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Matrox Maevex™ H.264 Encoders & Decoders

Capture and stream or record high-definition A/V signals from the host PC or another media source and create a seamless extension to one or more decoder units. Decode and display 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 distribution over IP solution consists of the Maevex 5100 Series encoders and decoders that can extend or record up to 1080p60 video and audio over a standard IP network at user-defined low bit rates for excellent quality and minimal network bandwidth consumption. The Maevex encoder streams or records high-quality video and audio and uses the H.264 video compression standard. It can stream to Maevex decoders or any device or PC that supports the required network protocols. It can also record to a shared network or NAS drive. The robust Matrox PowerStream™ software is included with the hardware and is used to remotely discover, manage, and adjust the Maevex network and lets administrators conveniently define multiple stream parameters and balance network bandwidth consumption and quality. The Maevex API is also available to enable programmers to integrate current features into existing applications or create new, independent PowerStream-like software to meet their specific needs.

Encoding:

  • Extend/record up to Full HD 1080p60 and 1920x1200 video and audio
  • H.264 compression for high-quality, low-bandwidth AV-over-IP
  • Support for wide-screen & standard aspect ratios and many resolutions
  • Scale streams before distribution for lower bandwidth consumption
  • HDMI or analog audio support
  • Open encoding allows for third-party software decode (e.g. VLC)

Recording:

  • Record up to 1080p60/1920x1200 to NAS or shared network drive
  • Control frequency and duration of recording
  • Schedule the start time and date of recording sessions
  • Recorded user-defined file name includes timestamp for easy file management

Network Management:

  • Operates on standard 100/1000Mb Ethernet networks
  • Auto-detect and discover Maevex units on subnet (DHCP server required)
  • Full/half-duplex mode and static IP address support
  • CBR, VBR support
  • Network bit-rate control (100 Kbps – 25 Mbps)

Failsafe:

  • Play back pre-recorded content at the decoder in case of a network disruption or if encoder stops streaming (e.g. loss of power)
  • Programmable time delay before failsafe activates

Maevex API:

  • Integrate Maevex features in existing or new control software
  • Based on easy-to-use .NET programming language
  • Provided to select developers (no cost/license-free)

PowerStream Control Software:

  • Remotely manage Maevex network from different locations
  • Conveniently access IP address, bit rate, and other vitals
  • Fine-tune encode/decode parameters and adjust bit rates
  • Scale & crop content to fit different outputs

Other Benefits:

  • Daisy-chain decoders & extend network via integrated network switch
  • Failure resilience—power, network, and device auto-recovery features
  • Full duplex RS-232 control (pt. to pt.)
  • Reliable, solid-state, energy-efficient design
  • Local real-time pass-through and confidence preview on encoder
  • PowerStream-controlled user access from secured PC
  • Detailed LED indicators for easy and effective troubleshooting
  • Customizable bitmap for encoder/decoder splash screen
  • Rackmountable with optional rackmount tray and accessories

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
  • Independent failsafe output
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, Adjustable GOP (Group Of Pictures) Size
Audio Encoding/Decoding
Compression Standard: MPEG4 AAC-LC
Channels: 2 channel (stereo), HDMI with digital L-PCM audio
Analog Sample Frequency: 32, 44.1, and 48kHz
Bit Rates: 96, 128, 192, and 256Kbps
Networking Interface
100/1000base-T Ethernet: 1000Mbps full duplex, 100Mbps half/full duplex
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
  • Recording (up to 1080p60)
  • Full Duplex RS-232 (pt. to pt.)
  • Failsafe on the decoder
  • Full-feature API available
OS Support*:
  • Windows® 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server® 2012 & 2012R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
*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
Regulatory
CE/FCC/VCCI/ICES/C-Tick/KCC Class B
ROHS/WEEE
Environmental
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)
MTBF
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)
Mechanical
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)
Rackmountable with optional rackmount tray and accessories
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
Maevex Rackmount Kit P/N: RMK-19TRF
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 easy switching of channels or streams at each decoder with no additional equipment. Maevex administrators can easily and intuitively start and stop streams, record, switch, as well as balance image/stream quality and bit rate by managing a variety of encoding and decoding parameters. PowerStream puts complete control of all of your Maevex devices in one convenient place. Watch Video

Key features include*:

  • Auto-detect and discover Maevex units on the subnet (DHCP server required) and manually add Maevex devices outside the subnet
  • Identify and manage Maevex encoder/decoder IP addresses
  • Fine-tune each stream network bit rate from 100 Kbps to 25 Mbps
  • Fine-tune encoding and decoding parameters
  • Use the encoder to record to NAS or a shared network drive
  • Use failsafe mode on the decoder to play content automatically if the network fails or the encoder loses power
  • Switch between multiple encoded 1080p60 streams at each decoder
  • Scale down source resolution before streaming to manage network bandwidth consumption
  • Set constant bit rate (CBR) or variable bit rate (VBR) as bit rate management options
  • Choose between multicast, unicast, or multi-unicast operation
  • Use RS232 throughput to control and manage both displays and downstream devices
  • 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
  • Benefit from automated failure resilience and automated recovery features
  • 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
  • Adjust ProcAmp controls at local encoder and/or remote decoder outputs
  • 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 & 2012 R2 (64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), and Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

* Information and software subject to change


Video: Remotely Discover and Manage Your Maevex Hardware

See how Matrox PowerStream™ 1.02 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 as well as the latest PowerStream 1.03 software, which enables new Maevex functionality including AV recording over IP.

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Matrox Maevex API


The Matrox Maevex API is available upon request. Based on .NET framework, the API is easy to use and enables integrators and developers to program independent Maevex control software or integrate different Matrox PowerStream™ features in existing applications with the help of provided source code examples. Effectively the Maevex API can be used to address all features that are available from the actual Maevex PowerStream application. Contact Matrox to request access to the API.

Key developer/integrator details:

  • .NET framework
  • C# programming language based
  • Also possible using other .NET languages
    • Visual Basic
    • C++
    • Any CLI (Common Language Infrastructure) based .NET language
  • Platforms:
    • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    • Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    • Windows Server® 2008 R2 (64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)

Matrox Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders cost-effectively capture, stream, decode, record, 
and display AV-over-IP content at excellent quality and low bandwidth. 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. Matrox Maevex supports one-to-one unicast and one-to many multicast streaming, while multiple decoders may be daisy-chained 
to create large-scale video distribution networks. Maevex also supports recording to a shared network drive or NAS drive. 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 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. 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. Network administrators can use Matrox PowerStream™ to conveniently schedule recording or 
start recording immediately to NAS or a shared network drive. Matrox PowerStream™ allows administartors to select between local real-time pass-through or 
confidence preview with scaling and forced output features on the Maevex encoder. Network administrators can verify the connection status of their Matrox Maevex encoders, 
while configuring their connection settings and IP address. Administrators can activate RS-232 virtualization in Matrox PowerStream™ to allow third party control software 
connected to the encoder to communicate commands and confirm execution on downstream devices. Use Matrox PowerStream™ software to change a wide variety of Maevex decoder settings 
including source content, stream address, routing schemes, display resolutions and more. In Matrox PowerStream™, network administrators can easily choose which source content to output, 
as well as switch between all available streams at each Maevex decoder. 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. Enable the failsafe feature to automatically play pre-recorded content on screen in the event of a lost network 
connection that interrupts streaming from a Matrox Maevex encoder.
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