Link Transcript to Recording with Timestamps

With timestamps you can link your transcript to the original recording so that you can always access the original sound and listen again to sections that are difficult to understand.

By default, MAXQDA automatically enters a timestamp at each end of a transcribed paragraph, which is usually at the end of a speaker's contribution. The timestamps appear in a separate column in the “Document Browser”, left to the transcription text.

Timestamps in the “Document Browser”

Clicking on a timestamp (or the range between two timestamps) opens the associated media file and starts playback at the stored position. Playback automatically ends at the next timestamp.

Automatic timestamp addition can be activated and deactivated in the Transcription Settings window. If the window sis hidden, you can open it by clicking on the Transcription settings icon on the left side of the “Multimedia Browser”.

Turn on/off option to add timestamps at the end of a paragraph
Please note: You can hide the display of the timestamps next to the transcript by right-clicking the text and de-selecting Display Timestamp Column.

Add timestamps manually

While transcribing, you can also manually insert timestamps into a transcript, such as to mark a difficult to understand section:

  • To do this, click on the New timestamp icon in the “Document Browser”,
  • or press F6.
Add timestamps in current position

MAXQDA then inserts a timestamp where your cursor blinks in the text and visualizes it in the time stamp column at the left margin. You can also create multiple timestamps in a row, but only one timestamp is displayed in the timestamp column.

Timestamps can't be inserted at will, however, MAXQDA instead checks whether the chronology of timestamps is retained by inserting a timestamp. If, for example, the current playback position of an audio file is at 3 minutes, but before the current text position a timestamp already exists at 4 minutes, no further timestamp can be added.

Please note: New time stamps can be inserted not only during transcription (i.e., in Transcription Mode), but also later in Edit Mode (see Insert Timestamp into a Transcript).

Delete timestamps

To delete an unnecessary timestamp, click on the symbol in the timestamp column with the right mouse button and select Delete Timestamp in the context menu.

There is also an "Overview of Timestamps", which lists all timestamps of the currently opened transcript. You can open the overview by clicking on the icon with the same name at the top of the “Document Browser”. In the overview, you can delete timestamps by marking one or more rows and clicking the delete icon.

The “Overview of Timestamps” lists all the timestamps in a transcript

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