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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.

 

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.

The Monarch HD costs less than $1,000, and is available from the sponsor of this tutorial, Videoguys.com. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the Monarch to stream a live event and record a master-quality copy.

Portability and Connectivity

The hardware itself is portable and compact and has no moving parts, so it’s quiet and you can use it pretty much anywhere. On the back, you’ve got connections for power and network. The unit inputs audio and video via HDMI, with an HDMI output for monitoring (Figure 1, below).

Figure 1. I/O connections on the front and back of the Matrox Monarch HD. 

You can also input analog audio via the 1/8” connector, and monitor audio via this headphone jack.

If you need 3G, HD-SDI or SD-SDI input, you can pair the Monarch with the Matrox MC-100, which is available as an affordable bundle (Figure 2, below).

Figure 2. The Monarch HD/MC-100 bundle adds 3G and HD-SDI support.

On the front, you’ve got status lights, buttons for starting streaming and recording, and two USB ports and an SD card slot for local storage (Figure 1).

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