Matrox - Monarch HD






Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record the master quality version for post-event editing. By separating the task of recording from streaming in a single integrated unit, Matrox Monarch HD ensures that the Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are focused on delivering quality video to your audience while you control the quality of the archive. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocols. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD offers simple, one touch stream and record pushbuttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector, and a fanless design. Matrox Monarch HD’s HDMI output makes it easy to monitor what you are streaming and recording, regardless of whether the signal received from a camera, a switcher, a signal convertor, or a computer. All eight channels of embedded audio can be passed from the HDMI input to HDMI output ports. Two channels of analog audio input with loopout are also available via 1/8” stereo jacks. Its design allows Matrox Monarch HD to be just as easily located on a desktop as in a rack -up to three units can fit in a single 1RU tray. The storage and button controls are conveniently located on the front of the unit while the power and I/O ports are found at the back.



  • Record master quality video while streaming
  • Ready to edit and upload with MP4 and MOV
  • Certified “Works with Wowza” encoder
  • Supports XML files generated for use with Flash Live Media Encoder



Inputs and Outputs

  • HDMI Video Input

    • Progressive
      1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98 Frames per second
      1280x720@ 60/59.94/50 Frames per second
    • Interlaced
      1920x1080i 29.97/25 frames per second
    • Video Input Format is Auto-Detected 
  • HDMI Video Output

    • Preview output of video input signal. 2 Frame delay from input to output.
  • Audio Input

    • Processes first two channels of audio embedded in HDMI input signal.
      Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack.
      Line Level
  • Audio Output

    • Passthrough of all embedded audio channels in HDMI signal.
      Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack – passthrough of input.
      Line Level


H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC) Video Encoder

  • Resolutions

    • Selectable encoding resolutions ranging from:
      128x128 to 1920x1080
  • Bit Rates Ranges

    • Record Only Mode: 100 kbps to 30 Mbps
    • Stream Only Mode: 100 kbps to 20 Mbps

    • Independent Stream and Record Mode**:
           Recording: 100 kbps - 30 Mbps
           Streaming: 100 kbps - 10 Mbps
           Maximum combined total bitrate of 30 Mbps

      **Note that when both streaming and recording resolutions are above 1280x720, the encode parameters must be identical for both processes. Completely Independent recording and streaming settings are available when either the streaming or the recording resolution is 1280x720 or below.
  • Encode Frame Rates

    • Encode frame rates representing 1:1, ½ and ¼of the input frames rates are supported

      Note that the maximum encode frame rate is 30 fps when encode resolution is 1920 x 1080
  • Encoding Profiles

    • Baseline, Main and High
  • Encoding Controls

    • 2.0,
    • 3.0,
    • 3.1,
    • 4.0,
    • 4.1
    • Level Support
    • GOP Size and Structure
    • Variable bit rate support
    • Average max/min data rate controls
    • Deblocking Filter


MPEG-4 AAC Audio Encoder

  • Standard

    • AAC-LC
  • Sample Frequency

    • 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from analog source
  • Channels

    • 2 channels Stereo (L/R)
  • Bit Rates

    • Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps



  • High Quality multi-tap 10 bit Down Scaler and De-Interlacer. Available to both streaming and recording operations.


    Recording File Format

    • File Type

      • Industry Standard MP4 and MOV files with two channels of embedded AAC audio
    • 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 HD 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 Interfaces

    • Connector

      • RJ45 providing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet with Static or DHCP addressing
    • Protocols

      • RTMP, RTSP/RTP
      • IPv4 Support
      • Unicast and Multi Unicast (number of clients may vary from 3 to 10)


    User Interface

    • Computer Based control

      • HTTP via standard PC or Mac web browser using Matrox Command Center. The simple Monarch HD Control API is also available to programmers to create their own application to start and stop the Monarch HD.
    • Physical Interface

      • On Device push buttons for independent streaming and recording Start/Stop control


    Storage Types for File Recording

    • 2 x USB 2.0

      • Support for NTFS (3.1) and FAT32 file system
        The Monarch HD 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 HD 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.
    • 1 x SD card Slot

      • Supports SD and SDHC cards. Only NTFS formatted SDXC cards are supported. (Class 10 highly recommended)
    • Network Mapped Drive

      • 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).


    Matrox Command Center Web UI

    • Status Page

      • Provides relevant operational information concerning Status of MonarchHD unit at that time including; Input video detection and resolution, State and configuration of Streaming operation, State and configuration of Recording operation, Error conditions, etc.
    • Control Page

      • Recording and Streaming operations initiated here including Synchronized start/stop operations. Multiple Monarch devices can be synchronized in a Master/Slave topology to allow for synchronized record and streaming operations across multiple units via a single interface
    • Record Settings

      • Configuration of recording parameters set within this page. A number of presets are included which are selected based on post event use of the recorded asset. If file is to be uploaded for VOD purposes, a YouTube preset may be selected. If content is to be edited for high quality production, a higher bitrate preset may be preferable
    • Streaming Settings

      • Configuration of Streaming parameters performed on this page. The RTMP or RTSP credentials as well as encoding parameters are entered. Encoder presets have been included to quickly select an ideal encoder settings based on desired delivery resolution or bitrate. The loading of Flash Media Server XML configuration files is supportedStatus Page
    • Administrative tools

      • Device Naming, IP configuration, Date/Time settings and a variety of other tasks performed via this page
    • Additional Tools

      • Matrox provide PC or Mac based utilities to help detect Monarch HD Device on a particular Network (DHCP server required)




    • Dimensions

      • 5.60 in. long (14.2 cm)
      • 4.30 in. deep (10.9 cm) excluding inserted SD-CARD
      • 4.40 in. deep (11.2 cm) including inserted SD-CARD
      • 1.22 in. (3.1 cm) high including rubber feet
    • Weight

      • 0.66 lbs (300 grams) excluding power supply
    • Operating conditions

      • 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C), 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensingDimensions)
    • Power

      • Line Voltage: 100-240V AC, 0.5A
      • Frequency: 50-60 Hz
      • Input: External AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C8
      • Output: +5VDC, 3A max
      • Total power consumption: 15 Watts
      • DIN4 Locking Power Connector
    • Transport and Storage

      • Max Operating Altitude: 3000 meters
      • Max Transport altitude: 12,000 meters
      • Storage Humidity 5 to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)
    • Regulatory

      • FCC Class B, CE Mark Class B, ACMA C-Tick Mark, VCCI
      • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC





    • (1) Matrox Monarch HD
    • 2 year warranty with free telephone support