ELAN Workshop

14.03.2016:  University of Leeds

Last Monday I had the chance to participate in a hands-on video workshop. This event gave us an introduction into using video transcription software, such as ELAN and  TRANSANA. For me, this was a great opportunity to try out potential data analysis software. I heard great things about ELAN, hence I was pretty excited about this event. It turns out that both applications are very straight forward and intuitive to use. I spent most time playing around with ELAN. ELAN as great features; I really like the Annotation tool, which can be used for an initial/rough analysis of multimodal data (see picture below).

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 11.38.12 AM

The Annotation tool is great way of keeping notes. These notes can then be exported into word/text/subtitle documents or can be converted into spreadsheet documents, such as excel. ELAN further seems to be a good fit when transcribing multimodal data. The software lets you create as many tiers as possible. This means that gestural/linguistic/ synesthetic features can all be neatly listed in a chronological way.  Last, ELAN seems to be the right choice when transcribing data focusing on meaning. The transcriptions can then be exported as word files (see picture below). Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 2.43.01 PM

We were also encouraged to use Quick Time Pro for video and audio editing. This might be an interesting choice when it comes to presenting data.





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