Matrox Monarch LCS Encoder Appliance

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Matrox Monarch LCS Lecture Capture Appliance
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Monarch LCS lets you easily define profiles for live streamed and recorded lectures by mixing camera and presentation material from SDI and HDMI sources.

Make every classroom a lecture capture room with Matrox Monarch LCS

IT administrators will find this reliable, standalone network appliance simple to set up and integrate into any open Video Management System (VMS) or Learning Management System (LMS). 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!

Ceremonies, meetings, sermons, sporting events, theatre productions—organizations are host to a diverse range of events that warrant sharing with a broad audience. Webcasting is the next-best thing to being there in person, and offers tremendous value-add to organizations by letting viewers participate and watch in real-time via digital channels and popular social media platforms, such as Facebook Live and YouTube, and encouraging audience interaction.

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 configure 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.

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 a VMS for distance learning such as Kaltura, Presentations2Go, and Ubicast. For streaming purposes, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocol to deliver live streams to local media servers or cloudbased CDNs.



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.

Live production preview output
Both SDI and HDMI outputs are active and can be mapped to either inputs, a useful feature for driving in-house projections. The HDMI output also gives the operator the option of selecting the production output at the frame size of the encoding parameters, enabling them to preview content that will be sent to the remote viewer.

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.

Remotely manage your device
The Matrox Utils application allows operators to remotely scan and find all Monarch LCS devices present on their network. The Utils application will also scan the attached Monarch LCS and notify the operator if the unit is up to date with its installed firmware version and will also update the device automatically to ensure that it has the latest software release. The Matrox Utils Application can also be used to reboot Monarch LCS devices present on the network.

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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 a compatible 3rd party player, enables the viewer to select their preferred layout. The synchronized streaming or recording of Monarch LCS’ dual inputs are invaluable when such players are used. By aligning video inputs, the viewer can seamlessly switch to their preferred layout while maintaining perfectly synced audio and video.

Simple to Integrate
Designed to work in network environments, Monarch LCS is a network appliance that facilitates a seamless integration into existing infrastructures managed by third party asset management solutions, such as OpenCast VMS and Moodle LMS software. In addition, a scheduler feature will be available in a future release of Monarch LCS to support open source iCal software such as Google calendar which allows you to create a schedule, export to an .ics file format, and easily import to the device. Schedules can be imported at any time and Monarch LCS can be configured to periodically retrieve schedules on your network.

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.

Frame Synchronization Between Inputs
The ultimate lecture viewing experience can only be guaranteed when computer, video and audio content is synchronized before encoding. However, computer and video feeds rarely share the same resolutions and frame rates. 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.

Versatile API for Your Environment
Contractors or in-house IT specialists can take advantage of Monarch LCS Dev Tools, which includes automatic configuration tools and the Monarch LCS Control API, to provide operators with a unified, consistent and branded experience. Individuals do not need to interact with the Monarch LCS Command Center web UI, simplifying enterprise-level and centrally administered deployments.

Robust and Practical Design
Powerful and robust, Monarch LCS storage ports are located on the front of the device along with three simple one-touch buttons that offer an alternative to the Web based UI control. All connectors are located at the back, including the locking power connector, which ensures that Monarch LCS can just as easily be located on a desktop as in a rack. A 1RU tray can fit up to two units.


  • Video Input: HDMI 1* (video sources)
    HDMI 2* (computer sources)
    *Video Input Format is Auto-Detected in SDI and HDMI.
    All outputs are active regardless of audio and video input selection.
  • Video Input Resolutions:
    HDMI 1
          • 1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25 fps
          • 1280x720 @ 60/59.94/50 fps
          • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps
    HDMI 2
          • 1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25 fps
          • 1280x720 @ 60/50 fps
       • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps
  • SDI
          • 1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25 fps
          • 1280x720 @ 60/59.94/50 fps
  • Interlaced
          • 1920x1080i @ 29.97/25 fps
          • 720x486i @ 29.97 fps
          • 720x576i @ 25 fps
    Compliant with SMPTE 259M/292M/424M (Level A) / 425M
  • Video Output:
  • Video Output Resolutions: Preview output of video input signals. Preview output can be mapped from either SDI or HDMI input sources.
    Note that when input is an SD-SDI resolution, the HDMI preview output will show video window-boxed on an HD output.
    When HDMI output is set to Preview Mode, refer to the manual for a complete description of behavior.
  • Audio Input: Processes the first two channels of audio embedded in HDMI or SDI input signals.
    Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack.
    Line Level
  • Audio Output: Passthrough of 8 channel of embedded audio channels in HDMI and SDI signals.
    Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack—passthrough of input.
    Line Level
    Note that all outputs are active regardless of audio and video input selection.
  • Confidence Preview:
    1x SDI
    1x HDMI
    Maximum resolution: 1920x1080


  • Color Space and Chroma Sub-Sampling: 4:2:0 (8-bit)

Video and Audio Processing

  • Frame Synchronization: The Monarch LCS contains frame synchronization circuitry designed to compensate for disruptions of the input signal. This circuitry is in place for both SDI and HDMI inputs. Streaming and recording operations will proceed cleanly with repeated or dropped frames.
  • Video Scaling: High Quality multi-tap 10 bit Down Scaler and De-Interlacer
    Available for both streaming and recording operations
  • Video Compositing: Yes, Side-by-Side (SbS), Picture-by-Picture (PbP)
  • Audio Encoding Format: AAC-LC
  • Audio Sampling Frequency:
    32 kHz
    44.1 kHz
    48 kHz
  • Audio Bitrates: Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps
    Note that audio codec settings are applied to both encoders.


  • Video Encoding Formats: H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC)
  • Encoding Profiles: Baseline (BP)
    Main (MP)
    High (HiP)
  • Encoder Bitrates Range:
    Single Encoder - Streaming mode: 16 Mbps
    Dual Encoder - Maximum of 8 Mbps for streaming channels
    Dual Encoder - Maximum of 10 Mbps for recording channels
  • Encoding Rate Control:
    Average max/min data rate controls
    Deblocking Filter
    Selectable frame rates
    GOP Size
    Variable bitrate support 
  • Encoding Level: Up to 4.2


  • Recording Locations:
    2x USB 2.0*
    1x SD card slot**
    Network mapped drive***
    * Support for NTFS (3.1) and FAT32 file system. The Monarch LCS will support writing to USB3 devices at USB2 speeds. Also note, 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 LCS 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.
    ** Supports SD and SDHC cards. Only NTFS formatted SDXC cards are supported. (Class 10 highly recommended).
    *** 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).
  • 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 appliance 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 Standard: RJ45 providing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet with Static or DHCP addressing
  • IP Addressing:
    DHCP (default) and static IP
  • Streaming Protocols:
    Unicast and Multi Unicast (number of clients may vary from 3 to 10)
  • Command and Control:
    HTTPS over TCP
    UPnP (discovery)


  • Product Dimensions
    5.6 (L) x 8.5 (W) x 1.4 (H) inches
    14.2 (L) x 21.6 (W) x 3.6 (H) cm
  • Unit Weight: 1.3 lbs / 0.6 kg
  • Power Supply Unit:
    Line voltage: 100-240 V a.c.
    Frequency: 50-60 Hz
    Input: external AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C14
    DIN4 locking power connector
  • Power-supply safety: 
    cULus (Canada/US)
    CE (EU)
    GS (Germany)
    CCC (China)
    RCM (Au/Nz)
    EAC (Russia / Customs Union)
    PSE (Japan)
    KCC (Korea)
    BIS (India)


  • Operating Conditions:
    Temperature: 0 to 45 degrees Celsius
    Altitude: 650 hPa (3,580 m) to 1,013 hPa (0 m)
    Humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing
  • Storage Conditions:
    Temperature: -40 to 70 degrees Celsius
    Altitude: 192 hPa (12,000 m) to 1,020 hPa (-50 m)
    Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Power Consumption: Input: 9-24 volts
    Total Power Consumption: 20-30 watts (42 max)


  • Supported Operating Systems (software):
    Mac OSX EL Capitan
    Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • EMC/EMI Device Class: Class A
    EMC/EMI Certifications:
    CE (EU)
    FCC (US)
    ICES-3 (Canada)
    KC (Korea)
    RCM (Aus/NZ)
    Environmental Certifications: RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU amended by (EU) 2015/863
    Warranty: Two-year limited warranty with free online or telephone support


  • Matrox Monarch LCS appliance
  • Matrox Monarch LCS external power supply
  • IEC320-C14 power cords (US, UK and EU)



  • Monarch LCS Command Center
  • Monarch LCS Radar*

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