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RipStation Workflow for CDDAs

The RipStation application can be launched from a shortcut on the desktop of the dedicated workstation:

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On start-up, RipStation will check for another running instance, close it, and then initialize the software. A CMD.EXE window will open and inform the BDPL technician of these operations:

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Configuration

The RipStation application involves two configuration steps: general choices about logging and ripping are made in the 'Preferences' menu and then additional choices about formats and output folder/file naming are made when the batch is started.

Preferences

To open the Preferences window, click on the gear icon in the top menu:

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Logging

On the 'Logging' tab on the Preferences window, make sure the following boxes are checked:

  • Log all metadata
  • Log batch summary

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Ripping

In the 'Ripping' tab of the Preferences window, check the following two boxes:

  • Rip sequentially
  • Rip all tracks to one file

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NOTE: these selections are essential for the RipStation to produce the correct output and match barcode values from userdata.txt with the correct discs.

Launch Batch

Additional configuration of the software requires BDPL staff to launch the batch operation.  Click the large red circle in the top menu of the main interface:

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Start a New Batch

After clicking the launch button, a new window will open with several key configuration options.  Make sure the settings include:

  • Client Name: enter current shipment ID in YYYYMMDD format
  • Number of CDs: 0
  • Output Formats: check box next to WAV v1 (NOTE: if WAV v1 is not listed among the options, click the 'Add' button and select it from the menu that opens.)
  • Output path:
    • Check the box next to 'Use this output path'
    • Browse to 'D:\Local Audio' for the output path
  • Check the box next to 'Do not connect to Internet for metadata' (NOTE: IU general counsel has ruled that no commercially replicated audio CDs should be replicated; as a result, no applicable metadata should be available for our content.)
  • Check the box next to 'Audio files only'

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Output Formats - Edit

If the BDPL technician selects the WAV v1 file format from the 'Output Formats' box and clicks the 'Edit' button, an additional 'Output Proprerties' window will open.  These settings should not require adjustment before each batch, but should be checked nonetheless.

Under the 'File Names' section, be sure that the 'Tracks' textbox includes the value: %C\%0\files\%0.wav

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This will ensure that files are saved to the appropriate folder structure.  No other options should be selected in this window.

Operation

After reviewing the settings, make sure the drives on the workstation are empty and closed and then click the 'Start Batch' button at the bottom of the 'Start a new batch' window:

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While the RipStation should run through the entire stack of discs, BDPL staff should monitor the operation in case of an error (such as the robotic arm's failure to pick up a disc).  See the Troubleshooting section of this page for more information on how to handle issues that arise.

Once all discs have addressed by the RipStation, proceed to copy the resulting files to Scandium for further data replication and/or content analysis.

RipStation DataGrabber Workflow for Data Discs and DVD-Video

The RipStation DataGrabber can be launched from a shortcut on the desktop of the RipStation computer.  The software may be configured and operated via the user interface:

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On start-up, RipStation DataGrabber will check for another running instance, close it, and then initialize the software. A CMD.EXE window will open and inform the BDPL technician of these operations:

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Configuration

The RipStation DataGrabber software should not require any adjustments except for updating the shipment ID in the 'Name Format' in the main interface. Information is this included here for reference and in the event that settings have been changed inadvertently or for custom projects.

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The main interface of RipStation Grabber includes the following settingsa number of configuration options.  Make sure the settings include:

  • Loader type: MFD
  • Ouput format: ISO/MDF Image
  • Disc count: 0
  • File type filter: leave blank
  • Root path: D:\Local Data\
  • Name format: [shipmentID]\%0\disk-image\%0  
    • NOTE: the '%0' refers to the barcode stored in the userdata.txt file. 

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NOTE: be sure to update the name format with the current shipment ID in YYYYMMDD format.

Preferences

It is also necessary to change several of the DataGrabber preferences.  To access these options, click the 'Preferences' icon in the top menu:

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  • 'Reject discs which are not recognized' (time limit should be set to 2.5 minutes)
  • 'Rip sequentially'

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NOTE: RipStation DataGrabber will not correctly align barcode values from userdata.tx with content if 'Rip sequentially' is not selected.

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Under the 'Reports' tab of the Preferences window, be sure to check the option to 'Log full batch log to file.'

Operation

Once the configuration is completed, the RipStation DataGrabber batch operation is ready to begin.  Click Before starting, make sure that all drives on the workstation are empty and closed; then click the large green arrow in the top menu of the main interface:

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While the RipStation Datagrabber should run through the entire stack of discs, BDPL staff should monitor the operation in case of an error (such as the robotic arm's failure to pick up a disc).  See the Troubleshooting section of this page for more information on how to handle issues that arise.

Once all discs have addressed by the RipStation DataGrabber, proceed to copy the resulting files to Scandium for further data replication and/or content analysis.

Copying Files to Scandium

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Run bdpl_ripstation_postprocess.py and create images

Troubleshooting

Software is Not Responding

Occassionally, RipStation and RipStation DataGrabber will crash immediately after launch with a message that the software is not responding.  Close the error message and relaunch; please note that it may take several attempts before the software correctly starts.

Robotic Arm Is Unable to Pick Up Disc

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