You can play and analyze audio and video files in MAXQDA’s “Multimedia Browser”.
To open an audio or video file in the “Multimedia Browser”, right-click the document in the “Document System” and select Open Audio File or Open Video File.
Alternatively, you can also open a media file directly from the “Document Browser”:
- Open the text document to which the audio or video has been assigned (e.g. by double-clicking on its name in the “Document System”).
- Click on the icon Open video file (file name) or Open audio file (file name) in the “Document Browser” toolbar.
If the text document is empty, i.e. there is no transcript, MAXQDA automatically opens the video in the “Multimedia Browser” as soon as you open the corresponding text document.
The “Multimedia Browser” looks like this:
The “Multimedia Browser” is composed of the following areas:
- The upper panel shows the video.
- Underneath, there is a toolbar containing the functions to adjust the view and playback and the functions for coding. Here, you can also see the current playback position and the total time of the media file.
- Beneath the toolbar, thumbnail pictures can be displayed for fast navigating.
- Underneath, you can see the waveform of sound of the media file, and below this, there is a time line where you can see the current playback position.
- Under the time line there is a bar for the timestamps of the transcripts.
- At the very bottom is an area where the coded segments are visualized by bars.
For audio files, the video window and preview pictures are not shown.
The blue vertical line and the blue bar underneath the time line indicate the current playback position.
The following functions are available on the toolbar:
Control Panel – opens the window with playback options
Display preview thumbnails – displays previews beneath the toolbar
Insert Internal Link (Anchor/Target)– sets the start and end point of a reciprocal internal link
New memo (Alt/⌥+⇧+M) – creates a new memo in the current playback position
Previous memo (⇧+F3) – jumps to the memo to the left of the current clip position
Next memo (F3) – jumps to the memo to the right of the current clip position
Paraphrase Audio/Video – opens the paraphrase mode
Set clip start (F7) – sets the beginning of a clip segment at the current playback position
Set clip end (F8) – sets the end of a clip segment at the current playback position
Play clip (F9) – plays the segment selected on the waveform
Remove clip (F10) – removes current clip marks from the waveform
5 seconds back (⇧+F12) – jumps back 5 seconds from your current playback position
Play/Pause (F4 or F5) – starts/pauses playback
5 seconds forward (F12) – jumps 5 seconds forward from your current playback position
Slider – helps you jump to a certain position
Copy video image to clipboard – copies the currently visible video image to the clipboard, e.g. for inserting it into a Word document
Insert video picture as image document in ‘Document System’ – inserts the currently visible video image as an image document in the “Docuemtn System”, e.g. to be able to code segments of the image.
Export coded video clips – in the dialog window that opens, specify the quality and resolution of the clips and select the codes whose coded video segments you would like exported.
On the far right of the waveform, there are other icons that you can use to adjust the zoom for the waveform.
zooms out of the waveform, reduces the number of preview pictures for videos.
zooms the view to 100%. This view is configured by default and is usually ideal for coding.
shows the complete media file in the “Multimedia Browser”; this gives you an overview of the waveform of the complete file (unless it’s very long). This view is usually not suitable for coding.
zooms into the waveform, increases the number of preview pictures for videos. This makes it easier to navigate to single pictures and words and code more specifically.
Control media files with your keyboard
Media files can be controlled via function keys, e.g. you can jump forward 5 seconds with F12.
To start and stop playback, you can use the F4 or F5 or:
- Pressing Ctrl (Windows) or the Shift button ⇧ (macOS) twice, or
- if the “Multimedia Browser” window is open, by clicking in within the video window, the playback can also be started and stopped with the Space key.