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                  R E L E A S E    R U L E S            
                                                   

                               v1.5 (11/16/02)                  
                                                             
                                                           
                                                        
                                                       
                                                     
                                                   
                                                
                                              
                                           
                                      
            
    
  
  
        
                         
                                        
                                           
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                            
                                           
                                          
                                 
                     
          
          
                 
                                
                                                        
                                                           
                                                              
                                                                  
                                                                        
                                                                          ޳
                                                                         ޳
     Nuking has always been an issue in the TV                          ޳
     scene. So here is the ruleset that tries                           ޳
     to cover up the mess a little.                                      ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     DIGITAL CAP:                                                          ޳
                                                               ޳
     This includes any real digital source that didn't pass through any    ޳
     analog interface between the source (Sat/Antenna/Cable) and the file  ޳
     on your computer.                                                     ޳
                                                                           ޳
     This includes ATSC off-air antenna signals carrying MPEG2 Transport   ޳
     Streams (using cards such as MyHD/Hipix/WinTV-HD), DirecTiVo MPEG2    ޳
     Streams (not standard TiVo!) and DVB Stream Capture cards.            ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     *HDTV* (High Definition Televison): Digital recording from a source   ޳
            stream at either 1080i or 720p at a bitrate from 19,39mbps or  ޳
            higher.                                                        ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     *PDTV* (Pure Digital Television): Other resolution digital recor-     ޳
            dings from source streams at a bitrate of 10+mbps or higher.   ޳
            - This includes digital recordings from digital C-Band and     ޳
              DVB.                                                         ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     *SDTV* (Standard Digital Television): Digital recording or capture    ޳
            from a source stream at any resolution with bitrate under      ޳
            10mbps.                                                        ޳
            - This includes DirecTiVo but also captures from digisat or    ޳
              digicable with analog capture cards.                         ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     note: For SVCD, analog cable and antenna caps are not allowed, so     ޳
           SDTV is the lowest allowed source and will have no label. See   ޳
           NAMING below.                                                   ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     note: HDTV and PDTV rips are digital recordings, although PDTV was    ޳
           labeled wrongly in the past by some groups (TiVo is NOT PDTV).  ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     ANALOG CAP:                                                           ޳
                                                                ޳
     This includes any source that went through at least one Digital ->    ޳
     Analog -> Digital process.                                            ޳
                                                                           ޳
     This includes Standard TiVo, any MPEG2 capture card, any DV source    ޳
     (unless you're releasing your home videos that were actually shot on  ޳
     a DV camera) or any other standard capture card.                      ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     PDVTV and HDTV is NEVER captured in analogue, on the other hand a     ޳
     SDTV cap can be both.                                                 ޳
                                                                           ޳
 ޳
                                                                           ޳
     COMMENTS:                                                             ޳
                                                                  ޳
     For SVCD/DivX, any video, regardless of Analog or Digital should be   ޳
     converted to 23.976fps (NTSC) or 25fps (PAL) "Progressive Film" for   ޳
     correct encoding.                                                     ޳
     A LOT of group don't bother with this step and thus their encoding    ޳
     quality suffers, regardless of their source quality.                  ޳
                                                                           ޳
     Even if your source video comes as Progressive 59.976fps (as it can   ޳
     with ATSC sources), you must still convert to the proper frame rate   ޳
     or your video will be jerky or waste bits.                            ޳
                                                                           ޳
     For any NTSC encode (other than live shows like the "Tonight Show")   ޳
     the video must be converted to 23.976fps through the use of IVTC or   ޳
     duplicate frame elimination (for ATSC 59.976fps progressive sources)  ޳
     prior to SVCD encoding. And once encoded, you must enable the 3:2     ޳
     pulldown flag to enable playback at 29.976fps (even though the sour-  ޳
     ce still remains at 23.976fps).                                       ޳
                                                                           ޳
     Analog Cable or Analog Antenna rips on SVCD are NOT allowed.          ޳
                                                                           ޳
 ޳
                                                                           ޳
     DUPE RULES:                                                           ޳
                                                                ޳
                                                                           ޳
     - SVCD Releases:                                                      ޳
        . HDTV:                                                            ޳
             - DUPE if there was a PDTV or a HDTV release.                 ޳
             - NO DUPE if there was only a SDTV or a VCD version.          ޳
                                                                           ޳
        . PDTV:                                                            ޳
             - DUPE if there was a PDTV or a HDTV release.                 ޳
             - NO DUPE if there was only a SDTV or a VCD version.          ޳
                                                                           ޳
        . SDTV:                                                            ޳
             - Obvious. DUPE if there was previous release without         ޳
               technical issues.                                           ޳
             - NO DUPE if there was only a VCD version.                    ޳
                                                                           ޳
        . Widescreen does NOT dupe Fullscreen and vice versa.              ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
     - VCD Releases:                                                       ޳
        . No matter what source, the first release wins. Every             ޳
          other VCD release is a dupe.                                     ޳
                                                                           ޳
     - DivX/Xvid Releases:                                                 ޳
        . HDTV:                                                            ޳
             - DUPE if there was a PDTV or a HDTV release.                 ޳
             - NO DUPE if there was only a SDTV or an analog cap.          ޳
                                                                           ޳
        . PDTV:                                                            ޳
             - DUPE if there was a PDTV or a HDTV release.                 ޳
             - NO DUPE if there was only a SDTV or an analog cap.          ޳
                                                                           ޳
        . SDTV:                                                            ޳
             - DUPE if there was already a analog cap.                     ޳
               technical issues.                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
        . Analog cap:                                                      ޳
             - Obvious. DUPE if there was previous release without         ޳
               technical issues.                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
        . Widescreen does NOT dupe Fullscreen and vice versa.              ޳
                                                                           ޳
 ޳
                                                                           ޳
     NUKE RULES:                                                           ޳
                                                                ޳
                                                                           ޳
     - A release is considered as a NUKE, if:                              ޳
         . It's a DUPE.                                                    ޳
         . It has technical issues.                                        ޳
         . Wrong or no source/cap information is specified in the .nfo.    ޳
                                                                           ޳ 
 ޳
                                                                           ޳
     NAMING RULES:                                                         ޳
                                                              ޳
                                                                           ޳
     The following tags are used for SVCD releases:                        ޳
                                                                           ޳
      - "HDTV" for HDTV caps.                                              ޳
      - "PDTV" for PDTV caps.                                              ޳
      - "SDTV" or nothing for SDTV caps.                                   ޳
                                                                           ޳
     . VCD releases don't need to be tagged.                               ޳
     . Widescreen releases are tagged with "WS", otherwise they are        ޳
       supposed to be fullscreen.                                          ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
 ޳
                                                                           ޳
     PROPER RULES:                                                         ޳
                                                              ޳
                                                                           ޳
     - A PROPER is only valid when the previous release has technical      ޳
       issues. A HDTV after a PDTV rip is no reason to dupe and there-     ޳
       fore no reason for a PROPER if the previous release was             ޳
       ok.                                                                 ޳
                                                                           ޳
 ޳
                                                                           ޳
     GROUPS AND MEMBERS:                                                   ޳
                                                        ޳
                                                                           ޳
                 This ruleset was written and organized by:                ޳
                                                                           ޳
         FoV    SD-6    PHRENiC    FTV    FFN    SFM    STN        ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
                          Signed and approved by:                          ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
                                                                           ޳
 ߳