AutoVideoscript is a simple software tool I programmed to transcribe video data. With a few clicks it creates a ready to use transcription of your video sequence and exports it as a MS Word document. All you need is a photogram series. AutoVideoscript transcriptions are based on the MoViQ system (Hampl, 2010; Przyborski & Wohlrab-Sahr, 2009) which is the standard for video analysis in the documentary method (Dokumentarische Methode) by German sociologist Ralf Bohnsack (2008, 2013). But you can also use the AutoVideoscript transcriptions to perform a content analysis or conversation analysis. I used the software to study the creation of visual narratives by protester-police interaction (Neuber 2014, 2018). Whether in large scale research projects or in student papers using visual methods, using AutoVideoscript will be a big time saver. AutoVideoscript is the perfect solution for the transcription problem in video analysis.

Available platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • MacOS

Download the latest beta of AutoVideoscript (1.3.3) for Microsoft Windows.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need a different version of the software.

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