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Monarch LCS tackles lecture question

A highlight of the Matrox Video stand is its new Matrox Monarch LCS, a compact, two-input lecture capture appliance.

Featured this week at IBC, the Monarch LCS accepts video from any SDI or HDMI camera, as well as presentation content from computers over HDMI. The inputs can be encoded independently and in sync for use with 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.

Dan Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox, said: “Video is an integral part of the modern classroom,and easily delivering content from educator to student is a challenge that Monarch LCS solves.

“It syncs the three aspects of a high-quality lecture: video of the instructor, audio of the spoken information, and high-resolution, computer-generated content such as slides or media presented in the physical classroom.”

Monarch LCS is a standalone network appliance that IT administrators could set up and integrate into video management systems, such as Opencast and Kaltura, and learning management systems such as Moodle.

A 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.