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                        ╚═Revision 1.0 :: 2008-12-20
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   ║[ Intro ]║                                                                                
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 │ As you can see, POLiSH groups started to release High-Def material aswell,              │
 │ so we decided to release this ruleset for all of us to obey from now on.                │
 │ Enjoy and good luck!                                                                    │
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   ║[ Previous Releases ]║                                                       
 ┌─┴─────────────────────┴──────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
 │These rules do not apply to previous releases, and propering for those reasons│
 │will not be tolerated.                                                        │
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   ║[ Generals]║                                                                
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 │1.1) Release must be packed in RAR (no compression). SFV and NFO must be included.               │    
 │1.2) Rars should be in multiples of 50 MiB, no more than 99 files.                               │    
 │1.3) Release must be muxed into mkv container.                                                   │    
 │1.4) NFO should contain information on Audio and Video Bitrate.                                  │    
 │1.5) BluRay and HDDVD Sources dupe each other.                                                   │          
 │1.6) Suggested directory format:                                                                 │                                                                                                                                                                         
 │        Movie.Name.YEAR.PL.<720p/1080p>.BluRay.x264.<PROPER/READ.NFO/REPACK>-GROUP               │                                                                                                                                                                         
 │        TV.Show.SxxExx.PL.<720p/1080p>.BluRay.x264.<PROPER/READ.NFO/REPACK>-GROUP                │                                                                                                                                                                         
 │1.7) No intros, outros, betweenos, or any other form of defacement of the film will be tolerated.│                                                                                                                                                                         
 │1.8) Credits must not be removed but can be encoded at a lower bitrate provided they             │                                                                                                                                                                         
 │        don't contain any scenes (bloopers, story, etc).                                         │                                                                                                                                                                         
 │1.9) A sample roughly 60 seconds in length is required.                                          │                                                                                                                                                                         
 │1.9.1) It must be cut from the final release and not encoded separately.                         │                                                                                                                                                                         
 │1.9.2) It must be put within a directory named "Sample".                                         │                                                                                                                                                                         
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   ║[ Audio ]║                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 ┌─┴─────────┴────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐                                                                                                                                                      
 │2.1) Audio must be AC3, DTS or FLAC, preferably from source.                                                        │                                                                                                                                                      
 │        DTS core must be extracted from a DTS HR/HD MA track.                                                       │                                                                                                                                                      
 │        AC3 640 kbit, DTS 768 kbit and DTS 1536 kbit must be encoded from a higher bitrate source.                  │                                                                                                                                                      
 │        Encoded DTS track must be decodeable by older hardware decoders.                                            │                                                                                                                                                      
 │        FLAC audio must be created from LPCM, DTS HD MA or TRUEHD sources.                                          │
 │2.1.1) If source material is capped from HDTV stream, using of MPA audio is allowed.                                │
 │2.2) Audio bitrate must never be below 640 kbit, unless source only has lower bitrate audio track.                  │                                                                                                                                                      
 │2.3) All audio shall be 5.1 with correct channels, except in the case of stereo/mono only.                          │                                                                                                                                                      
 │2.4) Release must only contain one audio track muxed into the mkv container                                         │                                                                                                                                                      
 │2.4.1) Audio track must be either POLiSH Voice Over or POLiSH DUBBiNG                                               │                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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   ║[ Video ]║                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 ┌─┴─────────┴────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐                                                                                                                                  
 │3.1) If needed, appropriate de-interlacing and ivtc must be applied.                                                                    │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.2) Must use a minimum encode of 2 passes.                                                                                             │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.3) Height of release must be mod 8. Width of release must be mod 16.                                                                  │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.3.1) Resizing is not allowed on 1080p encodes. Either crop to closest mod8/mod16 without overcropping, or crop().addborders()         │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.4) Crop the black borders from the source. Crop to the widest frame possible.                                                         │  
 │3.5) Use the same aspect ratio as the source, not what IMDB or cover says.                                                              │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.6) Custom Matrices are allowed.                                                                                                       │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.7) VfW (Video for Windows) is not allowed.                                                                                            │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.8) x264 version used must be at least 999 and no more than 50 revisions from newest.                                                  │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.9) --deblock must be enabled.                                                                                                         │                                                                                                                                  
 │        --aq-mode must be enabled.                                                                                                      │                                                                                                                                  
 │        --bframes 3 or higher is required.                                                                                              │                                                                                                                                  
 │        --subme 7 or higher is required.                                                                                                │                                                                                                                                  
 │        --ref 5 or higher is required. 4 is valid for vertical resolution above 864 (1080p) to respect L4.1 High Profile.               │                                                                                                                                  
 │        --me umh or higher is required.                                                                                                 │                                                                                                                                  
 │        --trellis 1 or higher is required.                                                                                              │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.10) 720p refers to a MAXIMUM resolution of 1280x720.                                                                                  │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.10.1) For aspect ratio equal or above 1.78 horizontal resolution must be 1280.                                                        │                                                                                                                                  
 │        e.g. AR of 2.35:1 will be 1280x544.                                                                                             │                                                                                                                                
 │3.10.2) For aspect ratio lower than 1.78 vertical resolution must be 720.                                                               │                                                                                                                                  
 │        e.g. AR of 1.33:1 will be 960x720.                                                                                              │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.11) 1080p refers to a MAXIMUM resolution of 1920x1080.                                                                                │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.11.1) For aspect ratio equal or above 1.78 horizontal resolution must be 1920.                                                        │                                                                                                                                  
 │        e.g. AR of 2.35:1 will be 1920x816.                                                                                             │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.11.2) For aspect ratio lower than 1.78 vertical resolution must be 1080.                                                              │                                                                                                                                  
 │        e.g. AR of 1.33:1 will be 1440x1080.                                                                                            │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.12) Video bitrate should be as follows:                                                                                               │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.12.1) 720p - Minimum 4000 kbit, maximum 8000 kbit. Minimum bitrate for animation is 2300 kbit.                                        │                                                                                                                                  
 │3.12.2) 1080p - Minimum 8000 kbit, maximum 14000 kbit, though not more than source-2000kbit. Minimum bitrate for animation is 5000 kbit.│                                                                                                                                  
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   ║[ Subtitles ]║                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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 │4.1) Subtitles must be in a text-based format and muxed into the mkv container.│                                                                                                                                                                                           
 │4.2) Subtitles must not be burned into the video stream.                       │                                                                                                                                                                                           
 │4.3) Multi-language subtitles cannot be used as a basis for a dupe.            │                                                                                                                                                                                           
 │4.4) "Subs" directories are forbidden.                                         │   
 │4.5) Subtitles are not obligatory                                              │   
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   ║[ TotalSize ]  ║                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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 │5.1) Final mkv file size in MiB (1048576 bytes) must be:                                                │                                                                                                                                                                  
 │        Multiples of 2240                                                                               │                                                                                                                                                                  
 │        DVD5/x (1493, 1120, etc.)                                                                       │                                                                                                                                                                  
 │        8140, 2713                                                                                      │                                                                                                                                                                  
 │        In addition, 3360 and 4070 are allowed for 1080p tv.                                            │                                                                                                                                                                  
 │5.2) A max undersize of 40 MiB can be tolerated.                                                        │                                                                                                                                                                  
 │5.3) Propering a release that could have been a larger size is not allowed, unless below minimum bitrate│                                                                                                                                                                  
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   ║[ Suggested encode settings ]║                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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 │6.1) First pass:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           │     
 │        x264.exe --pass 1 --level 4.1 --stats .stats --bitrate 4000 --threads auto --bframes 3 --me dia --ref 1 --subme 1 --no-dct-decimate --partitions none --progress --no-psnr --no-ssim --output NUL movie.avs                                                        │     
 │                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           │     
 │6.2) Second pass:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          │     
 │        x264.exe --pass 2 --level 4.1 --stats .stats --bitrate 4000 --threads auto --bframes 3 --b-pyramid --weightb --me umh --ref 5 --mixed-refs --subme 7 --trellis 1 --analyse all --8x8dct --no-fast-pskip --progress --no-psnr --no-ssim --output movie.mkv movie.avs│     
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    [ Signed By (in alphabetic order) ]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    55L, A4O, BEER, BiL, CL4SS, ProPL, R4F, SiBV


    [ These rules apply to all POLiSH x264 releases from 2008-12-20 ]