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What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
06-30-2013, 04:28 AM
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What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
I have recently D/L'd some new movies from TPB. They all had the term "CAM" in the title and I assumed that meant they were recorded via a camcorder instead of ripped from a DVD.

The quality of those movies (both the audio and video) were really terrible. But if I wait a few weeks, I can usually find these same movies without the "CAM" term in the title and the quality of those movies is hugely improved.

Anyway, I just wanted to ask some of the members here because I'm pretty sure some of you know a lot more about it than I do.

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06-30-2013, 04:34 AM (This post was last modified: 06-30-2013 04:36 AM by velvetfog.)
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RE: What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
Your assumption is correct.
CAMs are bootleg videos made by bringing a camcorder into a movie theater and taping the movie.
Which is why anyone interested in quality video won't bother with CAMs.

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06-30-2013, 05:48 AM
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RE: What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
Thank you Velvet.

I'm not too fussy about quality. But the CAM recordings I have found are so terrible they are virtually unwatchable.

You can even often hear the audience in the theatre laughing and talking. I really hate that.

AFAIC, from now on, if I see "CAM", I won't even bother to D/L the file.

I very much appreciate your telling me that.
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06-30-2013, 06:59 AM (This post was last modified: 06-30-2013 06:59 AM by SkinnyP.)
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RE: What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
There are also TS or telesync which are also cams, in that the video is from a camera in a theater, but the sound is taken from another source to avoid hearing people talk, etc. So if the picture quality is not that big of an issue, a TS is the way to go for newly released movies. Otherwise you will have to wait for a screener or a dvd or bluray rip.

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06-30-2013, 09:00 AM
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RE: What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
A rare video marker is TC, which stands for Telecine-- don't confuse this with the horrible quality of the TS movies. Telecine is a very precise way of transferring a video from the original production film to digital.

If done correctly a TC should be on par with any DVD Rip.

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06-30-2013, 09:06 AM
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RE: What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
Indeed.

Older movies released on DVD, unless they have been digitally cleaned up and enhanced, are simply telecine transfers from 35 mm film.

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