The following programs for transcription, data preparation and analysis are available in the Methods Lab:
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 functions such as variable adjustment of audio speed, automatic setting of time marks and quick insertion of text elements using short key combinations. The footswitches at each workstation make it easy to play, pause and rewind the recording. Overall, f4transcript enables an efficient transfer of audio tracks into text, making the process of transcription easier and more efficient.
f4analyse is a program that allows for the analysis of textual data imported in Rich Text Format documents. For 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 f4analysis, passages in the text can be annotated and coded. By assigning different colours to the codes, a better structure or overview of the text can also be gained. In addition, code frequencies, distribution of codes and cooccurrences can be displayed between several documents. If required, it is possible to export overviews of codes, memos or coded text passages. f4analysis 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 programme for analysing data in a wide variety of media formats, such as text, image, video, Twitter and geodata. The possibilities offered by the programme for analysis are numerous. The programme 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 visualisation; cooccurrences and relationships between elements can be represented in different ways. The organisation of elements such as documents and citations is greatly facilitated by the programme's structure. ATLAS.ti supports collaborative work so that several people can 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 programme 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 anonymisation purposes, it is also possible to change faces, voices or other aspects of the recording.
Adobe Photoshop is an image editing programme that can be used to prepare image data. It offers, among many advanced features, basic functions such as cropping and scaling, adjusting brightness and colour, and distorting or removing aspects of the image for anonymisation purposes.