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Creating and managing annotations, cue points and chapters

Annotate your audio with ad markers (pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls) and content markers.

How to create and manage annotations and cue points

Annotating your content with segment markers can also help you both remember what sections of an audio file are important content via "Audio Segments" as well as edit and crop an episode via "Remove Segments".

Audio Segments

To create an Audio Segment marker at the current caret position, simply edit your episode, select to "Annotate" your audio and click the "SE" button in the toolbar: 

This will place a segment right at the place of the caret. You can easily move the position of the marker by dragging its handles (start and end) or editing its parameters in the "Marker Details" section.

Keep in mind that Audio Segments are there just for you to annotate your audio and don't perform an action in the way that ad-markers or "Remove Segments" do.

Remove Segments

Remove Segments are special types of markers that allow you to visually remove sections of audio from listener playback, without needing to crop and edit the audio itself. This enables you to easily take an existing segment and quickly convert it into a cropped region of audio. 

To create a Remove Segment, simply create an "Audio Segment" (see section above) and change its type to a "Remove Segment. 

That portion of the waveform will turn red, to indicate that the section is a Remove Segment.

Once you save your episode, the Whooshkaa media delivery engine will interpret that as a special portion of audio that will not be delivered to your listeners.

Chapter Markers

Recent changes in players such as Apple Podcasts have made chapters more prominent in podcasts. Whooshkaa's annotator allows you to both import existing markers from episodes (when a file is selected from your file system) and to create new markers.

To create a new chapter marker, move the caret to your desired position and click the chapter (CH) button in the toolbar:

The chapter will be entered at the caret location with a default end-time. Move the marker to your desired spot or set its start time in the fields underneath.

In Whooshkaa, you may edit the chapter title, start and end times, the URL and also specify the image. To set or change the image, click the image button in the chapter's entry and select the image, or remove it if you don't want to set it any more. The URL field is available by clicking the additional items menu on the right side of the chapter's fields, next to the Title field.

In most podcast players, the chapters will enable easy navigation through the episode, however in some, the cover art and URL provide additional capabilities. In some (such as the Whooshkaa web player), the cover art will change in the player to the chapter's image during the chapter as well as the URL being made available as a link next to the chapter's title.

Note: When you select the episode audio that contains chapters already defined in it (either in the uploaded MP3 or the Media Libary file) you will be prompted to select whether you would like to "merge" these into the episode set. This way, if you have already defined chapter markers in your audio file, these can be easily brought into Whooshkaa and edited in our episode editor.

For more information about ad-markers, please see this article.