Annotator Retired

Annotation Graphics Processor
Key Features
  • Offers live annotation capabilities plus high performance scaling and switching
  • Configurable Main and Confidence outputs
  • Hardware-based graphics and video processing
  • Intuitive graphical annotation interface
  • Integrated seven-input presentation switcher
  • Compatible with popular touchscreen displays
The Extron Annotator
Model Version Description Part #
 Annotator Standard Version 60-968-01 Retired
 Annotator SC Scan Converted Output 60-968-03 Retired
 Annotator SO Second Scaled Output 60-968-05 Retired
 Annotator DI/DVI SDI/HD-SDI Input, DVI-D Output 60-968-12 Retired
 Annotator DI/SC SDI/HD-SDI Input, Scan Converted Output 60-968-13 Retired
 Annotator DI/HDSDI SDI/HD-SDI Input and HD-SDI Output 60-968-14 Retired
 Annotator DI/SO SDI/HD-SDI Input, Second Scaled Output 60-968-15 Retired
 Annotator DI/3G-SDI SDI/HD-SDI Input, 3G/HD-SDI Output 60-968-16 Retired

This product has been retired.
Suggested Replacement
Annotator 300

The Extron Annotator is a high performance, hardware-based annotation processor for video and computer-video sources. It allows the presenter to draw, point, or add text to electronic presentation materials using a touchscreen and/or a keyboard and mouse. The Annotator supports all common digital and analog video formats, from high resolution DVI, RGBHV, and optional HD-SDI to composite video. Input video is scaled and made available in a variety of output formats, including analog RGB and Extron MTP Twisted Pair, as well as optional DVI, 3G-SDI/HD-SDI, scan-converted video, or auxiliary scaled DVI-I. The Annotator is ideal for applications that require the overlay of graphics and text within AV presentations, including schools, law enforcement, medicine, telepresence, and live events.

Create Real Time Annotations with a User Friendly Interface

An intuitive graphical user interface enables real-time annotations with ease. The user friendly on-screen display provides quick access to essential annotation tools for drawing freehand or lines, adding rectangular or elliptical shapes, typing in text, and highlighting any area of the presentation. An enlarged arrow cursor is also available for pointing to objects on-screen. Additionally, a presenter can isolate a specific area of the presentation by creating a "spotlight" with the image darkened around it. Various customization tools are available, including sizing and coloring for text and graphics. Additional annotation options include the capability to zoom and pan within the image, freeze a live image, and save an image with annotation to a file.

Compatible with Popular Touchscreen Displays

Annotating over motion video or still images is easy using common touchscreen monitors, as well as any standard keyboard and/or mouse. Two USB ports are provided to support multiple touchscreens simultaneously. Up to 20 additional devices can be connected via USB hubs.

High Performance Video Processing

The Annotator employs hardware-based graphics and video processing that delivers the performance and operational reliability demanded in mission-critical applications. It features a high performance 30-bit scaling engine with the ability to scale standard definition video, high definition video, and computer-video signals up or down in resolution. It outputs RGB or component video with selectable output rates from 640x480 to 1920x1200 resolution, as well as HDTV up to 1080p/60.

Seven Input Presentation Switcher

To accommodate a variety of sources, the Annotator features a seven input switcher that accepts DVI, RGB computer video, HDTV, optional SDI/HD-SDI, S-video, and composite video. For increased system flexibility, the Annotator offers up to four simultaneous outputs, including two RGBHV or component video outputs, Extron MTP Twisted Pair output, and an optional output that can be ordered as DVI, 3G-SDI/HD-SDI, scan-converted video, or scaled DVI-I for supporting a touchscreen monitor.

Configurable Main and Confidence Outputs

One of the outputs from the Annotator can be a dedicated Confidence output for the presenter or system operator, with the remaining serving as Main outputs for the audience. The Confidence output can be configured so that only the presenter or system operator can view the annotation GUI. The presenter can also use the Confidence output to preview annotations before sending them live through the Main outputs.

Create Professional Quality Presentations

For more effective, professional presentations, the Annotator includes glitch-free switching between video and RGB inputs with selectable cut or fade to black transitions. The Annotator also features a PIP picture-in-picture mode that allows a video source and an RGB source to be shown on one display. The PIP window can be dynamically positioned anywhere in the image.

Multiple Options for Control and Operation

The Annotator features front panel controls for quick access to functions. Remote configuration and control are available via RS-232 serial and Ethernet control. It is housed in a 1U, full rack width enclosure and can easily be integrated into many environments.