Matrox puts its cards on the table
A selection of cards from Matrox Graphics and Matrox Video highlight how visual installations and broadcast facilities at houses of worship can use IP to boost their offerings.
The Matrox Mura IPX Series 4K capture and IP encoder/decoder cards are described as featuring high-quality, low-bitrate, multi-channel 4K or HD encoding and decoding over standard IP. Designed to work with Mura MPX videowall capture and display cards and Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards, Mura IPX delivers 4K capture plus high-density encode and decode functionality from a single PCIe card. The MURA-IPX-I4DF 4K capture and IP decoder card provides four HDMI inputs for direct high-resolution 4Kp60 or 2560x1600p60 capture plus H.264 decoding of up to two 4Kp60, four 4Kp30, eight 1080p60 or 16 1080p30 streams. The MURA-IPX-I4EF 4K capture and IP encoder/decoder card adds H.264 level 5.2 encoding to stream and record content including video wall sources, displays or regions-of-interest anywhere on the network.
As described above, the C-Series is one of the IPX Series’ complementary cards. C-Series cards feature 2GB of on-board memory and mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays with more supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature reportedly ensures synchronisation of all displays. Meanwhile, the C420 is described by the manufacturer as ‘the fastest quad card’ and offers passive cooling.
The other complementary solution to IPX is the Mura MPX series of capture and display cards. These cards offer up to 56 HD inputs and the same number of HD outputs and offer scaling, switching and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds managed through software control options including Matrox MuraControl.
Staying with A/V, the manufacturer’s Maevex 5100 Series H.264 encoders and decoders have been designed to stream content at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex comes bundled with the manufacturer’s PowerStream software for remote device management, stream switching and streaming/recording parameter adjustment, including user-definable bit rates between 100Kbps and 25Mbps.
Staying with streaming, but moving to the broadcast side, Matrox Monarch HDX features 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs with frame synchronisation to compensate for unstable sources. Two independent H.264 encoders provide redundancy or can be set to stream and/or record at individual settings. It generates two H.264-encoded video streams at bitrates from 200Kbps to 30Mbps. For streaming purposes, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocol to deliver live streams to local or cloud-based media servers. In recording applications, the encoders write MP4 or MOV files to local USB drives, SD cards or network-mapped drives. New features include implementation of Ross Video’s DashBoard Connect protocols and the introduction of Monarch HDX Dev Tools. Monarch HDX can also be integrated with a Crestron controller.
Finally, the manufacturer’s VS4Recorder Pro has been designed for use with Matrox’s VS4 quad HD capture cards. Each system captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers and AVI files can be created using the Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. The VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer.