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What is Nvivo?

NVivo is a software package that helps with the organization and analysis of unstructured data. It will help you:

  • classify, sort, and arrange information
  • examine relationships in your data
  • guide your data analysis

NVivo will allow you to:

  • test theories
  • identify trends in your data
  • cross-examine information in many different ways, using its search and query functions

The observations you make through NVivo can help build a body of evidence to support a case or project.

NVivo supports data formats such as audio files, videos, digital photos, Word, PDF, spreadsheets, rich text, plain text, web sites and social media data (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube). You can import data from applications like Microsoft Excel,Microsoft Word, IBM SPSS Statistics, EndNote, Microsoft OneNote, SurveyMonkey and Evernote. 

Audio and Video Files

You can import audio and video files into NVivo and code and annotate time ranges or transcribed text. YouTube videos are also handled.

Video and audio files consist of the media file itself and, optionally, a text 'transcript'. This can be a transcription of the spoken words, notes you have made, or a combination of both. Transcripts are displayed in tables identifying time ranges within the media.

You can import transcripts or create them in NVivo.


Additional Downloads

NVivo relies on third-party codec software to decode media files. If suitable codecs are not installed on your computer you will not be able to import some files, even if they are in supported formats. In this case you need to install a suitable codec pack.

We suggest a package such as K-Lite Basic:

Please contact VCC Helpdesk for assistance downloading this onto your VCC Computer.

Find more information here: Audio and video files (

Create Transcripts to Import

The transcribe feature converts speech to a text transcript with each speaker individually separated. After your conversation, interview, or meeting, you can revisit parts of the recording by playing back the timestamped audio and edit the transcription to make corrections. You can save the full transcript as a Word document or insert snippets of it into existing documents.

You can transcribe speech in two ways: 

  • Record directly in Word

  • Upload an audio file

Find out how:  Transcribe your recordings - Microsoft Support

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