Provencher talks about his production process, “Streaming is not part of our workflow; it is our workflow. As a mobile production service, we have to be able to arrive onsite and begin streaming live in 10 minutes or less. We work with various switchers, and they all feed the Monarch HD encoder. This insures that we are capturing the broadcast-ready feed for local recording as well as sending out a high quality live stream.
“When it comes to the challenge of internet access, we have used satellite connections, aircards, and broadband services when available. The Monarch HD encoder is so versatile that we can stream at our ideal of 2.8Mbps for high quality or, when internet speed is lacking, at 700Kbps. It’s dynamic enough to handle the full range with exceptional reliability and quality.
“The live video stream from the Monarch HD is as good as anything we have seen on the market. We have actually received feedback from our returning viewers on the increase in video quality since we began using it. The recorded video is top-notch, too. Being able to record at such a high level then pull that file instantly is an amazing asset for our production.
“Getting started on this project, our driving concern was how much we could get out of our budget. By finding the Monarch HD, we were actually able to come in under budget and meet all of our production goals. Monarch HD’s price point made it an easy decision. It is one of our smallest pieces of production equipment, yet it’s the most valuable.”
Provencher sums up his experience, Matrox and StreamVu work seamlessly together. The quality and ease of access is greater than any other platform we have used in the past. There is a major level of comfort and reliability in both technologies that allows us to focus our energy on other aspects of the production. Best of all, we know we are going to have 24/7 live voice support if anything out of the ordinary happens. That’s a must-have in our industry.”