Matrox now shipping two-input lecture capture system

Matrox Video has announced its Monarch LCS, a two-input lecture capture appliance is now available for purchase.

Priced at €2,495 (£1,949, $2,495 US) Monarch LCS accepts video from any SDI or HDMI camera and presentation content from computers over HDMI.

The inputs can be encoded independently and in-sync for use with the latest multi-stream video players. Alternatively, the inputs can be combined prior to encoding in a variety of production layouts, including picture-in-picture and side-by-side, for use with standard video players.
Monarch LCS is a standalone network appliance that IT administrators can integrate into video management systems (VMS), such as Opencast and Kaltura, and learning management systems (LMS) such as Moodle.

An intuitive web interface lets users define profiles for live streamed and recorded lectures, mixing camera and presentation material from SDI and HDMI sources. For streaming purposes, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocols to deliver live streams to local media servers or cloud-based CDNs. In recording applications, the encoders write MP4 or MOV files directly to network-mapped drives, eliminating the need for post-lecture file transfer, or alternatively to local USB drives or SD cards.

Monarch LCS comes with a set of HTTP-based control APIs that let network- or cloud-based video management platform developers and AV integrators use the streaming and recording capabilities of Monarch LCS appliances from within their own environments to create customised user experiences. A control module for Crestron room media controllers is also available.

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