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Darren McDonald

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    Diversity Management in Japan, Human Resource Management, LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Qualitative Research Methods in Management Studies, Grounded Theory, Social Constructionism, Management Consultancy, Activist-Based Academic Research, Field Research
  1. export video transcript

    Hello Rahul, Thanks for the passing on the suggestion to the technical team. Also, thank you for providing the link to "Help" that explains the export system. When I stated "search" of "Help" and could not find anything about exporting transcripts, with your link I can now see why. The search result brought back a list of titles including the one you provided a link to. However from the search results all you see is "Import audio or video transcripts". So, I did not clue onto this particular "Help" item amongst all the others as also including information on how to export a transcript. In reading the description of the this help section, the second sentence states, "This topic explains how to prepare, import and export transcripts.". So maybe a "Help" topic heading that reflects this would be great. Something like, "Import, Prepare and Export audio or video transcripts". Just a suggestion. Also, and more importantly, when actually I followed the "Help" instructions for exporting the transcript in the ribbon, instead of the transcript the audio file was exported. Am I doing something wrong? The Help instructions state to select "Items", but this exports only the audio filed. HOWEVER, if I select "List", it exports the actual transcript which is what I was after. Though the term "List" did not at first clue me that "List", in this case, meant the transcript. Could you look into this? And does "List" only export transcripts? Does it export other items? Also, the top menu lists Data>Export Items. Under this is just the heading "List" and "Classification Sheets". As a suggestion, it may be more intuitive to also add "Export" before both "List" and "Classification Sheets". To me the Menu "Export Items" gives a sense that the user will be given a choice of what item is to be exported. I hope you take my suggestions as my of offering to enhance the user experience. It is not a complaint. I am just describing my experience when I wanted to export a transcript and the confusion I faced. So it would be great if these suggestions could also be considered. Cheers! Darren
  2. export video transcript

    Hello Tane, Thank you for confirming that my steps are correct. And also for the sage advice to select and highlight a portion of the text (i.e. transcript) before right-clicking. In fact, when I first tried exporting the transcript, I ended up with exporting only the audio/video. So I stumbled around and selected as you described and was able to export the transcript. But for some reason now, as long as I do the same thing for any of the fields (i.e. Time, Transcript or Speaker) I always am able to export the transcript. So it seems the important thing is to make sure the cell is well and truly selected. But from now on, I will only select the transcript and this is what I will share with other users of NVivo for Mac. I would like to suggest that this option to export the transcript be included in the top menus, not hidden only in a right-click sub menu. Also that this procedure be documented in NVivo's help. Search results in Help bring up nothing about exporting transcripts. One last thing, will NVivo for Mac be able to import the transcript that was exported in the TXT format (i.e. include all the time stamps, transcript and speakers)? Also, what would be the case for importing into NVivo or Windows? Which format is best for the transcript to be exported in if the exported transcript from NVivo for Mac can be imported in Nvivo for Windows? (I would normally try to figure this out myself, but I working on a critical research project at the moment that I don't want to possibly mess up). Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers! Darren
  3. export video transcript

    Hello Nurselil, I am a fellow user and needed to do the same thing as you. I stumbled on one way of doing this. 1. First, in the transcript display, select a cell in the transcript itself with a left click of the mouse. It can be a cell under either the "Start Time", "End Time", "Transcript" or "Speaker" columns. (Make sure you select a cell otherwise this will not work). 2. Then right click the same cell and you will see in the right-click menu the option "Export..." (directly under "Edit"). 3. Select "Export..." and then a "Save as" Window will appear. You are then able to save the entire transcript in a number of different formats. The format at the top is ".doxc" format. However, you can select other formats as "PDF" or "Tab Separated Text (.txt). There may be an easier way to do this. However, I could not find anything in the main menus. Maybe QSR support have a better answer. I hope this helps you out in the meantime. Cheers! Darren
  4. Hello Kath, I am glad my postings are not an annoyance and actually help move development of functions up the priority list. And what a wonderful Mac user community to come up with the default setting for the columns for Time, Transcript Speaker! I will follow tradition and try to offer such suggestions as well. Cheers! Darren
  5. Hi Can, Thank you for the temporary workaround. My own workaround for audio files has to be lower the quality using iTunes. But in doing so, depending on how low the quality is, the sounds becomes muffled. So I will definitely try Audacity and see if it can reduce the size without too much loss to quality. I will work through the manual to see how to do this. The remaining issue is with video files. Because the topic of my research is now becoming mainstream here in Japan, there are many television broadcasts in the form of in-depth news/documentaries and coverage of forums and so on. For video files, I have been using Handbrake (https://handbrake.fr) to reduce the file size. For example, a 30-minute television program (high definition) is in the original form about 1.4 GB. With Handbrake I can get it down to about 150-180MB at a level of quality where the visual and audio quality is good enough to work with. Any lower, the video quality is so low it can be used for analysis. So, I hope that the limit to embed projects in NVivo is lifted soon. Thanks again for the information Can. Cheers! Darren
  6. Hello, At the moment the default setting for fully embedding an audio or video file is 20MG which can be changed to a limit of 40MB. I understand from the posts in the NVivo Wndows Forum that the 40MB limit is imposed because having data and the project size too large impairs the performance of NVivo - makes it slow and open to the opportunity of freezing/crashing. I was wondering if this limit can be revisited considering the changes and performance of the current lineup of Macs? Nearly all Mac laptops/notebooks have SSD drives, high CPU performance, dedicated graphic memory and so on. For instance, my customized MacBook Pro 15" is an extremely fast machine. Even my iMac, which is a number of years old, was the first to have the "fusion drive" and is performs very well. I understand that there maybe users who need to export projects to a Windows Nvivo format that may be used on a PC with less power. So keeping the default at 20MB makes sense in this scenario. Thus my suggestion is to keep the default at 20MB. BUT, if at all technically possible, take the limit completely off what for what the user can set at their decision. I have video and even many audio files that go beyond the 40MB limit. I want to embed these files entirely in the project. Not being able to fully embed means that I actually face MORE issues with NVivo - like having having to re-link the externally stored files and other issues. I hope the current limit can be reconsidered and lifted as I described above. Looking forward to some feedback. Cheers! Darren
  7. Hello Jason, Thank you for your reply and for reading my posts. I just signed up for the User Testing Community. As I mentioned in a separate post, I am working on a major research project and am using this opportunity to report any issues as they come up as well as suggestions for improvement. So, I will continue to post. I may also post questions on how to use certain functions that I either do not understand from the comprehensive "Help" or are yet to be documented. I am glad you find my suggestions for the interface make sense. And I appreciate that these are being considered. I also understand that priority needs to be placed on work on the fundamental and high-priority features. But I will continue posting away so that you have a record of other things that you may want to consider. Cheers! Darren
  8. Ribbon Area Too Large - Customizable?

    Hello, In working with NVivo for Mac, I have found that the displaying the ribbon is much easier to work with than using the textual menus. For one thing, I can, in an instance, see what tools are available. This is great! However, I find that that the ribbon area takes up much more screen space than visually necessary. This means that the other display areas have less real estate to work with. I realize I can hide the ribbon area, but as I point out above, the ribbon area is great to have continually being displayed. Is there a way to reduce the ribbon space, like the other windows? If not, can this feature be added? Just to provide a clearer explanation of what I mean, I have attached a screenshot with a red arrow showing the ribbon area. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers! Darren
  9. mp3 & m4p not a recognized format

    Hello Bhupesh, I just sent you an email to work out how to get the audio files to you. Cheers! Darren
  10. Hello, Sort of following on from what Mr_Tobi posted in the Mac Suggestions Forum: http://forums.qsrint...?showtopic=5743 When I change the layout settings - by dragging - so Mac like - of the audio transcript layout - i.e. have the order changed to Speaker>Transcript>Start Time>End Time - save and close the project, then re-open the project, the layout is reverted back to the default Start Time>End Time>Transcript>Speaker. This is an issue for me as I prefer to have my layout with the "Speaker" in the first left-hand side column as it is easier for me when I am coding. For your reference, I have included screenshots of the changes I made and saved and then how NVivo returns to the default settings when I re-open the NVivo project. Since Mr_Tobi has pointed a similar issue, but within a different function, it seems to be an application-wide issue. Am I doing something wrong? I could not find anything in "Help" about changing the layout in the audio transcription. If this is a technical bug, could this be corrected? Oh, by the way, I really appreciate that the default setting in the Mac version of NVivo has the Time, Transcript and Speaker settings. The Mac version has one over on the Windows version. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers! Darren
  11. Hello, Sort of following on from what Mr_Tobi posted in the Mac Suggestions Forum: http://forums.qsrinternational.com/index.php?showtopic=5743 When I change the layout settings - by dragging - so Mac like - of the audio transcript layout - i.e. have the order changed to Speaker>Transcript>Start Time>End Time - save and close the project, then re-open the project, the layout is reverted back to the default Start Time>End Time>Transcript>Speaker. This is an issue for me as I prefer to have my layout with the "Speaker" in the first left-hand side column as it is easier for me when I am coding. For your reference, I have included screenshots of the changes I made and saved and then how NVivo returns to the default settings when I re-open the NVivo project. Since Mr_Tobi has pointed a similar issue, but within a different function, it seems to be an application-wide issue. Am I doing something wrong? I could not find anything in "Help" about changing the layout in the audio transcription. If this is a technical bug, could this be corrected? Oh, by the way, I really appreciate that the default setting in the Mac version of NVivo has the Time, Transcript and Speaker settings. The Mac version has one over on the Windows version. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers! Darren
  12. Hello, When I open up NVivo and click on an audio file that has a transcript and play the audio with the "Synchronize" at the bottom left hand corner of the screen checked, the synced text is highlighted in a dark grey color. The dark grey highlighting color is so dark it is difficult to read the text. However, if I click anywhere in the transcript area, the highlighting changes to a nice light blue color which is easy on my eyes and the text now clearly visible. But the problem is that then the area of the transcript I clicked stays selected and becomes distracting. I only found this workaround in having the highlighted sync text turn to blue after clicking around all over the place. For users using this function for the first time, this may be rather jolting. To show you what is happening, I have included a screenshot of the how NVivo appears when first just playing the synchronized text and another after clicking the text which changes it to blue but leaves the text continually selected. Could you point this out to the technicians and ask for a fix? Also, could you put forward a suggestion? It would be great if the user could select a color they want to have the highlighting in. One reason, just to enhance personal preference for the user. The other, although I am not color blind, there maybe users who are. So being able to change colors for this and other features would be very welcome. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers! Darren
  13. mp3 & m4p not a recognized format

    Hello Bhupesh, Thank you for your reply. Thank you for the details about the MOV file still remaining a MOV even the extension is changed to MP3. The issue here, as I explained above, I used the SAME IC recorder for both audio files. I used iTunes to reduce the quality of audio so I could embed the files in the Nvivo Project (not as a link) one straight after another. YET, one MP3 file is recognized as an MP3 file that can be imported, the other not. I am not sure what the issue is here. But this may have to be passed onto the technical staff as well. Recognition of more codecs, of course, is very essential so we do not to jump through hoops (converting to MOV files) and then have these AUDIO files being recognized as VIDEO by NVivo. I hope the technicians can work something out. Looking forward to good news. Thanks again for the information and your continuing support. Cheers! Darren
  14. mp3 & m4p not a recognized format

    Hello Rosaleenhow & Bhupesh, Thank you very much for the workaround. I came across this problem just now and this workaround has been a major help. At the same time, as others have pointed out, it is very strange that Nvivo for Mac is selectively able to import some mp3's and not others. For instance, I have two mp3 files recorded on the same IC recorder. Since I wanted to embed the mp3 files into the project (not as a link), I used iTunes on both files to reduce the size. Both mp3 files were under 40MB. One was able to be imported as an mp3 file, the other I had to convert to .mov format using QuickTime Player. The problem now I have is that, even though the .mov file can be imported, it appears to NVivo as a video file. I changed the extension to .mp3, but it still is recognized by NVivo as a video file. Having a audio file be recognized as a video file means that the icon displayed also shows a video icon and not an audio icon. This becomes confusing visually when sorting through the types of data. I hope there is a way that this can be fixed so that we do not have to go through this workaround and have NVivo mis-recognize the original media format. Cheers! Darren
  15. Hello Bhupesh, Thanks for the workaround information. Holding down the "left click" on the mouse (track pad) over the seek slider does indeed show the point in time. I was intuitively doing a "right click" and the time was only displaying for a millisecond. So this information has really helped me out. Also, thank you for forwarding this issue to the Product Manager for consideration to include in a future version. Cheers! Darren
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