NAB 2015: Matrox unveils Monarch HDX broadcast H.264 encoder

Dual-channel H.264 encoding device provides the quality, versatility and robustness needed in broadcast video streaming and recording applications—named IABM Game Changer Awards Finalist 2015 in the Playout and Delivery Systems category, Matrox Monarch HDX dual-channel H.264 encoder provides the quality, versatility and robustness needed for broadcast video streaming and recording.

MONTREAL – April 13, 2015 — At 2015 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 13–16, booth SL5817), Matrox® Video will demonstrate Matrox Monarch™ HDX, a compact, easy-to-use, dual-channel H.264 encoding appliance. Designed for complete workflow flexibility, Monarch HDX features 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs with frame synchronization to compensate for unstable sources. Two independent H.264 encoders provide redundancy or can be set to stream and/or record using individual settings. Monarch HDX has been shortlisted in the Playout and Delivery Systems category as a “Finalist for the IABM Game Changer Awards 2015”.

Monarch HDX is packed with features that make it ideal for broadcasters, event producers, medical facilities, CDNs, educational institutions, houses of worship, corporate communicators and legal videographers. From any SDI or HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HDX generates two H.264-encoded video streams at bitrates from 200 Kbps to 30 Mbps. Powerful scaling, deinterlacing and noise reduction engines ensure only pristine images are sent to the encoders. For streaming purposes, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocol to deliver live streams to local media servers or cloud-based CDNs. In recording applications, the encoders write MP4 or MOV files to local USB drives, SD cards or network-mapped drives for post-event editing or archiving. An additional, dedicated H.264 encoder provides remote preview of the input.

“With two encoders in a single device, Monarch HDX can tackle any job—streaming to two different locations, recording proxy-quality and mastering-quality files simultaneously, or streaming while recording a higher quality version for VOD download,” said Dan Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Monarch HDX is an encoding workhorse that can integrate seamlessly into virtually any SD and HD installation to deliver video content for live or file-based workflows.”

Price and availability
Matrox Monarch HDX will be available in Q2 2015 through a worldwide network of authorized dealers priced at $1995 US not including local taxes and delivery.

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