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Null
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Add chapter markers

Post by Null » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:09 pm

Please describe what you would like to see added to HandBrake:

I would love the ability to add chapter markers every 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes. Don't need the ability to edit or title them, generic "Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc." would be fine.

Why would you like to see this added:

It is helpful during playback to be able to skip to a chapter. Currently third party tools can do this. It would be nice if Handbrake could as well.

What version of HandBrake are you currently running:

1.0.1

What operating system and version and you currently running (e.g. OSX 10.11, Windows 7, Ubuntu 14):

MacOS 10.10.5, 10.11, 10.12 on various systems --10.10.5 most used.

AeXiPHiXiON
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Re: Add chapter markers

Post by AeXiPHiXiON » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:04 pm

I second this, but also have the ability to control the start and end time of each chapter. Would be good for removing specific time segments from the original file (commercials).

woodr2011

Re: Add chapter markers

Post by woodr2011 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:31 pm

Excellent suggestion; however, I would add that we should always emphasize that HB is literally the ONLY video ripping app that allows the user to edit chapter titles. All of the major paid apps such as Pavtube and Wondershare lack this option entirely, which still surprises me, as this strikes me as a very elementary feature.

WhosAsking
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Re: Add chapter markers

Post by WhosAsking » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:12 pm

I believe this has been addressed in the past as "not the intended purpose". The primary purpose is to rip from media, thus the focus on discs and images. Re-encoding existing media files is a job best left for more generic encoders like ffmpeg (which has facilities for custom chaptering). Editing clips is perhaps best done with avidemux (which allows A-B clip trimming and ranging).

nhyone
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Re: Add chapter markers

Post by nhyone » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:36 pm

I use mkvmerge to add the chapters into the video file first before transcoding.

This works best with a script: if chapter file is present, combine it into a temporary video file, pass it for transcoding and delete it after transcoding. Downsides are the extra time (significant for large videos), and double the disk space (usually not an issue, except my default tmp dir is only several GBs.)

This works well enough for me, except it doesn't work for DVD/Blu-ray images. I need to extract the streams and put them in a MKV file first.

musicvid
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Re: Add chapter markers

Post by musicvid » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:00 am

Drax if you're on Windows.

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Re: Add chapter markers

Post by mduell » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:22 pm

WhosAsking wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:12 pm
I believe this has been addressed in the past as "not the intended purpose". The primary purpose is to rip from media, thus the focus on discs and images. Re-encoding existing media files is a job best left for more generic encoders like ffmpeg (which has facilities for custom chaptering). Editing clips is perhaps best done with avidemux (which allows A-B clip trimming and ranging).
I disagree. In fact, HB is particularly bad with disk based sources, since they're typically protected (if commercial) or poorly authored (if amateur), neither of which HB handles well.

But HB is an encoder, not an editor, which is why it doesn't have features like adding chapters.

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