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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 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.

Matrox Monarch HD Includes:

  • Matrox Monarch HD device
  • Matrox Monarch HD external power supply
  • IEC-C8 power cords (US, GB and EU)

Matrox Monarch HD Features:

  • Record Master Quality Video While Streaming - 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. The quality of your recording should not be affected by your upload bandwidth. Matrox Monarch HD lets you set recording bitrates as high as 30 Mbps while simultaneously streaming at up to 20 Mbps. 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 - 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.
  • Connect with HDMI - The HDMI output of the Matrox Monarch HD makes it easy to monitor what you are streaming and recording, regardless of whether the signal is received from a camera, a switcher, a signal converter, or a computer. Eight channels of embedded audio can be processed and output. Two channels of audio input with loop out are also available via 1/8” stereo jacks.
  • Robust and Practical Design - Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD offers simple, one touch stream and record push buttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector, and a fanless design. Its design allows it 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 software is built upon a secure embedded Linux O/S so there is zero risk of automatic updates or unscheduled exchanges with third-party servers.
  • Easily Reach your Audience - Whether you're providing live content to Flash or Wowza servers, or to any of the popular CDNs, Matrox Monarch HD's flexible streaming internet protocols’ support is up to task. Its useful encoding presets let you select the most appropriate resolution based on the available bandwidth. 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.
  • Record to Anything - Matrox Monarch HD lets you select from a variety of recording media types. Use a USB key or drive when portability is important. A SD card might be your best option when a more secure and compact solution is required. Alternately, a system drive on a computer found on the network may prove extremely useful if multiple individuals need to access the footage. Regardless of where you store the footage, the record controls can be executed without affecting the streaming operations. High quality files are available anytime during the streaming session for creating complementary video assets.
  • Presets and Profiles for simple Configuration - 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 - 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 preview of the main IP broadcast stream is embedded in the control web page. 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 with Crestron - 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
  • Rackmountable - 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 contact your Sales Professional for ordering information.

Matrox Monarch HD Specifications:

Inputs and Outputs

  • HDMI Video Input:
    • Progressive
      • 1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/24/23.98 Frames per second
      • 1280x720@ 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. 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” (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: 96x96 to 1920x1080
  • Bit Rates Ranges: 100 kbps to 30 Mbps - for recording, 100 kbps to 20 Mbps- for streaming
    *Note: 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, 1/2 and 1/4 of the input frames rates are supported.
    *Note: When the maximum encoded frame rate is 30fps when input resolution is 1920x1080.
  • 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 bite rate support
    • Deblocking Filter

MPEG-4 AAC Audio Encoder

  • Standard: AAC-LC
  • Sample Frequency: 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from analog source
  • Channels: 2 channels Stereo (L/R)
  • Bit Rates: Range from 96 kbps to 256 kbps


  • High Quality multi-tap 10 bit 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:
    • IPv4 Support
    • Unicast and Multi Unicast

User Interface

  • Computer Based control: HTTP via standard PC or Mac Web browser
  • 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
    *Note: The Monarch HD will support writing to USB3 devices at USB2 speeds. Also, 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
  • 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 Monarch HD 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 master quality 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. While a preset cannot include the streaming credentials, encoder presets have been included to quickly select an ideal encoders settings based on desired delivery resolution or bitrate. The Monarch HD will have been tested with a number of CDN providers as well as feeding Wowza Media servers and Adobe Media Server platforms.
  • 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 Device on a particular Network (DHCP server required)


  • 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-C14
    • 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
    • Warranty: 2 years with free telephone support
Matrox MRCH/RACK/KIT Monarch HD Rack Mount Kit
Matrox MRCH/RACK/KIT Monarch HD Rack Mount Kit
The Matrox MRCH/RACK/KIT is the Monarch HD Rack Mount Kit, an ideal space and cable management accessory which allows a user to fit up to three (3) Monarch HD units in a single 1RU space.NOTE: This listing is for the RACK SHELF ...

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