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Crestron Adds Guidebar Technology to Annotator

Crestron has released its DVPHD High-Definition Annotator with its new Guidebar Technology (DVPHD-GB). According to the company, HD annotation allows presenters to write or draw over live computer and full-motion HD video images using a touch screen or mouse.

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Crestron has released its DVPHD High-Definition Annotator with its new Guidebar Technology (DVPHD-GB). According to the company, HD annotation allows presenters to write or draw over live computer and full-motion HD video images using a touch screen or mouse. The touch-panel functionality of the Guidebar puts the annotation palette, and source and room controls, in the presenter's hands. The Annotator displays a 1080p video preview and the Guidebar on the same screen, while consistent HDCP authentication assures quick HDMI-signal switching, allowing the DVPHD to display up to eight sources simultaneously, according to Crestron.

The Guidebar lives at the top or bottom of the presenter's screen so as not to obscure the video images and enables instant access to essential annotation tools, such as brush sizes and colors, as well as audio volume adjustment, source selection, and room lighting controls. The audience sees full-screen HD video with annotation, dual-window HD display for side-by-side comparison of related images, or annotation over multiple sources at the same time, says the company.

Users can customize the Guidebar's appearance and functionality. Remote annotation capabilities allow as many as 90 individual touch-panel users to draw over the same image, according to the company, thereby supporting interactivity between many participants.

The DVPHD Configuration Tool provides an online form that enables system designers to configure the DVPHD and generate a bill of materials. For integrators, configuring inputs and outputs can be achieved using sync-detection for analog RGB and video sources, and EDID for HDMI and DVI sources. The DVPHD reportedly configures itself automatically to match the format, resolution, and scan rate of each input and display.



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