
  • Media slots and control buttons are located on the front of the unit for easy access
  • Fit up to two Monarch LCS units on an optional 1 RU rack tray
Inputs and Outputs
Supported HDMI Video Input 1 (Video Sources) Progressive
1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25 Frames per second
1280x720 @ 60/59.94/50 Frames per second

Interlaced
1920x1080i 29.97/25 Frames per second
Supported HDMI Video Input 2 (Computer Sources) Progressive
1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25 Frames per second
1280x720 @ 60/50 Frames per second

Interlaced
1920x1080i 29.97/25 Frames per second
HDMI Video Output Preview output of video input signals. Preview output can be mapped from either SDI or HDMI input sources.

Note that when input is an SD resolution, the HDMI preview output will show video window-boxed on an HD output.

When HDMI output is set to Preview Mode, refer to the manual for a complete description of behavior.
Supported SDI Video Input Progressive
1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25 Frames per second
1280x720 @ 60/59.94/50 Frames per second

Interlaced
1920x1080i @ 29.97/25 Frames per second
720x486i @ 29.97 Frames per second
720x576i @ 25 Frames per second

Compliant with SMPTE 259M/292M/424M (Level A) / 425M
SDI Video Output Preview output of video input signals. Preview output can be mapped from either SDI or HDMI input sources.
Audio Input Processes the first two 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 that all outputs are active regardless of audio and video input selection.
Extra features Video Input Format is Auto-Detected in SDI and HDMI.
All outputs are active regardless of audio and video input selection.
Frame Synchronization
Frame Synchronization The Monarch LCS contains frame synchronization circuitry 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.
H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC) Video Encoder
Resolutions Selectable encoding resolutions ranging from:
128x128 to 1920x1080
Bit Rates Ranges Single Encoder - Streaming mode: 16 Mbps
Dual Encoder - Maximum of 8 Mbps for streaming channels
Dual Encoder - Maximum of 10 Mbps for recording channels
Encode Frame Rates Encode frame rates selection includes;
60/50, 30/25 and 15/12.5.

Note that 50/60 fps setting is limited to following use cases:
Single Input, single encoder – 1080p60 and 720p60 supported in RTMP, RTSP or Recording modes
Single Input, dual encoder – 720p60 in RTSP and Recording modes 


All other operating modes will limit the frame rate to the 30/25 fps setting regardless of encoding resolution.
Encoding Profiles Baseline, Main and High
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
View Samples Click here
MPEG-4 AAC Audio Encoder
Standard AAC-LC
Sample Frequency 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from an analog source
Channels 2 channels Stereo (L/R)
Bit Rates Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps

Note that audio codec settings are applied to both encoders.
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 LCS 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 Monarch LCS Command Center.
Physical Interface On Device push buttons for independent streaming and recording with Start/Stop control
Storage Types for File Recording
2 x USB 2.0 Support for NTFS (3.1) and FAT32 file system
The Monarch LCS 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 LCS 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).
Physical
Dimensions Length (shell) - 5.6" (14.2cm), Length (shell +BNCs) - 6"(15.3cm), Width - 8.5" (21.6 cm), 
Height (shell) - 1.4"(3.6cm), Height (Shell + pads) - 1.5" (3.81cm)
Weight 1.3 lbs, 0.6 kg
Operating conditions 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C), 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Power
  • Input: 9-24 volts
  • Connector: Din4
  • Total Power Consumption: 20-30 watts (42 max)
Power Supply
  • Line Voltage: 100-240 VAC
  • Frequency: 50-60 Hz
  • Input: External AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C14
  • 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
  • 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
Warranty 2 years with free telephone support
Kit Contents
In the box
  • Matrox Monarch LCS device
  • Matrox Monarch LCS external power supply
  • IEC320-C14 power cords (US, GB and EU)
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