Written by tsparc
January 18th, 2011

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Methodological / philosophical reflection:

We shot and coded about ten hours worth of video. Selection of specific clips for sharing was largely down to the authors of this report. Of course, this means that the video, as offered, is framed by the authors as much by what has been excluded and withheld as it is by what is included and shared. However, we should remember that this is the case, to an extent, for any social science research activity.

Technical / Pragmatic reflection:

Working with video can sometimes be a little frustrating and although the primary author of this report has a degree of experience in using video as a way to collect and present research data, the following points may be of interest to those considering similar work:

• Take care with the technology you use to capture your data – we used three devices (two were planned but a mislaid mains charger forced the use of a laptop internal camera for three of the interviews shared in this review). We used a JVC Everio (hard drive based) camera, a ‘Flip’ video camera and the internal camera of an Apple Macbook Pro. Unsurprisingly, the JVC Everio offered the highest quality video and audio and the leanest post-capture workflow. The Flip camera offered acceptable quality but the audio track needed to be rendered before it could be edited in Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

• Proprietary formats can sometimes cause problems for non-proprietary software which may lead to the need for conversion work to be done at various stages in the workflow.

• Video data is impossible to anonymise and as a consequence such a methodology may exclude certain stakeholders who wish to remain anonymous.

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