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Overview on software that analyses texts and other sources of human communication


Video annotation software

Last update: 30. October 2014

Video annotation software.

Anvil 5.1.9

program: Anvil 5.1.9
author: Michael Kipp
author: Michael Kipp
distributor: Michael Kipp, Hochschule Augsburg, Germany
documentation: is included in the software
download: ANVIL download page
operating system(s): MS-Windows, Mac OS-X, and Linux
description: Anvil - written in Java - is a free video annotation tool, used at research institutes world-wide (see the Anvil User Web). It offers frame-accurate, hierarchical multi-layered annotation driven by user-defined annotation schemes. The intuitive annotation board shows color-coded elements on multiple tracks in time-alignment. Special features are cross-level links, non-temporal objects and a project tool for managing multiple annotations. Originally developed for Gesture Research, Anvil has also proved suitable for research in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, Ethology, Anthropology, Psychotherapy, Embodied Agents, Computer Animation and many other fields.
Anvil can import data from the widely used, public domain phonetic tools PRAAT and XWaves which allow precise and comfortable speech transcription. Anvil can display waveform and pitch contour. Anvil's data files are XML-based. Special ASCII output can be used for import in statistical toolkits like SPSS. The Anvil system is written in Java and should run on Windows, Macintosh and Unix (Solaris/Linux) computers.
There is also a mailing list.


program: CasualTranscriber
author: Yasu Imao, Osaka University, Japan
documentation: online tutorial
download: freeware
operating system(s): Mac OS-X
description: CasualTranscriber is a utility program to assist transcription of audio/video text. It can handle most of the file types QuickTime can handle. This program hasn't been fully tested, there will be no further development.

CLAN - Children's Language Analyser

program: CLAN
author: Brian MacWhinney
distributor: CHILDES Project
documentation: CLAN manual and introduction in Chinese, French, and Spanish
download MS-Windows: freeware
Mac OS-X: freeware
Unix: freeware
operating system(s): MS-Windows, Mac OS-X, Unix
description: there are Unicode versions available, QuickTime is necessary, too. You can work with digitized audio or video. Functionally, however, CLAN has two parts. The first part is the CLAN editor which can be used to edit files in either CHAT or CA (Conversation Analysis) format. The editor also provides a wide range of additional functions, such as audio and video playback, linkage to audio and video, fonts for Roman and non-Roman orthographies, data validation, adding codes to files, and shipping data to other programs. The second part of CLAN is the set of data analysis programs. These programs are run from a separate window called the Commands window. The results of the analytic programs are sent to the CLAN Output window.

inqscribe 2.2.1

program: inqscribe
author: unknown
distributor: Inquirium, LLC
documentation: quick start guide
download: free download with restrictions, 14 days free version with full features
operating system: MS-Windows, Mac OS-X
description: Quick Time recommended, required for Mac OS-X version


program: Diver Digical Interactive Video Exporation & Reflection
author: Roy Pea
distributor: Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), Stanford, CA, USA
documentation: none
operating system(s): unknown
description: DIVER is a tool for authoring and sharing DIVES. A DIVE is an annotated perspective on any video record. Content can be captured by equipment ranging from basic consumer video cameras to specially built, high-resolution 360-degree panoramic cameras with a multi-microphone array.
The page looks interesting but there seems to be no information how to use it unless you contact the development team. The service is free.

Multitool 1.0b2

program: Multitool
author: Johan Lund
distributor: spoken language research group, Göteborg University, Sweden
documentation: manual
download: free download MS-Windows
or free download Mac OS
operating systems: MS-Windows, Mac OS
description: Multitool is a cross platform multimodal transcription and analyzation software. It can be used to create time syncronized transcriptions using audio and video. It facilitates import and export of such transcriptons. It is a comprehensive software suite supporting amplitude analysis of audio waveform, Quicktime video (required), various coding views such as partiture/standard and much more. Last version is from 2005 (this might cause problems with newer Mac OS-X versions).

Praat 5.4

program: Praat 5.4
author: Paul Boersma and David Weenink
distributor: Paul Boersma and David
documentation: beginner's manuals in English, Spanish, German, Swedish, and Hungarian
download: free download for all operating systems
operating system: MS-Windows, Mac OS-X, Linux, other Unixes, source code available
description: This is a big tool box for many kinds of analyses of spoken language.

SALT 2012 - Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts

program: SALT 2012
author: Jon F. Miller,
documentation: online training, recorded webinars
download: demo version for MS-Windows and Mac OS-X, no direct download
operating systems: MS-Windows, Mac OS-X, no version information is provided.
description: Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) is software that manages the process of eliciting, transcribing, and analyzing language samples. SALT includes a transcription editor, standard reports, and reference databases for comparison with typical peers. It is limited to English.

Sonal 1.8.2

program: Sonal 1.9.3 in English or in French
author: Alex Alber in French
distributor: Sonal Team
documentation: There is no manual, but a kind of FAQ called tutorial.
download: freeware in French, English, Spanish, and German
operating system: MS-Windows
description: Sonal if a free software for qualitative research. It lets you collect, organize, transcribe and code and analyze audio/video files. You can also use it for analyzing your data with different methods including duration analysis, word frequencies and conversation analysis. There pages in French contain the newest information, the English pages seem to be outdated.

Transana 2.61

program: Transana 2.61
author: Transana was originally created by Chris Fassnacht. It is now developed and maintained by David K. Woods at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
documentation: online help
download: source code and documentation
test version: Transana 2.61 test version for MS-Windows and for Mac OS-X.
tutorial: A short video and corresponding transcript used in conjunction with Transana's built-in tutorial.
operating systems: MS-Windows, Mac OS-X
description: Transana is an open source project and can be used to:

  • Identify and easily access the analytically significant portions of their video data.
  • Organize video clips (from the same or from different video files) into meaningful categories, as a mechanism for developing and expanding the theoretical understanding of what the video shows.
  • Apply searchable analytic keywords to these video clips.
  • Engage in complex data mining and hypothesis testing across large video collections.
  • Share analytic markup with distant colleagues to facilitate collaborative analysis.