When you download a movie through peer-to-peer connection such as a *torrent file, DC++, Kazaa and so on, youâ€™ll see that in its name are hidden lots of codes, that to a novice observer will only look like some pointlessness letters. Theyâ€™re actually very good ways to identify a movie.
Usually, its name looks like: Adventureland.2009.iTALiAN.MD.DVDSCR.XviD-SiLENT.avi. In this article, I want to explain exactly what each abbreviation that appears in the name of such file means, so you donâ€™t have to refer to forums or other ways of information. This code the movie has also been recorded on, determines also its quality, so it is maybe the most important of all characteristics that are shown in the file name.
Usually, this code appears in movies that have just been released. If CAM appears on the file name, this means the movie has been recorded with a video camera right at the cinema. It has the lowest quality you can see on a movie. Colors are pale, contrast almost doesnâ€™t exist, and the audio quality is also very low. You can actually hear the echo, way worse than you could hear with your own ears at the cinema.
From time to time youâ€™ll even be surprised to see the image moving or a silhouette passing right in front of the screen, probably a person who had an emergency or got bored and leaves the cinema. The recording also depends on the type of the video camera, but that doesnâ€™t change much.
TS or Telesync is actually a copy, a bit more decent, because it uses the sound directly from the cinema source. The recording is made with a professional video camera, directly from the projection booth. It is an â€œelevatedâ€ way of piracy, but no way it will even give you the satisfaction you can see at the cinema or even on a DVD movie on your PC.
SCR or screener is an unprocessed copy of the original movie thatâ€™s made for cinema-goers, film critics, the jury of a film festival, so they can have an opinion on the producerâ€™s creation. Usually, the SCR version contains all kinds of marking messages (such as watermarks for pictures) and a timer on the lower side, so those persons that the movie was addressed to can criticize using these marks. Video quality is usually good, but contains a few â€œsurprisesâ€, not being processed to the final version. At some point you can be left with no sound or with a black and white image etc.
WP or Workprint represents the first stage in the existence of a movie. It is the stage where all scenes/ frames of the movie has been welded and are being previewed by a hole team of producers and directors of the movie so they can give their â€œB.T.â€ or to extract/add frames. Itâ€™s a rough copy, that can miss special effects, failed scenes etc. Such versions arenâ€™t frequently found very often, but if they show up before the release date of the movie, it means that the security to production servers was zero. Sometimes, studios also release these versions (a little bit more processed regarding graphics, as a bonus to cinema-goers).
R5 Line is the final version of the movie, sold in region 5, meaning East Europe, part of India, Africa, North Korea and Mongolia. The only difference from the original DVD after which this copy has been made, is that the sound isnâ€™t probably the same.
TC or Telecine is a copy of the movie from its analogical form (the movie roll) to a digital one using a special equipment. The quality of the copy is good. Actually, the same technology is used in making DVD movies. The only problem is that the piracy version is usually made after a worse copy of the original movie roll.
This is the final version of the movie, a copy from an original DVD. DVD-Rips are made because a DVD movie isnâ€™t always released in all regions. This way, pirates take care of simultaneous circulation of the movie, in all areas.
Itâ€™s exactly the same thing as a DVD-Rip, just that it refers to Blu-ray disc.
TV-Rip, STV and DSR
Unlike direct copies, TV-Rip, STV and DSR are copies made after an analogical TV signal or after a satellite signal. The TV-Rip is a copy made after an analogical device using a capturing board with coaxial outputs, composite or S-Video. STV (subscription TV) refers to a copy made after the signal from a paid cable television, and the DSR (digital stream rip) is a copy made after a digital source like the satellite one.
HDTV and PDTV
The HDTV and PDTV copies come from televisions that transmit through waves, but with digital signal. These copies can often excel DVD quality, considering the high definition resolutions.
Besides the afore-mentioned codes, if the file name contains the acronym WS, you must know this is the image format widescreen. Widescreen image can be 16:9 and even 16:10, format used by new plasma or led LCD TVs.
*My blog does not encourage in any way piracy or any other forms of breach of copyright law. This is just an informative post which tries to explain the types of movie files found on Internet.