ID3v2ChapterTool is an application which allows you to author and embed chapter information in your MP3 files. It is part of the BBC open source initiative and is maintained as a Sourceforge project. The application uses a new signalling specification that has been developed by ID3.org
Warning: ID3v2 Chapter signalling is not currently supported by most media players. Although the signalling is unlikely to cause problems it may be some time before you will be able to see a benefit. However, if you are developing a media player which supports chapters you should find this application useful.
Chapters in this context could be any of the following:
At the most basic level this chapter information consists of the start time of each chapter you define, allowing listeners to skip easily to these points in the file during replay. However, chapters can also have descriptive information (e.g. title), images and URLs.
The information attached to each chapter can be used by media players to provide a dynamic display during replay. For example, the images attached to each chapter can be used to provide a slide show.
ID3v2ChapterTool also allows you to create a Table of Contents (TOC).
At the simplest level a TOC can be a flat list of chapters as shown in
this screenshot. However, it
is also possible to create a hierarchical table of contents if required.
At the most advanced level it is possible to define multiple TOCs for a single audio file. For example, one TOC could provide access to the entire audio file whilst a second TOC could provide access to a set of highlights.Once chapter information is widely supported by media players it will enable some exciting new multimedia applications such Audio Encyclopaedias.
Requirements and Installation