Encoding Chapter Markers

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Jul 14, 2019 Jul 14, 2019

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Hi There

I'm trying to encode Chapter Markers, which I've added to my project in Premiere Pro into my mp4 file.

So far I've added the Markers to my project, and made them "chapter markers". Then I exported my project to the Media Encoder with the H.264 preset. But the exported file didn't contain the Chapter markers. At least VLC, Windows Media Player and iTunes were unable to pick them up.

I've also tried MPEG2 Blu-Ray, MPEG2 DVD and H.264 Blu-Ray, which gave me Video files without audio and no chapter markers as well. I suppose they could be inside the other 3 to 5 files. But I would like to have one file, not 3 or 5.

I've seen tutorials on how to do this with Encore but it has been discontinued hasn't it? So this doesn't help either.

Besides the question of how this is done, does the duration of the chapter marker matter for the export?

At least in my testing so far it didn't make a difference. The exported file remained without chapter markers.

Thanks for your help.

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LEGEND , Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019
I'm trying to encode Chapter Markers...into my mp4 file.That is not possible using Premiere Pro.

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Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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Chapter Markers were designed for Encore. They are carried in a sidecar file (xmpses or xmp), and I don't think they are accessed by any other programs, even though they could be.

And I don't think duration of a marker is relevant for this purpose.

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LEGEND ,
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I'm trying to encode Chapter Markers...into my mp4 file.

That is not possible using Premiere Pro.

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well is it somehow possible to encode these chapter markers or however they are called into a movie file with one of the programs from Adobe?

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Jul 15, 2019 Jul 15, 2019

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It would be nice if you could but no. This thought process was more set up in DVD publishing with a DVD publishing software.

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Do you have any suggestions regarding this kind of software?

Free software preferably.

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Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019

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I've looked it up, Handbreak is capable to transcode media which alredy has Chapter markers in it but isn't able to add Chapter markers from a second file to a video file. Also it doesn't offer any option to place them in a "timeline" inside Handbreak.

Source: https://handbrake.fr/docs/en/latest/advanced/chapter-markers.html

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LEGEND ,
Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019

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No, there isn't any Adobe software that can do this.

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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I was able to get chapter markers to work from Premiere Pro by exporting as a QuickTime (MOV) and then playing it with VLC or MPC-HC. The players each have their own versions of "skip" buttons that skip to the next chapter, and hovering over the timeline displays the name of the chapter. 

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Community Beginner ,
May 28, 2020 May 28, 2020

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It's just data.  I should be able to get to it somehow.  My thought is to use it to mark the start of portions of a YouTube video, so I can auto-generate the URLs which link to the specific parts.  I've tried poking around in Metadata and can't find it.

 

But I know it's there somewhere... I'm thinking: create a plug-in that takes the URL of the uploaded YouTube video (might have to be manually entered, or maybe there's a way to extract from the Media Encoder), then programmatically go through all Chapter Matkers in the sequence, and create a line with the Chapter Marker name, the Chapter Marker description, and the URL (which includes the video URL + "?t=" + seconds-since-start).  That could be easily added to the description on YouTube studio.

 

Doing it manually is a pain... this would take an existing Premiere capability and make it useful for many!!

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Dec 08, 2020 Dec 08, 2020

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Export a full quality QuickTime ProRes master from Media Encoder.  This file WILL carry the chapter markers.  Now use the $50 Apple Compressor to make your mp4 file.  The chapter markers will be there.  This is a great workflow regardless.

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New Here ,
Feb 12, 2021 Feb 12, 2021

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For this solution, I had to switch to Apple. Use Apple Compressor. It works great and is still supported. You can compress .MOV files with the chapter data. 

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