Adding Custom Chapter Markers to files...

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  1. gpspad macrumors 6502

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    I want to add chapter files to home movies like the DVD's do. So you can skip to various sections of the video easily. I have been editing them with iMovie v10, but they took that capability away and all I have is the newest version.

    I played around with subler, but I can't seem to figure out how I would add custom chapters to the files. It just wants to import them from an online database or create them at even intervals.

    Anyone have any work arounds, or am I doing something wrong with subler?
     
  2. HobeSoundDarryl, Dec 11, 2016
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    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    I use FCP X for this (it works much like the classic iMovie 06). If this is mostly a one-off thing, you might get the free trial and put chapter markers in all your videos before the trial period ends.

    If you are willing to spend $5, a program in the app store is called Chapter Marker and looks good. They have a demo movie. Another called mChapter has a mix of extreme positive and extreme negative reviews.

    Online, there's about 5 programs that offer to do this for free. But who knows what (else) you get hidden in "free" software.

    There is a format for chapter markers you can make with a text editor, then use Subler to import that file into a video file to add chapter markers. They are in a format like this...

    CHAPTER01=00:00:00.000
    CHAPTER01NAME=A New World
    CHAPTER02=00:06:17.960
    CHAPTER02NAME=You are not in Kansas anymore
    CHAPTER03=00:07:53.598
    CHAPTER03NAME="This is your Avatar now, Jake."
    CHAPTER04=00:12:04.890
    CHAPTER04NAME="This is why we're here..."

    You might download a few examples from the chaptersdb website (choose the "text" option for the download and use that to teach yourself the format). Then it's "import... file" in the Subler "file" menu to import it into your movie file.
     
  3. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I get the idea. Maybe I am just better off learning FCP X instead of iMovie if I want to keep going with this?

    Ill use a txt file and subler for now, but it doesn't make sense to do extra steps when the right program can do it while Im doing the other editing. Can't see doing the bulk of work in IMovie, then using FCP X just to put in chapter markers in.

    Ill check out the after market program and see how easy they are to use...
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Also iSubtitle is great for adding chapter markers visually at current playhead point.
    Haven't tested how iSubtitle fares with chapters recently, but Subler does it really by the book - it also creates and adds a separate JPEG track with chapter mark thumbnails. They will display perfectly on QuickTime/iTunes/aTV UI.
     
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    Subler is the only one I tried that adds Chapter Markers with Thumbnails (images to each chapter in the chapters menu when played with QuickTime or iTunes).
     
  6. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    I went from iMovie 06 to try to make the dummied-down iMovie 08/9 work for me... and basically clung to 06 until FCPX came out when I realized how relatively weak the "upgrade" was. While there are plenty that will bash away at FCPX, I personally view it as iMovie 06 significantly evolved into a better movie editor. Those that complain are often people who were accustomed or heavily invested in FCP before X and found X to be as radical of a change as those of us who tried to go from iMovie 06 to 08/9.

    The free trial will give you plenty of time to try to adjust from iMovie to FCPX and chapters are very easy in FCPX. For basic home movie editing, FCPX is overkill but, get used to it and use the features you need. You might bump into some other situation down the road where having unused tools well beyond iMovie available to you could come in handy.
     
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  8. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll take a look at that.

    What started all this is that I have these workout dvd's. They are great but have aweful music. I started ripping the dvd's without the music soundtrack, then used iMovie to add my own soundtrack. The next step would be to add chapters in between the sets and be able to switch between music on and music off.

    I could do all of this with multiple programs, but don't I loose quality each time I play around with the file?
     

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