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Thread: How do I batch rip audiobooks

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    How do I batch rip audiobooks

    I rip audio books for listening on my mp3 player at the gym. Most audiobook titles are not supported in any of the metadata directories, and if so, are often in error. An audiobook can contain as many as 20 disks.

    I want to set up the batch ripper so that it does not search for metadata, but uses the info I provide.

    Then I want it to use the same metadata for all the disks, but increment the disk number automatically

    Can this be done?

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    It is not possible to reuse the same entered data for other discs, but you can set batch ripper under the metadata option to not look up online and show the manual input and review page.

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Hi,

    i would like to reopen this question and make a feature request.
    As GeekEmeritus said, audiobooks are very badly supported by the metadata providers.
    Most of them don't have any track names, so the default is ok. All disks have the same artist, album, genre, year, ... tags and the same cover. The only thing changing is the disc number.
    Its very annoying to enter all that data for each disk over and over again.

    So I would like to propose two (alternative) features that would really be helpful:
    a) A metadata provider "copy from last rip" which does just that: It copies all the "Meta Data for All Tracks" from the last rip.
    b) Being able to save the "Meta Data for All Tracks" to the rip profile and use them as default on disc refresh.

    What do you think?

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Perhaps i should clarify, that i'm talking about the standard reference dBpoweramp CD Ripper R15.1

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    I have made some small progress with work-arounds. I can get some segregation by placing the book name into the Batch Name field and setting the naming string to

    [tag]batchname[]\[tag]batchname[] - D[SETLEN]2,48,,[tag]batchdiscnumber[][]T[track]

    It seems to count the disks properly -- most of the time. Some post-work with Tag & Rename finishes the clean-up and adds comments and album art from Goodreads. Softpointer has promised scripting capability in T&R in the future, and that should make it close to automatic.

    I next want to insert the batchname into the Album meta tag field. My last failure was

    IF [tag]batchname[]=[anyvalue]
    SET Album=[tag]batchname[]

    Any idea why this does not work.

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Quote Originally Posted by GeekEmeritus View Post
    I next want to insert the batchname into the Album meta tag field. My last failure was

    IF [tag]batchname[]=[anyvalue]
    SET Album=[tag]batchname[]

    Any idea why this does not work.
    Try:

    IF batchname=[anyvalue]
    SET Album=[tag]batchname[]

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Thanks for the suggestion, but it did not work. Maybe it is not possible in the dbp program design.

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Try:

    IF artist=[anyvalue]
    SET Album=artist

    does this work?


    IF artist=[anyvalue]
    SET Album=[tag]artist[]

    (the test uses artist)

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Strange...

    1. I tried the following and it DID NOT work:
    IF batchname=[anyvalue]
    SET Album=[tag]batchname[]

    2. Next, I tried the following and it DID work:
    IF Genre=[anyvalue]
    SET Comment=[Genre]

    3. So, I tried the following and it DID NOT work:
    IF Genre=[anyvalue]
    SET Comment=[Batchname]

    4. Next, I tried the following and it DID work:
    IF Genre=[anyvalue]
    SET Comment=[tag]Batchname[]

    5. Finally, I tried the following and it DID work, when previously it did not:
    IF Batchname=[anyvalue]
    SET Album=[tag]Batchname[]

    Very odd indeed. I expect there is some logic to it, somewhere.
    Last edited by mville; 04-06-2015 at 03:41 PM.

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    If I set the artist and album in the manual metadata, it does work. What I am trying to do is obtain the album information from the batch name.

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    I have not been able to get any of the scenarios mville described to work.

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Quote Originally Posted by GeekEmeritus View Post
    I have not been able to get any of the scenarios mville described to work.
    What platform, OS and dBpoweramp version are you running?

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Windows 7, 15.2 Reference

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    Quote Originally Posted by GeekEmeritus View Post
    Windows 7, 15.2 Reference
    ... and, to confirm, you cannot get the following to work on an mp3 file?:

    IF Genre=[anyvalue]
    SET Comment=[Genre]
    Last edited by mville; 04-09-2015 at 09:36 PM.

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    Re: How do I batch rip audiobooks

    This works:
    If Genre=[anyvalue]
    SET Comment=[Genre]

    This does not:
    If Genre=[anyvalue]
    SET Comment=[tag]Batchname[]

    nor this:
    If Comment=[anyvalue]
    SET Comment=[tag]Batchname[]

    However, the program is picking up the batch tags because the file rename string does work
    [tag]batchname[]\[tag]batchname[] - D[SETLEN]2,48,,[tag]batchdiscnumber[][]T[track]

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