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MBARI's Video Annotation and Reference System's user interface for creating and editing video annotations. This version is a complete rewrite of the older VARS system. It is targeted at more modern video workflows and is part of MBARI's Media Management software stack. This is NOT a standalone application. There are a number of external services that need to be deployed in order for this application to function.

This system is the main annotation application used at MBARI.

VARS Annotation

Video Playback

VARS can be used to annotate video:

  • in real-time
  • from video tape, if your deck supports RS422
  • from video files via external video players such as Sharktopoda, jsharktopoda, or Cthulhu.