Split MKV, MP3, FLAC, APE, M4B by Chapters

Embedded Chapter Marker in MKV, MP4, MOV

In many file format, such as MKV, MP4, MOV, M4A, M4B, RM, etc., there are some embedded chapter markers. Each chapter has a begin and end position, and a title. In most popular video or audio player, such as Windows Media Player or QuickTime, you can see these chapters, and you can jump to each chapter directly by select that chapter.

Independent Chapter Marker, CUE File

Decades ago, CD is the best media to carry high quality lossless digital music. How ever, the size of CD is not fit for carry. With the boom of portable media player such as iPod, Zune, and powerful mobile phone, people always rip CD into MP3, WAV, FLAC, APE, etc.

Music CD usually contains about 10 songs, while MP3, FLAC, APE don't support embedded chapter markers. To specify the begin, end position and name of each song, people invented CUE file format. CUE file is a text file, its format is intuitive and easy to edit. If you cannot get the corresponding file of MP3, FLAC, APE, you can write one yourself.

CUE file looks like this:

PERFORMER "Rainer Kubmaul; Sonja Prunnbauer"
TITLE "Paganini - Sonatas for Violin and Guitar"
FILE "Paganini.-.Sonatas.for.Violin.and.Guitar.flac" WAVE
  TRACK 01 AUDIO
    TITLE "01. I. Allegro Spiritoso"
    PERFORMER "Rainer Kubmaul, Sonja Prunnbauer"
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
 TRACK 02 AUDIO
    TITLE "02. II. Adagio Assai Espressivo"
    PERFORMER "Rainer Kubmaul, Sonja Prunnbauer"
    INDEX 01 07:21:00
 TRACK 03 AUDIO
    TITLE "03. III. Rondeau"
    PERFORMER "Rainer Kubmaul, Sonja Prunnbauer"
    INDEX 01 10:37:00

Sometimes, you don't like all songs in one file, so you want to split this file by chapters, so that one file contains only one song. Then you can discard the songs you don't like.

Split MKV, MP4, MOV, RM, M4A, M4B, MP3, FLAC, APE by Chapters

Faasoft Video Converter and Faasoft Audio Converter can split files by chapter, no matter embedded or independent chapter marker. It split one file into several files, and name each file by chapter name.

To split files by independent chapter marker, you need a cue file which specify the begin, end position and name of each song. It must have the same file name with the corresponding music file, except the .cue extension, and be placed in the same folder side by side with the music file.

To split files by chapter, you need just 4 steps:

  • 1. Add video or audio files to Faasoft Video Converter.
  • 4. Select output format from Profile list.
  • 3. Select "Split by Chapter" in "Edit" menu.
  • 4. Click Start button to start the conversion.