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Matrox Maevex 5100 Series Encoder & Decoder Appliances

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 </br> 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 includes 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 bitrates 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 Maevex PowerStream Plus software application 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 PowerStream Plus API and Maevex 5100 Series REST API are also available and grant integrators and developers the ability to build personalized Maevex control applications and/or to integrate Maevex functionality in existing or even third-party applications.


  • Encode/record up to 1080p60 and 1920x1200 video and audio
  • H.264 compression for high-quality, low-bandwidth AV-over-IP
  • Support for wide-screen and 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)


  • 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 bitrate control (100 Kbps – 25 Mbps)


  • 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
  • Resumes last streaming activity upon power return

PowerStream Plus control software

  • Remotely manage the entire Maevex network from one application
  • Compatible with Maevex 5100 and 6100 Series
  • Fine-tune encode/decode parameters and adjust bitrates
  • Conveniently access IP address, bitrate, and other vitals
  • Scale and crop content to fit different outputs
  • Included with Maevex 5100 (free download)

Maevex APIs
PowerStream Plus API

  • Based on easy-to-use .NET programming language for Windows and Mono for Linux
  • Supports rapid customization and command-level access


  • Lower-level API for even greater flexibility and direct access to Maevex 5100 units
  • Flexible and portable software development

Other Benefits:

  • Daisychain decoders and extend network via integrated network switch
  • Failure resilience—power, network, and device auto-recovery features
  • 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), 1920x1080i50, 1920x1080i60
  • 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/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC)
Profiles: Main
Levels: Up to 4.2
Bitrates: 100 Kbps to 25 Mbps
Rate Control: CBR, VBR, Favor Speed, Favor Quality, Adjustable GOP (Group Of Pictures) Size
Encoder Recording Mode
Record any supported resolution to NAS or shared network drive
File format: .mp4
User definable filename prefix
Auto timestamp in filename
  • Recording start date / time and duration
  • Maximum file length
  • File frequency
Full frame rate or user selectable from list
Audio Encoding/Decoding
Compression Standard: MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Channels: 2 channel (stereo), HDMI with digital L-PCM audio
Analog Sample Frequency: 32, 44.1, and 48kHz
Bitrates: 96, 128, 192, and 256 Kbps
Networking Interface
100/1000base-T Ethernet: 1000 Mbps full duplex, 100 Mbps half/full duplex
Streaming Protocols: RTSP/RTP/RTCP (all required) over UDP
Command & Control Protocols: HTTPS
IPV4 Support
Unicast, Multicast and Multi Unicast
DHCP (Default) / Fixed IP Address Support
CAT5-or-Better Network Cables
PowerStream Plus (free download)
  • Compatible with Maevex 5100 Series and Maevex 6100 Series
  • Network discovery
  • Frame rate management
  • Resolution control
  • Scaling management
  • Maevex network configuration & control
  • Encoding and decoding control and manipulation
  • Password protection
  • Failsafe over network FW updates
  • Third-party RS-232 connectivity
  • Decoder Failsafe mode
PowerStream Plus API for Windows and Linux1
  • Full-access to entire feature set via API
  • .NET 4.5.1 or higher, stand-alone library and Mono 5.2 or higher for Linux
  • Available for lower-level development
Supported Operating System:
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server® 2016
  • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
Power Supply
100-240V AC In, 5VDC Out, 15W
DIN4 Locking Power Connector
Power Cords Included: US, EU, UK
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)
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 and power cords (see "Power supply")
  • Quick setup guide and release notes (if applicable)
Maevex Decoder unit:
  • Power supply and power cords (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 (see user guide for details)
Angled Bracket Kit P/N: RMK-6BRKTF (see user guide for details)
Warranty Information
Two-Year Warranty

1Contact Matrox for more details.

Matrox PowerStream Plus API and REST API for complete reach and control

The Maevex 5100 Series comes bundled with Matrox PowerStream Plus—a robust software application for remote management of the entire Maevex network topology. Available upon request, PowerStream Plus API allows access to the entire application feature set and supports a range of customization options, ranging from the creation of a straightforward, single-function application to full integration of all PowerStream Plus features into a fully customized and branded application. PowerStream Plus is based on the .NET framework.

For even greater flexibility and direct access to the Maevex devices themselves, the Maevex 5100 Series REST API is available. The REST API allows for direct control of the state of individual Maevex devices and provides for a more flexible and portable software development environment. The Maevex 5100 Series REST API provides methods for accessing every feature in Maevex 5100 Series products. Code developed with the Maevex 5100 Series REST API addresses the 5100 Series encoders and decoders using HTTPS and follows the principles of Representational State Transfer (REST) using simple HTTPS payloads in Protocol Buffers (Protobuf) format.

Learn more about Maevex PowerStream Plus Software and APIs

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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. Matrox Maevex™ H.264 encoders & decoders combine with Panasonic®, Scala® and, Wowza™ partner solutions 
to deliver exceptional-quality AV-over-IP at low,  bitrates and cost, with applications ranging from signage to surveillance.
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 choose between Relayed Serial over IP or Direct over IP communication to attached devices and 
allow for remote third-party control of those 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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