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-----========== :FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - V. 2.0 : ==========-----
-= alt.binaries.movies =-

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was created
to help guide all those at; alt.binaries.movies.divx who want to
participate in the wonderful world of movies. Enjoy!

Founded; July 18, 2000
A place to post movie (no TV series) files and no other files

Amended; December 11, 2002
English related movies.

While every effort has been taken to insure the accuracy of the
information contained in this FAQ list compilation, the author and
contributors assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for
damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.

-----========== : TABLE ON CONTENTS : ==========-----

A. PART ONE - Introduction

1. What is Divx and Xvid?
2. What do I need to download from this group?
3. What do I need to Play Divx?
4. What are Binaries?
5. What are Parts / Segments?
6. What is RAR?
7. What is yEnc?
8. What are PAR and PAR2 files?
9. What is AC3?
10. What is NZB?

B. PART TWO - Downloading

1. How do I download and play a movie?
2. How do I make a request for a movie?

C. PART THREE - How to Post

1. About Posting "Uploading".
2. How do I prepare my binaries for uploading?
3. Why should I segment files?
4. Additional info on Naming posts?
5. Reposting missing parts or segments.

D. PART FOUR - Divx Posting Standard
1. Is there a Divx Standard for Posting?

E. PART FIVE - Managing Media

1. What is Ripping?
2. How do I Convert and Edit my files?
3. Can I use Subtitles?
4. Can I play Divx on a DVD Player?
5. How do I Label my media?


1. What is IRC?
2. Can I use IRC Chat with this group?
3. What are some other IRC channels?

G. PART SEVEN - Sources, Formats, Tags

1. What is CAM ?
2. What is TELESYNC (TS) ?
3. What is TELECINE (TC) ?
4. What is SCREENER (SCR) ?
5. What is DVD-SCREENER (DVDscr) ?
6. What is DVDRip ?
7. What is VHSRip ?
8. What is TVRip ?
9. What is WORKPRINT (WP) ?
10. What is DivX Re-Enc ?
11. What is Watermarks ?
12. What is Regional Coding ?
13. What is RCE ?
14. What is Macrovision ?
15. What is NTSC/PAL ?
16. What is PROPER ?
17. What is SUBBED ?
18. What is UNSUBBED ?
19. What is LIMITED ?
20. What is INTERNAL ?
21. What is STV ?
23. What is RECODE ?
24. What is REPACK ?
25. What is NUKED ?
26. What is DUPE ?

H. PART EIGHT - Helpful Info

1. Is there General Usenet Etiquette?
2. What is Flaming?
3. Are there Other Helpful Links?

!!!!! FAQ - Guide - Help - Learn - Post - NewUsers - Beginners -
Reference - Convert - RIP- Format - Sources - Tags - Subtitles - Chat
NZB !!!!!

-----========== : PART ONE | INTRODUCTION : ==========-----

1. What is Divx and Xvid?

DivXâ„¢ is a new format for digital video, much like MP3 is a format
digital music. DivXâ„¢ is the brand name of a patent-pending video
compression technology created by DivXNetworks, Inc., (also known as
Project Mayo). The DivXâ„¢ codec is based on the MPEG-4 compression
standard (MPEG4 Part 2). This codec is so advanced that it can reduce
an MPEG-2 video (the same format used for DVD or Pay-Per-View) to ten
percent of its original size.

XviD is an open-source MPEG-4 video codec originally based on
XviD is a main "competitor" of DivX (XviD spelled backwards). While
DivX is closed source and is designed to run on Windows, Mac OS and
Linux, XviD is open source and runs on multiple platforms, including
Windows, Mac OS and GNU/Linux.

2. What do I need to download from this group?

There are (3) three minimum applications you will need. First, you
a "Newsreader" for reading and sorting the thousands of messages.
Second, you need a "Decompression Utility" for expanding/extracting
attachments. Finally, you need an "Imaging Utility" for creating,
mounting, or burning disk images.

(a) Commonly used applications for Windows:
1 Newsreader:XNews, Newsbin Pro, Forte
Agent, PowerPost
2 Expanding / Extracting:Winrar, Yencpack,
3 Image Utility:Nero, Toast

(b) Commonly used applications for Mac:
1 Newsreader:Thoth, Unison
2 Expanding / Extracting:MacPar Deluxe, Split &
Concat, MacHacha, UnRarX
3 Image Utility:Toast, Popcorn

You can also check out Slyck's Guide to Newsgroups for a more complete
overview. Please go to: (Who's computer is this?)

3. What do I need to Play Divx?

On Windows - To play DivX, XviD (AVI) you first need to install the
DivX codec’s or the XviD Codec’s. Then you should be able to play
video with Windows Media Player. It's also possible that you need to
install some other video or audio codec’s such as AC3 audio, OGG
or some other, read here below how to identify what audio and video
codec’s you need. Or use VLC Media Player / Videolan and you don't
to install any codec’s cause they are included.

On a Mac - Play DivX with QuickTime DivX codec’s either from
or from 4.0 PR, slightly faster than codec).
Both are available for OS9 and OSX. ** There is a bug in the AVI file
format which results in QuickTime not playing correctly MP3 sound in a
DivX movie. To correct this problem, run your DivX files into Divx
Doctor II first.

Codec’s and Media Players: (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?)

4. What are Binaries?

Binary files are usually thought of as being a sequence of bytes,
means the binary digits (bits) are grouped in eights. But binary files
can also contain images, sounds, compressed versions of other files,
etc. — in short, any type of file content whatsoever. Here they are

5. What are Parts / Segments?

Created when a single attachment (Divx file) is uploaded by a
newsreader. The 'News Part Size' in the newsreader determines the size
of the part, and the newsreader will automatically create the parts as
it posts the attachment. The number of parts depends on the total size
of the attachment. All parts are needed to combine the attached file.
Parts/Segments normally used here: RAR, Yenc.

6. What is RAR?

RAR files (Parts/Segments) are created by splitting a large file into
many smaller files. This makes it quite a bit easier to download large
files. They can be joined together back to the original file by using
utility like Winrar (Windows) or UnRarX (Mac). For Example:

-The Matrix.rar.01
-The Matrix.rar.02
-The Matrix.rar.03

7. What is yEnc?

yEnc (Parts/Segments) is a new encoding method, which offers efficient
and proper transmission for binaries on the Usenet (or by eMail and
other applications). Other encodings are BASE64, BinHex, UUencode,
Quoted Printable, ..... yEnc is NOT an audio format (as MP3) or a
format (as AVI, MOV,...) or a picture format (as GIF or JPEG). Please
visit For Example:

-The Matrix.yenc.01
-The Matrix.yenc.02
-The Matrix.yenc.03

8. What are PAR and PAR2 files?

PAR and PAR2 files are quite interesting -- they're used to
missing RAR parts. For example, if a large file is split into 50 RAR
files, and files 23 and 27 are missing, if you download the PAR set,
you'll be able to reconstruct parts 23 and 27 magically! Use a utility
like SmartPAR (Windows) and MacPAR deluxe (Mac) to work with PAR and
PAR2 files. Think of them as the blueprint of the home. Here is an
example of PAR2 files:

-The Matrix-divx.vol000+01.par2
-The Matrix-divx.vol001+02.par2
-The Matrix-divx.vol003+04.par2

9. What is AC3?

AC3: Audio Codec 3. This was the original and more technical name for
Dolby Digital. Replaced by marketing mavens when they realized that
Dolby's name was not in the title. Some RF modulated, 5.1-encoded
discs were labeled as AC3. Later versions were labeled as Dolby
Digital. Keep in mind that you will need filters to play your files in

For AC3 Codec Filters, Please visit: (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?)

10. What is NZB?

NZB is a file format created by the owners of the internet site The intention with NZB files is to create small header
files for usenet so that the user does not have to download the
of an entire newsgroup in order to download the potentially few files
that the user might want to download. NZB File search engines: (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?)

for IRC users: (Who's computer is this?)

Please Note: The Subject of NZB is sensitive to some.

Currently, the most popular binary newsreaders NewsBinPro (no
affiliation to NewzBin), BNR, NewsLeecher and GrabIt are able to
process (import and utilize) NZB files (In addition to many other news
reader.) If you do not wish to spend the money at first and wish to
out NZB files, there are free alternatives. is a very good
indexing/nzb site, however is not nearly as complete as
addition, there are actual newsgroups that contain NZB files. They
include alt.binaries.ftn.nzb, alt.binaies.nzb, alt.binaries.nzb-files
and alt.binaries.nzb-files.multimedia. (Who's computer is this?)

-----========== : PART TWO | DOWNLOADING : ==========-----

1. How do I download and play a movie?


There are (3) three main steps for downloading and playing Divx;

- STEP ONE - DOWNLOADING: Using your "Newsreader"; Search and select a
file for download. Example:

- The Matrix - 1999- Keanu Reeves - DVDRip - Dvix - AC3 - CD1
would include:
a. All Parts Files (.rar or .yenc)
b. PAR or PAR2 index file (.par file)
c. NFO File (text file with movie specs)
d. Sample Movie (a small sample of the movie, .avi)

Not all post contain the following items and you may need to request
them. (You should first try and find a movie post with all files so
get the hang of it.) When the download has completed, goto your
default Newsreader folder: Ex: usenet / alt.binaries.movies.divx /
moviename / moviefiles

- STEP TWO - JOIN: Using a utility like Winrar (Windows) or Split &
Concat (Mac) Join the files. (Use the Pars if there are any files
missing.) It will create a folder and a divx filei. At This point, you
should be able to double click and play the movie. Enjoy!

- STEP THREE - BURN: Backup using Toast or Nero. (Or just play off

NOTE: Some movies are created in 2 Parts for burning to CD and
on a divx player like the Phillips DVP642. This
is common. For

-The Matrix CD 1 or -The Matrix CD A
-The Matrix CD 2-The Matrix CD B

The following sites below contain more information that will help
your through the process of setting up your PC or Mac to properly play
Divx files on your computer. (Applications, setting up, guides,
articles, hacks, tools, statistics, how to, FAQ's & more) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?)

2. How do I make a request for a movie?

This is very simple. First check to see if it hasn't already been
posted here. If it hasn't, then make a request: " Req: The
Matrix-1999. Tia. ". (Tia = Thanks In Advance) Short, Simple and
Straight to the point. Do not make the same request over and over. If
so... suffer the consequences of being flamed and ignored!
-----========== : PART THREE | HOW TO POST : ==========-----

1. About Posting "Uploading"


Wasted bandwidth is bad for all involved. It's better to leech and
lurk. You'll learn a lot just doing this. And when you're ready to
-- ask questions. There is a great deal of collective experience
between the usual players, and many are eager to share their vast
knowledge with others.

As newer technologies are introduced, make sure you use encoding or
compression methods that are proven and available to the majority of
your target audience. When in doubt, ask ‹just make sure your
line clearly reflects the "oddity". The feedback you receive will

2. How do I prepare my binaries for uploading?

The format here is a Divx (.avi) file. Xvid is another format (open
source) that is welcomed. This group is not for WMV, MP2, ISO, QPEL,
,etc. This group is format specific (MPEG-4 PART 2), hence the group
name; "alt.binaries.movies.divx". Any other format other than Divx
should be posted in " alt.binaries.movies ". After you have ripped
converted your DVD movie you will need to prepare your file for
Please see section below "Divx Standard for Posting".

(STEP ONE) Using "VirtualDub", "DVD Decrypter" (Windows User can
check: (Who's computer is this?) ) or "Mac The Ripper",
"Handbrake" (Mac User can check: (Who's computer is this?) ), you will need to
prepare your file for upload. See below for more details about

(STEP TWO) Name Your file. There is no right or wrong here to name a
file. But do strive to make the filename understandable, so others
what is available. Ex: " The Matrix".

(STEP THREE) Using a "Decompression Utility" like: WinRAR (Windows) or
Split & Concat (Mac), your Divx file should be segmented into 15MB
sizes. ( See (Who's computer is this?) ) Ex:

-The Matrix.rar.01
-The Matrix.rar.02
-The Matrix.rar.03

(STEP FOUR) Create the PAR2 set using the RAR'd files. ( See (Who's computer is this?) ) Ex:

-The Matrix-divx.vol000+01.par2
-The Matrix-divx.vol001+02.par2
-The Matrix-divx.vol003+04.par2

STEP FIVE) Create a small preview sample of your divx movie file so
others can see if the quality meets their standard. This file should
about 1 minute in length. Ex: "The Matrix-Sample.avi "

(STEP SIX) Create an NFO file (a text file with information) regarding
your post.

Title Actual
Divx release date
DVD release date
Theatrical release date (US preferably)
Video size
Framesize/Aspect Ratio
Audio bitrate
Video bitrate
Movie runtime/Length
IMDB/Amazon/Any other DVD site info link
Number of rars per CD (i.e. 50x15MB)
Ripping method
DRF average

(STEP SEVEN) Using your Newsreader go to upload and add files. Your
Post should look like the following:

- The Matrix - 1999- Keanu Reeves - DVDRip - Dvix - AC3
a. All Parts Files (.rar or .yenc)
b. PAR or PAR2 index file (.par files)
c. NFO File (text file with movie specs and information)
d. Sample Movie (a small sample of the movie, .avi)

For those that are part of altbin@EFNet: (Who's computer is this?)
Unless the index page of a specific group says different this is the
only allowed header.
[#####]-[ #altbin@EFNet ]-[ FULL/PART ]-[ whatever extra info you
want]-[$1/$2] - "$F" yEnc

Once you have learned to properly post, do so here at:
alt.binaries.movies.divx You are know ready to "Upload" !

3. Why should I segment files?

There are a number of advantages to segmenting a large file, which
effectively divides a cumbersome file into smaller, more manageable
files. They are;

It requires less time to upload or download a given segment. This
it easier for all, but especially for dialup players. This also makes
it more likely you can work with a given segment before possibly
your server connection; again this is especially important for dialup
players. If a given segment is missing parts or corrupted somehow, it
wastes less bandwidth working with the segment, as it is smaller,
rather than working with a huge monolithic file. It requires less
storage to work with the segments. If pushed for time, you can
the segments and verify them, then store them for processing later.
Since the segments all verified, you are assured they will process
correctly. Overall, for posters, it's better to save segments (rather
than the joined file) as the same segments can be posted later, either
as fills or a full repost. Most premium news servers allow for
connections. You can often effect higher bandwidth when downloading
with several streams open simultaneously. Segments improve this
efficiency by not hogging a single stream for too long.

Just as there are advantages to segmenting a large file, there are
disadvantages to segmenting a file into too many segments or too small
segments. That is why it is recommended to divide a file into segments
into no less than 10 MB. Any smaller, and it creates a large number of
files which become cumbersome to manage. And any larger than 25 MB
undermines efficiency for reasons listed above.

4. Additional info on Naming posts?

Acceptable characters in naming a directory include (NO spaces or
double dots - single dots or underscores ONLY):

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789 .-_

Releases that are more than 1 CD should be named CD1, CD2, CD3 and so

Re: Parts/Segments. Do NOT number your posts. The additional numbering
is not needed if you include an info file with your post. However,
people like to employ a numbering system so the subject will list the
number of segments. (It will read something like (3/28) or [3 of 28]
similar.) This can confuse some newsreaders, causing it to separate
similar parts instead of keeping the parts together for each segment.
For example, you might see:

- The Matrix.rar.1 (0/3) [1/24]
- The Matrix.rar.1 (1/3) [1/24]
- The Matrix.rar.1 (2/3) [1/24]
- The Matrix.rar.1 (3/3) [1/24]
- The Matrix.rar.2 (0/3) [2/24]
- The Matrix.rar.2 (1/3) [2/24]
- The Matrix.rar.2 (2/3) [2/24]
- The Matrix.rar.2 (3/3) [2/24]

There is a way to do pseudo numbering, however, that will not confuse
newsreader. This method leverages that the segment number is already
present in the subject. In this case, you affix "- of xx -" to the
subject text. For example, you might see;

- The Matrix.rar.8 (0/3) - of 24 - This is the eighth segment
- The Matrix.rar.9 (0/3) - of 24 - And the next

Another tip for naming is to post with the attachment name first. Most
newsreaders will have a setting that allows for this setting. If you
don't have this setting, make sure to make the first character of the
subject line a hyphen, "-". This allows all binary posts to "float" to
the top of the list of new messages when sorted alphabetically. Also,
you should not name your attachment with lower order ASCII characters,
or higher order ASCII characters it’s best to stay with alphanumeric

5. Reposting missing parts or segments

Sometimes a post will fail. This usually shows up as an incomplete
in a newsreader, where a segment is missing one or more parts (not
segments). It may be possible with any Newsreader.

NOTE: that it may take a short while for a post to show up on your
server. Thus, when attempting to determine the status of a post, it is
best to wait a brief period to see if that post is complete.

Regardless of how well your posts are made, it is inevitable that you
will receive requests to repost missing or corrupt segments. It may be
that all appears well on your end, and it very well might be. But a
of things can happen as a binary propagates throughout Usenet. As a
courtesy, you can fill the requests from people who missed or lost

Regardless, you should ensure that requests be ignored until a 24-hour
period has expired. This will allow for all possible message parts to
propagate throughout Usenet and its many news servers. Often missing
parts will magically appear hours after a message first began arriving
to a server. A small note in your info file should remind people of

You may want to make a separate thread for repost requests. This
you, the original poster, to examine a single thread for fill
segments that others need to complete the post. For example:

For XYZ REPOSTS -> make requests here

After that, collect all the segments requested in a separate folder on
your drive. Then post these as you did for the original posting. Make
sure to RENAME your reposted segments so that they show up in
newsreaders as separate items and don't intermingle with parts
remaining from the initial post. It is standard practice to rename
reposted segments by adding an 'r' at the end for first reposts, 'rr'
for second repost, etc.

Even when the subject text is changed, if the attachment name is not
slightly altered, the reposted segment parts will be intermixed with
the original segment parts on many newsreaders. Thus it is necessary
rename the reposted segment.

If only one person has made a request, it is OK to specify their name
in the subject text (following the attachment name). For example:
The Matrix.rar.3r (0/17) Attn: <jane doe> Your fills
-----========== : PART FOUR | DIVX POSTING STANDARD : ==========-----

1. Is there a Divx Standard for Posting?

Yes, Actually there is a Divx Posting Standard.

1. Keyframe: should be <=20 seconds and should be inserted according
scene changes and framesizes as determined by the codec or encoding
2. Group watermarks of any kind on the video will not be tolerated!
3. Intermission messages should be removed from the avi!

1. Should be MP3 or Studio AC3 (AC3 transcoding forbidden).
2. Should be STEREO for STEREO sources, MONO for MONO sources (MONO
audio as STEREO on source is considered a MONO source).
3. Should BE VBR! NO CBR MP3!
4. MP3 tracks should have the original frequency as it was on the
audio: i.e. 48khz for 48khz and 44.1khz for 44.1khz.
5. MP3 files should be normalized.
6. ABR is considered a VBR technique.
7. AC3 should be used wisely and correctly. Ripper's discretion on
to use it. Using or not using AC3 IS NOT a technical flaw.
8. MONO AC3 is not allowed, in that case should encode to mono MP3.
9. Multi-language audio tracks are FORBIDDEN! (Use INTERNAL!)

1. Should be as close to original source framerate as possible.
2. In some cases PAL movies should be ivtc'd (i.e. to 24fps).
using a PAL source is not an excuse for lack of ivtc.

1. Should BE Divx/Xvid Codecs.
2. Should use 2 pass technique during encoding.

1. Width: 512 - 672 pixels for WS movies (Letterboxed is considered
WS). 448 - 576 pixels for FS movies (Only 4:3 images).
2. Height and Width: should be a multiple of 16.
3. Cropping is required to be the MAXIMUM possible (black borders
should be cropped to their maximum). Over cropped releases are
considered a technical flaw. Some movies present changing ARs, in that
case the cropping applies only to the image that presents more pixels
(Means that part of the movie will have bad cropping).
4. Movie encodes should be within 5% of the original aspect ratio.
5. Calculating AR % error: (Release AR - Original AR)/Original AR x

Acceptable characters in naming a directory include (NO spaces or
double dots - single dots or underscores ONLY):
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789 .-_

Releases that are more than 1 CD should be named CD1, CD2, CD3 and so
on ('disc1' and others are NOT allowed).

1. DVD source should be RETAIL/DVD Screener only. Non DVD sources like
CAM, TS, TC, VHS, SCREENER, PDVD, LDVD etc, should be tagged with
source in dirname and should adhere to ALL A.B.M.Divx rules!
2. DVD Screeners should be clearly marked in the directory name and
nfo should contain presence of studio watermarking and counters or
3. Use of downsampled DVD-Rs as source is FORBIDDEN! <only untouched>

1. OPTIONAL (ONLY if all other requirements have been met).
2. .SRT files are preferred. VOBSUB is also the preferred format due
the fact it does not use OCR. However, any format that displays with
DVobSub is acceptable.
3. Subtitles may be MUXED with video stream, but MAY NOT be BURNED
video stream. MUXED subs will proper BURNED subs.
4. Subtitles not muxed into video stream should be encapsulated in a
.rar file with the MOST compression available and should be contained
in the directory named 'Subs' and will NOT be packaged with main movie
5. Burned subtitles should only be permissible when the source
aforementioned subtitles in the picture itself (i.e. Subs in the matte
portion of the picture should be typed in a separate file and the
should be cropped). If there is a part of the burned subtitles on the
picture itself, and another part on the matte portion of the picture,
the frame should be cropped to 2 pixels from the start of the
on the matte portion. Upside cropping of the picture has nothing to do
with the downside, therefore the cropping on the upside should be to
it's maximum.
6. English subs on non English movies should fit on CD with main
all other optional subs SHOULD fit on the CD.
7. Foreign movies (Non English Spoken) should have the language name
taggings (applies to the various non English scenes). Movies with
English subs present, WILL NOT HAVE any language tag on them!
8. Using of hand made subs on non English releases (i.e. fansubs)
should be mentioned in the nfo, and at nuker's discretion if to nuke
the release for Bad.Subs, depends on how bad the subtitles are. Please
use common judgement! Releases that were nuked for bad subtitles, may
be propered only by subtitles that came from the retail DVD (Ripper's
choice if to release the full movie again or just the subtitles).
9. Multi-language subtitles cannot be used as a basis for a dupe.

PERIOD ! ALL TESTING MUST BE DONE IN: > > > alt.binaries.test or
alt.binaries.test2 < < <
-----========== : PART FIVE | MANAGING MEDIA : ==========-----

1. What is Ripping?

To take off the audio or video from a CD or DVD. Often CD Audio is
"ripped" to MP3 files or DVD video ripped to VOB files. Sometimes
referred to as "BackUp".

2. How do I Convert and Edit my files?

There are actually hundreds of ways and different formats you can
convert to. Choice an Application for your Operating System
(PC/Mac/Linux). To Rip a DVD all you need is a ripping (or backup)
application. There are various rippers for both Windows and Mac.
go to: (Who's computer is this?) Please keep in mind this is a "
divx " group! Divx defined as (MPEG4 Part 2)

(a) Commonly used applications for Windows:

(b) Commonly used applications for Mac:

3. Can I use Subtitles?

Yes!, Subtitles for many movies are now available. You simply download
subtitle files, generally; " .srt" format and watch the movie in the
language of choice. You will need a subtitle tool to view subtitles
with your movie. Please visit the following sites, which have a
database of subtitles, covers and more. (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?)


4. Can I play Divx on my DVD Player?

Yes, but not all. Divx can be play on DVD players that have been
certified for Divx. Below are a list of popular DVD Divx players. You
can also check (Who's computer is this?) for the latest DVD Divx Players.

Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player
Astar DVD Player with DIVX Technology – KXDDVX6881
Philips 642/ 37 Region Free - Code free DIVX PAL NTSC DVD
Toshiba SD-4980 DVD Player with HDMI and DivX Playback
Philips DVP5900/37 DVD Player with Divx
MviX (4000U) Multimedia Center / HTPC
Philips DVDR3320 DVD Recorder/vcr Combo
KiSS DP-450 Progressive Scan DVD Player, with DivX Certified
Linksys DVD Player with Wireless-G Media Link (WMLD54G)
OPPO OPDV971H Digital HD-Ready Up-Converting DVD Player
LG LGDVB418 HD DVD Hdmi DivX Player 1080i 720p
Philips USA iLink DVD Player/Recorder with DivX Compatibility

Other DVD Divx Players;
Sony DVP-NS405, Pioneer DV-333, Pioneer DV-464, Sony DVP-NS900, Dansai
DVD852, Panasonic DMR-E20, Harman Kardon DVD25, Pioneer DV-646, Denon
DVD-2200, Pioneer DV-341, Sony DVP-NS715P, JVC XV-N44SL, Cyberhome
CH-DVD 400, Sanyo DWM-370, OPPO OPDV971H, JVC XV-N5SL, Pioneer DV-444,
Pacific DVD-1002, Pioneer DV-C503D, Philips DVP 520, Pioneer DV-434,
Norcent DP 300, Pioneer DV-656A, Pioneer DV-575A, Sony DVP-S735D

5. How do I Label my media? (Who's computer is this?)

You can visit the sites below and find a Database of Movie Covers and
Label for your divx movies. (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?)


Popular Labeling Software for CD/DVD Media. (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?) (Who's computer is this?)

If you have Photoshop you can create your own templates and labels for
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-----========== : PART SIX | IRC CHAT : ==========-----

1. What is IRC?

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of instant communication over the
Internet. It is mainly designed for group (Many-to-many) communication
in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one
communication. Basically the original instant messaging.

2. Can I use IRC Chat with this group?

Yes, you can download an IRC client and chat and interact with users
#alt.bin.movies.divx ( Make request, get fills, ask for help in
realtime, or discuss movies ) For a list of clients please visit: (Who's computer is this?)

(a) Commonly used IRC application for Windows:

(b) Commonly used IRC application for Mac:

- STEP ONE - Download and install an IRC client setup. Read and Follow
the instructions.

- STEP TWO - Connect to one of the main "Big-Five" IRC Networks (ex: You can also check out a list of servers to connect to
at: (Who's computer is this?)

- STEP THREE - Join channel by typing: /join #altbin

- STEP FOUR - To learn commands, goto: (Who's computer is this?)

This channel is run by the fine people at: alt-bin@EFNet. Please
their website at: (Who's computer is this?) (Yes, the one's who post all
those movies you watch... ) Also, be Patient. It takes a little
learning curve but you can do it ! To Learn more about IRC please
visit: (Who's computer is this?) or you can try: (Who's computer is this?)

3. What are some other IRC channels?

Below are some. You can search for channels on the web at: (Who's computer is this?)


Peace, Love and Respect to digitL & the alt-bin staff.
Thanks for all the great Posts.
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-----========== : PART SEVEN | SOURCES, FORMATS, TAGS: ==========-----

What is CAM ?

A cam is a theater rip usually done with a digital video camera. A
tripod is sometimes used, but a lot of the time this wont be possible,
so the camera make shake. Also seating placement isn't always idle,
it might be filmed from an angle. If cropped properly, this is hard to
tell unless there's text on the screen, but a lot of times these are
left with triangular borders on the top and bottom of the screen.
is taken from the onboard microphone of the camera, and especially in
comedies, laughter can often be heard during the film. Due to these
factors picture and sound quality are usually quite poor, but
we're lucky, and the theater will be fairly empty and a fairly clear
signal will be heard.

What is TELESYNC (TS) ?

A telesync is the same spec as a CAM except it uses an external audio
source (most likely an audio jack in the chair for hard of hearing
people). A direct audio source does not ensure a good quality audio
source, as a lot of background noise can interfere. A lot of the times
a telesync is filmed in an empty cinema or from the projection booth
with a professional camera, giving a better picture quality. Quality
ranges drastically, check the sample before downloading the full
release. A high percentage of Telesyncs are CAMs that have been

What is TELECINE (TC) ?

A telecine machine copies the film digitally from the reels. Sound and
picture should be very good, but due to the equipment involved and
telecines are fairly uncommon. Generally the film will be in correct
aspect ratio, although 4:3 telecines have existed. A great example is
the JURASSIC PARK 3 TC done last year. TC should not be confused with
TimeCode , which is a visible counter on screen throughout the film.

What is SCREENER (SCR) ?

A pre VHS tape, sent to rental stores, and various other places for
promotional use. A screener is supplied on a VHS tape, and is usually
in a 4:3 (full screen) a/r, although letterboxed screeners are
sometimes found. The main draw back is a "ticker" (a message that
scrolls past at the bottom of the screen, with the copyright and
anti-copy telephone number). Also, if the tape contains any serial
numbers, or any other markings that could lead to the source of the
tape, these will have to be blocked, usually with a black mark over
section. This is sometimes only for a few seconds, but unfortunately
some copies this will last for the entire film, and some can be quite
big. Depending on the equipment used, screener quality can range from
excellent if done from a MASTER copy, to very poor if done on an old
VHS recorder thru poor capture equipment on a copied tape. Most
screeners are transferred to VCD, but a few attempts at SVCD have
occurred, some looking better than others.

What is DVD-SCREENER (DVDscr) ?

Same premise as a screener, but transferred off a DVD. Usually
letterbox , but without the extras that a DVD retail would contain.
ticker is not usually in the black bars, and will disrupt the viewing.
If the ripper has any skill, a DVDscr should be very good. Usually
transferred to SVCD or DivX/XviD.

What is DVDRip ?

A copy of the final released DVD. If possible this is released PRE
retail (for example, Star Wars episode 2) again, should be excellent
quality. DVDrips are released in SVCD and DivX/XviD.

What is VHSRip ?

Transferred off a retail VHS, mainly skating/sports videos and XXX

What is TVRip ?

TV episode that is either from Network (capped using digital
cable/satellite boxes are preferable) or PRE-AIR from satellite feeds
sending the program around to networks a few days earlier (do not
contain "dogs" but sometimes have flickers etc) Some programs such as
WWF Raw Is War contain extra parts, and the "dark matches" and
camera/commentary tests are included on the rips. PDTV is capped from
digital TV PCI card, generally giving the best results, and groups
to release in SVCD for these. VCD/SVCD/DivX/XviD rips are all
by the TV scene.

What is WORKPRINT (WP) ?

A workprint is a copy of the film that has not been finished. It can
missing scenes, music, and quality can range from excellent to very
poor. Some WPs are very different from the final print (Men In Black
missing all the aliens, and has actors in their places) and others can
contain extra scenes (Jay and Silent Bob) . WPs can be nice additions
to the collection once a good quality final has been obtained.

What is DivX Re-Enc ?

A DivX re-enc is a film that has been taken from its original VCD
source, and re-encoded into a small DivX file. Most commonly found on
file sharers, these are usually labeled something like
Film.Name.Group(1of2) etc. Common groups are SMR and TND. These aren't
really worth downloading, unless you're that unsure about a film u
want a 200mb copy of it. Generally avoid.

What is Watermarks ?

A lot of films come from Asian Silvers/PDVD (see below) and these are
tagged by the people responsible. Usually with a letter/initials or a
little logo, generally in one of the corners. Most famous are the "Z"
"A" and "Globe" watermarks.

What is Regional Coding ?

This was designed to stop people buying American DVDs and watching
earlier in other countries, or for older films where world
is handled by different companies. A lot of players can either be
hacked with a chip, or via a remote to disable this.

What is RCE ?

RCE (Regional Coding Enhancement) was designed to overcome
"Multiregion" players, but it had a lot of faults and was overcome.
Very few titles are RCE encoded now, and it was very unpopular.

What is Macrovision ?

Macrovision is the copy protection employed on most commercial DVDs.
Its a system that will display lines and darken the images of copies
that are made by sending the VHS signals it can't understand. Certain
DVD players (for example the Dansai 852 from Tescos) have a secret
where you can disable the macrovision, or a "video stabaliser" costs
about 30UKP from Maplin (

What is NTSC/PAL ?

NTSC and PAL are the two main standards used across the world. NTSC
a higher frame rate than pal (29fps compared to 25fps) but PAL has an
increased resolution, and gives off a generally sharper picture.
Playing NTSC discs on PAL systems seems a lot easier than vice-versa,
which is good news for the Brits :) An RGB enabled scart lead will
an NTSC picture in full colour on most modern tv sets, but to record
this to a VHS tape, you will need to convert it to PAL50 (not PAL60 as
the majority of DVD players do.) This is either achieved by an
expensive converter box (in the regions of £200+) an onboard
(such as the Dansai 852 / certain Daewoos / Samsung 709 ) or using a
World Standards VCR which can record in any format.

What is PROPER ?

Due to scene rules, whoever releases the first Telesync has won that
race (for example). But if the quality of that release is fairly poor,
if another group has another telesync (or the same source in higher
quality) then the tag PROPER is added to the folder to avoid being
duped. PROPER is the most subjective tag in the scene, and a lot of
people will generally argue whether the PROPER is better than the
original release. A lot of groups release PROPERS just out of
desperation due to losing the race. A reason for the PROPER should
always be included in the NFO.

What is SUBBED ?

In the case of a VCD, if a release is subbed, it usually means it has
hard encoded subtitles burnt throughout the movie. These are generally
in malaysian/chinese/thai etc, and sometimes there are two different
languages, which can take up quite a large amount of the screen. SVCD
supports switch able subtitles, so some DVDRips are released with
switch able subs. This will be mentioned in the NFO file if included.

What is UNSUBBED ?

When a film has had a subbed release in the past, an Unsubbed release
may be released

What is LIMITED ?

A limited movie means it has had a limited theater run, generally
opening in less than 250 theaters, generally smaller films (such as
house films) are released as limited.

What is INTERNAL ?

An internal release is done for several reasons. Classic DVD groups do
a lot of .INTERNAL. releases, as they wont be dupe'd on it. Also lower
quality theater rips are done INTERNAL so not to lower the reputation
of the group, or due to the amount of rips done already. An INTERNAL
release is available as normal on the groups affiliate sites, but they
can't be traded to other sites without request from the site ops. Some
INTERNAL releases still trickle down to IRC/Newsgroups, it usually
depends on the title and the popularity. Earlier in the year people
referred to Centropy going "internal". This meant the group were only
releasing the movies to their members and site ops. This is in a
different context to the usual definition.

What is STV ?

Straight To Video. Was never released in theaters, and therefore a lot
of sites do not allow these.


These are *WS* for widescreen (letterbox) and *FS* for Fullscreen.

What is RECODE ?

A recode is a previously released version, usually filtered through
TMPGenc to remove subtitles, fix color etc. Whilst they can look
better, its not looked upon highly as groups are expected to obtain
their own sources.

What is REPACK ?

If a group releases a bad rip, they will release a Repack which will
fix the problems.

What is NUKED ?

A film can be nuked for various reasons. Individual sites will nuke
breaking their rules (such as "No Telesyncs") but if the film has
something extremely wrong with it (no soundtrack for 20mins, CD2 is
incorrect film/game etc) then a global nuke will occur, and people
trading it across sites will lose their credits. Nuked films can still
reach other sources such as p2p/usenet, but its a good idea to check
why it was nuked first in case. If a group realise there is something
wrong, they can request a nuke.

NUKE REASONS :: this is a list of common reasons a film can be nuked
for (generally DVDRip)

** BAD A/R ** :: bad aspect ratio, ie people appear too fat/thin
** BAD IVTC ** :: bad inverse telecine. process of converting
framerates was incorrect.
** INTERLACED ** :: black lines on movement as the field order is

What is DUPE ?

Dupe is quite simply, if something exists already, then theres no
reason for it to exist again without proper reason.
-----========== : PART EIGHT | HELPFUL INFO : ==========-----
1. General Usenet etiquette

1. LOOK FOR A FAQ before you post even a single question. In groups
that provide them, the FAQ is posted from once a day to once a month.
Never post any question until you've watched the group daily for at
least a few days, then your first post should only be a request to be
pointed to the faqs, and nothing else.

2. LURK AND LEECH for a few weeks before posting anything, including
questions. Find out what's welcome or taboo. Observing will also
you avoid the mistake of duplicating very recent posts by rushing to
contribute without knowing the group's posting history.

3. RTFM (read the freaking' manual). Learn how to use your computer,
software, and basic Internet tools like search engines. While others
are willing to help, don't expect to be spoon-fed. You can get up to
speed on any area of Usenet by reading the information contained here
and the links from here to selected sites. Try reading your Internet
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"local" newsgroups for members needing tech help, and use them.

4. DON'T SHOUT unless you mean it. In posts and email, THIS IS
SHOUTING. Turn off that caps lock.

5. CONSERVE BANDWIDTH. All Usenet resources are limited. The
ever-increasing demands on news servers have led to tons of lost
shorter retention times and dropped newsgroups. Wasting bandwidth
hurts the whole community, especially in terms of complete posts
reaching you. This includes, but is not limited to, posting a clip
looking for fills, Posting twenty 1 line requests for clip, when a 6
line note in abmd could produce the file you're looking for much

6. SKIP SPAM. And please, don't encourage Usenet abuse by patronizing
spammers' sites.

* DO be courteous and patient. Without question, patience is a virtue

* DO thank posters for their efforts and reposts. Sometimes just an
occasional thanks is all that is necessary, the major players work
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* DO use "ATTN:" or angled brackets to direct a message to a
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ATTN: <joe.poster> Your fills are coming tonight

* DO learn to use filters for your nickname, messages attaching
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* DO test your posting methods before you post to the abm groups. Use
alt.test, alt.binaries.test, or similar for all test posts.

* DO invest in a premium COMMERCIAL news server. One advantage is that
your IP address is not appended to your post (in the form of an
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* DON'T make multiple requests. It wastes time and bandwidth.

* DON'T remind readers that you have been waiting for a request.

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* DON'T toppost. Make all replies at the bottom of a thread to make it
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Flames are suppose to be aimed at teaching someone something (usually
in overstated language) or stopping them from doing something (like
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is strictly necessary, but that's half the fun. If you feel compelled
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