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