Nine outputs, one graphics card
With the launch of the C900 graphics card, Matrox states that it has released ‘the world’s first nine-output card’. The single-slot PCI Express x16 card reportedly drives nine displays with resolutions of up to 1920x1200 in a 3x3 or 9x1 videowall configuration. The card is compatible with the manufacturer’s Mura IPX Series as well as the MuraControl videowall management software for Windows and iPad.
Users can also combine a pair of C900 cards, doubling to number of 60Hz outputs to facilitate 6x3 or 3x6 18-screen videowalls. All displays are synchronised using the system’s board-to-board framelock functionality. It features nine mini-HDMI connectors that support digital audio via HDMI and is compliant with DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 APIs.
Meanwhile, Matrox has created the Monarch LCS lecture capture appliance as a simple-to-use solution that can accept video from a camera over SDI or HDMI and presentation content over HDMI from a computer. The unit has been designed for easy integration with video management systems (VMS) and allows for the creation of customised user interfaces with a set of HTTP-based control APIs.
Users can encode inputs individually or in sync with the latest multi-stream video players being able to use any streams that have been encoded. As an alternative, users can combine inputs in one of a range of layouts for use with standard video players before encoding. The encoder utilises RTMP and RTSP protocols for live streaming to local media servers or cloud-based CDNs. Monarch LCS can also be put to use in recording applications, where it writes H.264 encoded MP4 or MOV files directly to network-mapped drives or to a local USB drive or SD card.