Tales From the Bleeding Edge: The Qualitative Analysis of Complex Video Data Using Transana


  • David K. Woods University of Wisconsin
  • Paul G. Dempster University of York




qualitative Analysis, CAQDAS, Transana, video data


This paper explores the analysis of complex multi-media data that highlights the latest advances in the kinds of data that can be analyzed using qualitative analytic software. The data examined consists of multiple simultaneous video streams with different video and audio content. The researchers found that multiple simultaneous transcripts can be useful in making sense of the very fast-moving content of these complex media files. The data capture and analysis techniques described provide the researcher with a tremendous level of access to a huge amount of simultaneous data, but the authors suggest that researchers in the analytic environment described are able to function well in the task of managing, understanding, and analyzing very complex data that captures very complex occurrences in the real world. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1101172


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Author Biographies

David K. Woods, University of Wisconsin

David WOODS is a Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His primary interest is in facilitating the analytic work of researchers, particularly those with challenging data or innovative analytic approaches. He is the lead developer of Transana, software for the transcription and qualitative analysis of video and audio data.

Paul G. Dempster, University of York

Paul G. DEMPSTER is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds UK. He is also an honorary Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is a Medical Sociologist, I.T. specialist and Thanatologist, currently researching governance and IT within the NHS. He has a longstanding research interest in the use of qualitative research software, its development and application in new and distinctive ways.




How to Cite

Woods, D. K., & Dempster, P. G. (2011). Tales From the Bleeding Edge: The Qualitative Analysis of Complex Video Data Using Transana. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-12.1.1516