MEDIA DATA With Multiple Media Files

Selecting, Coding, and Categorizing Media Data With Multiple Media Files

This Tutorial ScreenCast demonstrates working with media data that contains multiple simultaneous media files. It focuses on the process of selecting which of the media files to include or exclude during the coding and categorization processes. It assumes you are already familiar with the steps involved in coding and categorizing media data with a single media file.

Selecting Media Data with Multiple Media Files

Working with data containing multiple simultaneous media files in Transana is similar to working with data with a single media file.

Each media file has two checkboxes, one called Include in Clip which should be checked to include that video in Coding and Categorization operations, and one called Play Audio which indicates whether that media file’s audio should be included. That way, you can include video that is important to your selection without including audio that might not be relevant in cases where different video files contain different audio feeds.


Once you have made your transcript selection and specified which media files to include, right-click a Keyword in the Data WIndow and select Create Quick Clip in the popup menu.


Once you have made your transcript selection and specified which media files to inlcude, right-click, or Ctrl-click on macOS, the Collection where you would like to place the Clip. You will see Transana’s Add Clip form, where you can add a Clip ID, as well as Coding if you wish. Press OK to complete the clip creation process.

Analytic Memos

It’s now a good idea to create more analytic memos. No action in Transana should be considered finished until you have written about it in an analytic memo.

Right-click (Ctrl-click on macOS) the Clip you just created and choose Add Clip Note from the popup menu. Name the new Note and enter your initials as NoteTaker. Press OK.

Press Ctrl-T on Windows or Cmd-T on macOS to insert a date-time stamp in the note. It’s usually a good idea to record information about why you made the exact selection you did and why you chose the coding you did, as well as how this clip fits into the larger study.  When you are done, close the Clip Note.