Matrox Monarch LCS MHLCS/I

Matrox Monarch LCS Lecture Capture Appliance

Matrox Monarch LCS Lecture Capture Appliance

  • Dual H.264 Encoder
  • MP4 or MOV Recording
  • Individual Bitrate and Quality Adjust
  • Scaling and Deinterlacing
  • Built-in Frame Syncs
  • HDMI/SDI Input
  • HDMI/SDI Output
  • Side-by-Side and Picture-in-Picture Mode
Availability: In stock
UPC: 790750248950

The Matrox Monarch LCS is an easy-to-use lecture capture appliance that IT administrators will find simple to set up and integrate into any open Video Management System (VMS) or Lecture Management System (LMS). Once configured, it can be operated by anyone at the push of a button. And it won’t break your budget!

Simple to integrate

Designed to work in network environments, Monarch LCS is a network appliance that facilitates a seamless integration into existing infrastructures managed by third party asset management solutions, such as OpenCast VMS and Moodle LMS software. In addition, the scheduler feature* supports open source iCal software such as Google calendar which allows you to create a schedule, export to an .ics file format, and easily import to the device. Schedules can be imported at any time and Monarch LCS can be configured to periodically retrieve schedules on your network.

Easy to operate

Using the Monarch LCS Command Center, users are able to control and configure Monarch LCS from any device on the network. The interface is designed for operator ease-of-use and features one-click operation to start encoding from anywhere within the user interface. Matrox Monarch LCS can be controlled and configured via the Monarch LCS Command Center using any device on the network that supports a standard web browsing application such as a tablet. The interface is designed for operator ease-of-use and features one-click operation to start encoding from anywhere within the user interface. A number of typical streaming and recording presets are provided that define all of the encoding parameters, including resolution and bitrate. Encoding parameters can be customized and combined with destination and operating mode settings and saved as a unique profile. If the device must be accessed by different users, profiles can be instantly recalled without having to re-enter data.

Flexible Inputs

Monarch LCS can support productions with two HDMI video sources or one SDI and one HDMI video source. Embedded or analog audio can be selected as the audio source. By supporting video camera signals that are either SDI or HDMI, this lecture recorder gives operators the flexibility to select what is best for that installation. SDI signals can travel more than 300 feet (100 meters) over coaxial cable, which is ideal if the camera is mounted a long distance from the encoder. When cable lengths are not an issue, HDMI cameras may prove the most affordable option, particularly in larger installations.

Remotely Manage Your Device

The Matrox Utils application allows operators to remotely scan and find all Monarch LCS devices present on their network. The Utils application will also scan the attached Monarch LCS and notify the operator if the unit is up to date with its installed firmware version and will also update the device automatically to ensure that it has the latest software release. The Matrox Utils Application can also be used to reboot Monarch LCS devices present on the network.

Control with Crestron

The Monarch LCS Control API is an ideal way to integrate Monarch LCS functionality into an existing classroom, boardroom or other space equipped with a Crestron control system. Monarch LCS registered users are invited to download a sample SIMPL module written to run on Crestron 2-Series® and 3-Series® Room Media Controllers.


More Information

Inputs and Outputs

Supported HDMI Video Input 1 (Video Sources)

1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98 Frames per second
1280x720 @ 60/59.94/50 Frames per second

1920x1080i 29.97/25 Frames per second

Supported HDMI Video Input 2 (Computer Sources)

1920x1080 @ 60/50 Frames per second
1280x720 @ 60/50 Frames per second

1920x1080i 29.97/25 Frames per second

HDMI Video Output
Preview output of video input signals. Preview output can be mapped from either SDI or HDMI input sources.

Note that when input is an SD resolution, the HDMI preview output will show video window-boxed on an HD output.
When HDMI output is set to Preview Mode, refer to the manual for a complete description of behavior.

Supported SDI Video Input

1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98 Frames per second
1280x720 @ 60/59.94/50 Frames per second

1920x1080i @ 29.97/25 Frames per second
720x486i @ 29.97 Frames per second
720x576i @ 25 Frames per second

Compliant with SMPTE 259M/292M/424M (Level A) / 425M

SDI Video Output
Preview output of video input signals. Preview output can be mapped from either SDI or HDMI input sources.

Audio Input

Processes the first two channels of audio embedded in HDMI or SDI input signals.
Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8" (3.5mm) jack.
Line Level

Audio Output

Passthrough of 8 channel of embedded audio channels in HDMI and SDI signals.
Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8" (3.5mm) jack-passthrough of input.
Line Level
Note that all outputs are active regardless of audio and video input selection.

Extra features

Video Input Format is Auto-Detected in SDI and HDMI.
All outputs are active regardless of audio and video input selection. 

Frame Synchronization

The Monarch LCS contains frame synchronization circuitry designed to compensate for disruptions of the input signal. This circuitry is in place for both SDI and HDMI inputs. Streaming and recording operations will proceed cleanly with repeated or dropped frames. 

H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC) Video Encoder


Selectable encoding resolutions ranging from:
128x128 to 1920x1080

Bit Rates Ranges

Single Encoder - Streaming mode: 16 Mbps
Single Encoder - Recording mode: 20 Mbps
Dual Encoder - Maximum of 8 Mbps for streaming channels
Dual Encoder - Maximum of 10 Mbps for recording channels

Encode Frame Rates

Encode frame rates selection includes;
60/50, 30/25/24 and 15/12.5.
Single Encoder - Maximum of 1080p60 fps
Dual Encoder - Maximum of 720p60 fps or 1080p30 fps

Encoding Profiles

Baseline, Main and High

Encoding Controls

2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1 Level Support
GOP Size
Variable bit rate support
Average max/min data rate controls
Deblocking Filter 

MPEG-4 AAC Audio Encoder



Sample Frequency

32, 44.1 and 48 kHz when digitized from an analog source

2 channels Stereo (L/R)

Bit Rates

Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps
Note that audio codec settings are applied to both encoders


High Quality multi-tap 10 bit Down Scaler and De-Interlacer
Available to both streaming and recording operations 

Recording File Format

File Type

Industry Standard MP4 and MOV files with two channels of embedded AAC audio

Recording Lengths

Maximum file length of 300 minutes-irrespective of storage type used. File splitting feature allows a user to record continuously for long periods by defining file segment sizes. The Monarch LCS will create these sequential file segments over the course of the recording operation without losing a single frame of video. File segment can have a length of 1 to 300 minutes.

Network Interfaces


RJ45 providing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet with Static or DHCP addressing


IPv4 Support
Unicast and Multi Unicast (number of clients may vary from 3 to 10)

User Interface

Computer Based control

HTTP via standard PC or Mac web browser using Monarch LCS Command Center.

Physical Interface

On Device push buttons for independent streaming and recording with Start/Stop control

Storage Types for File Recording

2 x USB 2.0

Support for NTFS (3.1) and FAT32 file system
The Monarch LCS will support writing to USB3 devices at USB2 speeds. Also note, there is a very high variability in the performance capabilities of “thumb” drives (even USB3 versions). Many are optimized for “read” operations while the Monarch LCS requires sustained “write” capabilities. For best results, Matrox recommends using powered USB drives. If small portable media is required, SD cards may be more suitable.

1 x SD card Slot

Supports SD and SDHC cards. Only NTFS formatted SDXC cards are supported. (Class 10 highly recommended).

Network Mapped Drive

Support for writing to shared folders in computers found on a network using Windows Share protocols (suitable for Windows system) as well as NFS protocols (suitable for Mac and Linux systems).



Length (shell) - 5.6" (14.2cm), Length (shell +BNCs) - 6"(15.3cm), Width - 8.5" (21.6 cm), 
Height (shell) - 1.4"(3.6cm), Height (Shell + pads) - 1.5" (3.81cm)


1.3 lbs, 0.6 kg

Operating conditions

32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C), 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)


Input: 9-24 volts
Connector: Din4
Total Power Consumption: 20-30 watts (42 max)

Power Supply

Line Voltage: 100-240 VAC
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Input: External AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C14
DIN4 Locking Power Connector

Transport and Storage

Max Operating Altitude: 3000 meters
Max Transport altitude: 12,000 meters
Storage Humidity 5 to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)


EMI: FCC Class A, CE Mark Class A, ACMA C-Tick Mark, VCCI
Power-supply Safety: UL/CUL(UL60950-1), TUV-GS(EN60950-1), T-LICENSE(BS EN60950-1), CCC(GB4943.1-2011), PSE(J60950), SAA(AS/NZS60950-1), KC-MARK(K60950), S-MARK(IEC60950-1)
RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC


2 years with free telephone support

Kit Contents

In the box

Matrox Monarch LCS device
Matrox Monarch LCS external power supply
IEC320-C14 power cords (US, GB and EU)

Ordering Information

MHLCS/I - Matrox Monarch LCS part number

MRCH/RACK/KIT - Monarch Rack Mount Kit. Can fit up to two Monarch LCS units in a 1RU space.

PWR/SUP/MHLS - Monarch LCS power supply unit. Does not include IEC-C14 power cord. These cables must be sourced locally.

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