Preparing your Own Transcript

A multimedia transcript in ATLAS.ti consists of two documents: an audio or video file plus an associated transcript. The first step is to add the audio or video file to a project. Then you can associate one or multiple transcripts with the document.

Step 1 - Add an Audio or Video File

Add the audio or video file that you want to transcribe: Select Document > Add Documents; or select the link option: Document > Reference External Multimedia Document from the main menu.

For more information see: Add a multimedia file to your project.

Step 2 - Create a Word file

Create a new document in Word or a text editor of your choice, and save it under a meaningful name like "TR _Tim Miller_m_t_south_58"

(TR = transcript; Tim Miller = interviewee name or pseudonym; m = male; south = from region south; 58 = age 58).

Step 3 - Associate the Word File

Open the multimedia document, click the Documents button in the toolbar, and select Import Transcript. Select the document that you have prepared in step 2.
The transcript will be imported into the project and loaded next to the multimedia file, and you see a new entry in the Project Explorer under the Multimedia Transcripts branch.

Step 4 - Begin to transcribe

Activate the option Edit Timestamps.
Start playback of the multimedia file, and listen to as much as you can remember. Pause the audio or video recording.

Start typing the transcript in the space on the right-hand side.

Click on the Add Timestamp button. The timestamps in the text are displayed in form of green markers.

Transcript with First Timestamp