The 1080p x264 TV Releasing Standards 2012
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[ RELEASE RULES ]
Compliance with this document is optional as of its pre date, and
mandatory as of 2012-04-25 00:00 UTC.
- 1080i/p sources are to be cropped crop/addborders()
- Video taken from the decoded HD output of a set-top box (e.g.
component, DVI, HDMI) may be used as a source; source must be tagged
in dirname as AHDTV. Releases taken from a natively recorded transport
stream shall be tagged as HDTV and do not dupe AHDTV releases.
- If there is a question as to the validity of a source, the release
may be nuked source.sample.requested_reason.for.nuke (e.g.
source.sample.requested_suspicion.of.analog.source) within 24 hours of
pre. The group has 24 hours from the nuke to pre a RARed SOURCE.SAMPLE
that is at least 10 seconds in length in order to document that the
source is valid. Failure to provide source proof or providing bad
source proof shall result in the release remaining nuked, and it may
then be propered.
- Improper methods of IVTC that result in loss of half the fields
(SeparateFields.SelectEven, YV12InterlacedSelectTopFields) are banned
- Improper IVTC methods that result in jerky playback, such as Force
Film, are banned
- 1080i video sources must be deinterlaced with a smart deinterlacer such
as Yadif. FieldDeinterlace is banned.
- Group watermarks of any kind on the video are banned
- Intros, outros, betweenos, or any other form of defacement of the
episode are banned
- Native refers to the standard in which the video was produced (e.g.
NTSC or PAL). NTSC produced video is native to NTSC, PAL produced video
is native to PAL. PAL produced video that is broadcast in NTSC is
converted. NTSC produced video that is broadcast in PAL is converted.
- Converted video that has significant artifacting (e.g. blended frames)
and cannot be reversed to native must use CONVERT tag
- Converted video that does not have significant artifacts does not need
convert tags and may not be nuked for the conversion
- Native releases are allowed after those tagged CONVERT. Use NATIVE tag.
- Must be original source audio, AC3 if available. Transcoding audio that
is already in a consumer-grade format (AAC, AC3, MP2, etc.) is banned.
Minor adjustments to audio (channel count, adding/removing frames) in
order to prevent issues with playback or sync are permitted.
- Dupes based on audio format are forbidden and must be tagged INTERNAL
- Multiple language audio tracks are allowed and must be listed in NFO
- Dupes are not allowed based on multiple audio tracks
- Severe audio drops resulting in one full missing word or otherwise the
inability to understand material dialogue is considered to be a
technical flaw and may be propered
- Audio that is 120ms or more out of sync or drifts more than 120ms
between any two points (e.g. needing -80 at one and +40 at another) is
considered to be technically flawed and may be propered
- IVTC or deinterlacing must be applied as needed
- In rare cases, 25/50Hz sources should be IVTCd to 24 or 30 fps.
- In rare cases, 30/60Hz sources should be IVTCd to 25fps.
Failure to apply IVTC when needed is a technical flaw.
- Must be x264 (8-bit depth).
- Must use Matroska (.mkv) for container
- You will have 30 days from latest x264 rev date to update in order to
maintain all bug fixes and improvements in the x264 codec
- Stripping or falsifying encode information in the file header is banned
- Custom muxing tools are permitted; however, output must be compatible
with standard demuxers to the same extent that files created with
- Custom Matrices are allowed
- Encoded colorspace must be 4:2:0.
- Deblocking must be used; values are at the discretion of the group.
(default is enabled, 0:0 settings)
- Sample Aspect Ratio (--sar) must be square (1:1).
- No setting can go below what is specified by --preset slow.
- Reference Frame _(--ref) must be 4
- Keyframe interval (--keyint) must be at least 200 and at most 300. It
is recommended to be 10*framerate (film240, PAL250, NTSC300).
- Minkeyint must be 30 or less
- me umh or higher is required.
- Constant Rate Factor (--crf) must be as follows:
Compressibility CRF General Examples
High 18-19 Scripted, Talk Shows, Poker, Animation
Medium 20-21 Documentary, Reality, Variety
Low 22-23 Sports, Awards, Live Events, Competitive-
- x264 parameters shall not vary within a release
- Zones (--zones) are forbidden.
- Any deviation in CRF from given examples must be specifically justified
in the NFO. Use discretion when deviating CRF by matching the
compressibility of the show to a corresponding CRF value. CRF values
below 18 and above 23 are never permitted.
- As a general suggestion, average video bitrate in excess of 7000kb/s
is a sign that a higher CRF value should be chosen, when possible
- Allowed parameters for --tune (optional) are film/grain/animation
- Level 4.1 must be respected.
- Suggested command line:
x264.exe --level 4.1 --crf ## --ref 4 --me umh
- 1080i/p sources must be cropped as needed and add border to fit within
1920x1080 with width1920 and/or height1080. Never upscale.
Resolution must be mod2.
- 180i/p sources may optionally be cropped to the nearest mod2, or may be
left at mod8
- When cropping, remove everything that is not actual picture, including
black or other colored borders, duplicate lines, and full-time tickers.
Removing or retaining fading edges is at cappers discretion and shall
not be considered undercropped or overcropped.
- In the case of varying crops, crop to the most common frame size (e.g.
pitch/primary view in sports).
- Actual picture area may be over- or under-cropped by 1px maximum per
side. More than 1px on any side is considered a technical flaw.
- Encoded Video resolution must be within 2 of the original aspect ratio
To calculate AR error (): (Original AR - Release AR)/Original AR * 100
Release AR EncodedWidth / EncodedHeight
- 1080i/p sources shall never be resized
- Optional, but encouraged
- Text based format is preferred (e.g. SubRip, SubStation Alpha, etc).
- Subtitles must be muxed into the MKV. Subs directories are forbidden.
- Burned subtitles will only be allowed when the source exhibits such
subtitles in the picture itself
- Subtitles cannot be used as a basis for a dupe
- Group marks in subtitles are banned
- Releases must be packed in RAR file format.
- Rars must be in multiples of 50 MB, no more than 101 files (.rar-.r99)
if using old-style naming, or 99 (.part01.rar-.part99.rar) if using
new-style naming. 1MB 1,000,000 bytes
- Multi-episode releases with no clear delineation such as credits must
not be split
- RAR Compression must not be used
- Recovery and MD5 record are optional
- Encryption or password protection is forbidden
- Must have SFV and NFO
- RAR, SFV, and sample files must have unique, lowercase filenames with
the group tag.
- Missing SFV or RAR(s) on all sites is considered a technical flaw.
Corrupt RARs (errors on extraction) are considered technical flaws.
SFVFix and RARFix are not permitted. Uploading a missing SFV or RAR to
all presites after pre is not permitted. Release REPACK.
- Previously on footage is optional, but suggested to be included
- Full end credits must be included if they contain show content or
outtakes/bloopers. End credits are optional and suggested if they are
clean, and purely optional in other cases.
- 50-70 seconds in length and in a separate folder marked as Sample
- Must be taken from the episode, not encoded separately
- Stream samples are recommended for any questionable issue with the
source, e.g. no IVTC possible, IVTC to 24.975fps, etc.
- Propers are only permitted in the case of a technical flaw in the
original release (e.g. Bad IVTC, Interlacing, missing footage, resizing
1080p source, bad crop, commercials, bad x264 settings used, bad source,
- Scrolling or other alert messages added by a station (e.g. weather,
Amber alerts) must be at least 30 seconds in length in order to
- Drops with missing footage but no missing dialog must be at least 2
seconds long in any one instance to be considered a technical flaw
- Proper reason must be clearly stated in nfo, including timecodes and
extent of the flaw when appropriate
- Sample of propered release is encouraged
- Qualitative propers are not allowed
- Flaws (such as drops) present in any optional content are not a flaw
and shall not be nuked or propered.
- Propers based upon the rules set forth here are allowed only on
releases that come after this document goes into effect
- Internals are allowed to be pred for any reason, including releases
with technical flaws or those done with alternate codecs, containers,
or settings for experimental purposes
- Any severe technical flaws or deviations must be mentioned in the NFO
- With the exception of the following rule, internal releases may only be
nuked for severe technical flaws or deviations that are not mentioned
in the NFO
- Using DIRFIX.iNTERNAL to avoid a dupe nuke is banned, and such
dirfixes shall be nuked fix.for.nuke
- Show.Name.YYYY.MM.DD.Guest.Name.1080p.HDTV.x264-GROUP for daily or other
- Episode title and guest name are optional
- Show.Name.PartXX.1080p.HDTV.x264-GROUP for miniseries
- ALL others are FORBIDDEN. (e.g 0x00 000 EXX.EP.TITLE PART.VI)
Using just the year is only permitted if the event is once per year
(e.g. a WWE PPV). In the case of leagues which have seasons that span
multiple years, it is permissible to tag the release with just the years
of the season. Inclusion of MM and DD is mandatory for all constantly
running shows (e.g. WWE).
If there is no league, the sport needs to be used instead
The following are some examples of correct directory names:
- Different shows that have the same title in different countries (e.g.
The Marriage Ref) must have the ISO 3166-1 alpha 2 country code in the
directory name, except for UK shows (e.g. The.Marriage.Ref.UK not
The.Marriage.Ref.GB). ISO country code is not needed for the original
show (e.g. The.Marriage.Ref.US is forbidden).
- Different shows with the same name in the same country produced in
different years must have the year of the first season in the directory
name, e.g. Human.Target.2010 and Doctor.Who.2005. Year is not needed
for the first show with a particular name.
- Channel name (e.g. National.Geographic, History.Channel) shall not be
tagged on any normal series starting after this rulesets effective
date. Miniseries and single-episode docus may optionally be tagged with
the channel name.
- The use of audio format tags such as AAC, AC3, and AC3.x.x is FORBIDDEN
- READ.NFO tag is allowed; however, discretion is recommended
- PROPER.READ.NFO is NOT allowed. The NFO is REQUIRED to have a reason;
therefore, the tag is redundant.
- All repacks must include detailed reason as to why its being repacked
in the nfo
- Other permitted tags are: PROPER, REPACK, RERIP, REAL, UNCUT, DUBBED,
SUBBED, iNTERNAL, OAR, PPV, CONVERT, NATiVE
- Acceptable characters in naming a directory include (NO spaces or
double dots - single dots ONLY):
Releases must be nuked for any of the following reasons:
- Any valid proper listed in the propers section
- Missing nfo, or missing Sample
- Invalid directory naming format
- Mislabeled directory that could prevent finding the release in a
dupecheck, including incorrect season/episode/date or incorrect title
- Releases may not be propered for bad tagging or missing nfo/sample
- The following fixes are allowed: NFOFix, SampleFix, DirFix, SyncFix,
- DirFix requires NFO and NFO must state which release is being fixed
- The original release shall be unnuked when a valid fix is released
- A proper may not be released for an issue that was fixed, unless the
fix does not completely correct the issue
The 1080p x264 TV Releasing Standards 2012 (2012-04-23)
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1080p-TVx2642012 rules created by the following groups: