I hate answering questions, especially a question you don’t try to answer before asking. you’re wasting my time. I am not the one who knows everything. the only thing I know is that I can find the answer myself if it’s on the internet or at least try before asking.
Below is the answer of what cam/ts/tc/scr means, so I hope anyone who asks me can read and understand for themselves. (I don’t know why he can use the internet to spend his time searching and downloading such a big file, but he doesn’t have enough time to search the meaning by himself.)
so I hope nobody asks me about this again. whatever you want to know, try google first, if it doesn’t work i guess go to wikipedia.com before asking someone.
downloaded a movie and don’t know what cam/ts/tc/scr means?
camera: A camera is a film recording that is usually made with a digital video camera. sometimes a mini tripod is used, but most of the time this will not be possible, so the camera may shake. additionally, the location of the seats is not always idle and could be filmed from an angle. if it’s cropped correctly, it’s hard to tell unless there’s text on the screen, but many times these are left with triangular borders at the top and bottom of the screen. the sound is taken from the camera’s built-in microphone and, especially in comedies, laughter can often be heard during the movie. Due to these factors, the quality of the image and sound is usually quite poor, but sometimes we are lucky and the cinema will be quite empty and we will hear a fairly clear signal.
telesync (ts): A telesync has the same specifications as a camera, except that it uses an external audio source (probably an audio jack on the chair for the hearing impaired). a direct audio source does not guarantee a good quality audio source, as a lot of background noise can interfere. many times a telesync is filmed in an empty theater or from the projection booth with a professional camera, giving better image quality. the quality varies drastically, please check the sample before downloading the full version. a high percentage of telesyncs are mislabeled cameras.
telecine (tc) : A telecine machine copies film digitally from reels. the sound and picture should be very good, but due to the equipment involved and cost, pull-ins are rare. usually the film will be in the correct aspect ratio, although 4:3 pulldowns have existed. a great example is jurassic park 3 tc made last year. tc should not be confused with timecode, which is a counter visible on screen throughout the movie.
screener (scr) : a pre-vhs tape, sent to rental shops and various other places for promotional use. A screener is provided on a VHS tape and is usually in a 4:3 (full screen) A/R, although letterboxed screeners are sometimes found. the main drawback is a “ticker” (a scrolling message at the bottom of the screen, with the copyright and anti-copy phone number). furthermore, if the tape contains serial numbers or any other markings that could lead to the source of the tape, these should be blocked off, usually with a black mark on the section. this is sometimes only for a few seconds, but unfortunately on some prints it will last the entire movie, and some can be quite large. Depending on the equipment used, screen quality can range from excellent if made from a master copy, to very poor if made on an old VHS recorder via poor capture equipment on a copied tape. most screeners port to vcd, but there have been a few attempts at svcd, some look better than others.
dvd-screener (dvdscr) : the same premise as a screener, but transferred from a dvd. usually letterboxed, but without the extras that a retail dvd would include. the ticker is usually not in the black bars and will break the display. if the ripper has any skills, a dvdscr should be very good. usually transfer to svcd or divx/xvid.
dvdrip: a copy of the latest dvd released. if possible this is released before retail (eg star wars episode 2) again it should be excellent quality. dvdrips are released on svcd and divx/xvid.
vhsrip: transferred from a retail vhs, mainly skating/sports videos and xxx releases.
tvrip: A television episode that is on the network (digital cable/satellite boxes preferred) or pre-aired from satellite feeds that send the program to networks a few days in advance ( they don’t contain “dogs” but sometimes they have flickers etc.) some shows like wwf raw is war contain extra parts, and “dark matches” and camera/commentary tests are included in the copies. pdtv is limited from a digital tv pci card, which generally gives the best results, and groups tend to release on svcd for these. vcd/svcd/divx/xvid recordings are compatible with the TV scene.
workprint (wp): a workprint is a copy of the movie that has not been finished. scenes, music may be missing, and quality may range from excellent to very poor. some wps are very different from the final print (men in black is missing all the aliens, and has actors in their places) and others may contain extra scenes (jay and silent bob). wps can be good additions to the collection once a good quality finish has been made.
divx rewrite: A divx rewrite is a movie that has been taken from its original vcd source and re-encoded into a small divx file. are most commonly found on file shares, these are usually labeled film.name.group (1of2) etc. common groups are smr and tnd. They’re not really worth downloading, unless you’re not so sure about a movie that you just want a 200mb copy. generally avoid.
watermarks: many movies come from asian silvers/pdvd (see below) and are tagged by the people responsible. usually with a letter/initials or a small logo, usually in one of the corners. the most famous are the “z”, “a” and “balloon” watermarks.
asian silvers / pdvd: These are films produced by smugglers from the east and are usually purchased by some groups to show as their own. silver ones are very cheap and readily available in many countries, and it’s easy to get a release out, which is why there are so many on the scene at the moment, mainly from smaller groups that don’t last more than a few releases. . pdvds are the same thing pressed onto a dvd. they have removable subtitles, and the quality is usually better than the silver ones. these are copied like a normal dvd, but are usually published as vcd.
proper: Due to the rules of the scene, whoever casts the first telesync has won that race (for example). but if the quality of that release is bad enough, if another group has another telesync (or the same source in higher quality), then the tag itself is added to the folder to avoid being cheated. appropriate is the most subjective label in the scene, and many people will generally argue if appropriate is better than original release. many groups release appropriates simply out of desperation due to career loss. a reason for success should always be included in the info.
limited: A limited film means that it has had a limited theatrical run, usually released in fewer than 250 theaters, smaller films (such as art house films) are generally released as limited.
internal: An internal publication is done for several reasons. classic dvd groups do a lot of in-house releases as they don’t fall for it. lower quality theatrical recordings are also made in-house so as not to diminish the group’s reputation, or due to the number of copies that have already been made. an internal release is normally available on affiliated groups sites, but cannot be traded to other sites without request from site operations. some internal communiqués still make it to irc/newsgroups, usually depends on title and popularity. earlier in the year, people referred to the centropia going “internal.” this meant that the group would only release the films to its members and site operations. this is in a different context than the usual definition.
stv – directly to video. It was never released in theaters and therefore many sites do not allow them.
aspect ratio tags: these are *ws* for widescreen (letterbox) and *fs* for fullscreen.
repack: If a group releases a bad copy, they will release a repack that will fix the issues.
nuked: A movie can be nuked for various reasons. individual sites will get bombed for breaking their rules (like “no telesyncs”), but if the movie has something extremely wrong (no soundtrack for 20 minutes, cd2 is the wrong movie/game, etc.), then a bomb will occur global nuclear and people will trade across the sites will lose their credits. bombed movies can still reach other sources like p2p/usenet, but it’s a good idea to check why they got bombed first just in case. if a group realizes something is wrong, they can call in a nuke.
this is a list of common reasons why a movie may be bombed (usually dvdrip)
a/r bad = bad aspect ratio, ie people look too fat/thin bad ivtc = bad reverse telecine. the frame rate conversion process was incorrect. interlaced = moving black lines as field order is wrong.
cheating – cheating is simply, if something already exists, then there is no reason for it to exist again without a proper reason.