Basic coding in picture sources

This topic will get you started with coding picture sources—refer to More manual coding techniques for more detailed information.

What do you want to do?


Understand what you can code in a picture source

In picture sources you can code:


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Code at a node

  1. Click and drag to select the region of the picture that you want to code. You can also code text in the Content column of the picture log.

  1. On the Analyze tab, in the Coding group, under Code Selection At, click New Node.


The New Node dialog box is displayed.

  1.  (Optional) To choose where you want to store the node—in the Location box, click the Select button and select the location.

  2. Enter a name for the node.

  3. (Optional) Enter a description of the node.

  4. Click OK.

NOTE If you want to code at a node that already exists, click Existing Nodes, under Code Selection At, and select the relevant node.

Refer to More manual coding techniques for more detailed information about coding.

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See what you have coded

To see what has been coded in your audio or video source



For more detailed information on coding highlight and coding stripes—refer to Highlight coding or display coding stripes.

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Understand shadow coding

When you code a portion of the picture, the associated log text is also indirectly coded, this is called 'shadow coding'. Similarly if you code a log with region coordinates, the associated region of the picture is shadow coded. This is a quick way of determining which part of the timeline the coded transcript refers to and vice-versa.

Shadow coding saves you from having to code both the picture and associated log content. For example, if you coded the log entry,  you do not have to code the associated picture region—when you open the node, you can see the picture that has been shadow coded.

You can distinguish the shadow coding stripes from the normal coding stripes by its pattern. The example below indicates that the main coding was done on the log and the picture is shadow coded:


You can use the tabs under the coding stripes panel to view the coding stripes for Image or Log.

NOTE If you coded the picture directly, the log entry will still be shadow coded but it will not be shown in the node.

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Open a node to see the picture references

  1. Select the node in List View.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Item group, click Open, and then click Open Node.


The node opens in Detail View.

  1. Click on the Picture tab.

NOTE You can also open nodes from the main coding stripes or the shadow coding stripes—right-click on the coding stripes to display the shortcut menu, and then click Open Node.

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