Matrox have chosen IBC 2012 to unveil Wirecast support for a range of devices, a new desktop dock for the MXO2 range and Monarch, a new streaming and recording appliance.
Matrox VS4 – Quad HD-SDI Capture Card for Live Streaming with Telestream Wirecast
According to their press release, “Matrox announced Matrox VS4, a four-channel HD-SDI capture card for use with Telestream Wirecast for Windows webcasting software. In a single PCIe slot, Matrox VS4 provides up to four independent HD-SDI inputs with up to 16 embedded audio channels per SDI source, taking up an absolute minimum of the precious real estate inside a PC. Matrox VS4 is ideal for creating multi-camera internet broadcasts of sports, religious services, corporate meetings, and other live events. It not only sends video feeds to Wirecast for streaming, it simultaneously records all the original video and audio feeds to disk – ready for post-event editing.”
The card records to Matrox’s MPEG2 I-frame codec at up to 300MBps – a format which is natively supported by Premiere Pro. It allows you to mix HD and SD inputs, and claims to automatically detect frame rates and resolutions for you, which should mean you don’t have to set them up individually in Wirecast Pro.
Wirecast support will also be added to the MXO2 range in their upcoming 7.2 driver release. Wirecast 4.2 will be the version supported, and registered Matrox users will be able to download the update for free from their site in November.
Matrox MXO2 Dock – Thunderbolt Accessory for Matrox MXO2 I/O Devices
The Matrox MXO2 Dock gives anyone with an MXO2 I/O device and a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air the chance to turn their laptop into a mobile workstation. “From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can add multiple peripherals including a large HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, and a mouse,” Matrox explain. “A gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to a wired network, enabling data transfers 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. One SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports are also provided.”
Matrox Monarch – Professional Video Streaming and Recording
Monarch is officially being pitched as a small, easy-to-use device that’s “configurable via a simple HTML interface using any computer on the same network as the device. It generates an RTP-, UDP-, or RTSP-compliant H.264 stream from any full resolution HDMI input while simultaneously recording high-quality MP4 or MOV files to an SD card, a USB 2.0 flash drive or hard disk, or network storage.”
“If an event is worth streaming live, it is worth recording for future use at a higher quality than can typically be streamed. Unfortunately, most of today’s streaming appliances and content delivery networks can only record at the limited data rate that can be sustained by the internet or network connection,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “Matrox Monarch solves this problem by providing two independent delivery channels for the input content – one for streaming and one for recording.”
Matrox are demoing the Monarch in booth 7.B29 throughout IBC 2012, and it should be shipping early next year.
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