Capture from YouTube


You can capture YouTube content from your web browser and then import it into NVivo for analysis. The imported NCapture file creates a video source in NVivo that is linked to the video on YouTube. If you choose to capture the comments for a video, a dataset source is also created.

You need NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 2 (or later) to work with YouTube videos in NVivo.

NVivo for Mac does not currently support working with YouTube videos.

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Capture from YouTube

To capture YouTube content and then import it into NVivo:

  1. In your web browser, go to www.youtube.com and select the video that you want to capture.

The video will start playing—you can leave it playing or pause it.

  1. Click the NCapture button at the top of your browser.  You can choose how you want to capture the content and provide additional information.

a  Select a Source type. You can choose to capture the:

  • Video only—after import, this will create a video source containing a link to the video on YouTube. You can play, transcribe, code and annotate the video in NVivo.

  • Video and comments—after import, this will create both a video source (as described above) and a dataset source containing the comments. You can sort, filter or auto code the dataset containing the comments.

  • Web page as a PDF—after import, this will create a PDF source, but you will not have as many options available for analysis—for example, you will not be able to play the video or auto code the comments.

NOTE If you cannot see the options to capture the video (or video and comments), you should make sure that you have the latest version of NCapture installed in your browser.

b  Review the default Source name. This will be the name of the source once it is imported into NVivo. If you want, you can change the name.

c You can enter a short Description or a Memo:

  • The description could describe what you are capturing—it becomes one of the source's properties.

  • The memo could record your reasons for capturing this data and how it relates to your research. It becomes a linked memo when the source is imported.  

d  In the Code at nodes box, you can enter one or more nodes that you want to code the content to. Then, when you import the content into NVivo, the entire source is coded at the nodes you entered.

If you enter a node that does not exist in your project—or incorrectly type the name of a node—a new node will be created during import. If you want to code to an existing node in your project (for example, a child node in a hierarchy), you can enter the hierarchical node name—for example, economy\tourism.

e  Click Capture. You can stop a capture—for example, if you want to limit the number of comments or the capture is taking too long. An NCapture file will be created with the comments already captured. You can import the captured content into your NVivo project. For more information on importing content from YouTube, refer to one of the following:

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Tips for capturing content from YouTube

You do not need to be signed in to YouTube to capture a video with NCapture.

You can capture both public and unlisted videos, but not private videos.

You can capture YouTube videos that have Embedding enabled—this is enabled by default in YouTube. You cannot capture videos that have Embedding disabled in YouTube.

Although you can import the captured video into an NVivo project for analysis, the video itself is located on YouTube. If the video is removed from YouTube, you will not be able to play it in your project.

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How many comments can I capture?

The number of comments that you can capture is determined by YouTube. The exact number may vary depending on the number of comments available. For popular videos with numerous comments, you will only be able to capture the most recent comments.

Replies are captured and associated to an original (root) comment. If an original comment is not available, then its replies will not be captured.

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View the progress of your captures

As NCapture collects comments, you can see the number of comments captured. You can stop a capture at any time

If you are using NCapture for Chrome, you can start another capture on a new tab without needing to wait until the first capture is complete.

To see the progress of all captures for your current Chrome session.

  1. Click the NCapture button at the top of your browser.

  2. Click the Show capture progress page link—this page shows you the status of all captures for your current Chrome session.

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How do I stop a capture?

There may be times when you want to stop the capture process before it has finished—for example, if you want to limit the number of comments or the capture is taking too long. An NCapture file will be created with the comments already captured.

To stop a capture in Internet Explorer—click the Stop button.

To stop a capture in Chrome:

  1. Click the NCapture button at the top of your browser.

  2. Click the Show capture progress page link—this page shows you the status of all captures for your current Chrome session.

  3. Click the Stop button for the capture that you want to stop.

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