Monthly Archives: September 2014

Troubleshooting the Transcription Window

This post is aimed at the experts at Studiocode.  I have continued practicing the flexible method of creating time stamps in the transcription window I showed you last time so I could show you a more complete example of how I create codes with labels in the timeline from the transcription window instead of from the code window.  The problem is I keep running into small hang-ups with creating the start/end points.  I am not sure if anyone else is running into the same problems, so I thought I would make a post about it (this method of coding is still pretty new to me as I am much more fluent with the code window).  I am sure it is user error, but I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong.  I posted my solution as well, but I am sure there is a better one out there 🙂

Transcriptions from Scratch with Customized Instance Lengths: A Demonstration

**TIP** Some people have mentioned my screencasts are blurry and they cannot see the details of what I am doing.  Click to enlarge them to full screen and give it a few moments.  They look blurry at first, but they will crisp up to a higher definition after a few seconds of play (sometimes it takes up to 30 seconds).  You should be able to read everything on my screen when I make a screencast 🙂


In my last post I described how you can make equal interval time stamps to use a grounded theory approach to analyzing videos for the first time.  Much thanks to Mike Willard at Studiocode for his wonderful comment about using a similar method with customizable interval lengths.  In case you did not see his comment, I thought I would do a demonstration for you.

You will use some keyboard strokes to enter start and stop times for your transcription window instances rather than setting equal intervals.  I created this diagram as a reference for you:

Transcription Keyboard Shortcuts

Transcription Window from Scratch

Before I focus on what to do after you have a full transcription window, I wanted to show you how to start a transcription window from scratch.  The method I will show you in this screencast aligns with a fully grounded theory approach (it is only the first step…pre- open coding even).

Transcription Window Part 2

This is an extension of my last post.  Thanks, Will, for your comment about creating multiple columns in the transcription window.  In this screencast I give a few tips about creation and organization of those new columns so you can begin your coding process without a code window.  This is a nice option for researchers who are used to coding videos from transcriptions rather than with video software. 

Though you can use the transcription window to completely avoid the code window, I still highly recommend using it as a starting point rather than your primary method of coding.  If you only use transcriptions to generate codes, you are losing the video dimension that makes Studiocode so powerful.  I see the transcription window as an optional starting point and a wonderful ending point to enhance presentations.  I’ll discuss this further in future posts. 

Introduction to the Transcription Window

I had several requests to talk about the Transcription Window, so this screencast will serve as an introduction to give you some ideas.  Specifically I describe how to use the Transcription window to take initial notes about your video clips.  This should help you come up with some additional codes for your code window.   I will continue to explore the transcription window over the next few posts.