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4K/Multi-HD Remote Production Encoder and Decoder

Coupled with the powerful Monarch EDGE decoder, the Monarch EDGE encoding device offers exceptional quality at the lowest latency while securely transporting your video feeds from the event to the centralized production facility. This compact, robust, and low-power remote production (REMI) encoder/decoder pair has made producing live, multi-camera events more affordable than ever by keeping talent in-house. Programs destined for web or over-the-top (OTT) delivery to the cloud can select the 4:2:0 8-bit encoder version, while the 4:2:2 10-bit capable version of the Monarch EDGE encoding device is ideal for demanding, broadcast-quality productions.
Big Productions, Small Footprint

Big Productions, Small Footprint

Easily produce multi-angle live events by extending the production studio to any remote location with a network connection. Monarch EDGE can encode up to four camera feeds from HD or 3G-SDI sources. When an in-studio 4K production requires a remote feed, Monarch EDGE can accept either 4K signals over 12G-SDI, or a quad 3G-SDI to deliver a full-4K stream. All of the supported SDI resolutions will be available on the upcoming ST 21101 networked I/O ports using SFP28 connectivity. For events that require more cameras, its compact footprint ensures that two units will fit into a single 1RU space.


Built for High Quality 10-bit H.264 Encoding

Built for High Quality 10-bit H.264 Encoding

The optimized H.264 engine powering Monarch EDGE keeps data rates exceptionally low without sacrificing quality. If quality is of the highest importance, streams can be encoded up to 120 Mbps. Four inputs can be streamed at resolutions up to 1080p60, or one input at 2160p60 using the High 4:2:2 H.264 encoding profile. Furthermore, multiple processes can be performed on each input by powerful scaling and de-interlacing engines. This enables each input to be streamed at multiple resolutions and bitrates simultaneously, which is useful for remote monitoring.


Exceptionally Low Encode Latency

Exceptionally Low Latency

In live environments, high signal transport latencies are detrimental to remote production (REMI) quality. Audio and video may be hard to maintain, and return channels to the field are often too far behind the live action, hindering seamless staff interaction. With “glass-to-glass” latencies as low as 100ms between video input at encoder and video output at the decoder, Monarch EDGE achieves some of the lowest latencies on the market while using standard 1 GbE networks.


Keep it In-sync

Keep it In-sync

All channels encoded by Monarch EDGE will be locked to a single clock, and the streams generated will have timestamps to allow the Monarch EDGE decoder to realign the streams at output. For the very best results, the cameras feeding the encoding appliance should be genlocked together to ensure each SDI source is in phase. Monarch EDGE offers a genlock output connector with a signal that can be distributed to those cameras if an on-site sync generator is not available.


Flexible Streaming Formats

Flexible Protocols

There are a variety of streaming protocols available to Monarch EDGE users for use during remote productions (REMI). On closed networks, MPEG-2 TS or RTSP streams can be selected for delivery. For cloud-based destinations, or when the network is congested, SRT or RTMP may be more appropriate. SRT is a new open-source format that provides the reliability of RTMP, while reducing latency, for use on open networks. SRT streams can also be encrypted if security is a concern. The Monarch EDGE decoder supports the processing of MPEG-2 TS, RTSP, and SRT protocols.


Simple, Easy-to-Use Tally and Talkback

Simple, Easy-to-Use Tally and Talkback

The Monarch EDGE remote production (REMI) encoder and decoder pair provides the transfer of tally signals and talkback channels to facilitate bi-directional communication between on-site camera operators and in-studio personnel. Eight tally signals can be sent from the production switcher to the decoder, which transfers these signals to the encoder for output to the cameras. Two balanced analog inputs and two balanced analog outputs are found on both the encoder and decoder for interfacing with local intercom systems.


Comprehensive Connectivity

Comprehensive Connectivity

Both the Monarch EDGE encoder and decoder devices offer flexible, future-proof video connectivity with 3G, 12G SDI, and ST 21101 over 25 GbE network connections.


Convenient, Centralized Control

Convenient, Centralized Control

Monarch EDGE Control Hub is a powerful application that provides management and configuration over all Monarch EDGE encoder and decoder units on the network. This convenient software provides authorized users with high-level views of all devices on the network, and enables full access and control from a single, easy-to-use interface.


Localized Preview

Localized Preview

Offering up to four simultaneous input (encoder) or output (decoder) previews on a single desktop monitor, Monarch EDGE’s DisplayPort output allows operators to ensure that SDI and ST 2110 signals are valid and ready to use. Monarch EDGE Control Hub allows users to effortlessly configure how they would like to preview audio sources of input. From the DisplayPort and line out, users can choose to monitor one audio input at a time, or mute all.


Robust and Practical Design

Robust and Practical Design

Both the Monarch EDGE encoder and decoder were built with reliability in mind. An LCD screen on the front of the appliance allows the user to quickly access its status and configuration settings. A locking power connector safeguards against connection loss during remote productions (REMI). Redundant Ethernet (1 GbE) ports allow users to control the device from one port while the second port transfers media. Alternatively, with the encoder, users can opt to send the same streams taking completely separate network paths from each port. Finally, Monarch EDGE’s compact design ensures it can be installed in a fly-pack or with a second Monarch EDGE unit in a 1RU-rack space.

 


Videos

 

4K/Multi-HD Remote Production Encoder

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Monarch EDGE allows broadcasters to produce live, multi-camera events, while minimizing on-site expenses by keeping talent in-studio. A compact, low-latency, low-power remote production encoder, Monarch EDGE delivers synchronized, secure remote camera feeds to a master control room or to the cloud for production. Programs destined for web or OTT delivery can use the Monarch EDGE 4:2:0 8-bit encoder model, while the 4:2:2 10-bit-capable encoder version is ideal for demanding, broadcast-quality productions.

 


Workflows

 

Remote Integration (REMI) Production Encoding

Affordably produce live multi-camera events by minimizing on-site expenses and keeping your talent in-house. Monarch EDGE synchronizes and delivers raw high-quality camera feeds from the field over IP to a centralized live production system. Broadcasters can, in turn, improve efficiency and minimize costs by using these in-house or cloudbased production systems to produce high-quality live programming. With remote production, fewer staff and equipment are required in the field— lowering travel expenses and logistical costs. The studio is also able to cover multiple events in a single day with the same personnel.

 

Encoder/Decoder Workflow

Decode live, multi-camera video streams at resolutions up to 4K or quad HD with confidence using the powerful Matrox® Monarch EDGE decoder. This compact, robust, and low-power remote production decoder has made producing live, multi-camera events more affordable than ever by keeping talent in-house. Monarch EDGE securely decodes REMote Integration (REMI) streams to your master control room with remarkably low latency. Allowing for 4:2:0 8-bit or 4:2:2 10-bit encode/ decode, the Monarch EDGE encoder and decoder pairing is Ideal for demanding REMI broadcast workflows, or providing backhaul feeds to your broadcast network.

 

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