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    Hi guys,

    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

    Software required:
    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

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    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)

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    04] Select splitting and "all" under GLOBAL tab

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    05] "Start Muxing" and if all goes well, you should see the following:

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    06] Open WinFF, add all the mka/mkv files, select "pass-through" presets and "Convert"

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    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"

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    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

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    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

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    10] Click START BATCH at the top of the application - BOOM! You're done...
    Last edited by RedSkyRoad; 22nd Jun 2014 at 04:34.
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    Good and detailed guide.

    But it seems odd that no android audio player can skip by chapters.
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    Originally Posted by Baldrick View Post
    Good and detailed guide.

    But it seems odd that no android audio player can skip by chapters.
    Thanks.

    Trust me on this - I've searched high and low.
    Last edited by RedSkyRoad; 22nd Jun 2014 at 04:32.
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