Francesco Scartozzi from Matrox explains the function of the company’s Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance.The universal availability of high-speed Internet connections has opened the gates to streaming video, both live and recorded. This breakthrough in signal distribution means that manufacturers and users are developing new products and workflows to create and deliver streaming presentations.
So the people at Montreal-based Matrox had a simple idea: If you are going to stream video, why not make it both easy to stream and easy to record?
This was the topic of a presentation by Matrox’s Francesco Scartozzi at the 2014 Government Video Expo. The product that Matrox created to fit this niche is the Monarch HD, a compact device with minimal controls that functions as a digital video recorder and a web streaming processor.
Scartozzi pointed out the new digital reality and why a web presence is so important.
“If you’re not doing it on the web, you’re not really doing anything,” he said.
Some organizations have now folded the Monarch HD into their workflow, such as the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. Scartozzi explained how the college uses the Monarch HD to record classes and make them available to students both live and on-demand.
New to the Monarch HD is its control API interface that allows it to be operated using popular control systems from Crestron, AMX and others.
Scartozzi also briefly discussed the Matrox VS4 Recorder Pro, a four-channel simultaneous digital video recorder.