Source properties

All sources have general properties such as name and description. Depending on the source type, other properties may be available.

You can use source properties to sort items in List View—for example, you could sort sources by the date they were created.

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General properties

Name  Displays the name of the source. You can enter a new name or modify the name.

Description  Displays the description of the source. You can enter a new description.

Location  Displays folder that contains the source.

Size  Displays the file size of the source.

Color  Displays user assigned color for source—you can change the color. (Not available for this release)

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Attribute Values

Classification Displays the source classification that this source is currently assigned to. For example, if your project includes video clips from movies, you could assign each video source to the predefined source classification Film or Broadcast. `

When a source is classified, its attribute values are displayed—for example, a video source assigned to the classification Film or Broadcast could have the following attribute values:


Attribute Value


 Joe Smith

Year Released



ABC Documentary

If you want to view the attribute values of all sources in a classification (for example, all films), refer to Use the Classification Sheet to see the attribute values .

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Video/Audio properties

Duration  Displays the duration of the media file in hours/minutes/seconds/milliseconds.

Transcript entries  Displays the number of entries in the transcript for the video/audio source.

Format  Displays the file format of the media file.

Under Media Location, you can see where the media file is stored. For sources containing imported media, you can select:

  • Embedded in project  Select this option to embed the media file within your NVivo project—embedding large files can impact project performance.

  • Not embedded - file location  Select this option to store the media file on your computer or a network location outside of your project. Storing media files outside of the project can be useful when you are dealing with many or very large media files. Refer to Store audio and video files for more information.

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External properties

Type  The option displays the type of item the external represents, you can select:

  • File link:  an electronic file that can be opened or played on your computer. For example, a PowerPoint presentation.

  • Web link:  a web URL

  • Other:  items that cannot be accessed on a computer such as newspaper articles or books.  

Depending on the Type you selected, you must enter one of the following:

  • File Path  Displays the path of an electronic file that can be opened on your computer. To enter or change the file path, click the arrow and locate the file.

  • URL Path  Displays the web address (for example, This option is only used when the external represents a web page. You can enter or change the URL.

  • Location  (Optional) You can use this field to describe the location of items that cannot be access on a computer, however you must also enter a Location Description (the next field).

Location Description  Displays the physical location of an external item  (for example, top shelf, my desk, filing cabinet.) You can enter or change the location description.

Contents  Displays the type of content that is contained in the external. When you create an external you can select a predefined content type or you can enter a new content type.  If you define a new type—it will be available the next time you create an external in the project. You cannot change the content type of an existing external.

Unit  This option is used to select the paragraph headings that you want to appear in the external. For example, if the external represents a book, you may want it divided into chapters. The unit changes depending on content type you selected in the Contents list. If you created a new content type then you will need to create a new unit type.

Start range  Enter the number for the first paragraph.

End range  Enter the number for the last paragraph.

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Created On/By  Displays the date the source was created and the initials of the user who created it.

Modified On/By  Displays the date the source was last modified and the initials of the user who modified it.

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