So, here's the thing: I have m4a podcasts with chapters and Android does NOT have a music player with the ability to skip through the embedded chapter marks (Akimbo the audio book app is the only app that can but is not developed anymore - looks TERRIBLE!)
After spending the better part of my weekend in front of my PC getting my podcasts finally cut up into pieces I thought of sharing what I have leaned
I know there are one-shot apps like "Bigasoft Total Video Converter", but there is SERIOUS re-encoding going on there which causes the tracks to play with gaps.
THIS method (and Rocket Music Player) gives me totally GAPLESS playback on my phone
01] GPAC libraries (http://gpac.wp.mines-telecom.fr/downloads/gpac-nightly-builds/)
02] MP4Box GUI (http://www.videohelp.com/tools/My-MP4Box-GUI)
03] MKVMerge (http://www.videohelp.com/tools/MKVtoolnix)
04] WinFF (http://winff.org/html_new/downloads.html)
05] Pass-Through presets for WinFF (http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/343895-Pass-Thru-presets-for-WinFF)
06] Advanced Renamer (http://www.advancedrenamer.com/download)
So, here we go...
01] Install everything and import the pass-through presets into WinFF
02] Extract the chapter file from the m4a with myMP4Box GUI
03] Open the m4a file in MKVMerge and select "mka/mkv" for the file extension (this is only a container-change process - no de/re-coding happens)
04] Select splitting and "all" under GLOBAL tab
05] "Start Muxing" and if all goes well, you should see the following:
06] Open WinFF, add all the mka/mkv files, select "pass-through" presets and "Convert"
You could stop here but the reason I extracted the chapter file is to rename all my new tracks...
07] Open "Advanced Renamer", click "Add Method" and select "List"
08] Open the chapter file in another text editor and copy and paste the text into the empty list box. Remove all text except the track names
09] "Add" files (or drag and drop) to the right-side window. Take note that if any text that is not compatible with filenames are detected, it will flag it and then just remove/change it on the left side
10] Click START BATCH at the top of the application - BOOM! You're done...
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Last edited by RedSkyRoad; 22nd Jun 2014 at 04:34.
Good and detailed guide.
But it seems odd that no android audio player can skip by chapters.
Last edited by RedSkyRoad; 22nd Jun 2014 at 04:32.