Matrox® recently announced that technology partner, Ensemble Video, now
supports the Matrox Monarch LCS lecture capture appliance on their online video
management and distribution platform. The Monarch LCS H.264 encoding appliance
serves as a powerful capture-and-encode node, providing bandwidth-sparing, high-
quality video to the Ensemble solution.

The Ensemble Video platform streamlines video capture, management, and
publishing, enabling institutions and corporations around the world to deliver
accessible media content anytime, over a variety of networks. Offering unique
value-adds including CMS/LMS integrations, automated lecture capture, simple
screen capture, and analytics, the Ensemble platform is built to grow with user
needs, empowering the user to create an open, flexible, and scalable digital media

Generating H.264-encoded video streams at bitrates up to 30 Mbps, the Monarch
LCS has powerful scaling, deinterlacing, and noise-reduction engines, sending only
pristine images to the internal encoders for simultaneous streaming and recording.
When streaming, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocols to deliver live
streams to local or cloud-based media servers. When recording, the encoders write
MP4 or MOV files to local USB drives, SD cards, or network-mapped drives for post-
event editing or archiving.

The Monarch LCS allows simultaneous dual-input for those seeking the value-add of
capturing two sources from the same location, particularly valuable for lecture
halls, corporate presentations, or any place a dual camera set-up or a camera and
computer source need to be encoded simultaneously.

“Ensemble Video and Matrox share a belief that video technologies should be
simple, powerful, and affordable,’ said Andy Covell, chief executive officer of
Ensemble Video. “The newest integration of Ensemble Studio with the Matrox
Monarch LCS is a significant step forward for our combined customers as it provides
a straightforward lecture capture and video management solution for any
organization, in any industry. In locations where a single input is required, the
Monarch HD offers a robust yet cost-effective option for encoding conference
rooms, observation areas, medical training, or houses of worship.’

As standalone devices, Monarch appliances can be incrementally deployed across a
building, a campus, or a wider network, adding streaming when and where it may
be needed. Likewise, with options including a cloud-hosted Software-as-a-Service
(SaaS), a self-hosted video platform installed behind a firewall, or a hybrid
variation of the two, Ensemble Video offers a diverse set of flexible deployment
options tailored to meet specific organizational needs.

“At this point, high quality streaming video isn’t just wanted, it’s expected,” said
Francesco Scartozzi, director of sales (Americas), Matrox. “Whether we’re talking
about higher-education, enterprise, or government, Matrox Monarch LCS with the
Ensemble Studio platform offers a powerful and flexible, yet cost-effective solution
for both scheduled and ad-hoc lecture and meeting capture.’