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Sign up to beta test Video Notebook

For the past few weeks, we’ve worked with a handful of journalists and academics to test Video Notebook, a new tool designed to help reporters quickly annotate and analyze audio and video content. Now it’s your turn to give it a test drive by signing up for a free beta invite.

Created by Reporters’ Lab developer Charlie Szymanski, Video Notebook was originally conceived as a way to unlock unstructured video that is increasingly used as the only record of government activity. By tapping into related content like tweets, closed-captioning and live blogging platforms like ScribbleLive, reporters can use the tool to match audio and video to existing content. They can then layer in their own notes and transcriptions, using it all to navigate and search quickly through hours of material to find what they’re looking for.

With the help of feedback from our testers, the tool has come a long way since it was first demoed at IRE’s computer-assisted reporting conference n February. It’s now ready for more journalists to take it to a new level by putting it to use in their own offices and newsrooms.

To request an invite, sign up using the form below. We’ll send out invites a handful at a time, but contact me if you have any questions at

About Tyler Dukes

Tyler Dukes is the managing editor for Reporters' Lab, a project through Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. Follow him on Twitter as @mtdukes.
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