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+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
                                                                             
                    The TV XviD Releasing Standards 2007                     
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     Requirements Notepad with terminal font or any other ascii viewer.      
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                              +---[ INTRO ]---+                              
  Thanks to those who came before with TVx2642K7, TDX2K2, and TXD2K5.        
                                                                             
  These standards are intended to bring a level playing field to the TV-XviD 
  scene and attempt to put down some rules to end some of the controversy    
  that has plagued us in recent years.                                       
                                                                             
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                          +---[ RELEASE RULES ]---+                          
                                                                             
  Release sizing:                                                            
  - Shows 18:00-23:59 shall be 175MB                                         
  - Shows 24:00-34:59 shall be 233MB                                         
  - Shows 35:00-52:59 shall be 350MB                                         
  - Shows 53:00-59:59 shall be 440MB                                         
  - Shows 60:00-64:59 shall be 525MB                                         
  - Shows 65:00-95:00 Shall be 700MB                                         
     *NOTE: Shows 60:00-64:59 may be sized at either 525 or 700MB at the     
     capper's discretion based on show framerate and content.                
                                                                             
  - Best effort should be made to release all episodes of a given series     
    at the same size. If one episode runs slightly over or under the size    
    lines, it should still be done at the same size as other episodes in     
    order to maintain consistency.                                           
                                                                             
  - 2CD releases may be optionally split into separate discs, but this is    
    not required. 3CD or more releases must be split to prevent issues with  
    2GB files. If releases are split into multiple discs, they must be       
    placed in directories named CD1, CD2, CD3, etc. (No Disc1, cd1, or other 
    naming styles).                                                          
                                                                             
  - Episodes that air back-to-back without a natural break such as full      
    credits or commercials in between must be encoded as a single release.   
    Directory naming for this will be in the following format                
    TV.Show.S03E04-E05.HDTV.XviD-Group.                                      
                                                                             
  - Releases must be within the range of 5.0MB under to 3.0 MB over the      
    target size.                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
  Previously on/Credits:                                                     
  - It is suggested that any previously on footage be included in the        
    release, but it is not required. No release may be propered for glitches 
    in or missing portions of previously on footage.                         
                                                                             
  - Credits that are overlayed on actual show content are required to be     
    included                                                                 
                                                                             
  - Credits that are run cleanly, i.e. with no modifications such as         
    promos for upcoming shows, are encouraged but not required               
                                                                             
  - Credits run with promos for other shows are not recommended, but may     
    optionally be included                                                   
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
  Video:                                                                     
  - 2-pass variable bitrate XviD must be used                                
                                                                             
  - Quantization type must be either MPEG or H.263. Custom quantization      
    matrices are not allowed.                                                
                                                                             
  - QPel and GMC are not allowed                                             
                                                                             
  - B Frames                                                                 
    - The use of B frames is required                                        
    - A maximum of 2 consecutive B frames may be used                        
    - This document gives no preference to packed vs. unpacked bitstreams    
      as there are benefits to each format, and it is trivial to convert     
      between them using MPEG4 Modifier.                                     
                                                                             
  - Framerates must be in relation to the original source. Valid             
    framerates for releases are FILM (23.976 fps), PAL (25.000 fps), and     
    NTSC (29.970 fps).                                                       
                                                                             
  - Valid resolutions are 512x384 or 576x432 for 43; 624x352, 640x352,       
    or 640x368 for 169; and 544x352 or 576x368 for 149. NTSC Video           
    (29.970 fps) may also be released at 608x336.                            
                                                                             
  - Releases shall be cropped so that all blacknoise on the edges is         
    removed. In the case of changing crops, cropping should be done so that  
    no part of the release is overcropped. Portions of a channel logo        
    extending into black areas must be cropped.                              
                                                                             
  - Video defacement such as intros, outros, and group watermarks is         
    forbidden.                                                               
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
  Audio:                                                                     
  - Allowed audio formats are VBR MP3 and original AC3. ABR is considered a  
    VBR technique.                                                           
                                                                             
  - MP3 audio should be encoded using standard LAME presets such as          
    '--preset 128' or '-m s -V 5 -b 32'                                      
                                                                             
  - Average bitrate on MP3 audio may not exceed 192kbps                      
                                                                             
  - MP3 audio must be normalized                                             
                                                                             
  - Audio frequency must be maintained at 48kHz                              
                                                                             
  - Original AC3 audio may be used at the discretion of the capper.          
    However, transcoding to AC3 is forbidden.                                
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
  Release Naming\Packaging:                                                  
  - Directory Naming                                                         
    - Numbering for episodic programming shall be in the format S00E00 or    
      0x00 (or S00E0000x000 for series with more than 99 episodes per        
      season)                                                                
    - Number for date-based programming including sports and variety shows   
      shall be in the format YYYY.MM.DD                                      
    - Other numbering formats such as S00.E00, DD.MM.YY, and MM.DD.YY are    
      not permitted                                                          
    - For variety shows, it is strongly recommended that the primary         
      guest's name be included in the directory name                         
    - Different shows that have the same name in different countries should  
      be tagged with the ISO country code for the country of airing          
      - example Big.Brother.US.S01E01.PDTV.XviD-Group                        
    - Different shows with the same name produced in different years should  
      be tagged with the year of airing of the first season                  
      - example Battlestar.Galactica.2003.S03E01.HDTV.XviD-Group             
    - Releases are to be named in the format                                 
      Show.Name.S00E00.HDTV.XviD-Group                                       
      Show.Name.2007.08.10.Guest.HDTV.XviD-Group                             
      Show_Name.0x00.HDTV_XviD-Group                                         
    - The episode title may optionally be included between the episode       
      number and the source                                                  
                                                                             
  - Additional Tagging:                                                      
    - PROPER, REPACK, RERIP, REAL, UNCUT, SUBBED, iNTERNAL, DIRFIX,          
      SAMPLEFIX, NFOFIX, or Read.NFO are allowed (discretion is recommended) 
    - All releases tagged PROPER, REPACK, RERIP, REAL, and Read.NFO must     
      include notes in the NFO as to why the release was tagged that way.    
      PROPER.Read.NFO is therefore redundant and should not be used.         
    - Additional tagging should be placed directly before the source, i.e.   
      Show.Name.S00E00.PROPER.HDTV.XviD-Group                                
                                                                             
  - Source Naming:                                                           
    - Valid source names are DSR, WS.DSR, PDTV, WS.PDTV, HDTV, and no tag    
      - Analog source will have no tag other than WS if appropriate.         
    - Source Definitons:                                                     
      - 480i\576i\576p shall be tagged DSR when horizontal resolution is     
        less than 704px                                                      
      - 480i\576i\576p shall be tagged PDTV when horizontal resolution is    
        greater than or equal to 704px                                       
      - 720p\1080i\1080p shall be tagged HDTV                                
        - 4:3 content broadcast at HDTV resolutions shall be tagged PDTV     
      - Windowboxed (16:9 with black on all sides)\Letterboxed (16:9 with    
        black on the top and bottom)\Native 16:9 content shall be labeled as 
        Widescreen (WS.DSR or WS.PDTV)                                       
      - The use of the HDTV tag implies widescreen, so WS.HDTV shall not     
        be used                                                              
    - All sources listed must be 100% digital. S-Video, composite, or RF     
      from a digital receiver to a tuner card is analog. Valid DSR, PDTV,    
      and HDTV sources will be received via a digital connection such as     
      USB, Firewire, or Ethernet from a receiver, or using an ATSC, QAM, or  
      DVB tuner.                                                             
                                                                             
  - AVI:                                                                     
    - Container must be AVI                                                  
    - The AVI itself should be named like the release and include some       
      format of episode number (show initials are fine, as is shortening the 
      episode number)                                                        
                                                                             
  - RAR\SFV:                                                                 
    - Releases shall be packed into 15,000,000 or 20,000,000 byte rars       
      using store compression                                                
    - An SFV must be created for all RAR files in the release                
                                                                             
  - Sample:                                                                  
    - All releases must include a sample of length :50-1:10, cut directly    
      from the release                                                       
    - The sample must be placed in a directory named Sample (SAMPLE and      
      sample are not permitted)                                              
    - The file itself should be named uniquely, preferably containing the    
      name of the release as well as the word sample                         
                                                                             
  - NFO:                                                                     
    - An NFO must be included in the release and, at a minimum, must         
      contain release name, episode number (or title), and date of           
      airing/release                                                         
    - The NFO must be named uniquely based on the name of the release        
                                                                             
  - Allowed Characters:                                                      
    - abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz                                             
    - ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ                                             
    - 0123456789                                                             
    - ._-                                                                    
    - All Sample, NFO, SFV, and RAR names MUST be in all lowercase           
      letters. The name of AVI inside the RARs is permitted to contain       
      capital letters                                                        
    - Double dots (..) are not allowed                                       
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
  Propers:                                                                   
  - Propers are only permitted in the case of technical flaws with the       
    original release or violations of applicable rules                       
                                                                             
  - All propers must include a note in the NFO detailing the flaw in the     
    original release, including timecodes if relevant                        
                                                                             
  - Including a sample of the flaw is suggested but not required             
                                                                             
  - Propers are expressly permitted in cases of any of the following flaws   
    in a release:                                                            
    - Audio 150ms or more out of sync                                        
    - Severe audio drops resulting in the inability to understand material   
      dialogue                                                               
    - Improper audio normalization, including audio with levels that vary    
      widely between parts, very quiet audio, or audio with excessive        
      clipping                                                               
    - Bad cropping resulting in a line of black pixels or noise along an     
      edge for the entire episode                                            
    - Releases missing a significant portion of video, either in duration    
      or content                                                             
      - Loss of 2 seconds of fade in after a break, with no lost dialogue,   
        is considered bad form, but is not a valid proper reason             
    - Change in video format (i.e. PDTV on an HDTV release) exceeding five   
      seconds or causing loss of dialogue.                                   
    - Local overlays such as weather, breaking news, or Amber Alerts that    
      exceed five minutes in length, cause a change in video format (i.e.    
      drop to PDTV on an HDTV release), or cause loss of dialogue or video   
      - The proper release must be completely free of overlays to be         
        considered valid; merely having less spam is not enough              
    - Inclusion of 2 or more seconds of commercials over an entire release   
    - Releases with sizing outside the allowed range. 3.01MB oversize is a   
      valid proper reason.                                                   
                                                                             
                                                                             
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              The TV XviD Releasing Standards 2007 (2007-09-12)              
                                                                             
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                        +  ------[ GROUPS ]  ------+                         
                                                                             
                TVX2K7 rules created by the following Groups:                
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                           DIMENSION LOL FQM XOR                             
                                                                             
                TVX2K7 rules signed by the following Groups:                 
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              GOTHiC hV iNGOT KYR NODLABS NoTV OMiCRON ORENJi                
                          RiVER SSTV SYS TBS YesTV                           
                                                                             
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