Handling Audio and Video Sources

The proliferation of digital video cameras and audio recorders has provided researchers with a rich and readily-available source of data. Like all other data sources, researchers need to consider how this new media will be gathered, organized and analyzed.

Gathering Video Data

If you are recording in a research setting— for example, an emergency room at a hospital or a school playground, you may want to consider the following:

Many ethnographic and social research projects ask participants to record their own experiences. If you are gathering this type of data, be aware that people have different levels of expertise in using video/audio equipment and you may end up with large amounts of unusable material. Ask participants to keep a log of what they are doing and why they chose to record particular events.

Organizing Audio/Video Data in NVivo

Like other sources in NVivo, you can use folders and sets to organize your audio/video data. Audio/video sources can be kept in any Internals folder— you can create a folder for all your audio or video sources or you can store them with related documents or pictures.

In the Volunteering Sample Project

If you are working with large or many video files, consider the options for storing the media outside of your NVivo project. Refer to Storing Audio and Video for more information.

Transcribing Audio/Video Data in NVivo

Do you want to transcribe your audio and video sources? Consider the following:


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