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media-toc is an application to build a table of contents from a media file or to split a media file into chapters. It runs on Linux and Windows and should also work on macOS.

You might also be interested in media-toc-player: a media player with a table of contents.

Table of contents

Screenshots

media-toc playing a video

media-toc UI Video

media-toc playing an audio file, French localization

media-toc UI Audio

Waveform showing 5.1 audio channels

media-toc Waveform 5.1 audio channels

Features

  • Play/Pause an audio/video media
  • Select the streams to play.
  • Draw the audio waveform and chapters boundaries.
  • Seek in the media by left clicking on the waveform, on the timeline or in the chapters list.
  • Play from a position until the end of current time frame by right clicking on the waveform at the starting position in paused mode.
  • Zoom in/out the waveform on the time axis.
  • Add/remove a chapter.
  • Drag chapters' boundaries in order to adjust their position.
  • Play current chapter in a loop.
  • Export the table of contents to:
  • Split the currently selected audio stream into flac, wave, opus, vorbis or mp3 files: one file per chapter.
  • Import the table of contents from:

Accelerators

The following functions are bound to one or multiple key accelerators:

Function keys
Open media dialog Control + O
Quit the application Control + Q
Play/Pause (and open media dialog when no media is loaded) Space or Play
Step forward Right
Step back Left
Go to next chapter Down or Next
Go to the beginning of current chapter or previous chapter Up or Prev
Zoom the waveform in Z
Zoom the waveform out Shitf + Z
Close the info bar Escape
Add a chapter at current position +
Remove the chapter at current position -
Toggle show/hide chapters list L
Toggle repeat current chapter R
Show the Display perspective F5
Show the Streams perspective F6
Show the Export perspective F7
Show the Split perspective F8
Open the about dialog Control + A

How-tos

Create the table of contents

  1. Click on the folder icon or the play icon to open the file selection dialog.
  2. Select the mkv media for which you want to add a table of contents.
  3. If you want to add a chapter starting at the begining of the file, you can click on the + icon under the tree view at the bottom right of the window. The end of the chapter will match the end of the media. This will change automatically if you add new chapters.
  4. Click in the newly added chapter title column and fill the title for this chapter.
  5. Play the stream until the next chapter's starting position. You can use the timeline to seek in the media.
  6. In order to precisely define the start of the new chapter, pause the media by clicking on the play/pause button, then use the + button next to the waveform to zoom in. You can then seek around current sample by clicking on the waveform. You can also play the media in current time frame by right clicking at the starting position. Use the zoom, left click and right click until you reach the position for the chapter to add.
  7. When the cursor (the vertical yellow bar) matches the start of the chapter to add, click on the + icon under the tree view at the bottom right of the window.
  8. If you want to modify chapters boundary, click and drag the boundary to modify to the desired position. Note: this operation is only available in paused mode.
  9. Click in the newly added chapter title column and fill a title for this chapter.
  10. Go back to step 5 if you wish to add another chapter.

Save the table of contents

You can export a table of contents to the mkvmerge simple chapter format which is a text file. This file will be stored in the same folder as the original media and will be automatically loaded next time you open this media.

  1. Define the chapters as explained in this how-to.
  2. Switch to the Export perspective using the selector on the left side of the header bar.
  3. Select mkvmerge text format.
  4. Click on Export. When the export is complete, a new file with the same name as your media and with a txt extension will be created in the media's folder.

Export the resulting media with its table of contents to a Matroska container

Currently, this is only possible if the input streams are compatible with Matroska containers.

Warning: this also requires gst-plugins-good 1.14 or above.

  1. Open a media with a table of contents, define the chapters as explained in this how-to or open a media for which you already defined a table of contents (see this how-to).
  2. Switch to the Streams perspective using the selector on the left side of the header bar.
  3. Tick the streams to export (all streams are ticked by default).
  4. Switch to the Export perspective using the selector on the left side of the header bar.
  5. Select Matroska Container.
  6. Click on Export. When the export is complete, a new file with the same name as your media and ending with .toc.mkv will be created in the media's folder.

Split the audio stream into one file per chapter

  1. Open a media with a table of contents, define the chapters as explained in this how-to or open a media for which you already defined a table of contents (see this how-to).
  2. Switch to the Streams perspective using the selector on the left side of the header bar.
  3. Select the audio stream to split.
  4. Switch to the Split perspective using the selector on the left side of the header bar.
  5. Select to desired output format: flac, wave, opus, vorbis or mp3.
  6. Click on Split. When the split is complete, audio files will be created in the media's folder. The files are named after the artist, media title, chapter number and chapter title.

Use mkvmerge to add the toc to an existing Matrsoka media

Exporting the table of contents to a Matroska container requires gst-plugins-good 1.14 or above. If you use an ealier version, follow these instructions:

  1. Install mkvtoolnix using your package manager.

  2. Export your table of contents to the mkvmerge simple chapter format (see this how-to).

  3. Open a terminal and cd to the directory where your Matroska file is located.

  4. Issue the following command (where media is the name of your mkv file without the extension):

    mkvmerge --chapters _media_.txt -o output_file.mkv _media_.mkv
    

The file output_file.mkv will now contain the media with the chapters you defined.

Technologies

media-toc is developed in Rust and uses the following technologies:

Build environment

Toolchain

$ curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh

Select the stable toolchain. See the full documentation here.

It is convenience to have Rust's tools in the path. On linux, you might want to add this in your .bashrc:

export PATH=$PATH:~/.cargo/bin

Dependencies

Rust dependencies are handled by Cargo. You will also need the following packages installed on your OS:

Fedora

sudo dnf install gcc gtk3-devel glib2-devel gstreamer1-devel \
	gstreamer1-plugins-base-devel gstreamer1-plugins-{good,bad-free,ugly-free} \
	gstreamer1-libav

Debian & Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install gcc libgtk-3-dev libgstreamer1.0-dev \
	libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev gstreamer1.0-plugins-{good,bad,ugly} \
	gstreamer1.0-libav

macOS

Note: the mac I used to test these instructions is pretty old. It's stucked on an old version of the OS and doesn't get precompiled packages from homebrew. Please fill an issue if you run into any problem.

  • Install homebrew.

  • Install git from homebrew:

    brew install git
    
  • Install Rust toolchain manager and select the stable toolchain.

  • Add Rust tools in the PATH:

    echo "export PATH=\$PATH:$HOME/.cargo/bin" >> $HOME/.bashrc
    source $HOME/.bashrc
    
  • Get the sources for last release:

    git clone --branch v0.5.1 https://github.com/fengalin/media-toc
    cd media-toc
    
  • Install dependencies:

    brew install gtk+3 gstreamer adwaita-icon-theme
    brew install --with-libvorbis --with-opus --with-theora gst-plugins-base
    brew install --with-flac --with-gtk+3 --with-libpng --with-taglib gst-plugins-good
    brew install --with-srt gst-plugins-bad
    brew install --with-libmpeg2 --with-x264 gst-plugins-ugly
    
  • Build & run:

    cargo run --release
    

Use the following command to build and generate locales:

PATH="/usr/local/opt/gettext/bin:$PATH" cargo build --release

Windows

  • MSYS2: follow this guide.

  • Install the development toolchain, GTK and GStreamer
    Note: for a 32bits system, use mingw-w64-i686-...

    pacman --noconfirm -S mingw-w64-x86_64-pkg-config gettext-devel mingw-w64-x86_64-gtk3 mingw-w64-x86_64-gstreamer
    pacman --noconfirm -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gst-plugins-{base,good,bad,ugly} mingw-w64-x86_64-gst-libav
    
  • Launch the rustup installer. When asked for the default host triple, select x86_64-pc-windows-gnu (or i686-pc-windows-gnu for a 32bits system), then select stable.

  • From a MSYS2 MinGW 32 or 64 shell

    • add cargo to the PATH:

      echo 'PATH=$PATH:/c/Users/'$USER'/.cargo/bin' >> /home/$USER/.bashrc
      
    • Restart the MSYS2 MinGW 32 or 64 shell before using cargo.

Build and run

Use Cargo (from the root of the project):

cargo run --release

On XDG compliant systems, you can install the application executable and related files (icons, translations and desktop file) for current user by executing the following command (from the root of the project):

bash target/install

You can uninstall with:

bash target/uninstall

Troubleshooting

Can't play a video file or the UI doesn't refresh properly

This might be caused by the hardware acceleration which is enabled by default. In some cases, the application will detect the issue and disable it automatically (a restart is required). But in other cases, you may have to disable it by hand. First check that hardware acceleration is indeed the issue:

cargo run -- --disable-gl

If it solves the problem, you can permanently disable hardware acceleration by editing the configuration file. The configuration location depends on the operating system:

OS Configuration location
Linux based ~/.config/media-toc/config.ron
macOS /Users/user/Library/Preferences/org.fengalin.media-toc/config.ron
Windows C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\fengalin\media-toc\config\config.ron

Open the configuration file and replace the following line:

        is_gl_disabled: false,

with:

        is_gl_disabled: true,

Discarding the translations

media-toc is currently available in English, French and Spanish. The user's locale should be automatically detected. If you want to use the English version or if you want to submit logs, you can discard the translations using the following command:

LC_MESSAGES=C cargo run --release