MBARI's Video Annotation and Reference System

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The Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS) is a suite of tools developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute for describing, cataloging, retrieving, and viewing the visual, descriptive, and quantitative data associated with video.

Originally designed for annotating underwater video, VARS can be applied to any video dataset that requires constrained, searchable annotations.

User Documentation

Developer Documentation


Query MBARI’s Public VARS Data


The following products were very kindly donated to assist with the development of VARS:
The best Java IDE  Aqua Data Studio  JProfiler