4K/Multi-HD Webcasting and Remote Production Encoder
The H.264 encoder is the undisputed number one choice in the video codec arena with its innumerable applications and universal availability. In a day and age when interoperability is key, the H.264 codec is uniquely positioned to minimize the challenges posed by a lack of interoperability as it can tackle a myriad of different workflows. An encoder that can flourish anywhere, be it in webcasting, remote production (REMI), or high-density contribution is Matrox® Monarch™ EDGE. Designed for convenience, Monarch EDGE delivers unparalleled, robust encoding power with the wide-ranging aptitude of the H.264 codec. Choose your workflow below.
4K/Multi-HD Remote Production
4K/Multi-HD Webcasting Encoder
|In a media landscape filled with continuously evolving online video platforms (OVPs), traditional broadcasters are beginning to leverage their existing over-the-top (OTT) delivery methods to deliver content specialized for the web. By enhancing their means of linear programming delivery, broadcasters can expand their reach and meet their audiences through new online-only channels. Using the latest in webcasting innovations, such as high-frame rate 4K (HFR), 4K 360 VR, and multi-camera selection, which are only supported on desktop, mobile, and Smart TV web-based video players, broadcasters can easily deliver compelling live content. Designed to take on today’s engaging webcasting workflows, Matrox Monarch EDGE provides broadcasters with robust, low-latency, and dynamic H.264 encoding capabilities packaged in a compact, low power, and portable appliance.|
Pristine Quality Delivered to Any Screen
Producing and delivering live events in 4K is becoming more widespread, and homes across the globe are adding increasingly fast network download capabilities, as well as 4K TVs to accommodate this content. OVPs are capable of downscaling content optimized for large 4K TV screens to smaller screens when 4K streams are sent to them. When OVPs let TVs tackle the upscaling of HD content to fill screens, the result is not optimal. Monarch EDGE eliminates any comprise by encoding 4K at high frame rates (50 or 60 fps), while the OVP handles any downscaling. With Monarch EDGE, content providers can deliver a superlative 4K viewing experience.
Stream Every Angle
Monarch EDGE is a high-density encoding platform that can accept four independent HD inputs and deliver multiple streams per input, ideal for central equipment room installations. Also one of the latest innovations from YouTube is multi-camera event support, which allows users to view a main camera angle, or switch to a secondary angle if desired. With a single Monarch EDGE device, four different camera angles can be streamed simultaneously.
Reach Even More
Monarch EDGE’s powerful encoding engine allows users to stream to multiple OVPs simultaneously for unprecedented reach and exposure. With Monarch EDGE’s ability to reach over 16 top OVPs, such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Ustream, and LinkedIn among others, users can extend their reach and engage with their audiences where they are rather than luring them to a single OVP.
Uncompromising H.264 Quality
The H.264 codec is universally accepted for web contribution and live streaming. Monarch EDGE’s unique implementation of the codec keeps data rates exceptionally low while minimizing latency without sacrificing quality. Monarch EDGE’s independent encoding operations per input can be configured to stream to a single or multiple destinations. Each operation benefits from a powerful scaling and de-interlacing engine to ensure only pristine images and audio are encoded.
Flexible Streaming Formats
Monarch EDGE supports a variety of streaming protocols. Social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube use the ever-popular RTMP format. SRT is a new open-source format that provides the reliability of RTMP, while reducing latency, for use on open networks. On local networks, MPEG-2 TS or RTSP streams can be selected for delivery over in-house networks. Finally, multiple destinations can be targeted for each encoding profile.
SDI and IP Connectivity
Monarch EDGE offers flexible, future-proof connectivity with 3G, 12G SDI, and ST 2110 over 25 GbE network connections. Inputs are auto-detectable and allow for a wide range of connectivity to devices such as cameras, switchers, vision mixers or routers. Additionally, audio can be selected from two channels of embedded audio per video input, or professional XLR connectors.
Convenient, Centralized Control
Monarch EDGE Control Hub is a powerful application that provides remote-control management and configuration of all network-connected encoders from a central location. This powerful software provides authorized users with high-level views of all devices, and enables full access and control from a single, easy-to-use interface.
Allowing up to four simultaneous input previews on a single desktop monitor, Monarch EDGE ensures that videos are ready to be webcasted. Monarch EDGE Control Hub allows users to effortlessly configure how they would like to preview audio sources of input. Users can choose to monitor one input at a time, or mute the Display Port audio output.
Robust and Practical Design
Monarch EDGE was built with reliability in mind. An LCD screen on the front of the appliance allows users to quickly access its status and configuration settings. A locking power connector safeguards against connection loss during production. Redundant Ethernet (1 GbE) ports allow users to control the device from one port while sending video from a second port. Users can opt to send the same streams from each port while taking completely separate network paths. Finally, Monarch EDGE’s compact design ensures it can be installed in a fly-pack, OB van, or with a second Monarch EDGE unit in a 1RU-rack space.
4K/Multi-HD Webcasting Encoder
Video length: 2min 0s
Monarch EDGE provides broadcasters with robust, low-latency, and dynamic H.264 encoding capabilities, enabling them to leverage their existing over-the-top (OTT) services to deliver specialized web content. Broadcasters can now expand their reach beyond traditional linear programming by using the latest in webcasting innovations—such as high-frame rate (HFR) 4K, 4K 360 VR, and multi-camera selection—to stream compelling live content to laptops/desktops, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
Matrox Monarch EDGE is perfectly suited to support live 4Kp60 streaming to the biggest online video platforms (OVPs) and over-the-top (OTT) platforms. Whether you are processing a single input multiple times or selecting multiple simultaneous inputs for independent or synchronized delivery—particularly useful for live sports—Monarch EDGE’s flexible H.264 encoding engine has you covered. Platforms supporting multi-camera events, where the user selects the content most interesting to them, provide operators the best of both worlds: the main angle provides a primary feed, and complementary angles cater to viewer-specific preferences.
4K/Multi-HD Remote Production Encoder
|Affordably produce live, multi-camera events, while minimizing on-site expenses by keeping talent in-house with Monarch EDGE. A compact, robust, and low-power remote production encoder, Monarch EDGE synchronizes and securely delivers remote camera feeds to your master control room or cloud for production with remarkably low latency. Programs destined for web or over-the-top (OTT) delivery can select the 4:2:0 8-bit encoder version, while the 4:2:2 10-bit capable Monarch EDGE encoder version is ideal for demanding, broadcast-quality productions.|
Big Productions, Small Footprint
Easily produce multi-angle live events by extending the production studio to any remote location with a network connection. Monarch EDGE can encode up to four camera feeds from HD or 3G-SDI sources. When an in-studio 4K production requires a remote feed, Monarch EDGE can accept either 4K signals over 12G-SDI, or a quad 3G-SDI to deliver a full-4K stream. For events that require more cameras, its compact footprint ensures that two units will fit into a single 1RU space.
Built for High Quality 10-bit H.264 Encoding
The optimized H.264 engine powering Monarch EDGE keeps data rates exceptionally low without sacrificing quality. I-frame-only streams reaching 120 Mbps can be delivered if quality is a high priority. Each input can be streamed at resolutions up to 1080p60 using the High 4:2:2 H.264 encoding profile. Furthermore, multiple processes can be performed on each input by powerful scaling and de-interlacing engines. This enables each input to be streamed at multiple resolutions and bitrates simultaneously, which is useful for remote monitoring.
Exceptionally Low Encode Latency
In live productions, multiple signal sources must be synchronized. If a remote production encoder takes too long to transfer the signal from the field to the production system, delivering crisp cuts between local and remote feeds can prove difficult. High latency often means long delays between video capture and delivery, making live productions appear unsynchronized and unprofessional. With an exceptionally low 50ms of latency between video capture and stream output, Monarch EDGE achieves some of the lowest latencies on the market, ensuring remote production staff feel like they are at the event.
Keep it In-sync
All channels encoded by Monarch EDGE will be locked to a single clock, and the streams generated will have timestamps to allow a decoder to realign the streams at output. For the very best results, the cameras feeding the encoder should be genlocked together to ensure each frame is captured in phase. Monarch EDGE offers a genlock output jack with a signal that can be distributed to those cameras if an in-house sync is not available.
Flexible Streaming Formats
There are a variety of streaming protocols available to Monarch EDGE users. On closed networks, MPEG-2 TS or RTSP streams can be selected for delivery. For cloud-based destinations, or when the network is congested, SRT may be more appropriate. SRT is a new open-source format that provides the reliability of RTMP, while reducing latency, for use on open networks. SRT streams can also be encrypted if security is a concern.
Tally and Talkback1
Monarch EDGE provides tally signals and talkback channels to facilitate bi-directional communication between on-site camera operators and in-studio personnel. These provisions on the device help reduce the amount of equipment required on site.
SDI and IP Connectivity
Monarch EDGE offers flexible, future-proof connectivity with 3G, 12G SDI, and ST 2110 over 25 GbE network connections. Inputs are auto-detectable and allow for a wide range of connectivity to devices such as cameras, switchers, vision mixers or routers. Additionally, audio can be selected from two channels of embedded audio per video input, or balanced analog audio connectors.
Convenient, Centralized Control
Monarch EDGE Control Hub is a powerful application that provides management and configuration remotely over all Monarch Edge units on the network. This powerful software provides authorized users with high-level views of all devices on the network, and enables full access and control from a single, easy-to-use interface.
Allowing up to four simultaneous input previews on a single desktop monitor, the DP output of the Monarch Edge ensures that videos are valid and ready to use. Monarch EDGE Control Hub allows users to effortlessly configure how they would like to preview audio sources of input. Users can choose to monitor one input at a time, or mute the Display Port audio output.
Robust and Practical Design
Monarch EDGE was built with reliability in mind. An LCD screen on the front of the appliance allows the user to quickly access its status and configuration settings. A locking power connector safeguards against connection loss during production. Redundant Ethernet (1 GbE) ports allow users to control the device from one port while sending video from a second port. Users can opt to send the same streams from each port while taking completely separate network paths. Finally, Monarch EDGE’s compact design ensures it can be installed in a fly-pack or with a second Monarch EDGE unit in a 1RU-rack space.
1These features must be supported at the decode end of the production chain with the help of custom integration by the user or vision mixer provider.
4K/Multi-HD Remote Production Encoder
Video length: 1min 55s
Monarch EDGE allows broadcasters to produce live, multi-camera events, while minimizing on-site expenses by keeping talent in-studio. A compact, low-latency, low-power remote production encoder, Monarch EDGE delivers synchronized, secure remote camera feeds to a master control room or to the cloud for production. Programs destined for web or OTT delivery can use the Monarch EDGE 4:2:0 8-bit encoder model, while the 4:2:2 10-bit-capable encoder version is ideal for demanding, broadcast-quality productions.
Remote Integration (REMI) Production Encoding
Affordably produce live multi-camera events by minimizing on-site expenses and keeping your talent in-house. Monarch EDGE synchronizes and delivers raw high-quality camera feeds from the field over IP to a centralized live production system. Broadcasters can, in turn, improve efficiency and minimize costs by using these in-house or cloudbased production systems to produce high-quality live programming. With remote production, fewer staff and equipment are required in the field— lowering travel expenses and logistical costs. The studio is also able to cover multiple events in a single day with the same personnel.
Matrox Monarch EDGE Technical Specifications
|Input connections||•1x 12G SDI input per ST 2082
•3x 3G SDI inputs per ST 425 (Level A mapping only)
•UHD support using 4 SDI inputs per SMPTE ST 425-5
-2x sample interleave input1
•2x SFP 28 network ports (up to 25 Gbps) 1
•Capture up to four independent 3 Gbps video streams or one 12 Gbps (4Kp60) stream encapsulated per SMPTE ST 2110-10, -20, and -21. Seamless protection (redundancy) according to SMPTE ST 2022-7
|Resolutions||2160p at 50, 59.94, 60 fps
1080p at 251, 29.971, 301, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
1080i at 25, 29.97, 301fps
720p at 50, 59.94, 60 fps
|Configurable genlock||Bi-level genlock output
Bi-level or tri-level genlock input
|Digital audio||8x channels of embedded audio support per SDI input. Two channels per input supported with first release 1|
|Analog audio2||2x channels of balanced analog audio input via XLR connector
2x channels of balanced analog audio output via XLR connector1
1 channel of unbalanced stereo audio output via 1/8” TRS connector
All sampled at 48 kHz
|Audio processing||Embedded or analog audio channels can be compressed as a stereo pair or processed as PCM1 (uncompressed audio)
Multi-channel audio support as separate audio pairs1
|Codecs||Video: H.264/MPEG-4 part 10 (AVC)
Audio: AAC-HE and AAC-LC
|Bitrate per stream||Video: Up to 120 Mbps
Audio: From 32 to 256 Kbps
|Chroma sub-sampling||4:2:2 (8-bit and 10-bit), 4:2:0 (8-bit and 10-bit) – MDG4/E10/I
4:2:0 (8-bit only) – MDG4/E8/I
|Encoding controls||Up to 5.2 level support
GOP size and structure
Variable and constant bit rate support
Average max/min data rate controls
Encoding frame rates offered independent of input frame rates
|Profile||Up to High 4:2:2 profile (Hi422P)|
|Latency||Encode latency as low as 50ms (network transfers and decode operation not included in value)|
|Encode density/workflow examples||One (1) 3840 x 2160p @60 fps (encoded as 4:2:0 or 4:2:2) plus one 1080p (4:2:0 8 bit) proxy stream
Four (4) 1920 x 1080 @60 fps (encoded as 4:2:0 or 4:2:2) plus four 720p30 (4:2:0) proxy stream
There are a number of additional encoding profiles that can be generated per input.
|VANC ancillary data processing (SDI and IP)1|
|Closed captioning (CC) embedded in VANC processing as CEA-608/708
Vertical interval timecode (RP-188)
HDR and colorimetry metadata
|Tally light output1|
|8x tally signals (sent to cameras)
Tally ports available via a 15-pin D-SUB connector
|MPEG-2 TS over UDP
Native RTP1 (unicast or multicast)
|2x RJ45, 100/1000BASE-T Ethernet
2x MSA-compatible SFP28 cage supporting 10 GbE and 25 GbE modules1
|Control and management|
|Access||Monarch EDGE Control Hub dedicated Windows® application
RESTful HTTP API3
|Physical||On-device buttons and screen for basic set up and monitoring operations|
|Monitoring output||1x DisplayPort (HD output only)|
|Physical and power|
|Product dimensions (length x width x height)||8.53×7.45×1.68 in (21.7×18.9×4.3 cm)
Rack-mountable; two Monarch EDGE appliances can fit in 1 RU space
|Product weight||3.65 lbs (1,660 g)
|Operating conditions||32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C), 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)|
|Power||•Line voltage: 12 volts
•Total power consumption: 45 watts [avg.]
•Connector: DIN 4
|Power supply||•Line voltage: 100-240 VAC
•Frequency: 50-60 Hz
•Input: external AC/DC adapter – IEC320-C14
•DIN4 locking power connector
|Regulatory||•EMI: FCC Class A, CE Mark Class A, ACMA C-Tick Mark, VCCI
•Power-supply safety: UL/CUL(UL60950-1), TUV-GS(EN60950-1), T-LICENSE(BS EN60950-1), CCC(GB4943.1-2011), PSE(J60950), SAA(AS/NZS60950-1), KC-MARK(K60950), S-MARK(IEC60950-1)
• RoHS directive 2002/95/EC
|Warranty||•Two-year limited warranty with free online or telephone support|
|MDG4/E10/I||Monarch EDGE appliance with 4:2:0 8-bit and 4:2:2 10-bit encoding|
|MDG4/E8/I||Monarch EDGE appliance with 4:2:0 8-bit encoding|
|MRCH/RACK/KIT||Monarch Rack Mount Kit. Can fit up to two Monarch EDGE units in a 1RU space|
|PWR/SUP/MDG||Monarch EDGE power supply unit. Does not include IEC-C14 power cord. These cables must be sourced locally.|
|MDG/AUD/CBL||Monarch EDGE break out audio cable. Provides two input channels and two output channels. DB15 to XLR I/O.|