Matrox Has New Bi-Directional Encoder/Decoder

The Matrox Monarch EDGE S1 encode/decode appliance delivers secure, high-quality, low-latency return feeds for multi-camera, multi-site productions.

Matrox Video’s new Monarch EDGE S1 is a bi-directional encoder/decoder appliance for remote production workflows. Featuring simultaneous encode/decode support, the device allows broadcasters to deliver secure, high-quality, low-latency program feeds from the studio to multi-camera production crews, talent, and guests in any remote location. The EDGE S1’s return feed functionality overcomes the two-way communication challenges in REMI and multi-site workflows by enabling smooth and natural interaction between remote and in-studio production personnel for broadcast-quality productions.

“COVID-19 has seen a rise in the adoption of remote production technologies, enabling for safe and distanced broadcast productions of live sporting and entertainment events, as well as live broadcasts, news, and interviews,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox Video. “Matrox Monarch EDGE S1 is designed to further enhance these multi-camera REMI and multi-site contribution workflows by bridging the communication gap between the in-the-field and in-studio personnel. This two-way video platform replicates in-person interactions with real-time communications. Broadcasters and live-event producers will appreciate Monarch EDGE S1’s production value that will allow for the delivery of more efficient, cost-effective, and engaging live productions.”

Equipped with a 3G-SDI input and output, the Monarch appliance can encode a high-quality, studio-produced program feed for transport over private or public internet connections to Monarch EDGE S1-equipped sites to decode and view the return feed.

It is claimed to provide some of the lowest latencies on the market, with glass-to-glass latency as low as 100 ms. It includes MPEG-2, SRT, and RTSP streaming protocol support for secure transmission across various networks, along with tally and talkback channels to facilitate communication between camera operators and in-studio personnel.

Broadcasters deploying the Monarch EDGE E4 quad-HD encoder and compatible decoder appliances for multi-camera REMI workflows can integrate EDGE S1-based return feeds allowing camera operators and in-studio personnel to communicate accordingly during a live event and help deliver the best production possible. 

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