Published on Sunday, 15 September 2013


Matrox Monarch HD Streams & Records Live Video

The new Matrox Monarch HD video streaming and recording appliance is designed for video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. 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 protocol.

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. A robust device, it is remotely controlled using a regular computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also has straightforward, one-step stream and record pushbuttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector and a fanless design. It also earned four industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show and will be available by the end of September 2013, priced at AU$1209 inc GST HD.


The Matrox DSX SDK for Linux  is now available, designed to enable rapid application development with a component-based architecture. It provides a common API across the Matrox DSX  SDI video cards  for developers. From this single development, broadcast equipment manufacturers can create various products such as live encoders, transcoders, video ingest/playout servers and broadcast graphics systems.

The Matrox DSX SDK for Linux uses a stream-based API that enables pipelined functionality within a memory centric architecture. Users can connect components in their applications to achieve a desired workflow while keeping enough flexibility for frame-accurate control. A prototyping tool provides a graphical representation of all hardware components so developers can simulate and test their use cases within minutes, before writing code.

The Matrox DSX hardware platforms provide multi-channel audio and video input and output at resolutions up to 4K at 60 fps and have built-in failsafe mechanisms, hardware scaling and video mixing, frame synchronization, and HANC and VANC support.

ChyronHego has chosen the Matrox DSX developer products as the multi-channel I/O hardware engine for its Mosaic graphics creation and playout system for live and automated workflows. Mosaic is an integrated group of turnkey platforms that scale to meet graphics production needs, technical requirements and budgets of newsrooms, studios, sports broadcasting facilities.

Matrox products were chosen due to their performance, scalability, memory centric, asynchronous architecture supporting high-speed transfers of video, audio and graphics data between I/O peripherals, co-processors, the CPU and host memory. Functionality such as 3G connectivity, 1080p60 support, various field-upgradeable codecs and low latency using NVIDIA GPUDirect were other factors ChyronHego found useful.