Search for Data in Recordings

Morae recording (.rdg) files are unique because they are composed of multiple, rich data streams collected by TechSmith's patented Rich Recording Technology (RRT).

The Manager Search feature allows you to quickly create custom searches across all or select recordings to look for Web page changes, window/dialog events, mouse clicks, keystrokes, screen text, markers, chat text, and tasks.

See the following topics for more information:

The Search Pane

Follow the callouts below to learn about the parts of Search pane.  

Search overview



Choose to search in the whole recording or only in select tasks.


Choose to search in all recordings or only in select recordings.


Click Modify Search to choose search options.
After you enable an item, click Modify to choose additional search options.


Search results.
Click the Elapsed Time link or double-click an item to load it in the Player window.

Select or save search profiles.


Choose to view search results in List or Chart view.

How to Search

To search for data:

  1. In the Analyze tab, select one of the following options to search within:
    • Entire recording or only in select tasks
    • All or select recordings
  2. Click the Modify Search button in the Search results pane, or choose Search > Modify Search.
  3. Enable the checkbox for the items to search.
  4. For the enabled items, click Modify to select additional search options.

What Can I Search For?

Search for specific event types or text that appeared onscreen with a powerful Search. The following lists the various data you can search for. Each item also had options to customize the search.

  • Application Used
  • Web Page Changes
  • Window/Dialog Events
  • Mouse Clicks Search
  • Keystrokes Search
  • Chat Text
  • Screen Text Search
  • Markers Search

See the Morae Manager Help for more details on each of these search options.

Cross Recording Search

You can choose to search in:

  • Entire recording or only in select tasks
  • All or select recordings

Why Search Entire Recordings?

Search all tasks to compare data across the complete recordings.

For example:

  1. Enable the Entire Recording option.
  2. Search for all Error markers.
  3. Click the List View button to view a list of all Error markers in all recordings.
  4. Click the Task column heading to sort the results by task.
  5. Review the results and see if any tasks have a high number of error markers.

Why Search Only Select Tasks?

Search in selected recordings to compare data across only select sessions.

In the previous example, Task 2 has a higher number of Error markers. To further analyze this task, select to search only in this task:

  1. Enable the Selected Tasks option.
  2. Enable the Task 2 checkbox.
  3. Choose additional search items and review the recordings to analyze the cause for the high number of errors in this task.

Why Search All Recordings?

Search in all recordings to compare data across all sessions.

For example:

  1. Enable the All Recordings option.
  2. Search for all Error markers.
  3. Click the Chart View button to view a graphic representation of the frequency of Error markers in all recordings.
  4. Compare the charts for each recording and see if there are any participants with an extremely high number of errors.

Why Search Only Select Recordings?

Search in selected recordings to compare data across only select sessions.

In the previous example, there is one participant with an extremely high number of Error markers.

If we review the video for this participant and see that this participant has a much lower level of experience than the rest of the participants, we may want to exclude this recording from our searches.

To search only select recordings:

  1. Enable the Selected Tasks option.
  2. Enable all recording checkboxes except Participant 1.
  3. Continue analysis without including Participant 1 recording in search results.
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 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