In the methods lab, the following programs can be used to prepare the transcription and qualitative data analysis:
f4transcript is an easy-to-learn software for transcribing audio and video data and is thus suitable for interview research, video analysis and conversation analysis, for example. It offers features such as variable audio speed adjustment, automatic setting of time stamps, and quick insertion of text blocks. Foot switches at the workstations make it easy to play, pause and rewind. f4transcript thus enables an efficient transfer of audio material into a text type.
With the program f4analyse it is possible to analyze text data. These can be imported in Rich Text Format. In the case of texts with time stamps, such as those created in f4transcript, the corresponding audio passage can be played (after linking the corresponding media file) by clicking on the respective time stamp. With f4analyse passages in the text can be annotated and coded. By assigning different colors to the codes, a better structure/overview of the text can also be obtained. Furthermore, code frequencies, distribution of codes as well as cooccurrences can be displayed between several documents. If required, it is possible to export overviews of codes, memos or coded text passages. f4analyse can be particularly useful for those working with interviews, GAT transcripts, smaller ethnographic projects as well as qualitative content analysis.
ATLAS.ti is a flexible program for analyzing data of various media formats, such as text, image, video, Twitter and geodata. The possibilities offered by the program for analysis are manifold. The program supports basic methodological steps, such as creating quotes, codes and memos, as well as many other tools for the analysis process. Word clouds and networks can help with idea generation and visualization; cooccurrences and relationships between elements can be represented in different ways. The organization of elements such as documents and citations is greatly facilitated by the program's structure. ATLAS.ti supports collaborative work, allowing several staff, people to work on one project.
The software is particularly suitable for multimedia projects and diverse types of methods and research designs, such as ethnographic approaches, grounded theory methodology, and documentary method.
Adobe Premiere Pro is a common software that can be used for video editing from beginners to advanced level. In qualitative social research, for example, the program can be used to prepare video data for presentations or analysis. Relevant functions include removing video segments, audio and video corrections, simultaneous display of different recordings (e.g. from different angles) or adding subtitles. For anonymization purposes, it is also possible to change faces, voices or other aspects of the recording.
Adobe Photoshop is an image editing program that can be used to prepare image data. It offers, among many advanced features, basic functions such as cropping and scaling, adjusting brightness and color, and distorting or removing aspects of the image for anonymization purposes.