When you start TransanaSCRIBE, you will see the main interface, made up of a Menu Bar and four separate windows which can be moved and sized independently of one another: the Database window, the Transcript window, the Media window, and the Visualization window.
Having the four main windows work independently of one another allows you to resize them as needed for your project, or to spread them out among multiple monitors.
The Menu Bar
At the top of your screen, you will see either the TransanaSCRIBE Menu Bar in Windows or the MacOS Menu Bar, containing the Transana menu items. The Menu Bar provides the basic program controls for SCRIBE, and it serves the function of bringing the four independent windows back together when part of the screen is obscured by other programs. Just click Window > Bring Main Windows to Front when you need to see them all at the same time.
You can click F7 in any SCRIBE window to bring all the windows to the front.
The Visualization Window displays a waveform diagram representing the audio track of the media file you are transcribing in TransanaSCRIBE.
The Media Window is where you control playback and positioning of your audio and video files, and where video is displayed. Note the play button and progress bar.
Still image credit: Ray Roman
The Transcription Window is where you type, display and edit the transcripts of your media files.
The Transcription Toolbar at the top of the Transcript Window has controls for creating, editing, time-coding and saving transcripts.
The Data Window is where you add and organize your data files in TransanaSCRIBE. You select which audio and video files or transcripts you want to work with. Simply click in the Data Window to create new Libraries, import your audio or video files and create, open or import transcripts which will be displayed in the Transcription Window.