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Preparing video data for analysis using CAQDAS.

The following are some good help pages:





Recording on a tape or mini-disk

Digital recorder, most often in MP3, WAV or AIFF format. Former is compressed but good quality for speech. Others are not compressed, very good quality.



For use in CAQDAS, needs digital format. For Audio, Tape and mini-disk can be converted to MP3 for example. Connect player to computer (use mini jack plug to conect player output to microphone input on computer. Then use audio editing program to record as you play. (Audacity is free program, Garage Band (free with Mac) others paid for.) Digital recorders often can record directly to MP3 or WAV. Just conect the recorder with a USB cable to the compter and transfer the recording (or take out the memory card and use a memory card reader - usually these plug into a USB connector - to copy the files on the card to your computer)

Video, import your videos to your computer (may need to play tapes in old tape based machines). All video recorders now use digital format, some based on tapes, other, new ones on hard disk or, best of all, built in memory and/or memory cards (no moving parts). You will need a non-linear editing program like, iMovie, Final Cut, Premiere, Windows Movie Maker, to do this. The program will then enable you to save the video you want to use in a variety of formats.


Video (mpg, mpeg, mpe, wmv, avi, mov, qt, mp4)


Audio (mp3, wma, wav)

Video and Audio Formats

Preparing Video for Transana
Aimed at users of Transana, but contains a lot of general information and good links to other tools you might need.

Some advice about using rich media (including video) in Atlas.ti

This page deals with some problems of playing certain audio or video Primary Documents

Atlas.ti uses a similar approach to PowerPoint and help on preparing data and files for that can be found here.