Matrox Monarch LCS

  • Stream & Record HDMI/SDI Simultaneously.
  • 1 x SDI and 2 x HDMI Inputs.
  • Multiple Preset and Custom Modes.
  • Switcher Mode for Live Control.
  • User-Selected Layouts on Select Players.
  • Up to 20 Mbps Encoding via Dual Channels.
  • Integrates with Asset Management Systems.
  • Easy Control via Web Browser.
  • Pre-Encoding Video & Audio Synching.
  • Live Content Preview.



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The Matrox Monarch LCS 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.

Multiple Operating Modes

The Monarch LCS has two H264 encoders which process each HDMI / SDI signal with a resolution of up to 1080p30. 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 LCS option, offering operators on-the-fly input selection throughout their event.

Everything on the same signal

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

Friendly configuration

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 LCS.


  • 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.

Monarch LCS Specifications


  • 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/NTFS.
  • 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/RTMP/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″.


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