Matrox Monarch EDGE 4K/Multi-HD Encoder
Matrox Monarch EDGE 4K/Multi-HD Webcasting, Contribution and Remote Production Encoder supports up to 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 encoding of single channel 2160p60 or 4 channels of 1080p60 via SDI. EDGE includes professional connectivity for audio, tally and reference, as well as dual SFP28 cages for 10GbE or 25GbE SFP’s
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 inter-operability is key, the H.264 codec is uniquely positioned to minimise the challenges posed by a lack of inter-operability 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.
In its inaugural year, the NAB Show’s Product of the Year Awards program and panel of industry experts recognised Matrox products as the most significant and promising new technologies in three categories at NAB 2019. In the ‘Remote Production’ category, Monarch EDGE – a 4K/multi-HD, low-latency encoder for webcasting and remote integration (REMI) applications – won a Product of the Year Award. The NAB Best of Show Awards’ panel of engineers and industry experts celebrated the Matrox solutions based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the industry.
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 specialised 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 down-scaling content optimised for large 4K TV screens to smaller screens when 4K streams are sent to them. When OVPs let TVs tackle the up-scaling 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 down-scaling. 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.
4K/Multi-HD Remote Production Encoder
Affordably produce live, multi-camera events, while minimising on-site expenses by keeping talent in-house with Monarch EDGE. A compact, robust, and low-power remote production encoder, Monarch EDGE synchronises 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.
High-Density Contribution Encoder
The contribution or mezzanine-level encoding capabilities of Monarch EDGE provide broadcasters with a means to easily add additional or complimentary backhaul feeds, or redundant contribution channels of their primary feeds. This small-footprint low-power appliance delivers quad-channel broadcast quality with 4:2:2 10-bit streams. It has enough encoding horsepower to simultaneously generate low-bitrate 4:2:0 proxy streams for each input, which can be monitored by any device on the network.
Built for High Quality 10-bit H.264 Encoding
The optimised H.264 engine powering Monarch EDGE keeps data rates exceptionally low without sacrificing quality. I-frame-only streams reaching 150 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. Powerful, real-time de-interlacing and scaling engines allow multi-resolution streams to be simultaneously created for each input.
Exceptionally Low Encode Latency
In live productions, long encode and transmission latency can have adverse effects on the production. With a 50ms latency between input of uncompressed video and output of compressed stream, Monarch EDGE achieves some of the lowest compression latency on the market.
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 minimising 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. Dozens of OVPs and the Wowza Streaming Engine media server support this format. On local networks, MPEG-2 TS or RTSP streams can be selected for delivery over in-house networks.
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, Centralised 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 authorised 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 sources of input. Users can choose to view one input, cycle through inputs, or view four inputs simultaneously.
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.
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 audio||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 150 Mbps (IBP), 500 Mbps (I frame)|
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 API2
|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/E18/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.|
1Enabled with future firmware update
2Contact Matrox Representative for Availability