The federation of releasing groups presents
The XviD Releasing Standards 2005
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[ INTRO ]
After a long wait and hours of work, I am proud to present, the new XviD
scene standards. In this celebration note, I must condemn the leaking of
the 2004 draft edition, which was written only for the purpose of helping
us all in building this new set of guidelines. I wanna thank everyone who
took time to express their ideas and experience into bringing this document
to life. Also, we shall not forget, all the past teams from 2000 to 2002
that made the DivX and XviD scene guidelines available, for TXD2K5 to be
built upon. So without further ado, Enjoy!
[ RELEASE RULES ]
- PAL (25 fps) MINIMUM runtime is 100 minutes/CD.
- FILM (23.976 fps) MINIMUM runtime is 105 minutes/CD.
- NTSC (29.97 fps) MINIMUM runtime is 87 minutes/CD.
- These runtimes are scalable via the following equation:
N CD time minimum (N-1) * allowed time where N is number of CDs and
allowable time applies to fps as outlined above:
i.e. 3 CD FILM rip minimum 105 x (3-1) 210 minutes.
- MINIMUM time length rule is as implied - that is the MINIMUM time per
CD -- NOT MAXIMUM!!! (i.e. no such thing as must be more than 1 CD)
- Release runtime must be at least 50 minutes for using the full burnable
media capacity. In such cases, releases MUST utilize a MINIMUM of
680mb of the 700mb standard burnable media (Multi-CD releases MUST
conform to the 680mb minimum, for each CD used). Any other use of the
media shall not be over 350mb (Sizes between 350mb to 680mb are not
- Media usage is at rippers discretion, please use it.
- MUST be MP3 or Studio AC3 (AC3 transcoding forbidden).
- MUST be STEREO for STEREO sources, MONO for MONO sources
(MONO audio as STEREO on source is considered a MONO source).
- MUST BE VBR! NO CBR MP3!
- MP3 tracks must have the original frequency as it was on the DVDs
audio: i.e. 48khz for 48khz and 44.1khz for 44.1khz.
- MP3 files must be normalized.
- ABR is considered a VBR technique.
- AC3 MUST be used wisely and correctly. Rippers discretion on when to
use it. Using or not using AC3 IS NOT a technical flaw.
- MONO AC3 is not allowed, in that case must encode to mono MP3.
- Multi-language audio tracks are FORBIDDEN! (Use INTERNAL!)
MUST be 20 seconds and MUST be inserted according to scene changes
and framesizes as determined by the codec or encoding application.
- Group watermarks of any kind on the video will not be tolerated!
- Intermission messages must be removed from the avi!
- MUST be as close to original source framerate as possible.
- In some cases PAL movies should be ivtcd (i.e. to 24fps). Therefore
using a PAL source is not an excuse for lack of ivtc.
- MUST BE XviD (all DivX codecs are banned).
- MUST use 2 pass technique during encoding.
- NO DUPES BASED ON CODEC TYPE, USE INTERNAL!
Resolution and Aspect Ratio:
- Width: 512 - 672 pixels for WS movies (Letterboxed is considered WS).
448 - 576 pixels for FS movies (Only 4:3 images).
- Height and Width: Must be a multiple of 16.
- Cropping is required to be the MAXIMUM possible (black borders must
be cropped to their maximum). Over cropped releases are considered
a technical flaw. Some movies present changing ARs, in that case the
cropping applies only to the image that presents more pixels (Means
that part of the movie will have bad cropping).
- Movie encodes must be within 5 of the original aspect ratio.
Calculating AR error: (Release AR - Original AR)/Original AR x 100
Subs, Interactive Menus, Trailers:
- OPTIONAL (ONLY if all other requirements have been met).
- VOBSUB is the preferred format due to the fact it does not use OCR.
However, any format that displays with DVobSub is acceptable.
- Subtitles may be MUXED with video stream, but MAY NOT be BURNED into
video stream. MUXED subs will proper BURNED subs.
- Subtitles not muxed into video stream MUST be encapsulated in a .rar
file with the MOST compression available and shall be contained in
the directory named Subs and will NOT be packaged with main movie
- Burned subtitles shall only be permissible when the source exhibits
aforementioned subtitles in the picture itself (i.e. Subs in the
matte portion of the picture MUST be typed in a separate file and the
frame shall be cropped). If there is a part of the burned subtitles
on the picture itself, and another part on the matte portion of the
picture, the frame must be cropped to 2 pixels from the start of the
subtitles on the matte portion. Upside cropping of the picture has
nothing to do with the downside, therefore the cropping on the upside
MUST BE to its maximum.
- English subs on non English movies MUST fit on CD with main movie,
all other optional subs SHOULD fit on the CD.
- Foreign movies (Non English Spoken) with no English subs, must have
the language name taggings (applies to the various non English
scenes). Movies with English subs present, WILL NOT HAVE any language
tag on them!
- Using of hand made subs on non English releases (i.e. fansubs) MUST
be mentioned in the nfo, and at nukers discretion if to nuke the
release for Bad.Subs, depends on how bad the subtitles are. Please
use common judgement! Releases that were nuked for bad subtitles, may
be propered only by subtitles that came from the retail DVD (Rippers
choice if to release the full movie again or just the subtitles).
- Multi-language subtitles cannot be used as a basis for a dupe.
- All releases must be AVI, not BIN/CUE.
- Must be packed with RAR and broken into 15 or 20 MB volumes.
Releases that are more then 1 CD must have the RAR files broken into
2 or more CD volumes.
- Compression is not allowed.
- Recovery and MD5 record are recommended.
- Must have SFV included for each CD.
- Must have NFO.
- NFO SHOULD INCLUDE:
Actual XviD release date
DVD release date
Theatrical release date (US preferably)
IMDB/Amazon/Any other DVD site info link
Number of rars per CD (i.e. 50x15MB)
- Movie credits can be encoded separately at a lower bitrate only if the
time length exceeds the no. of CDs used (i.e. 106 min on 1CD for FILM
source, or 201 min on 2CDs for PAL source, etc).
- Any movies with scenes in the credits (i.e. bloopers or continuation
of story) MAY NOT be downsampled!
- Cutting Credits is not allowed.
- 1 full minute in length and in a separate folder marked as Sample.
- MUST be taken from the movie - NOT encoded separately.
- Vob samples are recommended for any rip that is deemed questionable:
i.e. no ivtc possible on source, ivtc to 24.975fps etc.
- Propers are ONLY permitted in the case of a technical flaw in the
original release (i.e. Bad IVTC, Interlacing, bad number of CDs).
- Releases not nuked on release lists and/or sites MUST include
original sample of the technical flaw.
- Qualitative propers are not allowed, nor are propers based on
decisions made by a ripper (i.e. No. of CDs, AC3 or MP3, etc).
- Propers based upon the compliance with new instances of TXD2K5
guidelines are also forbidden.
Only propers acceptable when propering old tdx rips are propers based
on picture damage: Aspect Ratio, IVTC, Over-Cropping. Other propers
acceptable are propers based on releases that did not follow previous
tdx guidelines, at the time they were released.
- Subbed (in original movie language) propers dubbed (in any language).
- Hardcored Subs may be propered by releases containing Vobsub/Srt.
This rule will not apply to movies ripped before TXD2K5
WS vs. FS:
- FS movies after WS was out, are FORBIDDEN unless proven it contains
more picture (use of sample or .jpg as proof).
- WS movies after FS was out, MUST HAVE original sample from the
previous release, unless proven no WS DVD was out at the time the FS
was released. A WS not following the above is considered a DUPE!
- WS or FS name tags on the release name, if the other wasnt released
in the past, WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! use nfo to mention the AR.
- WS cannot proper another WS: for example 2.35:1 after 1.85:1 is out.
Use the tag WS in the dirname instead. However WS after a wider WS
was released, will be considered a DUPE unless proven it contains
more picture! Sample rule applies here also.
- Letterboxed DVDs are not considered FS even if its FS on the source!
Special Movie Editions:
- Allowed: SE, DC, EXTENDED, UNCUT, REMASTERED, UNRATED, THEATRICAL,
- Special Edition releases without any different features in the film
itself will be considered dupes of previous releases of the same
- Shorter cut version of a movie after a longer version was released is
allowed (i.e. THEATRICAL), and MUST be mentioned in the dirname.
- Remastered movies after the original have been released are allowed
only if the original release was in BLACK AND WHITE and the
remastered edition is colour. Everything else use INTERNAL!
(Remastered DVD releases that were nuked in the past and were colour
after black and white, shall not be unnuked and shall not be duped!)
- Remastered audio will be considered a dupe if its the only reason
movie was re-released.
- Extras released in a special movie edition, cannot be used as a basis
for a dupe, unless released separately and are not dupes of previous
- Homemade Rips are not allowed (Use INTERNAL!). For example adding of
deleted scenes, alternate endings, chrono editions. Only retail DVD
rips of this versions are allowed.
- NOTE: PAL - NTSC length difference comes from the no. of frames, not
- All releases are to include production year (applies to the pre scene
- DO NOT indicate Ripping method, DVD/XviD release date, Genre, Audio
which was used (no AC3) or anything else! (ONLY WITHIN THE NFO)
- Movie distribution tags i.e. FESTIVAL, STV, LIMITED or TV (TV tag
is used for TV movies only) are allowed and shall be used wisely and
- READ.NFO is strictly forbidden.
- Other permitted tags are: WS/FS rules above, PROPER, REPACK, RERIP,
REAL, RETAIL, EXTENDED, REMASTERED, UNRATED, CHRONO, THEATRICAL, DC,
SE, UNCUT, INTERNAL, DUBBED, SUBBED.
- Acceptable characters in naming a directory include (NO spaces or
double dots - single dots or underscores ONLY):
- Releases that are more than 1 CD MUST be named CD1, CD2, CD3 and so
on (disc1 and others are NOT allowed).
TV Series Notes:
- All Episodes DVD rips are obligated to follow the above rules.
- Media usage capacity:
* 4x 20-23min 1CD, Releases shall not be over 175mb.
* 3x 23-35min 1CD, Releases shall not be over 233mb.
* 2x 35-50min 1CD, Releases shall not be over 350mb.
* Episodes further then 50 minutes, will follow the length rules
NOTE: Runtimes not mentioned above should fit on 1 CD i.e. 5x120mb,
6x116mb, 7x100mb etc.
- Sizes mentioned above may be used only when minimum runtime is applied,
i.e. 23 minutes on 233mb or 35 minutes on 350mb. Media usage is at
rippers discretion (i.e. 25 minutes may also be on 175mb).
- Recommendation: 26x22min 1 DVD-R Disc, 13x45min 1 DVD-R Disc
i.e. 172mb x 26eps or 344mb x 13eps fits on 1 burnable DVD-R Disc.
- Exception: 20-23min NTSC episodes (29.97 fps) may use 233mb.
[ NOTES TO THE RULES ]
Source related notes:
- DVD source shall be RETAIL/DVD Screener only. Non DVD sources like
CAM, TS, TC, VHS, SCREENER, PDVD, LDVD etc, MUST be tagged with source
in dirname and MUST adhere to ALL TXD2K5 rules!
- DVD Screeners shall be clearly marked in the directory name and the
nfo shall contain presence of studio watermarking and counters or
- Use of downsampled DVD-Rs as source is FORBIDDEN! only untouched
- All INTERNALS must follow TXD2K5 rules, apart from the time length
rules and multi-language audio tracks rule (and will not be considered
as dupes). Other codecs and containers are allowed for experimental
- NOTE: INTERNAL dirfix is not allowed as a basis of avoiding a nuke.
Ripping related notes:
- Maximum VIDEO bitrates are covered by length rules.
- If DRF average would be over 4.0, the resolution should be lowered if
possible, until the minimal res is reached. See Resolution rules.
DRF average can be checked with DRF Analyzer It is recommended to
check the full avi file and not just the sample.
- Quant. Matrix always has to be H.263/MPEG due to lack of hardware
support for Custom matrixes.
- Quarterpel/GMC forbidden due to lack of hardware support.
- Packed Bitstream is not supported on some of the major gen chipsets,
therefore using it, is not recommended.
- The use of ITU-R is not recommended since it gives an AR error of
around 2 from the original DVDs Aspect Ratio.
- Multi-language audio tracks are allowed only for INTERNALS.
Multiple languages should be interleaved into the AVI, with a
graphedit filter for each appropriate audio stream.
- NO intros, outros, betweenos, or any other form of defacement of the
movie will be tolerated.
The Tradition Continues: TXD RULES 2K5 (2005-09-25)
TDX2K2 2002-07-12) 2K1 (2001-04-22) Original (2000-04-26)
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TXD2K5 Rules signed by the following XviD Groups:
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----[ Edited By tcj 2005. Respect goes to all TDX teams 2000-2002 ]----