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.


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Annotator Series
Video input
   Number/signal type 2 RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, component video (Y, R-Y, B-Y; progressive or HD)
1 RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, component video (Y, R-Y, B-Y; interlaced, progressive, HD), S-video, composite video
1 component video (Y, R-Y, B-Y; interlaced), S-video, composite video
1 S-video, composite video
1 single link DVI-D
1 optional SDI, HD-SDI
   Connectors 2 female 15-pin HD: RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, component video
5 female BNC: RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, component video, S-video, composite video
3 female BNC: component video, S-video, composite video
2 female BNC: S-video, composite video
1 female DVI-I: DVI-D
1 female BNC: optional SDI, HD-SDI
   Nominal level 1 Vp-p for Y of component video and S-video, and for composite video
0.8 Vp-p for SDI
0.7 Vp-p for RGB and for R-Y and B-Y of component video
0.3 Vp-p for C of S-video
   Minimum/maximum levels Analog: 0.0 V to 2.0 Vp-p with no offset
   Impedance 75 ohms
   Horizontal frequency Autoscan 15 kHz to 100 kHz
   Vertical frequency Autoscan 24 Hz to 120 Hz
   Resolution range 640x480 to 1920x1200*, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, digitized pixel for pixel; higher resolutions are undersampled.
*Reduced blanking
   Return loss <-30 dB @ 5 MHz
   DC offset (max. allowable) 0.5 V
Video processing
   Digital sampling 30 bit, 10 bits per color; 13.5 MHz standard (video), 165 MHz standard (RGB, YUVp, DVI)
   Colors 1 billion, 1024 per color channel
   Encoder (for scan converted output) 10 bit digital
   Horizontal filtering (for scan converted output) 3 levels
   Vertical filtering (for scan converted output) 3 levels
   Encoder filtering (for scan converted output) 3 levels
Video output
   Number/signal type 2 buffered scaled RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, or HD component video (Y, R-Y, B-Y)
1 optional output in one of the following formats:
• single link DVI-I (for unique scaled output)
• interlaced RGsB, component video, S-video, composite video
   Connectors 6 female BNC: RGB or component video
1 female 15-pin HD: RGB or component video
1 female RJ-45: output to an MTP device
1 slot for an optional output card with one of the following options:
• 1 female DVI-I (analog and digital, unique scaled output)
• 1 female DVI-I (digital output)
• 1 female BNC (3G/HD-SDI output)
• 3 female BNC (interlaced RGsB, component, S-video, composite video output)
   Nominal level 1 Vp-p for Y of component video and S-video, and for G of RGsB
0.8 Vp-p for SDI
0.7 Vp-p for RGB and for R-Y and B-Y of component video
0.3 Vp-p for C of S-video
   Minimum/maximum levels 0.0 V to 1.0 Vp-p
   Impedance 75 ohms
   Scaled resolution 640x4806,8,9, 800x6006,8,9, 852x4806,8,9, 1024x7686,8,9, 1024x8526,8,9, 1024x10246,8,9, 1280x7686,8,9, 1280x8006,8,9, 1280x10246,8,9, 1360x7656,8,9, 1360x7686,8,9, 1365x7686,8,9, 1365x10246,8,9, 1366x7686,8,9, 1400x10506,8, 1440x9006,8,9, 1600x12006,8, 1680x10506,8, 1920x12006,8
HDTV: 480p7,8, 576p6, 720p3,4,5,6,7,8, 1080i6,7,8, 1080p1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 1080p CVT8, 2048x10801,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
SDTV: NTSC, PAL (with optional scan converter output card)
       1 = 23.98 Hz, 2 = 24 Hz, 3 = 25 Hz, 4 = 29.97 Hz, 5 = 30 Hz, 6 = 50 Hz, 7 = 59.94 Hz, 8 = 60 Hz
   Input type RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, RGBcvS, and component video (tri-level or bi-level)
   Output type RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, and component video (tri-level or bi-level)
   Standards NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL, SECAM
Optional SDI/HD-SDI: SMPTE 259M-C, SMPTE 292M
   Input level 2.75 V to 5.0 Vp-p for RGBHV or RGBS
0.6 Vp-p for component video tri-level sync
0.3 Vp-p for component video bi-level sync or RGsB
   Output level 5.0 Vp-p for RGBHV or RGBS
0.6 Vp-p for component video tri-level sync
0.3 Vp-p for component video bi-level sync or RGsB
   Input impedance Horizontal: 75 ohms
Vertical: 510 ohms
   Output impedance 75 ohms
   Polarity Positive or negative (selectable)
Control/remote — signal processor
   Serial control port 2 RS-232/RS-422, female 9-pin D connectors (rear panel)
1 RS-232, 2.5 mm mini stereo jack (front panel)
   Baud rate and protocol 9600 (default), 19200, 38400, 115200 baud, adjustable; 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity
   Serial control pin configurations 
      9-pin D connector RS-232: 2 = Tx, 3 = Rx, 5 = GND
RS-422: 2 = Tx-, 3 = Rx-, 5 = GND, 7 = Rx+, 8 = Tx+
      2.5 mm mini stereo jack Tip = Tx, ring = Rx, sleeve = GND
   Ethernet control port 1 RJ-45 female connector
   Ethernet data rate 10/100Base-T, half/full duplex with autodetect
   Ethernet protocol ARP, ICMP (ping), IP, TCP, UDP, DHCP, HTTP, SMTP, Telnet
   Ethernet default settings Link speed and duplex level = autodetected
IP address =
Subnet mask =
Gateway =
DHCP = off
   Web server Up to 200 simultaneous sessions
40 MB nonvolatile user memory
   Program control Extron control/configuration program for Windows®
Extron Simple Instruction Set (SIS)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer®, Telnet
Control/remote — annotation
   Number/signal type 20 USB devices (via hubs)
2 serial devices
1 PS/2 mouse
1 PS/2 keyboard
   Connectors 2 USB type A
2 RS-232, female 9-pin D (shared with standard control)
2 female PS/2
   Power supply Internal
Input: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
   Power consumption 30 watts
   Temperature/humidity Storage: -40 to +158 °F (-40 to +70 °C) / 10% to 90%, noncondensing
Operating: +32 to +122 °F (0 to +50 °C) / 10% to 90%, noncondensing
   Cooling Convection, vented on sides and top
   Thermal dissipation 97 BTU/hr
      Rack mount Yes, with included brackets.
      Furniture mount Yes, with optional under-desk or through-desk mounting kit
   Enclosure type Metal
   Enclosure dimensions 1.7" H x 17.5" W x 12.0" D  (1U high, full rack wide)
(4.3 cm H x 44.4 cm W x 30.5 cm D)
(Depth excludes connectors and knobs.)
   Product weight 6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)
   Shipping weight 11 lbs (5 kg)
   DIM weight 12 lbs (6 kg)
   Vibration ISTA 1A in carton (International Safe Transit Association)
   Regulatory compliance 
      Safety CE, c-UL, UL
      EMI/EMC CE, C-tick, FCC Class A, ICES, VCCI
   Warranty 3 years parts and labor
    NOTE     All nominal levels are at ±10%.
    NOTE     Specifications are subject to change without notice.


Application Diagram

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