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Is there an easy way to add chapters to existing movie files?


  • Actually, I’m not 100% sure if they’re called “chapters” in video files, but it’s the same concept as DVDs.

  • I assume this differs with the video encoding, but any help at all is progress! I have video files in various formats (although .mov, .mp4, and .m4v are my most common).

  • I’m on Mac OS X, but I posted here (instead of the Apple Q&A) because I figured any answers may be useful to other non-Apple power users.

  • Apple-native, application-based solutions preferred (usability is top of my list). However, command-line programs and utilities that do the job are just as welcome.

  • Please share any indirect-but-related wisdom you may have on this topic.


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Yes, they're called chapters. QuickTime Player X uses that term in the menu and controller. – Ken Feb 2 '11 at 23:47

Are these movies you created yourself? Or did you obtain them from "other" sources?

If they are movies you created yourself you can use iMovie or QuickTime.

If not, I recommend using handbrake for transcoding into a single video format then using MetaX to add metadata (including chapters).

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These aren't movies I created. Downloaded Handbrake and MetaX, gonna try them out. Thanks for the tip! :) – Zearin Mar 4 '11 at 17:32
I tried MetaX, and it’s pretty good at lots of things, but it doesn’t seem to add Chapters to movie files unless they have at least 1 Chapter already. That probably won’t be helpful for this problem too often, because most movies that have Chapters tend to be sufficient to skip around. I want to be able to add my own Chapters so that I can navigate movies more efficiently than just scrubbing. – Zearin May 24 '11 at 13:40

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