Product Review: unboxing Matrox Maevex 6020

Education Technology unboxes Matrox’s Maevex 6020

Encoding and Streaming

  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoding format.
  • Dual RTMP live streaming to Panopto
  • Gigabit Ethernet operation
  • Up to dual 1920×1080 live streams

Recording

  • Simultaneous on-device multiple recordings for each input
  • Maximum primary and secondary recording levels – 1920 x 1080

Internal storage

  • Integrated 128 GB solid state drive

Connections

  • Inputs
    • 2 x HDMI
    • 2 x 3.5 mm analogy stereo audio
    • 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mic in
  • Outputs
    • 2 x HDMI
    • 1 x DisplayPort monitoring
    • 1 x 3.5 mm headphones out
    • RJ45 GigE LAN port
    • 2 x USB

Technical Specs

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Matrox Maevex 6020

Right now, with remote learning in full swing worldwide, the ability to capture, catalogue, stream and broadcast high-quality educational content could hardly be more essential.

What’s more, that ability is likely to remain crucial, with the new teaching styles ushered in by the pandemic bringing long-term changes to the way schools and universities educate and communicate with their students.

Education institutions everywhere are looking to install lecture capture solutions to grant students access to lectures anytime, anywhere – whether via video-on-demand (VOD) recordings or live streaming – to complement their on-site class offerings.

Encoder for schools and universities

The ideal hardware encoder for a school or university will have multiple independent input channels with individual bitrate and quality settings, along with HD resolution support to handle all manner of top-quality video content.

The Matrox Maevex 6020 Remote Recorder is fully integrated with Panopto™, an industry-leading video platform for training, teaching and presenting online, the Maevex 6020 allows users the benefit of simultaneous dual live streaming, as well as multiple on-device recordings of different qualities per input – with zero transcoding time – for the fast, high-quality VOD.

Simple to use

Most educators need to know that the kit they are operating is simple, even intuitive, to use. A dedicated appliance like the 6020 offers a convenient route to connecting multiple sources, meaning that, for example, a lecturer’s laptop and an in-class video camera can both connect seamlessly to the same dedicated piece of hardware.

Matrox appliances are small, autonomous and administrator-friendly. Once the device is set up and configured, users can plug in a device, such as their own laptop – but otherwise the hardware runs on its own without any intervention. No steep learning curve for newcomers; no disruption to classes while the teacher fiddles with the tech.

Once up and running, Maevex 6020’s 1U, ½ rack design, plug-and-play setup, whisper-quiet operation and low power make it an ideal installation for any university campus, enterprise, conference room or mobile application.

Quality, flexibility, affordability

The Maevex 6020 features dual, Full HD HDMI inputs with zero latency pass-thru and DisplayPort preview output, and can house multiple on-device quality recordings for fastest and best-quality VOD. It can support up to four sources in a single session, and can be used with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for third-party control.

The 6020’s dual 1080p inputs allow for multiple on-device quality recordings per input, and two channels of 1080p live streaming while recording. This means that, uniquely among similar devices, the Maevex 6020 allows users to produce multiple recordings of different qualities simultaneously – and to upload these while the session is in progress. Take it one step further and combine two Maevex 6020 devices, meanwhile, and you can enable up to four sets of recordings, each one with multiple quality levels.

The recordings are encoded and ready for use, without any quality loss or time loss – there’s no time-consuming decoding or re-encoding required. This workflow enables the on-demand video to be made available to viewers much faster – and at the best quality possible.

Furthermore, the ‘set it and forget it’ hardware allows you to input your settings just the once, with the Maevex returning to those settings on each subsequent use. The device is also genuinely standalone, avoiding the need for regular Windows OS updates and anti-virus software. Budget teams will also like the fact that it’s highly cost-effective, with a one-time purchase price and no annual fees.

Find out more at www.matrox.com/video or email video@matrox.com

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