Monarch H.264 encoders help live stream on-campus activities to remote students

MIAMI—On the campus of Florida International University, the Pit, an open forum used for student gatherings, hosts more than 500 events a year for the student body. But with nearly 54,000 students spread across two main campuses and other locations in Miami, it is not always easy for students to make it to the Pit. After remodeling and modernizing the Pit, FIU’s AV staff wanted to make sure that students unable to attend in person could still experience Pit events live.

To achieve this, the school sought an encoder system that would contribute to high-quality live streams, eventually deciding to go with Matrox’s Monarch H.264 encoder.

The Pit is equipped with an HD camera that gets the overall scene. The camera feeds directly to a Creston DM matrix switcher that connects to the Monarch unit via HDMI. The presentation’s audio is captured from a mic and the applause and questions from the audience are captured from an ambient mic.

Monarch sends RTMP streams at 1080p at 10Mbps directly to Wowza Cloud. Wowza automatically connects, transcodes and pushes webcasts simultaneously to Facebook Live and a designated page on the school’s website. Full HD recordings are saved locally to an SD card, or can be stored on local USB drives or network-mapped drives.

FIU has purchased multiple Monarch HDX dual-channel H.264 encoder appliances to be used for streaming from classrooms across campus. FIU, according to Matrox’s press release, plans to create a matrix for the entire campus.

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