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Where You Watch guide on quality (a work in progress)

  1. Very low
  2. Low
  3. Average
  4. High
  5. Official version or Retail quality copy (WEB and BluRay)

What’s a CAM, TS, TC, Keep up with our movie piracy terminology page. Wikipedia also has a handy entry.

Basic examples

1. Recorded from cinema (CAM)
2. Recorded from cinema, with high quality audio (TS)
3. Recorded from cinema, with high quality audio and with professional gear.
4. Recorded from a high quality source, close to retail quality (but with Korean subtitles, artifacts etc).
5. Retail copy. Or a perfect copy of the retail version, either it’s an official stream or download.

Detailed examples

1. Early CAM recordings fall within this. Audio is CAM sourced.

2. CAM recordings but with confirmed line-audio.

3. High-quality CAM with high quality TS. Higher resolutions doesn’t equal higher quality, so watch out for upscaled versions. Low quality WEB streams also falls within this rating. While sourced from a stream, the lack of a quality encode or proper frame rate, with a bad audio, these WEB rips falls within this rating.

4. Movies sourced from foreign streams (often labeled HC for hard coded subtitles), or other high-definition streams ripped from TV falls within this rating. Almost as good as a retail rip, but not quite. Hardcoded subtitles are accepted, but the audio must be sourced from a proper high-definition source. Transcoded audio is OK. No frame rate issues are allowed to pass this rating and it can’t be too harsh on the video bitrate causing artifacts.

5. High quality retail copy or perfect, pirated rip from a retail source. Official streams are also accepted. HDRips (from an official source such as iTunes), WEB-DL, WEB and BluRay falls within this category but only if they are from an official, retail version.



What about censored movies or movies missing several minutes?

It doesn’t effect the quality rating, but please add it in the report notes.


Is an HDRip considered a 4 or 5 quality rating?

If it’s a perfect rip from a retail source, it’s considered a 5/5. But beware –  Pirate groups are often labelling foreign streams, with hardcoded subtitles, as HDRips and aren’t considered 5/5.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer.2017.HDRip.XviD.AC3-EVO

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer 2017 1080p WEB-DL H264 AC3-EVO

In the above example, the piracy group EVO is confusingly using HDRip and WEB-DL as two different labels, but it’s the same source. So both should be rated 5 out of 5.


How should I rate an Oscar DVD Screener?

4 out of 5. However, some Oscar DVD rips are rushed, with frame rate issues, muddy audio, compression artifacts and with watermarks throughout the movie. These should be labeled as 3 out of 5.

What about resolution, such as 480p or UHD?

Resolution doesn’t matter. Everything ripped from a retail release is considered 5 out of 5.

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