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UberFLAC v0.89 - tools to help with ÜberStandard 3.0/FLAC rips
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These rather hackish tools help with ÜberStandard 3.0/FLAC rips.

FLACScript enforces and checks MD5 sums for FLAC rips, and does
it better than oggscript. It also generates standard-compliant
MD5 checksum files now, that anything else like md5sum or hksfv
can check too.

UberTrans allows you to safely transcode FLAC rips to the other
UberStandard formats. Yes, it only works on FLAC. Deal with it,
that'll never change.


Instructions for installation:
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I apologise for the following rather unformatted drivel. I haven't
had time, but the instructions are all here. I hope.


1. Install ActiveState ActivePerl: (5.8.2.808 here:
http://downloads.activestate.com/ActivePerl/Windows/5.8/ActivePerl-5.8.2.808-MSWin32-x86.msi
- later versions should work OK, check the website
http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl/
for details, you do _not_ need to enter anything or register, use the latest Windows MSI build)

2. Create a new directory C:uber

3. Unpack this archive to the C:uber directory, so you have directories: C:uberutils
C:uberripFLAC C:ubertransFLAC and C:ubertransAPS (and several others under
trans, one for each format).

4.
You need to put C:uberutils in your $PATH, do it like this:
(instructions are for Windows XP, other versions may vary)

a) Press WinKey+Pause/Break to bring up System Properties (alternatively, right-click My Computer and select Properties)
b) Switch to Advanced tab
c) Press Environment Variables button near the bottom of the dialog
d) In the bottom half of this Environment Variables dialog is a system variables list. You'll see Path in there. Edit it; DO NOT overwrite everything in it. Your system needs that stuff, so be careful here and do exactly what I say: Press
Home (go to the beginning), type "C:uberutils;" without the quotes EXACTLY,
including that semicolon at the end (don't insert any spaces or anything!), and
press Return. Your Path should look SOMETHING like this:
c:uberutils;C:Perlbin;%SystemRoot%system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%System32Wbem
It may be longer or different, but it gives you an idea what to expect.
e) Press OK in this dialog and OK again in the previous dialog to commit the changes.
f) Reboot for the new changes to take effect.

7.
WinKey+R (Run), type cmd, press return (to open a command prompt)
for when you come back:
ubertrans
should give a nice version message.

to rip in FLAC:
set up to uberstandard with following tweaks.
I recommend you don't open external compressor windows. Don't close EAC until you see
there's NO compression tasks remaining (in the statusbar at the bottom), whatever you
do... other than that, it's less trouble. You may also want to change ripping and encoding
priority to Idle (it's a shame it doesn't support changing encoding priority to Idle but
keeping ripping priority Normal, really).

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Construction of save filenames: FLAC rips are always in the Long format, and will be
until LM-3.
this is why C:uberripFLAC is close to the root.

Use naming scheme: "%A - %C%A - %C - %N - %T" and various artist naming scheme "%C%C -
%N - %A - %T" (both without quotes). do _not_ mess with that.
filename problems can be minimised by simply not making the album name gratuitously long.

go to directory tab, and use this directory every time without asking: C:uberripFLAC
compression options, external compression. This is the meat of it:

Parameter Passing Scheme: User Defined Encoder
Use file extension: .flac

Program, including path, used for compression: C:uberutilsflac.exe
Additional command line options : --best %s -T uberstandard=FLAC -T comment="uberstandard flac" -T description="uberstandard flac" -T title="%t" -T artist="%a" -T date="%Y" -T
genre="%m" -T album="%g" -T tracknumber="%n"
Bit rate: 320kbit/s (as with other uber profiles, doesn't matter, cosmetic only, and well
below normal flac bitrates)
High quality (again, cosmetic only)
Delete WAV after compression: YES
Use CRC check: NO
Add ID3 Tag: NO


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