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).


Posted on September 9, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Tara – I thought I would share an alternative way to use the Transcription Window and a tip.

    Users can generate custom time stamps as they watch the video. First, set your red and black boundaries to the beginning and end of your timeline. Then click in a timestamp cell in your transcription window. You can create your own timestamps by using the ctrl-i command for your “in” and ctrl-o for your “out.”

    When you click ctrl-i the video will begin to play. To control the playback use ctrl-L for play, ctrl-k for pause and ctrl-j for rewind (your space bar and arrow keys will not work for playback in this mode).

    You can type in the speaker and transcript cells freely. Then click ctrl-o for your out point and the instance will end and you will automatically be advanced to the next row in your transcription window. A timestamp will appear automatically, but you can adjust the in and out using the same key sequences (ctrl-i and ctrl-o).

    And a quick tip (which you may be getting to in your next post – so apologies if I am jumping ahead): You can search the transcription window by pressing ctrl-f. There are some nice options within the search window.

    Hope this helps. Thanks again for the great posts!


  2. Justin Tanisawa

    Hi Tara, absolutely love your blog. Really practical info and presented very clearly. I thought I’d mention a couple Transcription (Tx) Window shortcuts in case you weren’t aware of them. I noticed that you double clicked on a row in the Tx Window around the 3:10 mark. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, but:
    • If you have a row selected and single click on the “Edit movie” icon (not “Movie”) it will open a second movie window that looks similar in that it plays only the selected instance. However, what might be more useful is that if you click on a different row in the Tx window, it will automatically update without having to close it.
    • As an alternate to clicking in different cells of the Tx window in order to navigate, you can also use CONTROL+ (any arrow key) to move up/down/left/right.
    • If you click “Position” on the Tx window repeatedly, the Edit movie window will also be (re)arranged in various positions until you find one for your liking.
    • You can click on the “Loop” toggle icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen to control whether the movie stops or repeats when reaching the end of the instance
    • The four small arrows on the Edit movie window can be used to lengthen/shorten the instance. The two arrows on the top left of the Edit movie window lengthen/shorten the beginning of the instance. The two arrows on the top right of the Edit movie window lengthen/shorten the end of the instance.
    • If you pre-code your instances with a Code Window, and then dump them into the Transcription Window, the Edit movie Window also works even if you close the movie package. This might help “clean up” your screen if desired. Just reopen the movie package in order to sync when you’re done.

    Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Transcription Window is a reference file. So for those that are using it, just be aware that it’s relying on the movie package for it’s source of video.

    Thanks a million for the blog posts!

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