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OSD-ID (PC): On-screen display id overlay board (pc editor)

Discontinued Product


OSD-ID (PC) is an on-screen display board that overlays user defined text onto either an incoming  video source or self generating background screen. Every position on the 28 column by 11 row screen (308 characters total) can contain a user selected character. All information is stored in non-volatile eeprom memory so even with loss of power OSD-ID (PC) retains all screen information.


The on-screen text is created using a robust editor called "IDMaker" which runs under Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT. The editor uses an exact representation of the character set of the OSD board so the designed screen on the P.C. looks identical to what the OSD board generates on T.V. IDMaker includes an integrated upload utility which sends the user created screen to the OSD-ID (PC) board through a supplied RS-232 serial cable.


OSD-ID (PC) has two screen modes, a "mixed" (black and white text overlaid onto an incoming NTSC or optional PAL source) mode and a "full page" (OSD generated color background) mode. OSD-ID (PC) supports screen background, character border, and character background color selection. Character border and pixel offset can be set for each of the eleven rows . In addition, character zoom levels can be programmed and screen horizontal and vertical pixels positioning can be adjusted. Translucent mode, a unique feature that allows video to pass through the text like the major networks do with their logos, can be enabled. Individual color and blink character attributes can be set. And finally, the user can define OSD-ID (PC)'s text triggering method. The text triggering method is how, when, and for how long the user defined character screen is displayed.




  • Dimensions: 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 1/2"
  • Weight: 1.2 oz.
  • Input voltage: 8.0 to 14.0 volts DC (80 ma max.)
  • Operating temperature: -10 C to +70 C
  • Text area: 28 columns by 11 rows (308 characters)
  • Text trigger methods: 3
  • Video levels: 1 volt peak to peak
  • Video impedance: input 75 ohm, output 75 ohm resistively terminated


All text that appears on-screen is created and sent via "IDMaker", a Window PC program. Please refer to the IDMaker manual for editing and uploading information.

Screen shot of IDMaker editor window on the PC


Shot of output from the screen above, as displayed on television.



OSD-ID (PC) normal operation (i.e. how is behaves) depends on what is uploaded from the IDMaker Windows PC software.

Screen shot of PC IDMaker operations dialog box


There are three methods for triggering (displaying) the user created text screen.  If the user selects the "Always display text" option then the screen will always contain the overlaid text. If the "Display text every x minutes for x seconds" option is selected then in our example every 10 minutes for 12 seconds the overlaid text is displayed. Both of these values can range from 1 to 255. This is useful for ham station identification. The TIMED method will also display text if OSD-ID's J1 "UP" pad is brought to ground (or the UP button is pressed.) It reacts similar to the timer running out. And finally, if the "Display text only when "UP" button pressed" option is selected then only while OSD-ID's J1 "UP" pad is grounded (or the UP button is being pressed) does the text appear.


Warranty & Service:

If the product fails to perform as described in our product description or specification, within 90 days from the date of shipment to the buyer, we will repair or replace the product and/or accessories originally supplied. Failure due to improper installation, misuse, abuse or accident is not covered by this warranty. Incidental and consequential damages are not covered by this warranty.The buyer must obtain a Return Material Authorization by calling (248) 588-4400, and shipping the defective product to Intuitive Circuits, 3928 Wardlow Ct., Troy, MI 48083, freight prepaid. After the warranty expires, we will promptly supply an estimate for the repair cost.


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