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April 2, 2008 at 3:39 am (misc) (cam, divx, dvdrip, dvdscr, r5, xvid) CAM A cam is a theater rip usually done with a digital video camera. A mini tripod is sometimes used, but a lot of the time this wont be possible, so the camera make shake. Also seating placement isn’t always idle, and it might be filmed from an angle. If cropped properly, this is hard to tell unless there’s text on the screen, but a lot of times these are left with triangular borders on the top and bottom of the screen. Sound is taken from the onboard microphone of the camera, and especially in comedies, laughter can often be heard during the film. Due to these factors picture and sound quality are usually quite poor, but sometimes we’re lucky, and the theater will be fairly empty and a fairly clear signal will be heard. TELESYNC (TS) A telesync is the same spec as a CAM except it uses an external audio source (most likely an audio jack in the chair for hard of hearing people). A direct audio source does not ensure a good quality audio source, as a lot of background noise can interfere. A lot of the times a telesync is filmed in an empty cinema or from the projection booth with a professional camera, giving a better picture quality. Quality ranges drastically, check the sample before downloading the full release. A high percentage of Telesyncs are CAMs that have been mislabeled. TELECINE (TC) A telecine machine copies the film digitally from the reels. Sound and picture should be very good, but due to the equipment involved and cost telecines are fairly uncommon. Generally the film will be in correct aspect ratio, although 4:3 telecines have existed. A great example is the JURASSIC PARK 3 TC done last year. TC should not be confused with TimeCode , which is a visible counter on screen throughout the film SCREENER (SCR) A pre VHS tape, sent to rental stores, and various other places for promotional use. A screener is supplied on a VHS tape, and is usually in a 4:3 (full screen) a/r, although letterboxed screeners are sometimes found. The main draw back is a “ticker” (a message that scrolls past at the bottom of the screen, with the copyright and anti-copy telephone number). Also, if the tape contains any serial numbers, or any other markings that could lead to the source of the tape, these will have to be blocked, usually with a black mark over the section. This is sometimes only for a few seconds, but unfortunately on some copies this will last for the entire film, and some can be quite big. Depending on the equipment used, screener quality can range from excellent if done from a MASTER copy, to very poor if done on an old VHS recorder thru poor capture equipment on a copied tape. Most screeners are transferred to VCD, but a few attempts at SVCD have occurred, some looking better than others. DVD-SCREENER (DVDscr) Same premise as a screener, but transferred off a DVD. Usually letterbox , but without the extras that a DVD retail would contain. The ticker is not usually in the black bars, and will disrupt the viewing. If the ripper has any skill, a DVDscr should be very good. Usually transferred to SVCD or

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requiring pirates to 2 of 38 9/28/2011 5:59 PM .What is a CAM. and has actors in their places) and others can contain extra scenes (Jay and Silent Bob) .wordpress. WPs can be nice additions to the collection once a good quality final has been obtained. and re-encoded into a small DivX file. and the “dark matches” and camera/commentary tests are included on the rips. and bootlegged copies of these releases that are distributed on the Internet. In some cases. should be excellent quality. generally in one of the corners. Since DVD Screeners are the chief source of high-quality pirated movies. TVRip TV episode that is either from Network (capped using digital cable/satellite boxes are preferable) or PRE-AIR from satellite feeds sending the program around to networks a few days earlier (do not contain “dogs” but sometimes have flickers etc) Some programs such as WWF Raw Is War contain extra parts. It can be missing scenes. Some WPs are very different from the final print (Men In Black is missing all the DivX/XviD. WORKPRINT (WP) A workprint is a copy of the film that has not been finished. Most famous are the “Z” “A” and “Globe” watermarks. R5 DVDs may be released without an English audio track. Generally avoid. In an effort to compete with movie piracy. unless you’re that unsure about a film u only want a 200mb copy of it. DVDrips are released in SVCD and DivX/XviD. Star Wars episode 2) again. R5. Usually with a letter/initials or a little logo. DVDRip. DVDRip A copy of the final released DVD. These aren’t really worth downloading. Common groups are SMR and TND. VCD/SVCD/DivX/XviD rips are all supported by the TV scene. VHSRip Transferred off a retail VHS. Most commonly found on file sharers. generally giving the best results. this allows the movie studios to beat the pirates to market. the movie industry chose to create a new format for DVD releases that could be produced more quickly and less expensively than traditional DVD releases. and these are usually bought by some groups to put out as their own. DivX Re-Enc A DivX re-enc is a film that has been taken from its original VCD source. If possible this is released PRE retail (for example. Watermarks A lot of films come from Asian Silvers/PDVD (see below) and these are tagged by the people responsible. PDTV is capped from a digital TV PCI card. XviD…? « TechniX http://tamnn. R5 R5 refers to a specific format of DVD released in DVD Region 5.Name. and without any special features. mainly skating/sports videos and XXX releases. and groups tend to release in SVCD for these. R5 releases differ from normal releases in that they are a direct Telecine transfer of the film without any of the image processing common on DVD releases. these are usually labeled something like Film. music. DVDSCR. and quality can range from excellent to very poor. This allows the film to be released for sale at the same time that DVD Screeners are released. Asian Silvers / PDVD These are films put out by eastern bootleggers.Group(1of2) etc. Silvers are very cheap and easily available. the former Soviet Union.

but it is therefore not guaranteed.wordpress. (If you want to learn more about XviD/DivX encoding so you can make your own DVDrips. DVDSCR. To get a better SVCD encode using variable bit-rates. most people have switched to use the direct line audio from the film’s theatrical release. the length you can fit on a single CDR is not fixed. and are generally in as good quality as possible that can fit on one 700MB CDR disc. DVD Screeners. but the results are far clearer. not only because it is open source. the pirated release is tagged with “. mVs. XviD…? « TechniX http://tamnn. they were variably tagged as Telecines. Due to the variable bit-rate. Because there is no scene release standard for pirated R5 releases. The image quality of an R5 release is generally comparable to a DVD Screener release. but also because it is superior in many ways). They are both capable of much higher resolutions and bit-rates. The quality is better than Telecine transfers produced by movie pirates because the transfer is performed usingprofessional-grade film scanning equipment.R5″ or r5 line (the line meaning it has direct english line audio) and suggesting that other groups do the same. several release groups such as DREAMLiGHT. DivX / XviD XviD & DivX are the most commonly encoded movies. In late 2006. DVDRip.What is a CAM. but it all depends on the player to whether the disc can be played. many stand-alone DVD players have been released that are capable of playing DivX/XviD movies (even on CDRs). and PUKKA began tagging R5 releases with “. but generally between 35-60 Mins are the most common. until it went from open source to a corporation that bought the rights & started charging for it (although the crack can easily be obtained for the DivX encoder. In the last year or so. which has made this the most popular form of encoding. XVCD/XSVCD These are basically VCD/SVCD that don’t obey the “rules”. so they can be burnt onto a CDR & played in these new DVD players (which can be purchased just about anywhere for as little as $30-$40 USD). so when looking at an mpeg. DivX encoded movies will definitely play on these new DVD players. SVCD SVCD is an mpeg2 based (same as DVD) which allows variable bit-rates of up to 2500kbits at a resolution of 480×480 (NTSC) which is then decompressed into a 4:3 aspect ratio when played back. the most popular at the moment being the new XviD 1.LINE” to distinguish it from a release with a DVD audio track.2 codec. except without the added scrolling text and black and white scenes that serve to distinguish screeners from commercial DVD releases. & it only takes a little simple tweaking by the ripper to ensure XviDs will play on them as well. this takes a lot longer. which is why most XviD/DivX movies are almost exactly 700MB. Various codecs exist. The majority of XviD/DivX rips are taken from DVDs. R5. or even DVD rips. it is important to use multiple “passes”. Both VCDs and SVCDs are timed in minutes. X(S)VCD are total non-standards. just visit doom9. it may appear larger than the disc capacity. and fit as much on a single disc as possible. and in reality u can fit 74min on a 3 of 38 9/28/2011 5:59 PM . VCDs are generally used for lower quality transfers (CAM/TS/TC/Screener(VHS)/TVrip(analogue) in order to make smaller file sizes. rather than MB. and are usually for home-ripping by people who don’t intend to release them. In this case. DivX used to be the most popular. with a constant bitrate of 1150kbit at a resolution of 352×240 (NTCS). VCD VCD is an mpeg1 based format.

DVD>DVDR copies are possible.) CVD CVD is a combination of VCD and SVCD formats. it holds 4. SVCD mpeg2 images must be converted before they can be burnt to DVD-R and played successfully.264/MPEG-4 AVC video streams. Because of the high resolution/bit-rates. It supports MPEG2 bit-rates of SVCD.wordpress. MiniDVD MiniDVD/cDVD is the same format as DVD but on a standard CDR/CDRW. XviD…? « TechniX http://tamnn. its only possible to fit about 18-21 mins of footage per disc. DVD-R and DVD+R). DVDRip. t h 121 Comments x264 x264 is a free software library for encoding H. DVDSCR. (More to come. DVD-R Is the recordable DVD solution that seems to be the most popular (out of DVD-RAM. R5.7gb of data per side. and double sided discs are available. but sometimes extras/languages have to be removed to stick within the available 4. Like this: Like 6 bloggers like this post.7gb. 4 of 38 9/28/2011 5:59 PM . and is generally supported by a majority of DVD players. Currently no groups release in CVD.What is a CAM. and the format is only compatible with a few players. so discs can hold nearly 10gb in some circumstances. but uses a resolution of 352×480(ntsc) as the horizontal resolution is generally less important.