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.
CAM – Самое низкое качество. Фильм записывают камерой с экрана кинотеатра. Качество обычно нормальное до хорошего. В некоторых фильмах видны головы других кинозрителей и.т.д. Качество звука бывает разное, возможны помехи типа смеха публики.

TSTELESYNC – 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.
TS TELESYNC -Записывается профессиональной (цифровой) камерой установленной на штатив в пустом кинотеатре с экрана. Качество видео намного лучше, чем с простой камеры (Cam). Звук записывается напрямую с проектора или с другого отдельного выхода, например гнездо для наушников в кресле (как в самолёте). Звук, таким образом получается очень хороший и без помех. Как правило, звук в режиме стерео.

TCTELECINE – 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. TC should not be confused with TimeCode , which is a visible counter on screen throughout the film.
TCTELECINE – Такие версии очень редкие. Зато качество самое лучшее. Источником является проектор с выходами для аудио и видео. Фильм записывают прямо с проектора. Качество видео и звука великолепно.

SCRSCREENER – 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.
SCRSCREENER -Второе место по качеству. Для этого используется профессиональная видеокассета для прессы. Качество изображения сравнимо с очень хорошим VHS. Звук тоже отличный, обычно стерео или Dolby Surround.

VHS-Rip – Transferred off a retail VHS, mainly skating/sports videos and XXX releases.

DVD-ScrDVD-SCREENER – 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 DivX/XviD.

DVD-Rip – A copy of the final released DVD. If possible this is released PRE retail (for example, Star Wars episode 2) again, should be excellent quality. DVDrips are released in SVCD and DivX/XviD.
DVD-Rip и LD-Rip – Это версия делается из DVD или Laserdisc. Качество отличное. Обычно редко новые фильмы, так как они выходят после проката в кинотеатрах.

WPWORKPRINT – A workprint is a copy of the film that has not been finished. It can be missing scenes, music, and quality can range from excellent to very poor. Some WPs are very different from the final print (Men In Black is missing all the aliens, and has actors in their places) and others can contain extra scenes (Jay and Silent Bob) . WPs can be nice additions to the collection once a good quality final has been obtained.
WPWORKPRINT – Особая конфетка для любителей фильмов. Это так называемая “Бета-версия” фильма. Обычно выходит в формате VCD и намного раньше до начала показа в кинотеатрах мира. Это предварительная версия фильма. Из-за этого можно ожидать всего. От супер качества, до полного отстоя. Часто отсутствуют некоторые сцены. Однако может быть и такое, что есть все сцены, а потом их вырежут. Узнать такие версии можно по таймеру вверху или в низу экрана – он нужен для последующего монтажа.

DivX Re-Enc – A DivX re-enc is a film that has been taken from its original VCD source, and re-encoded into a small DivX file. Most commonly found on file sharers, these are usually labeled something like Film.Name.Group(1of2) etc. Common groups are SMR and TND. These aren’t really worth downloading, unless you’re that unsure about a film u only want a 200mb copy of it. Generally avoid.

VCD – VCD is an mpeg1 based format, with a constant bitrate of 1150kbit at a resolution of 352×240 (NTCS). VCDs are generally used for lower quality transfers (CAM/TS/TC/Screener(VHS)/TVrip(analogue) in order to make smaller file sizes, and fit as much on a single disc as possible. Both VCDs and SVCDs are timed in minutes, rather than MB, so when looking at an mpeg, it may appear larger than the disc capacity, and in reality u can fit 74min on a CDR74.

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. Due to the variable bit-rate, the length you can fit on a single CDR is not fixed, but generally between 35-60 Mins are the most common. To get a better SVCD encode using variable bit-rates, it is important to use multiple “passes”. this takes a lot longer, but the results are far clearer.

XVCD & XSVCD – These are basically VCD/SVCD that don’t obey the “rules”. They are both capable of much higher resolutions and bit-rates, but it all depends on the player to whether the disc can be played. X(S)VCD are total non-standards, and are usually for home-ripping by people who don’t intend to release them.

CVD – CVD is a combination of VCD and SVCD formats, and is generally supported by a majority of DVD players. It supports MPEG2 bit-rates of SVCD, but uses a resolution of 352×480(ntsc) as the horizontal resolution is generally less important. Currently no groups release in CVD.

DVD-R – Is the recordable DVD solution that seems to be the most popular (out of DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD+R). it holds 4.7gb of data per side, and double sided discs are available, so discs can hold nearly 10gb in some circumstances. SVCD mpeg2 images must be converted before they can be burnt to DVD-R and played successfully. DVD>DVDR copies are possible, but sometimes extras/languages have to be removed to stick within the available 4.7gb.

MiniDVD – MiniDVD/cDVD is the same format as DVD but on a standard CDR/CDRW. Because of the high resolution/bit-rates, its only possible to fit about 18-21 mins of footage per disc, and the format is only compatible with a few players.

DS-Rip – Digital Sateilittle Rip.

TV-Rip – 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, and the “dark matches” and camera/commentary tests are included on the rips. PDTV is capped from a digital TV PCI card, generally giving the best results, and groups tend to release in SVCD for these. VCD/SVCD/DivX/XviD rips are all supported by the TV scene.

PDTV – Pure Digital TV digital sources with direct digital stream extraction (e.g. DVB-{S,T} pci card or a HDTV card). Also includes non-HDTV resolution digital transmissions such as the Enhanced Digital TV.

HDTV-Rip – High Definition TV Rip.

HR-HDTV-Rip – High Resolution High Definition – TV, HDTV – High Definition TV, PDTV – Pure Digital TV, and DSRIP – Digital Sateilittle Rip. The HDTV label is given to releases that are both purely digital, AND are broadcast at either 720p (60fps) or 1080i (30fps). The PDTV label is given to releases with purely digital sources with direct digital stream extraction such as via a DVB-{S,T} pci card or a HDTV card. This includes non-HDTV resolution digital transmissions such as the Enhanced Digital TV format used by Fox that is captured with an HDTV card. This does NOT include a captures from a digital source with an intermediate analog conversion, e.g. a digital satellite receiver box with S-Video out to a capture card. HR.HDTV is HDTV source (1920*1088,29.97i or 1280*720,59.94p), 960×528 WS resolution, and untouched AC3 audio.

PROPER – Due to scene rules, whoever releases the first Telesync has won that race (for example). But if the quality of that release is fairly poor, if another group has another telesync (or the same source in higher quality) then the tag PROPER is added to the folder to avoid being duped. PROPER is the most subjective tag in the scene, and a lot of people will generally argue whether the PROPER is better than the original release. A lot of groups release PROPERS just out of desperation due to losing the race. A reason for the PROPER should always be included in the NFO.

SUBBED – In the case of a VCD, if a release is subbed, it usually means it has hard encoded subtitles burnt throughout the movie. These are generally in malaysian/chinese/thai etc, and sometimes there are two different languages, which can take up quite a large amount of the screen. SVCD supports switch able subtitles, so some DVDRips are released with switch able subs. This will be mentioned in the NFO file if included.

UNSUBBED – When a film has had a subbed release in the past, an Unsubbed release may be released.

RECODE – A recode is a previously released version, usually filtered through TMPGenc to remove subtitles, fix color etc. Whilst they can look better, its not looked upon highly as groups are expected to obtain their own sources.

REPACK – If a group releases a bad rip, they will release a Repack which will fix the problems.

NUKED – A film can be nuked for various reasons. Individual sites will nuke for breaking their rules (such as “No Telesyncs”) but if the film has something extremely wrong with it (no soundtrack for 20mins, CD2 is incorrect film/game etc) then a global nuke will occur, and people trading it across sites will lose their credits. Nuked films can still reach other sources such as p2p/usenet, but its a good idea to check why it was nuked first in case. If a group realise there is something wrong, they can request a nuke.

NUKE REASONS :: this is a list of common reasons a film can be nuked for (generally DVDRip)

** BAD A/R ** :: bad aspect ratio, ie people appear too fat/thin

** BAD IVTC ** :: bad inverse telecine. process of converting framerates was incorrect.

** INTERLACED ** :: black lines on movement as the field order is incorrect.

PSPan & Scan – Фильмы сделанные для проверки реакции зрителей. Показывают их на квадратном экране. Если такой фильм переписывать для домашнего тв, то нужно переделывать формат. Большинство фильмов в США, снятые после 1955 года, были записаны в формате 1,85:1 (европейские записываются в 1,66:1). Исключением является Cinemascope-формат (2,35:1) для анаморфических линз. Обычный телевизор имеет формат 1,33:1. Если перегонять на видео, то нужно уменьшить картинку. Это делатся так: видео урезается в ширине. Если Вы купили DVD и там нет информации о “Оригинал киноформат”, то вы можете исходить из того, что фильм урезали методом Pan and Scan. Если Вы хотите весь фильм, то покупайте DVD с пометкой “Widescreen”.

STVStraight To Video – означает, что фильм записали с проектора и сразу в режиме реального времени кодировали.

Dubbed – Оригинальный звук убрали (Например, взяли дорожку из русского кинотеатра и наложили на американский релиз).

Line.Dubbed – То же самое, что и Dubbed, только в этом случае звук был взят из “кресла” или “проектора” (Line).

Mic.Dubbed – То же самое, что и Dubbed, только звук был записан микрофоном в кинотеатре.

TS = Telesync (описано выше)
TC = Telecine (описано выше)
SCR = Screener (описано выше)
WS = Widescreen
LETTERBOX =другой термин для Widescreen
LIMITED = фильм показывал менее, чем в 500 кинотеатрах
FS = релиз в Fullscreen, т.е. полный
PROPER = предыдущий релиз этого фильма был отстойный по сравнению с этим
RECODE = релиз переделанный в другой формат или заново кодированный
DUPE = второй релиз того же фильма другой релизной группой (обычно краденный у первой)
RERIP = новый рип фильма
Subbed = фильм с титрами
WATERMARKED = Маленькие логотипы тв-канала или релизера.