miniDVD Standards Are The Same As DVDR Standards.
. CCE version 2.50+ or Canopus Procoder must be used in all
circumstances where transcoding (re-encoding) of the video
stream is required. Other encoding programs such as
TMPGenc are NOT allowed.
. Automated Programs that perform DVD9>DVD5 rips are
FORBIDDEN, e.g. InstanCopy, DVDXCopy, etc.
. Minimum average bitrate allowed is 3000 kbit/s
(2800 kbit/s for tv shows). If minimum average bitrate
cannot be achieved, a valid explanation is required in
. Quality Settings:
. No CBR. Multipass is to be enforced.
. The initial 1st pass that encodes the .vaf file
in CCE is NOT considered within the multipass set.
. The number of passes required for a movie is
determined by the length (runtime) of the movie."
. Movies below or equal to 100 minutes will
require 5 passes or more.
. Movies over 100 minutes will require 6 passes
. Canopus Procoder:
. No CBR. 2-pass VBR is to be enforced for all
. The quality settings will also be determined
by the length (runtime) of the movie.
. Movies below or equal to 100 minutes will
require the "High-Quality" setting.
. Movies over 100 minutes will require the
. Dolby Digital is considered the standard audio format and is
required in all releases that contain this audio format.
. DVDs that contain only PCM audio are allowed and should
be noted in the NFO.
. Downsampling of audio tracks, except audio commentary is
banned. No downsampling of any other tracks.
. If audio is stripped from a DVD9 disk, superior audio tracks
need to be kept. e.g. If a DVD contained DD2.0 and DD5.1
audio, DD2.0 would be stripped in favor to 5.1. However in
regards to DVDs that contain both DTS and 5.1, 5.1 must be
kept. The inclusion of a DTS stream is up to the ripper's
. For non-English movies, the movie's original language audio
stream must be kept unless it is not contained in the retail.
In the circumstances that a reissue/new edition dvd contains
an original language audio stream, a re-release of the movie
. For ALL English movies, the English audio stream MUST be kept.
. The inclusion of other audio streams will be based upon the
ripper's discretion, whether they are foreign or commentary.
Notes: DTS/SUPERBIT/DTS-ONLY are issues that cannot be ignored.
However, it is not up to us to decide whether they should
be allowed or not. Rather, it's up to the SITES that will
determine their own appropriate rules. However, those
groups that wish to release DTS, SUPERBIT and/or DTS-ONLY
should name their directory clearly with the appropriate
tags of DTS, SUPERBIT and/or DTS-ONLY.
. Releases of superior/remastered editions of previous released
DVDs are ALLOWED as they improve upon the initial release.
e.g. If a new mastered DVD contains a 5.1 stream compared
to an inferior stream in the previous release, the
release is considered valid.
. Mastered DVDs of: Director's Cut, Criterion, Unrated or any
editions with additional/extended scenes are not considered
dupes over existing mastered DVDs.
. The DVD to be ripped should also be the best available edition
on the market. Releases of inferior editions are NOT ALLOWED.
. Authoring in both Scenarist and DVD Maestro are allowed.
However, users of DVD Maestro need to be aware of the problem
which check that if the total bitrate exceeds
9800kbit/s. Rippers should be aware that the MAX bitrate is
9800kbit/s for both audio and video streams.
. If English subtitles are present, they will be kept under ALL
. If the dvd contains no more than three subtitle streams, all
will be kept. If the dvd contains more than three subtitle
streams, it's ripper's discretion which subtitles should be
kept. Its advised to keep the most common used language
subtitles. It is recommended to keep them all (they don't take
up much space).
. Menus MUST be included. In extreme cases where the retail does
not contain a menu, it must be mentioned in the NFO.
. The menu must be in English and not foreign, unless they
are aimed for non-English endusers.
. Removing useless links within the menu is optional. This is the
only extreme of menu authoring allowed. Such programs such as
MenuEdit are recommended.
. Menus on TV Show disk must be kept at all costs.
. Extras are an added value but are not needed. Extras are
allowed to be transcoded with a minimum average bitrate of
. A minimum of 5 passes for extras is required.
. Macro vision must be removed.
. All user limitations and restrictions must be removed.
. Releases must be made region free.
. All releases must either use .IMG or .ISO. Other formats
are NOT allowed.
. Releases must be broken up into rars of 50,000,000 bytes.
. Solid Archive and Recovery Record MUST be used.
. SFVs and NFOs MUST be included.
. NFO must include the following:
. Groups name.
. Regions, NTSC or PAL.
. Number of Passes and Bitrate used when re-encoding.
. Audio streams, and subtitles included.
. What has been stripped, extras, menu, etc.
. IMDB, or similar link.
. Number of archive files.
. Samples should be more than 15 minutes long but
less than 3 minutes.
. Samples should be encoded and only in vob form
if it is a encoded vob.
. Samples are required. Minimum size shall be 30mb, but must be
no more than 50mb.
. Samples must be put in a separate sub directory, labeled
. Vobs may be cut and used as sample, or renamed to mpg.
. Samples must be from actual packed vob. Separate encodes are
. Directory names shall NOT exceed 64 characters.
. ALL releases are to include production year.
. Directory name should include REGION (NTSC or PAL).
. Acceptable characters are as follows:
0123456789 . -_
. DVD-5, and DVD-9 COMPLETE are recommended to be named as:
. Non-Complete DVD-9 releases are recommended be named as:
. Sub directories are recommended to be labeled as DISC1, DISC2,
etc. EXTRA and CD1, CD2 dirs are NOT allowed.
. Propers will ONLY be released if previous had technical flaws
such as menu errors, bad quality, etc.
. Just because a previous release was not COMPLETE does not
provide a legitimate reason to PROPER/DUPE.
. Propers based on previous releases having improper dir names
will not be tolerated.
. PPF patches should be used for fixing releases with simple
problems such as RCE/Region coding, VTS sectors, P-Ups and
soforth. REPACKS/PROPERS should be avoided if a PPF patch is
. Intros and outros are not tolerated.
. Group watermarks within the DVD are STRICTLY forbidden.
. Volume Label must be EXACTLY like the original. Adding any
tags to the Volume Label will not be tolerated.
The miniDVD Releasing Standards Originally Written and Organized By:
AUK . SOUL . JR . MAH . PURP . CONE
Signed, Approved and Enforced By: