You should run Transana while you read through this tutorial so that you can do the activities as they are described.

You will import and work with one or more audio or video files to learn to use Transana’s tools. These can be your actual research data, or just something you’ve imported to practice on.

Remember that Transana does not import or alter your original media data, it just points to different segments of your audio or video file as you identify, clip, categorize and code them.


To start Transana, click the Windows Start icon on the Taskbar, scroll to and select the Transana Program Group, then click the Transana program item from the submenu.

Mac OS

To start Transana, open your Applications folder, click the Transana 3 folder, and then click the Transana program icon.

The first time you start Transana, you will be prompted to select a language for Transana’s interface. Your data does not need to be in the same language as Transana’s interface, but does need the same language directionality. That is, if you want to work with data in a right-to-left language, you will need to select a right-to-left language for Transana’s interface as well.
Transana Basic will prompt you to select a database.

If you already have a Transana database, select that from the list. If you don’t already have a database, you can make up a database name, type it in, and click OK. (Please note that punctuation symbols are not allowed in database names.)

Transana creates the appropriate database files for you automatically.

Starting Transana Basic

This ScreenCast describes how to start Transana, how to create a new database, and how to do first-use configuration. It is applicable Transana Basic and Transana Professional. (4:22, Transana 3.00 shown).

Please note that this video uses the name Transana Standard, which is an older name for Transana Basic.

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