Audio Data Collection: InterClipper Pro
InterClipper Pro 1.1 has 4 windows which allows the researcher to setup the project, record interviews, review and edit the audio information, and generate reports.  This page describes the functions of the software experienced by Julie McMillan, a researcher working on a collaborative project on Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) for EdPsy490Li: Learning and Instruction with Educational Technologies

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Setup
The setup page allows the user to enter information about the project.
This can include information about the project as a whole such as the name of the project, client information etc., session information such as personal identifiers and contact information for each interview, topics information which can be input prior to conducting an interview such as predefined questions, and code information. Click on the setup link above to see a full image window. 
 Record
The record window allows you to record your interviews and store the audio files in a predetermined location.  You can record audio files directly through the computer microphone or through a tape recorder and phone tap.  It is very easy to record interviews conducted during telephone conversations using the line in connection from your computer to the headphone jack of the tape recorder.  If you setup topics and/or questions you can view all topics and interview questions while conducting the interview.  You can record the interview and place audio files in the predetermined topics while conducting and recording the interview or type notes and even transcribe while recording the interview although this is very difficult while trying to conduct an interview.  You can also mark important clips for review later while recording although I did not find this useful.  I preferred to mark clips and edit them all on the review window.  Click on the record link above to see a full image window.
Review
The review window allows the user to mark and edit clips of the recorded interview.  The clips can be organized by topics setup at the beginning of the project or do not have to be organized into topics. Clips can be easily selected by adjusting the yellow marker bars and then played back.  It is easiest to mark audio clips you think are important while listening to the session then go back and adjust the marker bars to include the exact audio clip you need.  Showing the details allows you to play-back clips and transcribe clips easily.  You can stop and then continue clips using the mouse to help with transcription. Clips can be labeled, transcribed and given codes which can be filtered by code and/or topic. Therefore clips can be displayed by project, interview (session), topic or by code.  If you show topic details, you can view interview questions while to assist with marking and editing. Within the review window you can export the audio clips which can be saved as .wav audio files to use in other applications such as MS Word. You can also export the grid text data to to .txt, html, or xls files however I'm not sure how useful the information would be within these applications since you would not be able to access the audio files or the transcribed text.  Transcribed text however can be simply copied and pasted into any application.  Click on the review link above to see a full image window.
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Report
The reports window allows the user to generate various reports as well as export text to .txt files for use in other applications. The clip report generates a report with clip labels, codes, transcripts and any notes recorded in the review or record window. The researcher can use the filter button to filter the report by code or topic or both so that the report generates the information specified by the researcher.  If the report is not filtered, the researcher can generate a report including information for all clips created in the entire project. The example provided in the link above has included clip information (including transcripts) for clips filtered by the "supports" code.  This is a nice way of viewing all transcripts for specific codes.  Unfortunately you cannot copy or export the information generated by the clip report to other applications.  The session report generates information about each sessions such as the title of the session (e.g., Interview 1) the date of the session, and other information input by the researcher for each session (e.g., personal identifiers and contact information of interviewee).  The topic report generates a report of the topic information included for sessions or interviews.  For the IVC project, the researcher included all interview questions within each topic which was useful during the interview and when editing clips so all questions can be seen in the report.  The researcher did not find the codes report or the segment report useful for this project because no notes were added in the review window or memos about segments added in the record window. 
General Comments
InterClipper Pro 1.1 is very useful for keeping all files and information organized and easy to access, and in electronic format. It can also be used effectively to transcribe interviews and can allow you to access information including audio files and coded transcript segments by code or topic category.  It may also reduce the need to transcribe the entire interview by allowing the researcher to select parts of the interview which can be coded and transcribed. The researcher for the IVC project did not attempt to code text for this project rather the audio clips themselves which then generated clip transcriptions.  It is unclear if reports can be filtered by coded text from transcripts.  The researcher found it difficult to make changes once session or topic information was input.  It is was not easy to delete, remove or change unwanted information so planning before setup is important. At times the application would generate at unexpected error window which could not be closed without exiting the application.  There is also a utilities menu which includes a "repair database" command.   THIS COMMAND SHOULD NOT BE USED unless the researcher is sure of it's function at the risk of losing all project information.  It is also important to record a tape back-up copy of the interview in case of technical difficulties and check.  It is also important to set the correct recording method before beginning interviews (i.e., microphone or line-in) by clicking on the microphone icon on the toolbar. If this is not set correctly, you may not be recording the interview.  Generally this is a useful tool for organizing information into text format and as well as allowing the researcher to edit audio and include audio with text.  There are some added features which the researcher does not feel are necessary and would prefer that text could be exported to a database application rather than .xls or .html.  This product can be purchased or a 30 day free trial can be downloaded at http://www.interclipper.com/.   Academic pricing is also available which is not mentioned on the web site ($349.00 US).
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Last updated 4/20/02 by Julie McMillan