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With just 4,500 residents, the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a
well-kept secret, even though it’s inhabited by many celebrities,
including actor Clint Eastwood who once served as the mayor
of this quaint and charming seaside
community in California.
Wanting to maintain the old-world
charm, and opposing any kind of radical
development, many engaged residents
attend city council meetings regularly to
ensure they continue to have an impact
on the outcome. For the last seven years,
council meetings have also been live streamed for residents’
COMPLETE UPGRADE OF THE CITY’S AV FACILITY
Catering to involved citizens, the city recognized the need
to upgrade its entire IT facility from SD to HD, especially their
outdated, 20-year old AV systems.
For simplicity in live streaming, the consultant systems
designer suggested investing in a hardware encoder. After testing
several encoders, the city’s IT systems & network manager,
Joel Staker, selected the dual-channel Matrox® Monarch HDX
appliance, as the affordable, easy-to-use unit allows them to
simultaneously stream and record the city council meetings.
Since the city’s entire IT operations, including the 911
call center, were handled by a single person, ease of set up,
maintenance, and operations were of primary importance.
Monarch HDX also worked well with the city’s chosen agenda
management solution, NovusAgenda, and the Novus video server.
A staff member creates an agenda and supporting documents
for the city council meetings via NovusAgenda. When the
meeting commences, Monarch HDX is started automatically
and stopped at the end, without operator intervention. This is
made possible by using the Monarch HDX’s API to integrate with
The city currently has four PTZ cameras that send signals
to a production switcher, which provides HDMI input to
Monarch HDX. The appliance encodes the signals and streams
them to the Novus video server, which
delivers them as live webcasts through
the city’s web portal. Monarch HDX also
simultaneously records them as MP4s to an
SD card. These recordings are uploaded to
the web portal—at a higher quality than the
streams—within an hour of the conclusion
of the meetings, and are accessible to
everyone including citizens and reporters. Chapter points that
reference the agenda enable users to click through the links in
the video and skip to points of interest.
“Monarch HDX has been fantastic,” says Staker. “We now
have a high-quality encoder that is easy to use, integrates nicely
with our agenda management solution, and meets our entire
streaming and recording needs. This appliance has proved to be
ideal for our single-staffed IT operations.
For more information on how we can help
with your upcoming broadcast, live and/or AV project,
stop by Matrox booth SL4524 at NAB 2018
or visit: matrox.com/video/carmel/sm
ABOUT MATROX VIDEO
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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’s Emmy award-winning technology powers 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.
Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in
Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Selects Matrox Monarch HDX
to Webcast Council Meetings
Seaside city uses Monarch HDX H.264 encoder to deliver
great-quality live webcasts to its highly engaged, involved citizens