For those who need to transcribe or tag audio-video files, the first commercial version of Transana was just released. I found the earlier, freeware versions doubled my transcription speed; in addition to offering a Mac OS X version, this release supports several new functions:
  • Easily make clips of longer files
  • Support for MOV, MP4, WMV video and WMA audio
  • Coding visualizations instead of waveforms
  • Supports longitudinal analysis of keyword use
  • Export data for statistical analysis
At $50 for an individual license, Transana isn't the deal it once was - but the folks at UW-Madison have designed a solid application for serious users.

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