Create and Organize a Project

In Manager, you can import recordings into either a single study or multiple studies. Use a project to organize the studies in Manager. A project can contain one or multiple studies.

When you import a recording into a project and begin adding markers, tasks and clips, the original recording (.rdg) file is not altered. Any markers, tasks or clips created in the project are saved within the project, not the recording file.

In this tutorial, learn how to:

Create a New Project

You can only have one project open in Manager at a time.

  1. Open Manager. The Welcome to Morae dialog box appears. Select the option to create a new project.
    Welcome to Morae dialog box
  2. Click OK. The Project Name screen of the Create New Project wizard appears.
  3. Enter a Project name and type the path for the project folder, or browse to locate the folder.
    Enter project name and location to save.
  4. Click Next. The Import Recordings screen in the wizard appears.
  5. Click Add to browse for and select the recording files to import into the project.
    You can import Morae recording (.rdg) and standard video (.avi, .wmv, .asf) files into a project. 
    Choose recordings to import into project. 
  6. Click Finish to exit the wizard.
    If the recordings you import in the new project are password protected, a dialog appears asking you to enter the correct password.
    • If the study configuration files match, the new project containing the selected recordings is added to Manager's Project pane and the recordings are in a single study. You can now start to analyze your study.
    • If the study configuration files do not match, you can merge the recordings into a single study.

Import Recordings

You can import additional recordings for analysis into a study or create a new study for the recordings in a project.

  1. Click the Open Project button Open Project button to browse for and open an existing Morae project file (.mpr).
  2. Choose File > Import > Recording or click the Import Recording button Import Recording button. The Import Recording dialog box appears.
  3. Browse to locate the folder containing the Morae recording file(s) (*.rdg).
  4. Select .rdg files and click Open.
    If the recording(s) you import are password protected, a dialog appears asking you to enter the correct password.
  5. If the study configuration files match, the new project containing the selected recordings is added to Manager's Project pane and the recordings are in a single study.
    If the study configuration files do not match, you can merge the recordings into a single study.

After you import recordings for this project, you can begin using Manager's analysis tools to view and sort through your data.

Import Video Files

In addition to Morae recording files, you can import video files including .avi, .wmv, and .asf into Morae Manager.

Video files, created by an application other than Morae Recorder, do not have the same set of searchable RRT data streams (i.e., mouse clicks, web page changes, application events, etc.). However, you can set markers and create tasks in these videos and incorporate portions of these videos into your highlight video presentation.

To import a video file, choose File > Import > Video and locate the video to import. Click Open.

Organize Your Project

Manager's Project pane allows you to organize your studies, recordings (.rdg files) and imported video files (.avi, .wmv, or .asf). When you create tasks, markers, graphs, and clips, these elements are stored in subfolders under the recordings in the Project pane.

Under each recording in your project, Manager creates default subfolders for Tasks, Markers, and Video Clips. In each study, Manager creates a Graphs folder. In the project, Manager creates a Title Clips folder.

Project Pane overview

To Add Folders to the Project Pane

You can create new folders to add deeper levels of organization. However, each item must always reside in a subfolder of that same type. For example, tasks can only reside in a Tasks folder; markers can only reside in a Markers folder, etc.

To create additional folders, right-click on a folder and choose Add Folder.

To Delete Folders from the Project Pane

You cannot delete the default Tasks, Markers, Video Clips, Graphs, and Title Clips folders created by Manager within a project.

To delete any other subfolders you have created in the Project pane, right-click the folder and select Delete Folder.

Title Category Level Format
000 - Getting Started 1: Morae Overview Getting Started I Video
001 - Getting Started 2: Recorder Getting Started I Video
002 - Getting Started 3: Observer Getting Started I Video
003 - Getting Started 4: Manager Getting Started I Video
004 - Analyze Session Data Analyze I Video
005 - Audio Notes Share III Written
006 - Change the Communication Port in Observer Observer III Written
007 - Choose and Designate the Task Logger Setup II Written
008 - Choose the Recorder Computer Name or IP Address Observer II Written
009 - Configure Wii™ Remote for Logging Setup III Written
010 - Connect Observer to Recorder Observer II Written
011 - Convert Morae Recording Files (RDG) to AVI or WMV Share III Written
012 - Create a Custom Graph Analyze II Written
013 - Create a Highlight Video Share II Written
014 - Create and Organize a Project Analyze II Written
015 - Create a Report with the Add-In for Word Share II Written
016 - Create a Table of Contents Share II Written
017 - Create a Test Recording Setup II Written
018 - Create Session Handouts Setup II Written
019 - Create Video Clips Analyze II Written
020 - Customize Observer for Your Session Observer II Written
021 - Define Recording Details Setup II Written
022 - Define Study Details Setup II Written
023 - Deliver Surveys with Observer Surveys II Written
024 - Documentation Documentation I Written
025 - Export to PowerPoint Share II Written
026 - Export Videos to Screencast.com Share II Written
027 - Finalize Observer Session Observer II Written
028 - How to Choose the Recording Compression Record III Written
029 - Log in Observer Log II Written
030 - Log in Recorder Log II Written
031 - Log with a Wii™ Remote Log III Written
032 - Marker Logging Log II Video/Written
033 - Merge Studies Analyze III Written
034 - Normalize Storyboard Audio Share II Written
035 - Record Automated Sessions with Autopilot Record II Video/Written
036 - Recorder Start and Stop Options Record II Written
037 - Record More (or Less) than the Main Monitor Record II Written
038 - Search for Data in Recordings Analyze II Written
039 - Search Profiles Analyze II Written
040 - Select Video and Audio Sources for Recording Record II Written
041 - Set Recorder Preferences Setup II Written
042 - Set up an AutoPilot Test Setup II Written
043 - Share Highlight Videos Share II Written
044 - Tasks in Manager Analyze II Written
045 - Task Logging Log II Written
046 - Template Study Configurations Setup II Written
047 - Troubleshooting Observer to Recorder Connection Issues Observer II Written
048 - Using Chat to Communicate with Stakeholders Observer I Written
049 - Video Delay in Observer Observer III Written
050 - View Search Results in the Chart View Analyze II Written
051 - View Survey Answers Analyze II Written
052 - View Your Notes and Markers Following a Session Observer II Written