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XLD: Enabling Chapter Markers with ALAC
sankuru
post Apr 6 2012, 21:06
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Hello,

I am trying to take a bunch of albums that are currently ripped to individual ALAC files and convert them to single ALAC (one file-per-album) files with embedded Quicktime chapter markers using the latest version of XLD (20120226). I believe I have everything set up as it should, yet when I import the created files into iTunes, it only recognizes the albums as monolithic files instead of individual tracks.

By that I mean, if I import the created file "+/- - Holding Patterns.m4a" that is a single file containing 5 tracks, iTunes only displays it as a single audio track called "+/- - Holding Patterns" instead of the 5 individual tracks embedded in the file.

My assumption has been that to enable this, it requires checking the "Embed cue sheet as a chapter" option and transcoding to a single file + cue sheet? Is that correct or is there more/something different that needs to be done? Or is this option not actually functional at this time?

Thanks in advance.
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mixminus1
post Apr 6 2012, 23:05
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.CUE sheets are not QuickTime chapters - the two are basically completely different ways of doing the same (or at least similar) thing.

AFAIK, XLD does not have the ability to create and embed chapters in .m4a files, and when I was looking for a way to do that several months ago, I couldn't find any (freeware) solutions for directly converting a .CUE sheet to a QuickTime chapter file and embedding it in an .m4a/.mp4.

The closest I could find was Slideshow Assembler, which is Windows-only, so not sure if that's even an option for you, and it still can't take .CUE sheets directly. I had to build a spreadsheet template to convert from a .CUE to the format required by SSA.


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QUOTE (mixminus1 @ Apr 6 2012, 17:05) *
.CUE sheets are not QuickTime chapters - the two are basically completely different ways of doing the same (or at least similar) thing.


You're right; I was imprecise in my language. In the latest version's changelog, there's the following addition:

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Supported embedding track list as a MPEG-4 chapter
Available for ALAC/AAC encoding when ripping disc as a single file. Chapter is supported in Apple's apps like iTunes or QuickTime.


and in the preferences for Apple Lossless output is the option I listed in the OP (Embed cue sheet as a chapter), which is where I assumed it was basically taking the track split info in a cue sheet and converting it into Chapter Markers. If that's not true, I don't suppose anyone knows how to actually get this functionality working? I did check whether it only works when you rip a CD, as the changelog entry quoted above implies, but it doesn't work there either.

QUOTE (mixminus1 @ Apr 6 2012, 17:05) *
AFAIK, XLD does not have the ability to create and embed chapters in .m4a files, and when I was looking for a way to do that several months ago, I couldn't find any (freeware) solutions for directly converting a .CUE sheet to a QuickTime chapter file and embedding it in an .m4a/.mp4.

The closest I could find was Slideshow Assembler, which is Windows-only, so not sure if that's even an option for you, and it still can't take .CUE sheets directly. I had to build a spreadsheet template to convert from a .CUE to the format required by SSA.



I'm pretty well bought into a fully Apple ecosystem at this point, so I really would like to avoid non-Mac OSX solutions. I am willing to buy something to get this working, though, assuming that the support XLD recently added isn't actually functional.
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