Matrox Monarch LCS Lecture Capture Appliance

by Matrox MFG# MHLCS/I

The Monarch LCS Lecture Capture Appliance from Matrox allows you to simultaneously stream and record HDMI/SDI-based video. Expanding on the Monarch HDX, the Monarch LCS features two HDMI inputs, one for video sources and one for computer sources, plus one SDI input. Its dual encoders can process up to two of these three inputs simultaneously. Live content preview is available in both HDMI and SDI outputs. The Monarch LCS is designed to provide a mix of live video footage and/or SDI/HDMI presentation material. Suitable for on-line courses or lectures, video of the instructor can be displayed alongside the class material being referenced.

The Monarch LCS's two H.264 encoders can process each HDMI/SDI signal at up to 1080p30 resolution. These dual streams make multiple modes including PiP, side by side, and dual isolated layouts possible. Select newer third-party video players enable viewers as well as operators to choose layouts. Switcher mode is another Monarch LCS option, offering operators on-the-fly input selection throughout their event.

Mismatched audio and video signals are a thing of the past thanks to the Monarch LCS's frame synchronizer. Frame rate differences are eliminated by synching the computer and audio signals to the video camera signal.

The Monarch LCS Command Center offers easy operation via any device (tablet, etc.) supporting standard web-browsing software (Internet Explorer and Safari fully validated). There are preset encoding and layout options for effortless operation or you can create and save up to eight user-defined setting profiles. Advanced network administrators can employ any VMS software (available separately) to use command controls with the Monarch LCS.

Multiple Operating Modes
The user can choose between multiple operating modes with preset layouts or can actively alternate inputs in Switcher Mode.
Viewer Defined Layouts
In Isolated mode, the Monarch LCS can be used with select third-party players that allow viewers to choose between layout options.
High Streaming Rate
Choose individual encoding settings for each of the Monarch LCS's two channels. A total of up to 20 Mbps, 1080p30 encoding capacity can be shared across the dual streams.
Integrates Easily with Asset Management Software
The Monarch LCS is designed to work with existing network infrastructures using third-party video or lecture management software such as OpenCast or Moodle. It also integrates easily with open-source scheduling programs such as Google Calendar. 1
Simple or Advanced Operation Options
Accessible through any web-browser–equipped device on its network, the Monarch LCS Command Center provides a variety of control options. One-click encoding and multiple presets simplify operation for novice users while advanced operators can create and save up to eight custom profiles.
Multiple Destination Options
The Monarch LCS records content in MOV or MP4 files, ensuring playback on almost all devices. Record to USB drives, SD cards, or network-mapped drives for use with distance-learning software. It uses RTMP or RTSP protocols to deliver live streams to local servers or cloud-based networks. 2
HDMI and SDI Inputs
Both HDMI and SDI video inputs are supported, offering the option of using whichever best suits your needs. Either embedded HDMI or analog audio can be used as audio sources.
Frame Synchronization Between Inputs
The Monarch LCS resolves any viewing issues arising from varying resolution and frame rates among video, audio, and computer-based content. These different signals are synchronized before encoding, ensuring perfectly aligned video and audio feeds. Integrated frame syncs also correct any breaks in the input signal continuity, providing uninterrupted streaming and recording.
Live Production Preview Output
Both the SDI and HDMI outputs remain active while the Monarch LCS is in use. Each output can be mapped to either input. The HDMI output also offers a preview option when the content output is matched to the frame size of the encoding parameters.
Additional Features
  • Integrates with Crestron control systems via the Monarch LCS Control API
  • Use the Matrox Utils application to remotely manage, update, and reboot all Monarch devices on your network
  • Enterprise-level users can configure their options with the Monarch LCS Dev Tools application
  • HTTP computer-based control via browser using Monarch LCS Command Center
  • On-unit control buttons offer an alternative to using the Command Center
  • Media slots and control buttons are located on the front of the unit for easy access
  • Fit up to two Monarch LCS units on an optional 1 RU rack tray


HDMI Video Input HDMI Video Input 1 (Video Sources) (Auto-Detected):
1080p 25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
1080i 50/59.94
720p 50/59.94/60
HDMI Video Input 2 (Computer Sources) (Auto-Detected):
1080p 50/60
1080i 25/29.97
720p 50/60
HDMI Specs:
HDMI YCbCr 4:2:2 /RGB
HDMI embedded 2-channel audio
HDCP not supported
HDMI Video Output Preview Output of Video Input Signals:
HDMI YCbCr 4:2:2 /RGB
HDMI embedded 2-channel audio
SDI Video Input 1 x SDI Video Input (Auto-Detected):
1080p 25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
1080i 50/59.94
720p 50/59.94/60
576i 50
486i 59.94
SDI Specs:
SDI embedded 8-channel, 24-bit, 48 kHz audio
SDI compliant with SMPTE 259M/292M/424M (level A)/425M
Terminated 75 Ohms BNC connector
Full audio and VANC preservation
SDI Video Output Preview Output of Video Input Signals:
SDI compliant with SMPTE 259M/292M/424M (level A)/425M
SDI embedded 8-channel, 24-bit, 48 kHz audio
75 Ohms BNC connector
Audio Input Embedded Audio: First two channels processed
Unbalanced analog stereo input, 1/8" (3.5 mm) jack
Input Impedance: High
Audio Output Embedded Audio: Passthrough of up to 8 channels
Unbalanced analog stereo output, 1/8" (3.5 mm) jack
Output Impedance: 25 Ohms
THD+N at 1 kHz, 10 Ohms, nominal level <0.05%
Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz +/- 1 dB
Channel Separation, Nominal Level: -85 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -88 dB
Video Encoder
Encoder H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC)
Encoding Resolutions Selectable Range: 128 x 128 to 1920 x 1920
Maximum Bit Rate Streaming or Recording (One Encoder): 16 Mbps
Streaming (Two Encoders): 8 Mbps per channel
Recording (Two Encoders): 10 Mbps per channel
Encoding Frame Rates 12.5, 14.98, 15, 25, 29.97, 30, 59.94, 60
Encoding Profiles Baseline, main, high
Encoding Controls 2, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1 level support
GOP size
Variable bit rate support
Average maximum/minimum data rate controls
Deblocking filter
Audio Encoder
Standard AAC-LCS
Sample Frequency Digitized from Analog Source: 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Channels 2 Stereo (L&R)
Bit Rates 32 to 256 kbps
Downscaling 10-bit downscaler and deinterlacer
Recording Specifications
Recording File Size Maximum: 300 minutes
Recording Formats MOV (2 channels of embedded AAC audio)
MP4 (2 channels of embedded AAC audio)
File System Options FAT32
Recording Options 2 x USB 2.0
1 x SD/SDHC card slot
Network-Mapped Drive: via Windows Share or NFS protocols
Supported Media Card Types SD/SDHC Cards: NTFS-formatted SDXC cards only
Class 10 recommended
Network Interface
Streaming Protocols RTSP
IPv4 Support
Unicast, Multicast: 3-10 Clients
Data Ports 1 x Auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet RJ45 port
1 x RS-232
Supported Browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer
Apple Safari
Supported Operating Systems Mac OS X El Capitan
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit) (requires Microsoft .NET Framework)
Power Specifications
Power Input 9-24 VDC
Connector: DIN 4
Total Consumption: 20-30 W (42 W maximum)
Power Supply Line Voltage: 100-240 VAC
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Input Connector: IEC320-C8
Output Connector: Locking power DIN 4
Output: 12 VDC (42 W)
AC Power Adapter US/UK/EU
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Humidity Range Operating: 20-80% (non-condensing)
Storage: 5-95% (non-condensing)
Maximum Altitude Operation: 9843 ft (3000 m)
Transportation: 39,370 ft (12,000 m)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 5.59 x 1.47" (21.59 x 14.2 x 3.73 cm)
Weight 1.3 lb (0.6 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.1 x 8.6 x 3.4"