Monarch HD Technical Specifications

Part Number


Form Factor

Standalone appliance

Rack-mountable: 1U, 1/3 rack (horizontal)

Video Input


*Video Input Format is Auto-Detected

Video Input Resolutions

      • 1920x1080 @ 60/59.94/50/30/29.97/25/24/23.98 fps
      • 1280x720@ 60/59.94/50 fps

      • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps

Video Input Format is Auto-Detected

Video Output


Video Output Resolutions

Preview output of video input signal

Audio Input

Processes first two channels of audio embedded in HDMI input signal.

Unbalanced analog stereo input via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack.

Line Level

Audio Output

Passthrough of all embedded audio channels in HDMI signal.

Unbalanced analog stereo output via 1/8” (3.5mm) jack – passthrough of input.

Line Level

Confidence Preview


Maximum resolution: 1920x1080

Color Space and Chroma Sub-Sampling

4:2:0 (8-bit)

Video and Audio Processing
Video Scaling

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

Audio Encoding Format


Audio Sampling Frequency

32 kHz

44.1 kHz

48 kHz

Audio Bitrates

Range from 32 kbps to 256 kbps

Video Encoding Formats

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

Encoding Profiles

Baseline (BP)

Main (MP)

High (HiP)

Encoder Bitrates Range

Record Only Mode: 100 kbps to 30 Mbps

Stream Only Mode: 100 kbps to 20 Mbps

Independent Stream and Record Mode*:
      • Recording: 100 kbps - 30 Mbps
      • Streaming: 100 kbps - 10 Mbps
      • Maximum combined total bitrate of 30 Mbps

*Note that when both streaming and recording resolutions are above 1280x720, the encode parameters must be identical for both processes. Completely Independent recording and streaming settings are available when either the streaming or the recording resolution is 1280x720 or below.

Encoding Rate Control

Average max/min data rate controls

Deblocking Filter

Selectable frame rates

GOP Size

Variable bitrate support 

Encoding Level

Up to 4.2

Network Standard

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

IP Addressing


DHCP (default) and static IP

Streaming Protocols

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

Command and Control


UPnP (discovery)

File Format

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

Recording Locations

2x USB 2.0*

1x SD card slot**

Network mapped drive***

* Support for NTFS (3.1) and FAT32 file system. The Monarch HD 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 HD 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.

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

*** 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).

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 appliance 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.

Full Frame Rate

Encode frame rates selection includes;
60/50, 30/25/24 and 15/12.5

Note that the maximum encode frame rate is 30 fps when encode resolution is 1920x1080

Product Dimensions

5.60 (L) x 4.40 (W) x 1.22 (H) inches
14.2 (L) x 11.2 (W) x 3.1 (H) centimeters

Unit Weight

0.66 lbs / 300 g



Power Supply Unit

Line Voltage: 100-240 V a.c., 0.5A
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Input: External AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C8
DIN4 Locking Power Connector

Power-supply Safety: 
cULus (Canada/US)
CCC (China)
RCM (Au/Nz)
EAC (Russia / Customs Union)
PSE (Japan)
KCC (Korea)

Hardware & Software
Hardware Included

Matrox Monarch HD appliance

Matrox Monarch HD external power supply

IEC-C8 power cords (US, UK and EU)

Accessories (sold separately)

Monarch Rack Mount Kit* (MRCH/RACK/KIT)

Monarch HD power supply unit** (MRCH/RACK/KIT)

*Can fit up to three Monarch HD units in a 1RU space.
**Does not include IEC-C8 power cord. These cables must be sourced locally.


Monarch HD Command Center

*Free download

Operating Conditions

Temperature: 0 to 45 degrees Celsius

Altitude: 650 hPa (3,580 m) to 1,013 hPa (0 m)

Humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing

Storage Conditions

Temperature: -40 to 70 degrees Celsius

Altitude: 192 hPa (12,000 m) to 1,020 hPa (-50 m)

Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Power Consumption

Input: 5 volts
Total Power Consumption: 15 watts

Supported Operating Systems (software)

Mac OSX EL Capitan
Windows 10 (64 bit)

EMC/EMI Device Class

Class B

EMC/EMI Compliance



ICES-3 (Canada)

KC (Korea)

RCM (Aus/NZ)

Environmental Compliance

RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU amended by (EU) 2015/863


Two-year limited warranty with free online or telephone support