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Ensemble Studio allows users to record, manage, schedule, and view content from the Matrox Monarch HD (Ensemble 4.3+) or the Matrox Monarch LCS (4.5+) without ever leaving the Ensemble web interface.

The Monarch HD records a single video and audio input (HDMI with optional analog audio). The Monarch LCS includes the ability to record two inputs with audio (two HDMI with one HD/SDI, and optional analog audio).

Applying the Studio License

Self-hosted Ensemble systems will need to apply the Studio license to an Institution before Studio is configured. Consortium- and cloud-hosted customers will have their Studio license applied automatically and can skip to Configuring Ensemble Studio.

A system administrator can visit Administration > System > License to confirm the status of the system license:

Ensemble Studio Devices

If Max Devices are not set according to the license that you have purchased, click Update License to add the license key that was provided when you purchased Studio.

Next, visit Administration > Institutions and click Action > License to apply part or all of your Studio license to that institution:

Institution License

Set the Max Devices field to the count of Studio-connected devices that this Institution will use. The number should be equal to or less than the studio devices available at the system level.

Ensemble Studio License

 You are now ready to configure Studio.

Configuring Ensemble Studio

A Matrox Monarch LCS recorder will need added to the Ensemble Studio setup by an administrator before it can be used. If you have not already updated the firmware for the device and discovered the IP address, do that now. If the device's firmware is updated and you have the IP address/host name ready, click Administration, Organization, then Studio Setup to get started.
 
Studio Setup
 
In the image above, two devices have already been configured. To configure a new device, click the +Add button. The Device Settings window will open:
 
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The Name and Location can be set to your preference—use a convention that will help you identify the device, whether it is moveable or installed in a fixed location. If the device is not assigned a static address, the IP Address field may need to be updated if the device is moved.
 
Select a recording Resolution, then select either a Picture-In-Picture or Side-By-Side Layout.  Once you have configured the Recording Preset, copy the Preset Link and paste it into the Automatic Configuration setting in the Matrox Command Center (Device > Automatic Configuration). After loading the Preset Link in the Command Center, go back to Ensemble Video and Validate the Matrox Monarch LCS device. Notice: You must have the Monarch LCS configured with the appropriate preset link in order to Validate the device.
 
Matrox Command Center Auto Configuration
 
Starting in version 4.6, new encoding workflows have been added to Studio. Visit the Studio workflow (or workflow template) to view the encoding options:
 
 Ensemble Studio Workflow
 
Typically, the Single Stream workflow does not need to be changed. The Dual Stream Settings allow a viewer to select between two quality options during playback for Studio recordings in dual-stream mode. With both the High Quality and Low Quality Encoding option set to -- None -- , the on-demand recordings made with Studio will match the encoding settings of the Monarch LCS. To support devices with low bandwidth, consider switching the Low Quality Encoding option to one of the pre-configured presets for Studio. The video will be ready to play immediately using the High Quality Encoding option if it's set to -- None --, and the low quality option will be available once it is done encoding.
 
For assistance with a custom encoding preset, contact support@ensemblevideo.com.
 
A Matrox Monarch HD recorder will need added to the Ensemble Studio setup by an administrator before it can be used. If you have not already updated the firmware for the device and discovered the IP address, do that now. If the device's firmware is updated and you have the IP address/host name ready, click Administration, Organization, then Studio Setup to get started.
 
Ensemble Studio Setup
 
In the image above, two Matrox Monarch HD devices have already been configured. To configure a new device, click the +Add button. The Device Settings window will open:
 
Ensemble Studio Device Settings
 
The Name and Location can be set to your preference—use a convention that will help you identify the device, whether it is moveable or installed in a fixed location. If the device is not assigned a static address, the IP Address field may need to be updated if the device is moved. Three Recording Presets are available for setting the encoding preferences of the device. The Full Motion Video preset is optimized for motion video, like from an HD camera feed. The Screen Capture preset is designed with a lower frame rate and higher resolution for recording a computer or document camera source. The All Purpose Recording preset can be used when mixing both kinds of content. To select an option, copy the full preset URL and paste it into the Automatic Configuration setting in the Matrox Command Center (Device > Automatic Configuration).
 
Screenshot of Matrox Command Center Automatic Configuration
 
For assistance with a custom encoding preset, contact support@ensemblevideo.com.

Managing Access to Studio

There are several ways to control who has permission to use or manage an Ensemble Studio device, depending on the level of security required for the recording environment. Like live streaming and Ensemble Anthem, the ability to use Ensemble Studio is based on User Permissions. Once your Studio device has been added, visit Administration > Organization > Studio Setup, and select Action > Settings for the device:

Ensemble Studio Settings Button

Ensure the device has a user-friendly Name and Location that will be familiar to users. Next, determine if you want to enter a comma-separated list of Allowed IP Addresses. Users accessing the device from a computer listed as an Allowed IP Address may always create an ad-hoc recording. If a Studio device is installed in a classroom, enter the IP address of the installed classroom computer to permit all Ensemble users to record from the Studio device to their library while using that computer.

Ensemble Studio LCS Settings

 If you prefer to allow specific users to use and/or manage the device, return to Administration > Organization > Studio Setup and navigate to Actions > Permissions.

Ensemble Studio Permissions Buttons

You will be presented with the name of the device you are managing, as well as all users who have a role associated with the device:

Ensemble Studio Permissions

 Several roles are available:

  • The Access Scheduled Recording role can be assigned to Contributors. With this role, the contributor can access the Studio Device during the time that the device is scheduled for the user's library. The user can go to the Ensemble Studio tab and can start and stop recordings on the device. When outside of the scheduled time, the user will not see the device in Ensemble Studio tab.
  • The Make Recording role can be assigned to Contributors. With this role, the user can create an ad hoc recording on the Studio device whether it is scheduled or not. In the Ensemble Studio tab, the user will see the device and can start and stop recordings. This includes the ability to stop scheduled recordings that are occurring in another library.
  • The Manage Device role can be assigned to Organization Administrators. With this role, the user can manage the device in AdministrationOrganization > Studio Setup, including creating/deleting recording schedules. The administrator will also be able to see the Studio device in all libraries in the Organization and have full control to start/stop an ad hoc recording in all libraries.
  • Institution Administrators and System Administrators gain all of these roles by default.

To add user roles, navigate to Bulk > + Add Permissions. To remove user roles, navigate to Bulk > Delete Permissions. To remove a single user role, use the Remove button in the User Permissions table.

Scheduling Recordings

One of the primary functions of Ensemble Studio is the ability to schedule a recording, whether user-controlled or auto recording. In both cases, the device will place the recording in the Target Library that you designate. Once a device is added to Studio, it can be scheduled from Administration > Organization > Studio Setup. Click the Action button for a device, then select Schedule:

Ensemble Studio Setup Actions

 The Schedule Recording menu will open:

Ensemble Studio Auto Publish

Set the recording name to match the name of the class, meeting, event, etc. that will be recorded. With the Auto Recording mode, the content will be recorded beginning at the Start Time and ending at the End Time.

In the User Controlled Mode, the recording can be manually started and stopped by users in the Target Library.

Use the Content Processing options to automatically route the recording to a specific Organization, Library, Playlist, and Playlist Category

Use the Recurrence setting to repeat the schedule recording for recurring events. You can specify the Number of Occurrences, or set an end Date when the recurrence ends.

Viewing the Studio Schedule

To view the Studio schedule, click Ensemble Studio in the left navigation column. 

Ensemble Studio

From here, you can see all available ad-hoc and scheduled recordings. For ad hoc recordings, the Rec or Stop button will be available for control. While a device is streaming/recording, you can view the video just like opening a video from the media library. The content can be edited and published as well. This view only shows the recording schedule, not recordings. Once recording are completed, they will automatically be added to the normal Media Library. To filter or sort the view, expand one of the select boxes above the Studio schedule:

Ensemble Studio Filter Selection

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