Importing Audio and Video

You can import media files of the following formats:

When you import an audio/video file, NVivo creates a new audio or video source.

By default, NVivo will import the media file as follows:

File Size

 Storage Location


In both cases, you will be able to play, code and work with the media file from the created audio/video source.

To import audio and video files:

  1. In Navigation View, click the Sources button.

  2. Click the Internals folder. If you have created sub-folders, select the destination folder.

  3. On the Project menu, click Import Internals.

The Import Internals dialog box is displayed.

  1. In the Import from field, click the Browse button.

  2. In the Look in list, select the file you want to import. Hold down the CTRL key to select multiple files or the SHIFT key to select a range of files.

  3. Click the Open button.

The selected files are displayed in the Import from field.

  1. Select the required options  


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    Create descriptions

    This option does not apply to audio or video.

    Code sources at new cases located under

    Code the entire source at a new case. For example, if a video is an interview with Mary Smith you could code the video source at a new case Mary Smith.

    By default, NVivo will store the new case at the root level of the Cases folder. To specify an alternative location for the new case:

    1. Click the Select button.

    The Select Location dialog box is displayed.

    1. On the left, select Cases to add the new case under a selected parent case.

    2. On the right, click the required case.

    3. Click OK.

    Create as read-only

    Make the transcript (if available) for the audio/video file read-only.


  2. Click OK.

The <Audio/Video> Properties dialog box is displayed. You can use this dialog to set source properties, including choosing whether the media file will be embedded within the project or stored in a specific file location outside of the project.

Setting Storage Options

You can define options that determine how imported media files are stored.  You can choose not to embed all files or embed files that are under a specified file size— refer to Setting Import Options for Storing Files for information about how to do this.

Not embedding media files within the project can be useful when you are dealing with many or very large media files —embedding large files can impact on project performance.

You can view all media files stored outside of your project in the All Sources Not Embedded  folder. Refer to Using Search Folders for more information.

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