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Old 03-03-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Adding chapter markers to videos


Is there any linux video editor that supports adding chapter markers to videos? I tried everything I could get my hands on, including openshot and kdenlive (which last won't run under GNOME, however many kde libs I install, and I don't want to switch to kde4 which I hate), and so far nothing works. I don't understand where the problem is; it's so easy on the Mac. Is there an application comparable to the Mac's GarageBand? I am not talking about creating music here (though I may in the future), simply about adding chapter markers to videos, which GarageBand does very well and fast. I could go on using GarageBand, which can import .mkv and .avi movies, but eventually I should like to switch over to Ubuntu completely, because maintaining two complete systems including two full sets of backups is very uncomfortable.
 
Old 03-03-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
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have you looked at cinnelerra? Although complicated, it's pretty good
 
Old 03-03-2010, 04:18 PM   #3
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Thanks, bret381. Already tried cinelerra, and it's indeed complicated. Are labels the same as chapter marks? Besides, I don't want to transcode the videos, just add chapter marks. The task in question is recreating a DVD that's too badly broken for the error correction of dvdbackup and k9copy to work.
I already converted the DVD's titles to avi movies that miss a few frames but play continuously without crashing (using the terminal to concatenate the VOBs and avidemux to cut and transcode them), and if I just want the DVD my task is done because I know how to go on from here with GarageBand (which will import the avi, add the markers and export it wrapped in a quicktime container) and iDVD (which will retain the chapter markers even though audio and video will be somewhat out of sync), but I want to recreate the process using only linux.
 
Old 03-03-2010, 05:50 PM   #4
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I don't know of any, but google a dvd authoring program. That should do what you are wanting. I think kdenlive actually has this built in, but I'm not sure.
 
Old 03-05-2010, 02:55 AM   #5
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Thanks, bret381. I took another look at cinelerra, and it does not seem to work - there isn't even decent navigation, only a very slow "fast forward", single frame and very crude and imprecise drawing with the mouse. I am used to working quickly and efficiently with GarageBand, but <flame> cinelerra seems a mess, sorry </flame> I can't even save the clip, I get a "permission denied" error. The only dvd authoring program I've found so far that supports chapter marks is mandvd, and its interface is a bad joke - I am supposed to go through the video at 1:1 speed and click at the position where I want the chapter mark. And if I fast forward, it crashes. Avidemux is the only good program I have found so far, but it does not support chapter marks. Doesn't look good. So I guess I have to stick with GarageBand and iDVD, and the quicktime player (sigh).
 
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I understand. Personally I use Adobe Premiere, which does not run in wine, so I have a virtual machine w/ XP on it and Premiere installed. That's the only thing I use winblows for. I know there is a hack to install OS X on a PC, but I don't know if it will work in a virtual machine. Worth a look though I guess.
 
  


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