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 video, audio, text, or image 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 video, audio, or image file as you identify, clip or quote, categorize and code them, while it copies text files on import.


To start Transana, click the Windows Start icon on the Taskbar, scroll to 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.
To start Transana Multiuser, you need to have the appropriate connection information. You should get this information from your project administrator or your technical support representative.
On the first tab, you will specify how to connect to your database. Transana prompts you for your user name, password, database server, port, and database name. If your database server supports it, you also have the option of using a secure SSL connection to the database. We strongly recommend using SSL if possible to maximize data security while using Transana Multiuser.
On the second tab, you specify how to connect to your Message Server. Transana requires the name of the Message Server and the port on which to connect.
If you selected a secure SSL connection on the first tab, you can select the client certificate, client key, and Message Server certificate files this connection requires. You should have received these files from your project administrator or technical support representative, or have run the configuration tool if you are using the Transana Cloud Service.

Using Transana Multiuser

Startup instructions, as well as tips and tricks for using Transana Multiuser. (13:10, Transana Multiuser 3.20 shown)

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