Graduating college is a huge achievement and an experience like no other. Students at the University of Northern Florida were able to experience their college graduation virtually with the help of the Matrox Monarch HD. The Monarch HD helped them during these unpredicted times by providing high quality recordings of their lectures and live streams of their graduation.
Elaine Poppel, the University of Norther Florida's (UNF) Senior Broadcast Engineering Technologist, was asked to design a distance learning facility and chose Matrox to do so. When she was searching for a solution for streaming commencement ceremonies she found a YouTube video featuring the the Matrox Monarch HD. The Monarch HD stood out to her because of it's ability to stream and record resolutions up to 1080p30 and its robust, compact form factor. With these features she knew it was the one.
Now UNF's distant learning classrooms features PTZ cameras, broadcast equipment, and the lecture capture software and hardware, including the Monarch HD. To record classes two and three SDI cameras are set up around the lecture hall. The video and audio feeds are sent into the Monarch HD encoder and then the lecture is all set. The students can access it at anytime.
For larger productions such as a graduation ceremony, more SDI cameras are used and the video is is sent to multiple destinations including the Monarch HD and the jumbotron at the graduation ceremony.
The Monarch HD has allowed UNF to give the students the experience of a graduation even during these social distancing times. Poppel is more than satisfied with the Monarch HD. It is her go-to streaming and recording appliance.
"Even at lower resolutions, the videos recorded with the Monarch HD are amazing. The Monarch HD makes every production smooth. I know I can count on Matrox every time!"