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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.

Working in the Device and Status Tabs

The Device tab gives you access to the basic information in the pull-down shown in Figure 9 (below), while the Status window (Figure 10, below Figure 9) provides a quick look at your overall configuration.

Figure 9. Information accessible via the Device tab.

Figure 10. Review your overall configuration in the Status window. Click the image to see it at full size.

Streaming and Recording in the Control Window

When you’re ready to go, click the Control tab on the far left, and you can start streaming, recording, or both via the buttons shown in Figure 11 (below).

Figure 11. Click one of these options in the Control window to stream (left), record (center), or stream and record (right, as shown).

If you have more than one Monarch installed, you can control them all from this interface by selecting the Control multiple Monarch HD devices checkbox (Figure 11). If you’re using the Monarch in the field without access to the interface, you can use the buttons and status lights to control operation (Figure 12, below).

Figure 12. You can also control operation using the buttons on the front of the Monarch HD. Click the image to see it at full size.

The blue indicator light by the Stream button tells you that you’re ready to stream; click the button and the light starts blinking to let you know that you’re streaming.

For recording, the red light does the same, lighting up when the media is ready and blinking while you’re recording.

If any problems arise, the yellow indicator under the familiar exclamation-point warning triange (Figure 12) lights up to let you know.

So that’s it. Matrox’s Monarch HD is portable, silent, and the only hardware encoder that can encode a live stream and a master quality copy simultaneously. For many live event producers, that combination will be tough to beat.

For more information about the Matrox Monarch HD, contact this video’s sponsor: Videoguys.com at 800-323-2325.

 

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