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         The FLEMISH TV XviD Releasing Standards 2011 (14-04-2011)           
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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 35:00-49:59 shall be 350MB                                         
  - Shows 50:00-64:59 shall be 550MB                                         
  - Shows 65:00-95:00 Shall be 700MB                                         
                                                                             
  - 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 PAL (25.000 fps) and PAL HD (50.000 fps)     
                                                                             
  - Width: 576 - 640 pixels (width and height must be divisible by 16)       
                                                                             
  - 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.                                                               
                                                                               
  - Pixel shape must be square.                                              
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
  Audio:                                                                     
  - Allowed audio formats are VBR MP3 and original AC3. ABR is considered a  
    VBR technique.                                                           
                                                                             
  - MP3 audio must 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 DD.MM.YYYY                                      
    - 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.31.12.2011.Guest.HDTV.XviD-Group                             
    - The episode title may optionally be included between the episode       
      number and the source                                                  
                                                                             
  - Additional Tagging:                                                      
    - PROPER, REPACK, RERIP, REAL, NLSUBBED, INTERNAL, DIRFIX,               
      SAMPLEFIX, NFOFIX, or READNFO are allowed (discretion is recommended)  
    - All releases tagged PROPER, REPACK, RERIP, REAL, and READNFO 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                                
    - SFVFIX is not allowed. Use REPACK method.                              
    - Usage of FLEMISH or FLEMiSH is both allowed. Shows aired in DUTCH must 
       be encoded according to the DUTCH ruleset. VLAAMS is not allowed.      
     - Usage of S00E00 is encouraged although E00, E01 is also allowed on     
      non-returning shows                                                                          
                                                                             
  - Source Naming:                                                           
    - Valid source names are FS.PDTV, PDTV, WS.PDTV, HDTV                    
                                                                             
    - All sources listed above must be 100% digital. Composite capping from  
       T*l*n*t D*g*b*x or B*lg*c*m TV is forbidden.                          
    - Analog source will have no tag other than WS if appropriate.           
                                                                             
                                                                             
  - 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 byte rars                     
      using store compression and old-style volume names.                    
    - 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, bitrate, resolution and the filesize of the avi  
                                                                             
    - 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 100ms 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. Releases having +5 missing frames due to bad reception can 
      be propered with a better qualitative one. If artifacts appear on more 
      then 5 frames a PROPER is also allowed.                                
    - 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 FLEMISH TV XviD Releasing Standards 2011 (14-04-2011)          
                                                                             
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    Most important changes since previous rules:                             
                                                                             
     - Changed timetables                                                    
     - 440MB size has become obsolete                                        
     - LAME audio is mandatory now                                           
     - Removal of the best-effort rule                                       
                                                                             
                                                                             
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                        +  ------[ GROUPS ]  ------+                         
                                                                             
              Rules created and signed by the following Groups:              
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                          CROKY GUYLiAN SPABLAUW                             
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