Matrox announces new Monarch Edge encoder/decoder

The Monarch Edge extends the production studio

Matrox has announced Monarch Edge, a new 4K/multi-HD encoder and decoder for next-level remote production (REMI) workflows.

Described by Matrox as the essential platform for REMI and at-home productions, the Monarch Edge technology is said to deliver quality, low-latency 4:2:2 10-bit video at resolutions up to 3840x2160p60 or quad 1920x1080p60 over a standard one Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network.

The Monarch Edge includes 12G-SDI and SMPTE ST 2110 over 25 GbE connectivity while supporting MPEG-2, RTSP, and SRT streaming protocols.

Equipped with tally signalling and talkback functionality for two-way communication between on-site and in-studio personnel, Matrox claims the Monarch Edge allows live event producers to optimise resources by keeping more staff and equipment in-house while providing uncompromised, broadcast-grade viewing experiences.

The Monarch Edge is claimed to extend the production studio by transporting up to four synchronised HD-/3G-SDI camera feeds or a single 12G-SDI signal, in both native progressive and interlaced video formats, with glass-to-glass latencies as low as 100 ms. As a result, these appliances help broadcasters minimise the number of production staff and resources required in the field, making live, multi-camera event productions more efficient and affordable.

For events with higher-density camera requirements, the Monarch Edge’s compact design ensures that two units fit into a single 1RU rack space to meet the needs of any-sized production. Event producers can select between two encoder options: the 4:2:0 8-bit H.264 encoder version for programs destined for web or over-the-top (OTT) delivery, or the 4:2:2 10-bit H.264 encoder model for demanding, broadcast-quality productions.

Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video, commented: “The broadcast industry has seen an increased demand for a wider range of both mainstream and niche content, and the Monarch Edge platform provides broadcasters and live event producers with an efficient means to deliver more diversified, high-quality programming. With Monarch Edge enabling users to centralise many productions, resources can be redistributed to offer more multi-camera events featuring new, never-before-seen camera angles for more immersive and engaging viewing experiences. Monarch Edge provides a tremendous amount of remote production flexibility, whether it’s for sports, concerts, entertainment events, and more.”

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