I have no experience with this software, but a colleague of mine suggested that it could be very helpful to those interested in analyzing (behavioral coding) video files! Here is the information forwarded to me — Jan
If you don’t already know about Datavyu, it’s a free and open source software tool for scoring video. It was developed by and for developmental scientists to flexibly and powerfully code observations from video data for analysis. Datavyu evolved from OpenSHAPA and the earlier MacSHAPA tool.
I am thrilled to announce that we have just released Datavyu 1.1 and published a complete Datavyu User Guide. Datavyu 1.1 contains a number of major bug fixes, user interface changes, and enhancements to increase the functionality of the software. You can download Datavyu 1.1 on our website, and get our source code on github.
Our user guide outlines everything you will need to know to become an expert Datavyu user. It comes complete with video walk-throughs, instructions for the Datavyu Ruby API scripting interface, and a sample script library. It also provides installation instructions, descriptions of software components, and in-depth tutorials for the most common operations.
Datavyu supersedes MacSHAPA and OpenSHAPA—if you’ve used either of these tools, it will be very easy to transition to Datavyu. OpenSHAPA files can be opened directly and seamlessly in Datavyu. MacSHAPA files can be easily converted with a simple Ruby script. More information on this can be found here.
Keep an eye out for the forthcoming Best Practices in Behavioral Coding that will provide advice on how to explore and code your data in the most optimal way.
We hope that you will try Datavyu 1.1 for scoring your data and see how it can help you experience the richness of behavior. If you need any help using Datavyu please visit our Support Forum, which is monitored daily by expert Datavyu users.
Karen Adolph and The Datavyu Team
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