Monarch LCS Technical Specifications

Part Number


Form Factor

Standalone appliance

Rack-mountable: 1U, 1/2 rack (horizontal)

Video Input

HDMI 1* (video sources)
HDMI 2* (computer sources)

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

Video Input Resolutions

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

      • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps

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

      • 1920x1080i 29.97/25 fps

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

      • 1920x1080i @ 29.97/25 fps
      • 720x486i @ 29.97 fps
      • 720x576i @ 25 fps

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

Video Output


Video Output Resolutions

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-SDI 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.

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.

Confidence Preview

1x SDI


Maximum resolution: 1920x1080

Color Space and Chroma Sub-Sampling

4:2:0 (8-bit)

Video and Audio Processing
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.

Video Scaling

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

Video Compositing

Yes, Side-by-Side (SbS), Picture-by-Picture (PbP)

Audio Encoding Format


Audio Sampling Frequency

32 kHz

44.1 kHz

48 kHz

Audio Bitrates

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

Video Encoding Formats

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

Encoding Profiles

Baseline (BP)

Main (MP)

High (HiP)

Encoder Bitrates Range

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

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

Recording Locations

2x USB 2.0*

1x SD card slot**

Network mapped drive***

* 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.

** 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.

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)

Product Dimensions

5.6 (L) x 8.5 (W) x 1.4 (H) inches
14.2 (L) x 21.6 (W) x 3.6 (H) cm

Unit Weight

1.3 lbs / 0.6 kg

Power Supply Unit

Line voltage: 100-240 V a.c.
Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Input: external AC/DC adapter - IEC320-C14
DIN4 locking power connector

Power-supply safety: 
cULus (Canada/US)
GS (Germany)
CCC (China)
RCM (Au/Nz)
EAC (Russia / Customs Union)
PSE (Japan)
KCC (Korea)
BIS (India)

Hardware & Software
Hardware Included

Matrox Monarch LCS appliance

Matrox Monarch LCS external power supply

IEC320-C14 power cords (US, UK and EU)

Accessories (sold separately)

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

Monarch LCS power supply unit** (PWR/SUP/MHLS)

* Monarch Rack Mount Kit. Can fit up to two Monarch LCS units in a 1RU space.
** Monarch LCS power supply unit. Does not include IEC-C14 power cord. These cables must be sourced locally.


Monarch LCS Command Center
Monarch LCS Radar*

*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: 9-24 volts
Total Power Consumption: 20-30 watts (42 max)

Supported Operating Systems (software)

Mac OSX EL Capitan
Windows 10 (64 bit)

EMC/EMI Device Class

Class A

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


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