Store audio and video files

 

 

Store audio and video files


If you want to import many or very large audio or video files, you might want to consider storing the media outside of your project.  

No matter where you choose to store the file, you can still code, annotate and work with the source in the same way.

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Understand options for storing media files

You can choose to embed media files in the project or store them outside the project on your computer or on a network location.  You may choose to do both—storing small media files in the project, and storing large media files outside the project.

When media files are embedded in the project, the files are part of the project—if you move your project file (.nvp), the media files go too.

If you store media files outside the project, the media files are referenced within the project but are not part of it. If you store large media files externally, you can analyze as much media as your computer can accommodate—without jeopardizing project performance.

By default, files under 20 MB are embedded in your project. The maximum sizes for embedded media files are:

NOTE  For standalone projects, embedding many media files or large media files (over 20MB) may impact on the performance of your NVivo project. If this occurs, you can change the storage location of embedded files so they are stored outside your project.

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Set the default options for storing media files

By default, when you import an audio/video source, the media file is automatically embedded in the project if it is under 20 MB in size.

You can change the size for automatically embedding media files or choose to store all media files outside the project.

To change the defaults for storing media in the current project:

  1. Click the File tab, point to Info, and then click Project Properties.

The Project Properties dialog box opens.

  1. Click the Audio/Video tab.
  2. Under Settings, select the Embed media in project if file size is less than check box if you want to embed media files in the project.
  3. Enter the maximum size for media files that you want to embed— all media files under this size are automatically embedded.

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Embed a media file in the project

To embed a file that has been previously stored outside the project:

  1. Open the source that references the media file.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Item group, click Properties.

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The Audio or Video Properties dialog box opens.

  1. Click the Audio or Video tab.
  2. Under Media, select Embedded in project.
  3. Click OK.

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Store a media file outside the project

  1. Open the source that contains the media file.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Item group, click Properties.

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The Audio or Video Properties dialog box opens.

  1. Click the Audio or Video tab.

  2. Under Media, click Not Embedded -  file location.

  3. Click Browse to specify the location for the stored media file.

  4. Click OK.

NOTE If you move the media file to another location on your computer or network, you will need to re-link it—refer to Update the file location for a single media file.

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Keep track of  your media

To keep track of all the media files stored outside the project:

NOTE A check in the Available column indicates that the media file is currently available in the specified location. If the media file is not available—for example, because you are not connected to the network, or the file has been moved—you can open the source but you cannot play the media.

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Update the file location for a single media file

You can store media files outside of your NVivo project, either on your computer or a network location. If you move these files to a new location, you need to 're-link' them in NVivo:

  1. In List View, select the source that references the media file.

  2. On the External Data tab in the Files group, click Update File Location.

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The Update File Location dialog box opens.

  1. Locate and select the file in its new location.

  2. Click Open.

NOTE If you have moved a media file, an error message will prompt you to relink the file.

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Update the file location for multiple media files

If you have moved a folder of media files to a new location, you can re-link them as a group:

  1. In List View, select the sources that reference the relocated media files.

  2. On the External Data tab in the Files group, click Update File Location.

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The Browse For Folder dialog box opens.

  1. Locate and select the new folder that contains the media files.

  2. Click OK.

NOTE A message is displayed listing any media files that cannot be found in the selected folder.

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Work without the media content

If your media files are stored outside the NVivo project (on a CD or network location) there may be times when you do not have the CD or are disconnected from the network.

You can still work with audio/video transcripts, even if the media is not available.

  1. Open the audio or video source. An error message is displayed.
  2. Select Work without media file.
  3. (Optional) Select the Remember this for current NVivo Project Session check box to work without any unavailable media files during the current session.
  4. Click OK.

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