How to edit mkv file without loosing chapter stops?
I created mkv file from commercial music live DVD using MakeMKV.
MakeMKV also created chapter stops as present on DVD.
How to cut off (trim) 20 minutes long intro from this file beginning maintaining rest chapter stops of this single mkv file?
As intro contains of 10-15 chapters
Alternatively I could crop this mkv file with Avidemux but then there is no option to keep previous chapter stops. Correct?
Then how to re-create mkv chapter stops?
As it's a live show, precision of few seconds is Ok.
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Last edited by roberta; 22nd Mar 2019 at 17:38.
I used MKVToolNix GUI v32.0.0
When I set "by parts base on timestamps"
00:00:00-00:02:00,00:19:56:00-01:08:17 Result was 2 files omitting 17 minutes in between.
00:00:00-00:02:00,+00:19:56:00-01:08:17 Result was single file omitting 17 minutes in between. That's what expected.
with selected "link files" option, result was one single file, where something is wrong with indexing.
VLC takes 10-20 secunds to jump to next chapter.
Last edited by roberta; 23rd Mar 2019 at 04:39.
There is another video TS file recorded from TV without chapters.
Usually I use Avidemux to convert ts to mkv for better compatibility.
What is easiest option to create such mkv chapter stops?
Can I just display video, search desired points, mark these as chapter starts and then output new mkv?
Or should I create an text or XML file with desired time stamps?
Then what must be xml exact content/format and how to merge chapter into mkv?
1. It won't create exactly one file for me but multiple ones. Check again, maybe you accidentally used different source file or command.
2. --link option doesn't work with --split parts (The documentation doesn't mention this. If you need this feature you should ask the author on gitlab.)
You can of course still manually link them via the Header Editor.
P.S.: You don't have to enter start and ending time when using --split parts. E.g. if your movie starts at 00:00:00 and ends at 01:08:17 just write:
You can also leave the hours out if they aren't needed:
Chapters are good for music DVDs.
You don't like a track, you press "next song please".
Or you like it and want to play again or just to find certain track.
I like to convert music DVD's to mkv and burn then several DVD's onto one BD-R disk.
Then it's easy to swap between performers, when needed.
I also enjoy to remove obscure and slow DVD menus.
Before I discovered a "+" option between time time stamps:
When there was single file output problem, when link option was selected, then looked for a work around and I linked 1st option's 2 split parts into one file, which result seemed OK at first glance.
But I believe a "+" between parts is correct choice.
Last edited by roberta; 24th Mar 2019 at 06:12.