The RipStation BR6-7604 may be used for shipments that include 15 or more pieces of optical media all of which belong to one of the following categories (follow links for more information on media identification):
If you are working with less than 15 discs of one of the above categories, it will be more time-efficient to simply use the BDPL Ingest Tool, following instructions in the Ingest User Manual and Workflow Guidelines.
The basic workflow for RipStation jobs is as follows:
- Separate discs in the shipment into one of two groups:
- Data discs and DVD-Video discs
- CDDA discs
- Create RipStation "userdata.txt" file for each grouping of discs; enter item barcodes, one per line.
- Scan images of each disc (and case or enclosure), following steps outline in the 'Scan the Physical Media' section. (NOTE: this step may be done at the same time as the creation of the UserData.txt file.)
- Validate userdata.txt file and save to appropriate software folder on the RipStation.
- Load discs onto the RipStation spindle(s), ensuring they are in the same order as they were entered on the UserData.txt file (i.e., first disc on the first spindle is the first barcode in the file).
- Start the appropriate RipStation software and configure the settings so that content will be saved to the correct location.
- Copy files from the RipStation to the appropriate shipment folder on Scandium.
- Run bdpl_ripstation_ingest.py
- Address any discs that failed to transfer during the RipStation batch process.
Separate Optical Media into Appropriate Groupings
When performing batch operations on the RipStation, we will use two separate workflows, each of which require specific types of optical media:
- Data discs and DVD-Video discs
- Compact Disc Digital Audio (CDDA) discs
See the Section on Identifying and Handling Optical Media for more information on how to distinguish between types of discs.
Create Userdata.txt File
The BDPL RipStation workflows require a plain text file that lists each item in a given batch, with one item per line. Please note that it is imperative that the
- Open a blank plain text document.
- Scan the item barcode for each disc into the document. Make sure that the cursor is on a new line before each barcode is scanned.
- When done, save the file within the shipment folder on Scandium using the filename: userdata.txt
NOTE: The RipStation will not use the barcodes in the batch process if this naming convention is not strictly followed.
Scan Original Media
While handling the discs to create the userdata.txt file, it may prove convenient to also scan the original media and enclosure on the Epson scanner. Follow the instructions laid out in the Ingest User Manual section on how to "Scan the Physical Media."
NOTE: To ensure that discs are not mixed up or placed back in the wrong enclosure, be sure to write the last four digits or characters of the barcode along the inside edge of the disc in black permanent marker. This will be especially helpful if any discs fail and are taken out of their sequential order.
The RipStation DataGrabber software should not require any adjustments, as the settings will be saved from one operation to the next. If these are changed or reset, the software configuration for data discs and DVD-Videos should reflect:
- 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
- Double-click the DataGrabber icon on the RipStation desktop to launch the application.
- Once the program starts, make sure that:
- The settings match the configuration outlined above.
- A current copy of userdata.txt is stored in the DataGrabber program folder: C:\Program Files\MF Digital\RipStation DataGrabber
- Load the disks onto the input spindle in the same order that they are listed in userdata.txt. NOTE: the software first checks the input spindle closest to the drives.
- Press the 'Start' button and start grabbing some data! It's recommended that you keep an eye on the RIpStation while the DataGrabber is in operation in case any errors or issues occur that require assistance.
Robotic Arm Is Unable to Pick Up Disc
The robotic arm may have trouble grasping individual discs for no apparent reason. After several unsuccessful attempts, the software will display a dialogue box asking if you want to cancel the operation (no more discs), try again (discs remain), or keep going (additional discs have been added). Click the 'Try again' button to continue; it may be necessary to gentle nudge the disc in towards the robotic arm so that it can get a bettere purchase on the disc.
DataGrabber Unexpected Crash
The RipStation DataGrabber software may stop unexpectedly in the middle of a batch. If this happens, check the RipStation output window to see the last barcode that was successfully completed:
Remove any uncompleted discs that may have been left in the drives and return to the input spindle, making sure they are in the same order as in the 'userdata.txt' file. Be sure to delete any barcodes from userdata.txt that have been completed so that the next disc in the spindle is the first barcode in the file.
DataGrabber: Unable to close the drive tray
While using the DataGrabber software to transfer content off of data discs and DVD-Video discs, BDPL staff on several occasions have encountered a situation where a disc is loaded into a drive and the software produces an error message indicating it is 'Unable to close the drive tray' and that the batch has completed, even though other discs are remaining. An example of the DataGrabber output window is below:
This problem appears to be caused by optical media that are not correctly formatted or finalized. To confirm, remove the problematic disc from the RipStation and attempt to open on one of the BDPL workstations. If the disc cannot be read, skip it and restart the batch process.
*****NOTE: when recovering from this error, be sure to edit the list of barcodes in userdata.txt so that the barcode in the first line of the file represents the disc at the top of the input stack.*****