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OSD-ID+ with Enclosure: Standalone static character and graphic composite video overlay




OSD-ID+™ is a single channel, standalone static character and graphic composite video overlay device.  This user programmable device can display up to 30 columns by 12 rows (NTSC) or 15 rows (PAL) of text and imported graphics such as logos directly onto an incoming composite video source.  If no video input source is available then OSD-ID+™ overlays text and graphics onto a self-generated background screen.  The overlay can be configured to always display, appear on a configurable timer (e.g. every 10 minutes for 30 seconds), or appear on an external button press.


Included with OSD-ID+™ is a 110 VAC wall power supply, 6’ DB-9 serial cable, and font editing software. OSD-ID+™ firmware upgrades are supported via a PC connection.







  • Dimensions: 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/4"
  • Weight: 8.0 oz.
  • Input voltage: 8.0 to 14.0 volts DC (150 ma max.)
  • DC plug: 2.1 mm x 5.5 mm, center tip positive
  • Operating temperature: -40C to +85C (extended temperature range standard)
  • Text area: 30 columns by 13 rows (NTSC) or 16 rows (PAL)
                    Due to monitor over-scan a minimum of 26 columns and 12 rows (NTSC) or 15 rows (PAL) are visible
  • Character set: 256 definable characters. 12 x 18 pixels per character.  Black, white, and transparent color.
  • Character attributes: Blinking, inverted, and background frame
  • Graphic sprite max size:  27,648 pixels (e.g. 162 x 162 pixels)
  • Video format: Composite video
  • Video level: 1 volt peak to peak
  • Video impedance: Input 75 ohm, output 75 ohm resistively terminated


All connections to the OSD-ID+™ are in the rear of the units (see picture below).





RCA connector type Attach noise free NTSC or PAL video source such as a camera (optional)


RCA connector type
Attach to video monitor, DVR, etc.


DB-9 connector type
Attach to PC

  • Pin 2 Serial out (from OSD-ID+™)
  • Pin 3 Serial in (to OSD-ID+™)
  • Pin 5 Ground

Only required for font and sprite updates

DC 8-14V IN

2.1 mm x 5.5 mm, center tip positive connector
Attach supplied 110 VAC wall power supply



Dip Switch Configuration:

OSD-ID+ comes from the factory configured for NTSC video format. To re-configure settings OSD-ID+ has 4 internal dip switches. To access the dip switches disconnect all cables from the OSD-ID+ then remove the 2 screws from the front of the enclosure. After removing the bezel and front panel the circuit board will slide out.


Note: DIP switch inputs are only checked during power-up.









NTSC or PAL video format
           OFF   = NTSC
           ON    = PAL


Firmware flash update
           OFF   = Do nothing
           ON    = Enter OSD-ID+™ firmware flash update



On-Screen Menu Configuration:

During normal operation press the Left + Right buttons simultaneously to enter the on-screen menu configuration.

The Up and Down buttons move the menu selection cursor up and down.  The Right button performs the action of the selected menu item.  All configuration information is stored in non-volatile memory so information is retained even with loss of power to OSD-ID+™.


Main Menu

Menu Option

Action / Setting


Enable the on-screen overlay

  • ON - Display the overlay text and graphics
  • OFF - Pass video through without displaying the overlay text and graphics

Screen Editor...

Enter the screen editor (see below)

Options Menu...

Display the Options Menu (see below)

Sprite Selection Menu...

Display the Sprite Selection Menu (see below)

Download From PC...

Display the Download Menu (see below)

Adjust Screen Position...

Adjust the screen position horizontal and vertical pixel offsets (see below)

Save Changes and Exit

Save changes and exit the Main Menu (hour glass appears during save)

Discard Changes and Exit

Discard changes and exit the Main Menu


Options Menu

Menu Option                

Action / Setting

Overlay Mode

Overlay mode

  • Always On - Always display the text and graphics overlay
  • On Timer -  Display the text and graphics overlay at a specified interval
  • On Button - Display the text and graphics overlay when the Up button is pressed

Display Every __ Minutes

How often the text and graphics overlay is displayed if the “On Timer” mode is selected
(01 - 99 minutes)

Display For __ Seconds

How long the text and graphics overlay is displayed if the “On Timer” mode is selected
(01 – 60 seconds)

Display Instructions

Display instructions when entering screen editor, adjusting screen position, etc. 

  • ON - Display instructions
  • OFF - Do not display instructions

Clear Screen

Clear the entire screen with spaces

Main Menu

Return to the Main Menu


Sprite Selection Menu


Graphic images (such a logos) can be imported to create on-screen sprites using the font editor utility.  A sprite is assigned to a range of characters in the font.  Please see the font editor for details.


Menu Option

Action / Setting

Draw Sprite

Draw a graphic sprite on-screen.  Sprites are configured in the font editor.

  • ON - Display the sprite
  • OFF - Do not display the sprite

Sprite #

Sprite number to draw (0-15)

Horz Position

Horizontal screen position to draw the sprite

  • Left, Center, or Right

Vert Position

Vertical screen position to draw the sprite

  • Top, Center, or Bottom

Main Menu

Return to the Main Menu


Download Menu

Menu Option

Action / Setting

Download Font/Sprites...

Download font and sprites using the font editor utility

Download Screen Layout...

Download the screen layout using the optional PC screen layout utility

Main Menu

Return to the Main Menu


Screen Position Adjustment Instructions




Move the screen left one pixel


Move the screen right one pixel


Move the screen up one pixel


Move the screen down one pixel

Up + Down

Reset screen offsets to default positions

Left + Right

Save screen position adjustments and exit


Screen Editor


The four button keypad allows users to program the screen overlay information with up, down, left, and right cursor movements.  The tables below explain the button press combinations and actions.


Screen Editor Commands




Move the cursor left one position


Move the cursor right one position


Move the cursor up one position


Move the cursor down one position

Left + Right

Enter character entry mode (see below)

Up + Down

Select character attribute settings (see below)

Up + Down + Right

Set the current character attributes (e.g. blinking)

Down + Left

Copy current character to the clipboard

Down + Right

Paste the character from clipboard and advance to the next cursor position

Up + Left

Shift the entire line that is right of the cursor left by 1 column

Up + Right

Shift the entire line that is right of the cursor right by 1 column

Up + Down + Left + Right

Exit the screen editor


Character Entry Mode Commands




Cycle through the character set (ascending)


Cycle through the character set (descending)


Save character and advance to next cursor position

Up + Down

Erase character with space and advance to next cursor position

Left + Right

Exit character entry mode


Character Attributes Settings

Menu Option

Action / Setting


Character blinking state

  • ON - Blink on
  • OFF - Blink off

Background Frame

Character background frame state

  • ON - Background frame on
  • OFF - Background frame off


Character invert state

  • ON - Invert on
  • OFF - invert off




Default Font:


Below is the default OSD-ID+™ font.  Use the supplied font editor software to modify or create your own font and graphic image sprites (e.g. logos).  Do not modify the empty character at position 0.  It is recommended to not remove the characters highlighted in red.  These characters can be modified but they are used in the OSD-ID+™ on-screen menu configuration.


OSD Default Font



Trouble Shooting Tips:



Green LED off (unit won’t power up)

  • Verify power supply polarity is correct
  • Verify power supply output is 7.0 to 14.0 volts DC when attached
  • Verify the 1 amp internal fuse is good

On-screen text and graphics skewed

  • Verify good quality video input source



Warranty & Service:

If the product fails to perform as described in our product description or specification, within 1 year 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 first obtain a Return Material Authorization number by calling (248) 588-4400, or send email to Ship the defective product (with RMA number) to Intuitive Circuits, 3928 Wardlow Ct., Troy, MI 48083, freight prepaid.



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