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Carmel-by-the-Sea Webcasting Council Meetings With Matrox Monarch HDX

California town bringing city council meetings to residents in HD

MONTREAL—Clint Eastwood may no longer by the mayor, but that doesn’t mean that the residents of Carmbel-by-the-Sea, Calif., don’t want to be kept up-to-date with the latest going-ons in their seaside community. For the past seven years, city council meetings have been live streamed for the residents. Now, the city upgraded its facilities to HD and is now using Matrox’s Monarch HDX encoder to assist with these live streams.

The dual-channel Monarch HDX is capable of simultaneously streaming and recording council meetings. It also works with the city’s agenda management platform, NovusAgenda, and the Novus video server. Working with the NovusAgenda, the Monarch HDX automatically starts and then stops at the end without operator intervention.

In addition, the city’s four PTZ cameras send signals to a production switcher, which provides HDMI input to the Monarch HDX H.264 encoder. Monarch HDX then encodes the signals and streams them to the Novus video server, allowing them to be delivered as live broadcasts through the city’s web portal. MP4 recordings are simultaneously completed and then uploaded to the web portal following the meeting. The uploaded videos include chapter points, allowing users to click through the video for points of interest.

Carmel-by-the-Sea also intends to install the Monarch HDX platform at its Sunset Cultural Centre for recording performances.