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The 720p x264 TV Releasing Scene Standards 2011

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----------The 720p x264 TV Releasing Standards 2011----------

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| ||||[ INTRO ]|||| |
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| This standard aims to produce consistent quality releases. If consistent |
| release size doesn't matter, but consistent quality does, this is for you. |
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| ||||[ RELEASE RULES ]|||| |
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| This document takes effect starting with shows airing from 2011-06-15. |
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| Video: |
| - 1080i/p sources are to be cropped and resized using sharp resizers such |
| as Lanczos/Lanczos4, Spline36, or Blackman. Bicubic is banned. |
| - 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. AHDTV |
| releases do dupe HDTV. AHDTV captures must be done at the native format |
| of the channel, i.e. 720p or 1080i. |
| - 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 will not be tolerated |
| - Intros, outros, betweenos, or any other form of defacement of the |
| episode will not be tolerated |
| - Sources that sideconvert 1080i to 720p (such as Bell Expressvu) are |
| banned |
| - Upconverted sources must not be done as 720p.x264. See notes regarding |
| HR.PDTV.x264. |
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| Audio: |
| - Must be original source audio, AC3 if available |
| - Re-encoding/transcoding audio or faking header is forbidden |
| - Dupes based on audio format are forbidden and must be tagged INTERNAL |
| - Multi-language audio tracks are not allowed. |
| - Severe audio drops resulting in the inability to understand material |
| dialogue is considered to be technically flawed 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 |
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| Framerate: |
| - IVTC or deinterlacing must be applied as needed |
| - 50/60fps video such as live events may be kept at original fps, if it |
| was produced at such high rate (i.e has unique frames) |
| - In rare cases, 25/50Hz sources should be IVTC'd to 24fps. |
| - In rare cases, 30/60Hz sources should be IVTC'd to 25fps. |
| Failure to IVTC is a technical flaw. |
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| Codec/Container: |
| - Must be x264 |
| - Must use Matroska (.mkv) for container |
| - x264 version used must be no older than 30 days from the newest revision|
| available on x264.nl |
| - 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 |
| MKVToolnix are. Custom muxers may not excessively pad files; excessive |
| padding is defined as more than is used by mkvmerge 4.0.0 with header |
| compression disabled. |
| - Custom Matrices are allowed |
| - Deblocking must be used; values are at the discretion of the group. |
| (default is enabled, 0:0 settings) |
| - Minimum medium (default) or higher (--preset) must be used |
| - Encode must not be segmented |
| - Keyframe interval (--keyint) must be at least 200 and at most 300. It |
| is recommended to be 10*framerate (film=240, PAL=250, NTSC=300). |
| - Constant Rate Factor (--crf) must be 20 for low motion shows (e.g. |
| documentary, reality, scripted, variety, talk shows). |
| - Constant Rate Factor (--crf) must be 21-23 for high motion shows |
| (e.g. sports). values are at the discretion of the group |
| - Allowed parameters for (--tune) are film/grain/animation |
| - Level 4.1 must be respected. |
| - Suggested command line should be: |
| x264.exe --crf 20 --level 4.1 -o out.mkv in.avs |
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| Resolution: |
| - Crop to closest mod2 without undercropping. Then, if width>1280 or |
| height>720, downscale with 1:1 SAR to fit in 1280x720. Never upscale, |
| never add borders. |
| - Encoded Video resolution must be within 2% of the original aspect ratio |
| To calculate AR error (%): (Original AR - Release AR)/Original AR * 100 |
| OAR = (SourceWidth-CropLeft-CropRight)/(SourceHeight-CropTop-CropBottom)|
| Release AR = EncodedWidth / EncodedHeight |
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| Subs: |
| - 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 |
| - Multi-language subtitles cannot be used as a basis for a dupe |
| - Group watermarks in subtitles are strictly forbidden. |
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| Packaging: |
| - Releases must be packed in RAR file format. |
| - Rars must be in multiples of 50 MB, no more than 99 files |
| 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 filenames |
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| Credits/Previously On: |
| - It is suggested that any previously on footage be included in the |
| release, but it is not required. |
| - Full end credits must be included if they contain show content or |
| outtakes/bloopers. End credits are optional if they are clean or |
| contain promotions for future episodes or other shows. |
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| Samples: |
| - REQUIRED! |
| - 50-70 seconds in length and in a separate folder marked as Sample |
| - Must be taken from the episode, i.e.- not encoded separately |
| - Stream samples are recommended for any questionable issue with the |
| source, e.g. no IVTC possible, IVTC to 24.975fps, etc. |
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| Propers: |
| - Propers are only permitted in the case of a technical flaw in the |
| original release (e.g. Bad IVTC, Interlacing, missing footage, resizing |
| 720p source, bad crop, commercials, bad x264 settings used, bad source, |
| etc.) |
| - Scrolling messages added by a station (e.g. weather, Amber alerts) must |
| be at least 30 seconds in length in order to nuke/proper |
| - Over- or under-cropping by more than 1 pixel is considered a technical |
| flaw, although it is preferable to crop the 1 pixel out. |
| - 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 is made public |
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| Internals: |
| - All internals must conform to TVx2642k11 rules, with the exception of |
| minor known technical issues and different (--crf) parameter. |
| Using the INTERNAL tag to try and protect a severely flawed release |
| from nukes is forbidden. |
| - Using INTERNAL.DIRFIX as a cheap attempt at avoiding a nuke is |
| forbidden. If the release is technically flawed, it is still deemed |
| nukable both before and after an attempted INTERNAL.DIRFIX and the |
| DIRFIX shall be nuked for fix.for.nuke. |
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| Directory Naming: |
| - Show.Name.SXXEXX.Episode.title.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP |
| Episode title is optional |
| Episode title is required on some shows that dont have SxxExx |
| - Show.Name.PartXX.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP for miniseries |
| - Show.Name.YYYY-MM-DD.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP for daily shows |
| Sport: |
| - League.YYYY.MM.DD.Event.EXTRA.TAGS.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP |
| - Competition.YYYY-MM.Event.EXTRA.TAGS.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP |
| 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). |
| The following are some examples of correct directory names: |
| - EPL.2010.01.01.Manchester.United.vs.Arsenal.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP |
| - TNA.Impact.2010.03.02.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP |
| - WWE.WrestleMania.2010.PPV.720p.HDTV.x264-GROUP |
| - ALL others are FORBIDDEN. (e.g 0x00 000 EXX.EP.TITLE) |
| - Different shows that have the same title in different countries (e.g. |
| Law & order) must have the ISO 3166-1 alpha 2 country code in the |
| directory name, except for UK shows (e.g. Law.and.Order.UK not |
| Law.and.Order.GB). ISO country code need not apply to the show's |
| country of origin (e.g. Law.and.Order.US is forbidden). |
| - Different shows with the same name and 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. However, the initial |
| series does not need a year tag. |
| - The use of audio format tags such as AAC, AC3, and AC3.x.x is FORBIDDEN |
| - READ.NFO 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. |
| - Other permitted tags are: PROPER, REPACK, RERIP, REAL, UNCUT, DUBBED, |
| SUBBED, INTERNAL, OAR, PPV |
| - Acceptable characters in naming a directory include (NO spaces or |
| double dots - single dots ONLY): |
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| ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ |
| abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz |
| 0123456789._- |
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| Nukes: |
| 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 |
| - Dupe |
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| Fixes: |
| - The following fixes are allowed: NFOFix, SampleFix, DirFix, SyncFix |
| - RAR and SFV fixes are not allowed. REPACK your entire release. |
| - 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 |
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| ||||[ NOTES TO THE RULES ]|||| |
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| HR.PDTV.x264: |
| - HR PDTV x264 encodes are allowed for non-HD shows airing fully |
| upscaled on HD channels |
| - Crop to closest mod2 without undercropping. Then, if width>960 or |
| height>540, downscale with 1:1 SAR to fit in 960x540. Never upscale, |
| never add borders. |
| - All other standard rules apply |
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| The 720p x264 TV Releasing Standards 2011 (2011-06-15) |
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| |--------[ GROUPS ]--------| |
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| TVx2642k11 rules created by the following groups: |
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| aAF BALLS BiA C4TV DiCH DiVERGE FTP IMMERSE |
| KYR LMAO MOMENTUM NGCHD RiVER W4F WHEELS |
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|---- Thanks to the x264+matroska developers for their assistance in /----|
|---- determining the best mix of encode settings. /----|
|---- /----|

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