This software facilitates the transcription and analysis of video data. It allows users to view video, create a transcript, and link places in the transcript to the corresponding frames in the video. Analylically interesting videos and portions of video can be identified, organized, and easily accessed through the tools provided. The organizational structure is central to Transana. In this system, video files are referred to as episodes. Related episodes can be grouped into a series. Each episode can also be broken down into segments called clips. Related clips can be grouped together into what is called a collection. Keywords can be assigned to both clips and episodes to describe the content. Related Keywords can then be grouped together and also searched. A database window, arranged in a tree structure, is featured to help manipulate and organize these groupings. This organizational system allows for easy storage of large collections of video files.

TLA-team: Transana allows to conveniently annotate video recordings. Annotation is
“episode” (one recording) and clips (segments) oriented. The annotations
are added to a transcript that doesn’t seem to allow structures like
tiers. Everything is in a single layer, speaker names are labels at the
beginning of a line. Coding with keywords (controlled vocabularies) is
also possible and the program provides a nice visualization of the
distribution of the codes. Everything is stored in a database,
transcripts can be exported to XML (containing RTF) and RTF transcripts
can be imported.