Every ELAN project consists of at least two files: one (or more) media file(s), and one annotation file.
One (or more) media file(s):
zero or more video file(s) (
and/or one audio file (
The video file allows you to view the video and listen to the sound. If you want to
view the waveform as well, you need to create an additional
file through a conversion program that converts the audio data from one
*.mp(e)g file into a
*.wav format. In the
case of multiple video files, the audio of the first selected video file is played. The
kind and number of supported video formats depend upon the media framework you are
using. If your media framework supports a format, the same goes for ELAN in
One annotation file:
an annotation file created by ELAN (
or an imported annotation file.
All information (e.g., the tier setup, the time alignment, the annotations) is saved to the annotation file only – never to the media file(s). So you don't have to worry that adding an annotation within ELAN will change your media.
To start ELAN, do the following:
Double-click on the ELAN icon (on your desktop, or contained within the Java Web Start icon on your desktop). The start window is displayed in which you can open different kinds of documents.
Click on themenu.
in case there is an ELAN file
in case there is a media file (e.g.
*.wav), but no annotation file
In this latter case, thedialog window will be displayed, e.g.:
Do the following:
Click on thepull down box and browse to the directory that contains the media files.
If you want to use media files of another type (e.g. QuickTime
*.mov), use the
dropdown menu > select . Whether a media
type is supported depends on your software configuration.
Double-click on the media file (
*.wav, etc.) to select it. It appears now in the rightmost box.
Alternatively, you can select the media file name and click afterwards on the
If you want to use a predefined set of tiers (a template), select the Template radio
button and choose the template (i.e.
*.etf) to be used:
Clickto open the new annotation document; otherwise click to exit the dialog window without creating a new file. An ELAN window containing the new document appears.