How to Use BrainVision Analyzer with BESA Connectivity

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Module information
Modules BESA Connectivity
Version BESA Connectivity 1.0 or higher

Note and general remarks

To transform data from BrainVision Analyzer to BESA Connectivity, you need to convert it using MATLAB. We assume that you have it already installed on your PC and BrainVision Analyzer is configured to work with it. You will also need this script from our Github page: You will also need these toolboxes:

Please ensure that the MATLAB2BESA toolbox is in the MATLAB path.

What to do in BrainVision Analyzer

You need to prepare data that is in segments - but not averaged! You can of course apply any filtering and data processing beforehand. Then you export segments to MATLAB using the Brain Vision Analyzer to MATLAB interface. Please make sure to use the following options when exporting: - Type "desktop" in the first dialog - Check boxes for "Export data in EEGLab format", "Raise EEGLab" and "Markers" in the second dialog. - In the third dialog, select all EEG channels that have coordinates (but not channels which do not have coordinates in Brain Vision Analyzer, like A1, A2)

Analyzer Export Options.png

Adapt the script

The script Analyzer_to_BESAConnectivity.m needs to be adapted. The following lines should be changed:

  • In line after "%% Add toolboxes" provide full path to MATLAB2BESA toolbox
  • You may adapt where the resulting file will be saved by changing the line "FilePathName = [pwd '\BAtoBESA.generic'];"
  • There may be a different convention for x-axis values in the EEGLab representation. If electrodes like F4, P4, etc. appear on the left, then adjust the script such that in section Channel labels and units of the script, the line
EEG.chanlocs(ChanIdx).Y,... is replaced by


You just need to run the script just by either pressing Run in matlab toolbar or by calling "Analyzer_to_BESAConnectivity" command. In BESA Connectivity you then start a Time-Frequency workflow and open the newly created file.