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CAQDAS Comparison

CAQDAS Comparison / Multimedia Data

The digital revolution has made it possible to store and manipulate video and audio data to supplant textual with visual analysis and to easily capture communicative strategies not, or only with meticulous transcription, picked up by pure textual analysis. Alas, most CAQDAS still do not support an effective integration of such data types.

Effectively, only three CAQDAS — ATLAS.ti, HyperRESEARCH, and Qualrus — handle multimedia data in a way that is useful for the analysis of this kind of data, as they allow for the coding of video and audio sequences. NVivo only allows to link to multimedia data, that is, only entire picture and/or videos can be coded categorically. It therefore quickly reaches its limitation, when you work extensively with audio or video data (Lewis 2004: 461)

If you exclusively work with video or audio data, you might want to consider the freeware Transana, which performs all desirable coding and transcription functions.

  Linking to Multimedia Files Coding Parts of Pictures Coding/Transcribing of Video/Audio Data Handling of Compressed Files
ATLAS.ti 5.0 yes yes yes, but inconvenient Window handling1 all that are supported by Windows configuration
HyperRESEARCH 2.6 yes yes yes all that are supported by Windows configuration
Kwalitan 5.09 no no no none
MAXqda 2 no no no none
N6 no no no none
NVivo 2 yes no no none
QDA Miner 1.0.15 no no no none
Qualrus yes yes yes all that are supported by Windows configuration
TAMS 2.50b5
Non-CAQDAS benchmark programs
InfoRapid Search&Replace 3.1e n/a n/a n/a n/a
Transana 1.22 yes yes yes all that are supported by Windows configuration

Lewis, R. Barry. 2004. NVivo 2.0 and ATLAS.ti 5.0: A Comparative Review of Two Popular Qualitative Data-Analysis Programs. Field Methods 16 (4): 439-464.

1While coding, the Video Window is in the background. It therefore cannot be maximized during coding.

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