Below is a short guide covering some of the common questions we get asked. It is by no means exhaustive and you may think you can do better, but it is simply designed to help you understand some of the terminology in our world.
All files uploaded in more than one part will be RAR’d. RAR is a compression or archive similar to zip. The files can be un-RAR’d using WinRAR or most other archive utilities.
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An NFO file is issued with all the releases by HiY, DTM, NEN or other exclusive releasers. This information file contains details of the release as well as, usually, some ASCii art. For games and applications it will also contain the install instructions, for music it will contain the track list. Most questions you might have about a release will be answered in the NFO, and you should read this before asking.
Release names are given in the following format
For standard definition the codec will always be XviD in an .avi container. (Except for DVDRs.) Scene releases will be 1 or 2 CDs insize, ie 700MB or 1400MB. For 2 CD releases the film will be split into two files; these can easily be rejoined.
This copy is a full retail DVD, the video quality will be superior to the Xvid DVDRip. Usually retail DVDs are on Dual Layer or DVD9 DVDs. The DVDRs will be compressed to fit on a DVD5 or Single Layer DVD. It is at the discretion of the encoder how this is done. Copyright and similar warnings will always be stripped; additionally extra languages and some or all of the extras may be removed. The main movie may also be recoded to be smaller. What exactly has been done will be given in the NFO.
480p refers to the number of progressive horizontal lines that make up the video. A video with a 16:9 aspect ratio at 480p will have a resolution of 854×480. We already shared some 480p videos from some video steaming sites.
High definition releases follow the same format, for example
HD releases always use the .h264 codec, encoded with x264 into a .mkv container. These can not be played back on standard DVD players and only some BluRay players. The .mkv container can also hold subtitles, they are not released separately.
720p & 1080p:
720p and 1080p refers to the number of progressive horizontal lines that make up the video. A film with a 16:9 aspect ratio at 720p will have a resolution of 1280×720 and the same film in 1080p will have a resolution of 1920×1080. In order to maintain the same quality a 1080p movie file will need to be twice as big. Unless your TV is very big and you are very close to it, it is debatable whether you will see any benefit in going for 1080p over 720p.
720p movie releases are typically encoded to fit on a DVD5/Single Layer DVD and 1080p releases on a DVD9/Dual Layer DVD, though this is not required.
We post music releases with tags like OST, MP3, Full Album.