Matrox Monarch LCS

Matrox Monarch LCS — Your Ideal Lecture Capture Appliance Monarch LCS is a compact, easy-to-use, two-input lecture capture appliance that IT administrators will find easy to set up and integrate into Kaltura’s Video Platform.

Highlights

The key features of this solution are:
  • Viewer Defined Layouts
  • Variety of Operating Modes
  • Easy to Operate
  • Centralized Monitoring
  • Automate Operations with Scheduler
  • Store and Forward
  • Uncompromising Quality
  • Set Your Destinations
  • Flexible Inputs
  • Frame Synchronization Between Inputs
  • Control with Crestron
  • No recurring hardware fees

Pricing

$2,495 US
€2,495
£1,949

Description

Pairing the Matrox® Monarch LCS dual-channel encoders with the Kaltura Video Platform delivers an enriched lecture capture experience. Through the Kaltura interface, users can effortlessly schedule Monarch LCS appliances and publish materials to relevant viewers. Meanwhile, the dedicated Kaltura multi-stream player platform leverages Monarch LCS’ unique ability to provide two synchronized streams. This allows students to effortlessly switch between layouts during playback while maintaining perfectly synced audio and video.

Setup is easy, customizable, and very affordable. Discover why schools around the world have already chosen Monarch LCS for their lecture capture system.

Matrox Monarch LCS – Your ideal lecture capture appliance
IT administrators will find this reliable, standalone network appliance simple to set up and integrate into Kaltura’s Video Management System. Monarch LCS lets you easily define profiles for live streamed and recorded lectures by mixing camera and presentation material from SDI and HDMI sources. Once configured, this versatile H.264 encoding appliance can be operated by anyone at the push of a button. And it won’t break your budget!

Viewer Defined Layouts
Keep your audience fully engaged by putting the control in their hands. In Isolated mode, the appliance provides two independent video files or streams. This feature, when used with Kaltura’s multi-stream player, enables the viewer to select their preferred layout. The synchronized streaming or recording of Monarch LCS’ dual inputs are invaluable when used with Kaltura’s player. By aligning video inputs, the viewer can seamlessly switch to their preferred layout while maintaining perfectly synced audio and video.

Variety of Operating Modes
Complex recording equipment is no longer required to effectively capture presentations in lecture halls. A typical setup would consist of video and audio of the presenter and a computer source with supporting material which can be mixed into a single webcast. The operator can select a number of operating modes that include layouts such as Picture-in-picture and Side-by-side. If the operator prefers to dynamically change the inputs throughout the lecture, the Monarch LCS also offers Switcher mode. With very little set up time, the Monarch LCS can be configured to capture and deliver content such as presentations and seminars in many appealing layouts.

Easy to Operate
Monarch LCS are controlled and configured via the powerful Monarch LCS Command Center using any network-connected device that supports a standard web-browsing application. The UI is designed for operator ease-of-use and features one-click operation. Drill down to add Monarch LCS as a Kaltura resource, configure file transfers, scheduling, typical streaming and recording settings, drawing from a list of preset options. These settings define all encoding parameters, including resolution and bitrate. Encoding parameters can be customized and combined with destination and operating mode settings and saved as a unique profile. If the appliance must be accessed by different users, profiles can be instantly recalled without having to re-enter data.

Centralized Monitoring
Many organizations are spread across campuses, cities, countries, or the world. Managing more than a handful of networked appliances in these larger environments without the aid of a centralized monitoring tool can be a challenge for administrators looking to ensure smooth day-to-day operations.
The Matrox Monarch LCS Radar is a powerful yet easy-to-use web application that allows administrators to monitor all connected Monarch LCS appliances, as well as pinpoint and correct issues at a distance. Its intuitive dashboard shows the status of all units, including notifications on any network connectivity issues. Monarch LCS Radar can be accessed by any web-browser-enabled device found on the same network environment.

Automate Operations with Scheduler
By using the scheduler the Monarch LCS can be set to start automatically before the commencement of an event, without requiring any human intervention. The Monarch LCS scheduler direct integration with Kaltura allows schedules created within MediaSpace to be automatically pulled down and into Monarch LCS. With a single master schedule all Monarch LCS devices on a network can be controlled. When the master schedule is loaded in a Monarch LCS, it will automatically start and stop streaming and recording events at the slated times, corresponding to that individual device’s schedule.

Store and Forward
The Monarch LCS’s ability to record files locally to an SD card or USB attached storage and transfer the files via FTP/sFTP protocols to Kaltura at a later time is valuable to network administrators as it reduces the risk of network congestion during peak times. This also avoids loss of files due to network connectivity issues or errors occurring during peak time transfers. File transfers can be triggered manually, automatically at a preset time every day or immediately after recording. Monarch LCS tracks successful file transfers and avoids retransferring unless it is specifically requested. Failed or incomplete transfers are also tracked and tagged for retransfer. File management can be programmed to delete successfully transferred files, ensuring the local storage never runs out of space.

Uncompromising Quality
Offering unprecedented quality, Monarch LCS can share up to 20 Mb/s of encoding capacity across its two H.264 encoding channels. Each independent channel has individual bitrate/quality settings and benefits from powerful scaling, deinterlacing, and noise reduction engines that ensure only pristine images are sent to the encoders. When the highest quality is required, each encoder can be set to encode at 1080p30 resolutions.

Set Your Destinations
This dual encoder offers multiple destination options when streaming or recording. When set to recording, an encoding channel captures content in MOV or MP4 files to ensure that video files can be played on virtually any player. Recordings can be stored on local USB drives, SD cards, or network-mapped drives and made available immediately to Kaltura for distance learning. For streaming purposes, set the encoders to use RTMP protocol to deliver live streams to Kaltura.

Flexible Inputs
Monarch LCS can support productions with two HDMI video sources or one SDI and one HDMI video source. Embedded or analog audio can be selected as the audio source. By supporting video camera signals that are either SDI or HDMI, this lecture recorder gives operators the flexibility to select what is best for that installation. SDI signals can travel more than 300 feet (100 meters) over coaxial cable, which is ideal if the camera is mounted a long distance from the encoder. When cable lengths are not an issue, HDMI cameras may prove the most affordable option, particularly in larger installations.

Frame Synchronization Between Inputs
The ultimate lecture viewing experience can only be guaranteed when computer, video and audio content is synchronized before encoding. While the resolutions of camera and computer outputs can easily be managed, frame rates will rarely match. The Monarch LCS accepts these different feeds and synchronizes them before encoding, delivering perfectly timed video and audio, regardless of the operating mode. Built-in frame syncs also correct any signal discontinuity at either input, ensuring uninterrupted streaming and recording operations.

Control with Crestron
The Monarch LCS Control API is an ideal way to integrate Monarch LCS functionality into an existing classroom, boardroom or other space equipped with a Crestron control system. Monarch LCS registered users are invited to download a sample SIMPL module written to run on Crestron 2-Series® and 3-Series® Room Media Controllers.

Application Specifications

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Prerequisites & Requirements

Support Options

Support Phone:

+ 866 270 4641

Support Email:

monarchlcssupport@matrox.com

Support Forum:

Application support forum

Support Details

With the purchase of a Matrox product, registered owners are entitled to telephone support during the hardware warranty period.

Support is provided in English and French during our normal business hours.

Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 17:00 Eastern Time
United States and Canada: 1-866-270-4641
All other countries: 1-514-822-6030

Support Email:
monarchlcssupport@matrox.com

You will find answers to most customer support questions on the Matrox user forums. Matrox representatives are actively participating in resolving customer issues on our forums.

The Monarch LCS support page provides a basic list of requirements. For a detailed description of the Matrox Monarch LCS and its features, consult the Matrox Monarch LCS User Guide.

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Provider Details


Company:

Matrox

Website:

www.matrox.com/video

Phone:

(800) 361-4903

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About the application provider

About Matrox Video Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.
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