Matrox Maevex™ H.264 Encoders & Decoders

Encoder Unit Front/Back View 

Capture high-definition A/V signals from the host PC or another media source and create a seamless extension to one or more Decoder units. Decoder Unit Front/Back View

Capture and decode high-definition A/V signals generated 
and sent by the Encoder unit or support standalone media playback from the flash memory.

Affordable Full HD, Low-Bandwidth AV-over-IP

The Matrox Maevex video over IP solution consists of the Maevex 5100 Series encoder/decoder pair that extends 1080p60 video and audio over a standard IP network. Matrox PowerStream software is used to remotely discover and manage the Maevex network, allowing administrators to adjust multiple stream parameters. Based on a dedicated H.264 encode/decode platform, Maevex Series enables excellent-quality, cost-effective video extension and playback over standard LAN connectivity at user-defined low bit rates for minimal network bandwidth consumption.

Video and audio over IP

  • Operates on standard 100/1000Mb Ethernet networks
  • Excellent image quality with very low network bandwidth consumption
  • Cost-effective extension over standard COTS network equipment
  • Unicast, multicast, and multi-unicast operation
  • Auto-detection and discovery on network subnet

Integrated, solid-state encoding/decoding hardware architecture

  • Supports Full HD video and audio
  • Powerful, intelligent performance with dedicated hardware video decoding component
  • Open encoding platform also allows for third-party software decode*
  • Supports many resolutions and aspect ratios
  • Enables administrator fine-tuning of encoding and decoding parameters
  • Allows scaling of input resolutions before encoding and scaling of output resolutions after decoding

Network redundancy support

  • Hot plug/unplug support for power, video, and audio
  • Local real-time audio and video pass-through and confidence preview on Maevex Encoder
  • Integrated network switch on Maevex Decoder enables daisy-chaining, network extension, and redundant network topology
  • Failure resilience through power, network, and device auto-recovery features

PowerStream software suite

  • Powerful software application bundled with the Matrox Maevex Series
  • Remotely manage and monitor the entire Maevex network
  • Auto-populate Maevex network devices
  • Multiple-instance installation supported
  • Password-controlled user access
  • Access to device IDs, IP addresses, streaming state, bit rate, and other vitals

Optimized design for unbeatable performance

  • No driver components required on the host PC
  • No moving parts design for high MTBF
  • Low power consumption
  • Dust-resistant enclosure
  • High-density rack mountable
  • Small form factor

*Matrox supports VLC as a software decode platform; Other software media players are expected to be compatible but are not supported directly by Matrox at this time.

Maevex 5150 Encoder
Video Input:
  • HDMI with digital L-PCM audio
  • DVI via DVI-to-HDMI adapter
  • Resolutions up to 1920x1080p60, 1920x1200(60Hz) and many more wide-screen and standard-definition resolutions
Video Output:
  • HDMI with digital L-PCM audio, local pass-through w/o scaling or confidence preview w/ optional scaling
  • DVI via HDMI to DVI-D adapter, local pass-through w/o scaling or confidence preview w/ optional scaling
  • HD15, Analog VGA - confidence preview w/ optional scaling
  • Resolutions up to 1920x1080p60, 1920x1200(60Hz)
  • Procamp control: contrast, brightness, saturation, hue
  • Scaled output (i.e., 1080p60 input/720p60 scaled output)
Audio Line-In: 3.5mm analog stereo audio
Audio Line-Out (Local Pass-Through): 3.5mm analog stereo audio
Network Connector: RJ45
Maevex 5150 Decoder
Network Connectors: 2 x RJ45 (fully switched)
Video Output :
  • HDMI with digital L-PCM audio
  • Resolutions up to 1920x1080p60, 1920x1200(60Hz) and many more wide-screen and standard-definition resolutions
  • ProcAmp control: contrast, brightness, saturation, hue
  • Destination cropping support
Audio Line-Out: 3.5mm analog stereo audio
Video Encoding / Decoding
Single-Channel HD: Up to 1920x1080p60 and 1920x1200(56Hz) and many more wide-screen and standard-definition resolutions
Compression Standard: H.264/Mpeg4 Part 10 (AVC)
Profiles: Baseline, Main, High
Levels: Up to 4.2
Bit Rates: 100Kbps to 25Mbps
Rate Control: CBR, VBR, Favor Speed, Favor Quality
Audio Encoding/Decoding
Compression Standard: MPEG4 AAC-LC
Channels: 2 channel (stereo)
Sample Frequency: 32, 44.1, and 48kHz
Bit Rates: 96, 128, 192, and 256Kbps
Networking Interface
100/1000base-T Ethernet
Streaming Protocols: RTSP/RTP/RTCP (all required) over UDP
Command & Control Protocols: HTTP/HTTPS
IPV4 Support
Unicast, Multicast and Multi Unicast
DHCP (Default) / Fixed IP Address Support
CAT5-or-Better Network Cables
Management Software
Central Command and Control Application
  • Resides on any PC network node
  • Maevex network configuration & control
  • Encoding and decoding control and manipulation
  • Frame rate and resolution control
  • Password protection
  • Failsafe over the network FW updates
OS Support:
  • Windows® 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft .NET 4.5 is required for all
Power Supply
100-240V AC In, 5VDC Out, 15W
DIN4 Locking Power Connector
Power Cords/Adapters Included: US, EU, GB/HKG, AU/NZL
Operating Temperature: 0 to 45 degrees Celsius
Non-Operating Temperature: -40 to 55 degrees Celsius
Operating Humidity: 20 to 80% (non-condensing)
Non-Operating Humidity: 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
Encoder: 135.05 years @ 40 degrees Celsius (excl. power supply)
Decoder: 164.81 years @ 40 degrees Celsius (excl. power supply)
External Power Supply: 11.45 years @ 25 degrees Celsius, full load
Fanless (no moving parts)
Dimensions Encoder: 21.59cm x 2.59cm x 10.16cm (8.50" x 1.02" x 4.00")
Dimensions Decoder: 12.83cm x 2.59cm x 10.9cm (5.05" x 1.02" x 4.29")
Weight Encoder: 378g (excl. external power supply and power cords)
Weight Decoder: 286g (excl. external power supply and power cords)
Rackmounting (optional rackmount tray)
Encoder: dual density - 1u
Decoder: triple density - 1u (horizontal mount); or 10-unit density in 3u (vertical mount)
Packaging Content
Maevex Encoder unit:
  • CAT5E Ethernet cable, RJ45 male to male, 6'/182.88cm
  • DVI adapter - DVI-D male to HDMI female
  • 3.5mm analog stereo audio cable, male to male, 6'/182.88cm
  • Power supply, power cords and adapters (see "Power supply")
  • Quick setup guide and release notes (if applicable)
Maevex Decoder unit:
  • Power supply, power cords and adapters (see "Power supply")
  • Quick setup guide and release notes (if applicable)
Ordering Information
Maevex Encoder P/N: MVX-E5150F
Maevex Decoder P/N: MVX-D5150F
Maevex Encoder/Decoder Bundle P/N: MVX-ED5150F
Warranty Information
Two-Year Warranty

The Matrox Maevex Series comes bundled with Matrox PowerStream—a robust software application that enables remote control and management of the entire Maevex network topology. Installed on a network PC, the command & control application supports a variety of features, making Maevex appliances entirely configurable, manageable, and updateable via the network and all from one or more central locations. PowerStream also allows Decoders to be assigned to streams. Maevex administrators can start and stop streams as well as balance image/stream quality and bit rate by managing a variety of encoding and decoding parameters. Easy adjustment of input and output resolutions and aspect ratios provide administrators with additional flexibility and control. Watch Video

Key features include*:

  • Auto-detect and discover Maevex units on subnet (DHCP server required)
  • Identify and manage Maevex Encoder/Decoder IP addresses
  • Fine-tune encoding and decoding parameters and network bit rate
  • Benefit from automated failure resilience and automated recovery features
  • Easily assign streams to one or more Decoders
  • Scale down source resolution before streaming to network to allow for managed network bandwidth consumption
  • Scale and crop source content on individual Decoder outputs, allowing for flexible display
  • Set forced resolutions out to all or individual Decoder outputs
  • Choose between the Encoder’s Zero-latency direct pass-through or confidence preview settings
  • Adjust ProcAmp controls at local Encoder and/or remote Decoder outputs
  • Control HDMI and analog audio mute and volume
  • Control user access to PowerStream and the Maevex network with password protection
  • Create your own names for all Encoder and Decoder units
  • Conveniently access device ID, IP address, streaming state, bit rate, and other variables
  • Update firmware easily and conveniently over the network
  • Take advantage of supported multiple-instance installation and remote management
  • Support for the following operating systems (requires Microsoft .NET 4.5): Windows® 8 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows® Server® 2012, Windows® 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), and Windows® Server® 2008 R2

* Information and software subject to change

Video: Remotely Discover and Manage Your Maevex Hardware

See how Matrox PowerStream software automatically detects and displays the status of Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders on a given subnet. PowerStream provides easy access to adjustable encoder and decoder settings and adding a device outside the subnet is also possible by entering its IP address. Visit Maevex product pages to learn more about Maevex Full HD AV-over-IP encoders & decoders and accompanying PowerStream software. Stay tuned for additional videos covering advanced Maevex PowerStream features.

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Matrox Maevex Encoder and Decoder units extend 1080p video, audio and RS-232 control signals over a standard TCP/IP network. The Maevex Encoder captures video and audio from a host PC or another media source and seamlessly extends the
 signals to one or more Maevex Decoders via standard networking equipment, such as switches, routers, and CATx cabling. Maevex Encoder and Decoder units support one-to-one unicast and one-to-many multicast streaming, 
while multiple Decoders may be daisy-chained to create large-scale video distribution networks. Matrox PowerStream manages, configures, and updates Maevex appliances via the network from one or more central locations and allows Decoders to be assigned to streams. Maevex Series supports one-to-many multicast (and unicast, and multi-unicast) video distribution over a standard IP network 
along with a wide variety of aspect ratios and resolutions. Maevex 5150 Encoders and Decoders, compatible with different types of outputs as well as network switches to extend the network, 
enable the distribution of video and audio over standard LAN connectivity. Maevex serves collaborative video wall environments (working with Matrox Mura MPX Series controller boards here) by delivering 
content to the video wall and sharing operator display outputs and applications in a control room, for example. Network administrators can use Matrox PowerStream software to remotely discover and monitor the status of multiple 
Maevex Encoders and Decoders on a subnet (and even those manually added outside the subnet), plus fine-tune 
Maevex encoding and decoding parameters. Matrox PowerStream software allows administrators to easily adjust Maevex encoding parameters, including audio and video bit-rates, 
video encode resolution, frame rate, and even H.264 detailed stream parameters such as Group of Pictures and I, P, and B, QP. Use Matrox PowerStream software to change Maevex Decoder settings, including routing schemes (unicast vs. multicast). Matrox PowerStream software enables variable and independent display configurations at each Maevex decoder; 
Administrators can force a specific resolution and can scale or crop the decoded output independently of the stream 
to allow administrators to fit their output to almost any display. Network administrators can easily choose which source content is output in Matrox PowerStream 
and switch between all available streams at each Maevex decoder. Matrox PowerStream software gives network administrators the flexibility to assign and switch between specific source streams
 at each Maevex Decoder or select multiple Maevex Decoders and assign the same source stream to all devices in that group.
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