Extron Shipping HDCP-Compliant Annotator 300

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Extron Electronics announced the availability of the Annotator 300, a high-performance, hardware-based annotation processor that allows a presenter to draw, point, or type over live presentations using a touch display, graphics tablet, or a keyboard and mouse. The HDCP-compliant Annotator 300 includes HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a universal analog video input, and three simultaneous outputs including two HDMI and a DTP twisted pair output.

The unit also features video signal processing with a high-performance scaling engine and fast switching. The DTP twisted pair output extends HDMI and bidirectional control signals to a DTP receiver over a single shielded CATx cable up to 330 feet (100 meters). The Annotator 300 offers a wide range of annotation tools and controls, all accessible by the presenter using an on-screen GUI.

“The Annotator 300 offers many powerful, easy-to-use presentation markup and highlighting tools, on a hardware-based signal processing platform built for reliability and optimal image quality,” said Casey Hall, vice president of sales and marketing for Extron. “This high-performance, multi-format switcher and scaler is ideal for bringing annotation capabilities into a wide variety of AV applications and system designs to support functions such as live audience presentations and videoconferencing.”

The Annotator 300 is compatible with a variety of popular touch displays and graphics tablets. Graphical icons and menus provide quick access to essential annotation tools for drawing freehand or lines, adding rectangular or elliptical shapes, typing text, highlighting an area of the presentation, and more. Additional annotation functions include the ability to use a touch display as a whiteboard, zoom and pan within the image, and freeze a live image. Annotated images can be captured and saved to internal memory, a removable USB flash drive, or a network location. Images can also be sent to a network printer.

The scaling engine in the Annotator 300 scales HDMI, DisplayPort, RGB, component, and standard definition video to a common high-resolution output. It provides 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing to deliver optimal image quality. EDID Minder, Key Minder, and SpeedSwitch ensure fully reliable image display and virtually instantaneous switching speeds for HDCP-encrypted content.

For integration flexibility, the outputs of the Annotator 300 can be configured as separate main and confidence outputs so that the presenter can access the annotation GUI on a local monitor, while the audience sees only the annotated presentation.

The DTP twisted pair output can be used to extend HDMI with embedded audio, and control to a DTP receiver behind a flat-panel display on a wall or above a ceiling-mounted projector, with the receiver powered over the same shielded CATx cable. Integrators can choose from a complete line of DTP 330 receivers for transmission distances up to 330 feet (100 meters) or DTP 230 receivers for up to 230 feet (70 meters), to accommodate distance requirements of specific applications. The DTP output can also be used for sending video and embedded audio, plus bidirectional control signals to any HDBaseT-enabled display.

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