audio from the sound board (x32), then
sends its out as an HDMI feed that goes
into the Monarch HDX. MediaFusion
provides Lifehouse Church with the
necessary content delivery services.
Using Monarch HDX’s H.264
encoding, Lifehouse Church
simultaneously records the services
in HD resolution at 10 Mbps, for
archiving and backup purposes. By
taking advantage of Monarch HDX’s
ability to create split files, which is
particularly useful when recording for
extended periods of time, Lifehouse
Church is able to automatically divide
its recorded files into convenient
4GB sections, without losing a single
frame. This feature also ensures
that the majority of the content is
preserved should a disaster such as power failure occur.
The files are edited/trimmed using Final Cut Pro® and
posted online to the church website via the Vimeo® video
sharing platform, enabling the congregation to view the entire
services or the lessons only, anytime, any where, with an
experience of almost being physically present in the church.
HIGH QUALITY OF STREAMS AND RECORDINGS
Moving over to Monarch HDX, Lifehouse Church is
now blessed with a reliable, high-quality encoder. Cleaner
picture and crisper audio being webcast (Figure 3) makes
the Lifehouse online church experience enjoyable and allows
the church to reach more people—those traveling, having
moved temporarily or from partner churches in Colombia; or
those unable to attend owing to inclement weather, limited
mobility, sickness or other reasons.
Lifehouse Church is also able to save high-resolution,
pristine-quality hard copies directly from the Monarch HDX
encoder; gaining easier and instant access to local backups.
Previously, they were downloading files from the content
delivery net work (CDN) service provider. The quality of these
files depended on the Internet and stream quality prevailing
at the time, and often looked terrible. CDN service providers’
Internet bandwidth restrictions meant the church was unable
to record in Full HD (1920x1080) with any reasonable quality.
“The Matrox Monarch HDX product works hand-in-hand
with MediaFusion settings and makes our channel clean;
one we really want to brag about and show off,” said Wells.
“It makes live streaming a breeze! Monarch HDX has brought
clarity to our live stream, postproduction, and archives of
COMMITMENT TO CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT
Matrox continues to develop the Monarch HDX and is
constantly adding value to this versatile appliance. This
is evident in a recent firmware update which included
closed captioning support. Monarch HDX retrieves closed-captioning data from the SDI VANC and embeds the data
to be streamed as caption-enhanced content. The stream
created by the Monarch HDX’s caption-enhanced H.264
media can be sent to video hosting platforms including
You Tube Live and Ustream, media servers such as Wowza™,
or a variety of content delivery networks (CDNs). For those
looking to create video on-demand or archived files (MOV/
MP4), the captions are preserved in the recording as well.
“Matrox is dedicated to the products we build and the
addition of in-demand features—like this new closed-captioning support for the Monarch HDX—is an example
of our commitment to continual improvement,” says
Francesco Scartozzi, director of sales (Americas), Matrox.
“Closed captioning is essential to ensuring everyone can
provide a more engaging and fulfilling video experience to
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K,
HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated
H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output,
streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox products power a full range
of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by
broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live
event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide.
Figure 3. Lifehouse Church now delivers cleaner, crisper webcasts.