Syncing Media Files Automatically

What do I recommend for the Video Sync Server?  Unfortunately, the answer is that it depends on several factors that may be different in Turkey than they are where I live.  Different universities and organizations have different rules.  The “best” answer is different in different places and for different projects.

Collaboration in the time of COVID-19

There are many ways to share media files for collaborative analysis over a distance using Transana Multiuser. This post describes one such technique, using Google Drive.

Back Up Your Data!

Hard drives die. Disasters occur. Will you be able to recover your Transana data?

Writing Tools in Transana

There are two important ways I use Transana Professional’s writing tools when I am doing qualitative analysis.  Creating Progress Logs.  These are useful in tracking what I’ve done and where I’m headed.  In Transana Multiuser they are also great for asynchronous...

Transcribing Overlapping Speech

My first thought as I watched the first U.S. Presidential debate of 2020 was "Oh, those poor transcribers."  I recognized the huge challenge this would present for transcribers, with constant interruptions and so much overlapping speech.  I knew it would strain a...

Introducing TransanaSCRIBE – Transcription-Only Software

We have launched TransanaSCRIBE, an upgrade of Transana's tools for fast, accurate transcription of audio or video, as a stand-alone transcription product.  Academic researchers, journalists, attorneys, podcasters, local governments, market researchers and...
Analytic writing during collaborative qualitative analysis.

Analytic writing during collaborative qualitative analysis.

In a recent support inquiry, a researcher with Transana Multiuser asked “I am thinking about on the asynchronous communication between the users of Transana MU the chat windows of Transana is only for synchronous communications. How did you deal with this problem in your past practices?” My response includes tips on analytic writing for all Transana users.

Categorization and Coding

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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