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Tutorial: How to Stream Live and Record a Master-Quality Copy with the Matrox Monarch HD

Matrox's new Monarch HD is a portable live encoder that can send a stream to your streaming server and also record a master-quality copy to a network drive, or local USB or SD storage.

Configuring the Monarch HD

To configure the unit, you log into the Linux-based device from a local browser. The four tabs shown in Figure 3 (below) control setup and operation.

Figure 3. You configure the Monarch HD by adjusting setting found under these four tabs. Click the image to see it at full size.

Let’s start in the Settings tab. As you can see in Figure 4 (below), you have Settings for Stream, Record, and Audio.

Figure 4. You configure your streaming, recording, and audio settings by choosing options in the Stream tab pull-down menu.

Configuring Stream Settings

In the Stream Settings window, you can set the operating mode to Stream only, Record only, or Stream and record. In the Stream Settings window, you set parameters for the live stream (Figure 5, below).

Figure 5. Configuring the stream in the Stream Settings window. Click the image to see it at full size.

You configure the stream in the encoding section, with canned presets providing a starting point (Figure 5).

From there, you can customize your settings and save them as Profiles for easy use and reuse.

In the Streaming section, you insert the parameters for your live streaming server. Once you save these parameters, they’re stored in the Monarch, so you can drive the system via the buttons on the front of the unit.

Configuring Record Settings

In the Encoding section of the Record Settings window (Figure 6, below), you choose the parameters for your master-quality copy. Again, presets speed your selection, and you can save your customizations as new profiles.

Figure 6. Configuring options in the Encoding section of the Record Settings window. Click the image to see it at full size.

In the Recording section of the Record Settings window (Figure 7, below), you choose the container format, MOV or MP4, and where to save the master-quality file, which can be local storage or a networked location.

Figure 7. Configuring Recording settings.

You can even send the file to an editor’s workstation so they can start editing the video once the event is complete.

Configuring Audio Settings

In the Audio Settings window (Figure 8, below), you choose your audio source and sample rate.

Figure 8. Choosing Audio Settings.

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