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    What is the meaning of "CAM" on a file from TPB?
    #1
    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.

    tia
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    #2
    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.
    (This post was last modified: 06-30-2013, 04:36 AM by velvetfog.)

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    #3
    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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    #4
    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.
    (This post was last modified: 06-30-2013, 06:59 AM by SkinnyP.)

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    #5
    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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    #6
    Indeed.

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

    Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
    - Robert A. Heinlein
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