Make Deeper Connections and Create More Compelling Presentations Using Transana’s Report Filters

Transana’s Reports, Maps, and Graphs (referred to collectively as the Reports) are powerful tools for increasing your understanding of qualitative data that you’ve coded and categorized. As I talked about in “Making Sense of Your Coded Data,” your reports include all...

Transcribe Your Research Video Using YouTube’s Automated Transcript Generator – A Quick How-To

You can speed up your first pass at transcription dramatically by uploading your video privately to YouTube and using its transcript auto-generator. There are online automated transcription companies, but you can upload a video to YouTube and generate a transcript...

Making Sense of Your Coded Data

So you’ve added a bunch of documents and images and episodes to Transana. You’ve developed a set of keywords that represent your coding system. You’ve made a bunch of selections and you’ve categorized and coded them. You’re ready to start working with Transana’s...

StudioCode and Transana

StudioCode is dead. Long live StudioCode's data. StudioCode support and availability have disappeared over the past year, leaving users stranded and unable to access their coded video data. Several former StudioCode users have asked me to create a way to import...

Quantitative Conclusions

Quantitative researchers have proven that parachutes don't work. Would qualitative researchers using video data collection methods  have reached the same conclusion? Asking for a friend.

Measuring Events and Timing Speakers in Video and Audio Files

Researchers analyzing video and audio data sometimes need to make fairly straightforward quantitative measurements. How many times did each participant take a turn? How long did the animals in one group spend grooming vs another group? During a recent Transana...

Categorization and Coding

Transana offers two overlapping systems for indicating analytic meaning in text and media data, Categorization and Coding. … Both categorization and coding serve the same purpose, to link analytic meaning to segments of data, but they involve somewhat different metaphors and procedures within the software. There are several reasons behind the evolution of the two systems for attaching analytic meaning to segments of data in Transana.

Automated Transcript Poetry #1

“Everyone Safari”
by Y.A.T.*
I have wine
my name is Gonzales
and Mrs. Chandler sorry because everyone Safari
today my guests hara-hara-hara
I am you say how about you
And goofy and carefully deduce yourself
Hi I’m gonna terrorize some facilities
and with the famous Fiona solid water
so here are she here must I learn
drops a lot of clothes and still flows

How to Collect and Analyze Multiple Simultaneous Media Files – and why it’s worth the trouble.

As video recording gets easier, more affordable, and more ubiquitous, researchers can more easily capture multiple perspectives by recording multiple, simultaneous video or audio data. One of the analytic challenges researchers face is that of managing those multiple simultaneous media streams so that they can be meaningfully analyzed. Fortunately, Transana offers a solution to this problem, allowing up to 4 simultaneous media files to be analyzed as a synchronized media stream.

Word Frequencies and Word Clouds

For many qualitative researchers, looking at the specific word choices used by your research participants offers an important first step in exploring your data. … In Transana, the Word Frequency Report allows the researcher to take text or transcribed data, and easily generate a list of words used in your Documents, Transcripts, Quotes, or Clips, along with the number of times each word is used.

Supplemental uses of video research data and truly informed consent

“The qualities that make video data so significant as data also make it very compelling to share with others when presenting our research. … Research participants cannot give truly informed consent regarding the use of video of discussions and events that have not yet happened, and that they might not be able to fully anticipate or predict.” In this article, I discuss the dual-stage consent process.

Choosing between Transana Basic and Transana Professional

Recently, some asked me “In an upcoming project I will analyze a huge amount of (approximately 500 clips) of youtube videos and was wondering, which version of Transana I need – also taking into consideration that I barely have funding for technical devices (e.g. software…) at the moment.” Here’s my response.

Does Using Software Cause Shallow Analysis?

I found this question on an academic web site, ” I wondered if you have used a software in the past that you can recommend in terms of usability, comprehensibility of the analysis, visualization and costs?” When read an early response, I felt compelled to respond.