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Matrox Monarch HD - HDMI Streaming Encoder and Recorder

Matrox Monarch HD - HDMI Streaming Encoder and Recorder


The Matrox Monarch HD is a streaming and recording device with HDMI input/output that can stream live and record at the same time. The streaming and recording functions are completely independent of each other, so recording quality is not affected by streaming bandwidth, and recording controls can be handled without disturbing streaming operations.

The Monarch HD generates RTSP/RTMP compliant H.264 streams from any HDMI source using the built-in 10-bit encoder, scaler and de-interlacer. Record to H.264 MP4 files with 2 channels of AAC audio to an optional SD card, USB drive or mapped network drive. Network drives are useful if multiple users need to access the recordings. Streaming bitrates up to 20Mbps and recording rates up to 30Mbps can be assigned. You can stream to your own server or to CDNs such as YouTube.

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Streaming and recording device designed for professionals 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, it 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. Warranty extension up to 3 years, after registration on the web.



  • Simultaneous Live Streaming & Recording
  • HDMI Input and Output
  • Up to 20Mbps Streaming/30Mbps Recording
  • H.264 RTSP/RTMP Compliant Streaming


Data sheet

Video Inputs
Max. Video Resolution
1280x720 - HD
1920x1080 - HD
Entradas Audio
No Balanceado
Salidas Audio
No Balanceado
Data and Control
Recording Media
Tarjeta SD
Codec / Ficheros

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Part Number




Form Factor


Standalone appliance

Rack-mountable: 1U, 1/3 rack (horizontal)




Video Input



*Video Input Format is Auto-Detected


Video Input Resolutions


      • 1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98 fps
      • 1280x720@ 60/59.94/50 fps

      • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps

Video Input Format is Auto-Detected


Video Output




Video Output Resolutions


Preview output of video input signal


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


Confidence Preview



Maximum resolution: 1920x1080




Color Space and Chroma



4:2:0 (8-bit)


Video and Audio Processing


Video Scaling


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


Audio Encoding Format




Audio Sampling Frequency


32 kHz

44.1 kHz

48 kHz


Audio Bitrates


Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps




Video Encoding Formats


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


Encoding Profiles


Baseline (BP)

Main (MP)

High (HiP)


Encoder Bitrates Range


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.


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




File Format


Industry Standard MP4 and MOV files with two channels of embedded AAC audio.


Recording Locations


2x USB 2.0*

1x SD card slot**

Network mapped drive***

* 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.

** 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.


Full Frame Rate


Encode frame rates selection includes;
60/50, 30/25/24 and 15/12.5

Note that the maximum encode frame rate is 30 fps when encode resolution is 1920x1080




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



UPnP (discovery)




Product Dimensions


4.3 (L) x 5.6 (W) x 1.22 (H) inches
10.9 (L) x 14.2 (W) x 3.1 (H) cm


Unit Weight


0.66 lbs / 300 g






Power Supply Unit


Line Voltage: 100-240 V a.c., 0.5A
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Input: External AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C8
DIN4 Locking Power Connector

Power-supply Safety: 
cULus (Canada/US)
CCC (China)
RCM (Au/Nz)
EAC (Russia / Customs Union)
PSE (Japan)
KCC (Korea)


Hardware & Software


Hardware Included


Matrox Monarch HD appliance

Matrox Monarch HD external power supply

IEC-C8 power cords (US, UK and EU)


Accessories (sold separately)


Monarch Rack Mount Kit* (MRCH/RACK/KIT)

Monarch HD power supply unit** (MRCH/RACK/KIT)

*Can fit up to three Monarch HD units in a 1RU space.
**Does not include IEC-C8 power cord. These cables must be sourced locally.




Monarch HD Command Center

*Free download




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 B


EMC/EMI Certifications




ICES-3 (Canada)

KC (Korea)

RCM (Aus/NZ)


Environmental Certifications


RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU amended by (EU) 2015/863




Two-year limited warranty with free online or telephone support

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