Matrox Unveils New Monarch EDGE 4K/Multi-HD Encoder, Decoder for Remote Production

Matrox announced the availability of the Monarch EDGE 4K/multi-HD encoder and decoder offering for next-level remote production (REMI) workflows.

The essential platform for REMI and at-home productions, the cutting-edge Monarch EDGE technology delivers exceptional 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. Monarch EDGE includes next-generation connectivity—including 12G-SDI and SMPTE ST 2110 over 25 GbE connections—while supporting the popular MPEG-2, RTSP, and SRT streaming protocols. Equipped with tally signaling and talkback functionality for two-way communication between on-site and in-studio personnel, Monarch EDGE allows live event producers to optimize resources by keeping more staff and equipment in-house while providing uncompromised, broadcast-grade viewing experiences.

Big productions, minimal resources
Monarch EDGE extends the production studio by transporting up to four synchronized 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 portable-yet-powerful appliances help broadcasters minimize the number of production staff and resources required in the field, making live, multi-camera event productions more efficient and highly 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 easily 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.

“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,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video. “With Monarch EDGE enabling users to centralize 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.”