Can I Create a Single File with Navigable Chapters?

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Re: Can I Create a Single File with Navigable Chapters?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Gale Andrews » Mon May 08, 2017 11:56 am

steve wrote:
Gale Andrews wrote:The primitive steps "Option 2" still work in iTunes 12.5 per this link http://designsbytierney.com/2013/05/how ... in-itunes/.

What does that actually do? Does it create a single file with navigable chapters?

As far as I can tell, it only "looks" like it. As this link says, it's a display change really. But I don't know what iTunes could do before that you were describing, that made chapters.


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Re: Can I Create a Single File with Navigable Chapters?

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Mon May 08, 2017 12:02 pm

This page from Librivox.org is interesting:
http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/How_ ... _M4B_Files
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Re: Can I Create a Single File with Navigable Chapters?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Gale Andrews » Mon May 08, 2017 12:06 pm

IshmaeltheWhaler wrote:Koz, yes, the "CD gold standard" is what I would like: the listener clicks on the book and it plays, with chapters discernible and navigable. Audible.com does this seamlessly once you've bought an audio book from them. So, my whole approach is to find a way to do that with a self-produced version of an audio book.

Gale, any steps I may take (primitive or not) to work out the problem via iTunes/Apple would mean pc listeners would still be stuck, yes?

Why? If you make a single file audio book with chapters it should play on iTunes on Windows and Mac as far as I know.

But Chapter Mark for Mac appears to be discontinued, so If you want to do this on Mac you may have to open your wallet. Here is one application for Mac
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/audiobook-builder/id406226796?mt=12

And similar for Windows (free):
http://lodensoftware.com/chapter-and-verse/ .

Those are in fact the same applications mentioned in the link Steve just posted.


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Re: Can I Create a Single File with Navigable Chapters?

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Mon May 08, 2017 12:30 pm

It's also possible to create chapters using FFmpeg from the command line.

Here's an example of the metadata from an M4B file that has chapter marks that work in iTunes:
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;FFMETADATA1
major_brand=M4A
minor_version=0
compatible_brands=3gp5isom
Encoding Params=vers
genre=Audiobook
media_type=2
comment=http://librivox.org/the-art-of-war-by-sun-tzu/
\

\
More free M4B files @  http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/M4B_Catalog
title=The Art of War
artist=Sun Tzu
album=The Art of War
encoder=Lavf56.40.101
[CHAPTER]
TIMEBASE=1/22050
START=0
END=11158238
title=1 Laying Plans - 2 Waging War
[CHAPTER]
TIMEBASE=1/22050
START=11158238
END=21433051
title=3 Attack By Stratagem - 4 Tactical Dispositions
[CHAPTER]
TIMEBASE=1/22050
START=21433051
END=35478685
title=5 Energy - 6 Weak Points and Strong
[CHAPTER]
TIMEBASE=1/22050
START=35478685
END=47187043
title=7 Maneuvering - 8 Variation in Tactics
[CHAPTER]
TIMEBASE=1/22050
START=47187043
END=66635594
title=9 The Army on the March - 10 Terrain
[CHAPTER]
TIMEBASE=1/22050
START=66635594
END=83768105
title=11 The Nine Situations
[CHAPTER]
TIMEBASE=1/22050
START=83768105
END=95659008
title=12 The Attack By Fire - 13 The Use of Spies

and here's the relevant page from the FFmpeg manual: http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg-formats.html#Metadata-1

Note that an M4B file should be AAC encoded.
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