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Matrox Monarch LCS - HDMI and SDI Streaming Encoder and Recorder

Matrox Monarch LCS - HDMI and SDI Streaming Encoder and Recorder


The Matrox Monarch LCS offers simultaneous streaming and recording of HDMI and SDI video. The Monarch LCS has two HDMI inputs, one for video sources and one for computer sources, plus an SDI input. Its dual encoders can process up to two of these three inputs simultaneously. Live content preview is available on the HDMI and SDI outputs. The Monarch LCS is designed to provide a mix of live video streams and SDI/HDMI presentation material. Suitable for online conferences, the speaker's video can be displayed alongside the training material.

The two H.264 encoders can process each HDMI/SDI signal with resolution up to 1080p30. These dual streams make multiple modes possible, including PiP, side by side and dual window. Selector mode is another option, giving operators the ability to select inputs on the fly.

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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 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.

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.


  • Stream & Record HDMI/SDI Simultaneously
  • 1 x SDI and 2 x HDMI Inputs
  • Multiple Preset and Custom Modes
  • Switcher Mode for Live Control


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




Part Number




Form Factor


Standalone appliance

Rack-mountable: 1U, 1/2 rack (horizontal)




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


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

      • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps

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

      • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps

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

      • 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


Maximum resolution: 1920x1080




Color Space and Chroma



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




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




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 and 15/12.5

Note that 50/60 fps setting is limited to following use cases:
Single Input, single encoder – 1080p60 and 720p60 supported in RTMP, RTSP or Recording modes
Single Input, dual encoder – 720p60 in RTSP and Recording modes

All other operating modes will limit the frame rate to the 30/25 fps setting regardless of encoding resolution.




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


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)
GS (Germany)
CCC (China)
RCM (Au/Nz)
EAC (Russia / Customs Union)
PSE (Japan)
KCC (Korea)
BIS (India)


Hardware & Software


Hardware Included


Matrox Monarch LCS appliance

Matrox Monarch LCS external power supply

IEC320-C14 power cords (US, UK and EU)


Accessories (sold separately)


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

Monarch LCS power supply unit** (PWR/SUP/MHLS)

* Monarch Rack Mount Kit. Can fit up to two Monarch LCS units in a 1RU space.
** Monarch LCS power supply unit. Does not include IEC-C14 power cord. These cables must be sourced locally.




Monarch LCS Command Center
Monarch LCS Radar*

*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 A


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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