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« on: February 20, 2015, 02:18:49 pm »

This is not a major problem on this site anymore, but the problem still exists.

It most often shows up when someone posts classic Bel Ami videos.  Those videos were great, but there are people who take old VHS tapes that have degraded significantly over time (as magnetic tapes do) and they convert them to DVDs. 

By doing that, they have taken a movie that should not be more than about 300 mb and made it into a 4700 mb DVD!

I doubt the posters are doing this maliciously.  But I suggest that people indicate if their postings are VHS conversions.  Even better, don't encode a VHS tape with ridiculously excessive quality settings.  It makes no sense to have a low resolution movie encoded as a 1080p movie.   

Bel Ami has re-released their "old" movies on DVD.  I would suggest getting those rather than trying to resurrect some VHS tape that has been rotting away and losing it's magnetic integrity over the past 30 years.

VHS tapes are not a permanent storage medium.  In fact, even CD's and DVD's are only meant to maintain their integrity 100% for a year or two.  The only way to maintain data 100% is to store it on a hard drive - and even then, hard drives crash after about 10 years.  In my case, as technology advances, I transfer my old hard drives onto new much larger hard drives - retaining the quality.  And in the future.. those hard drives will be transferred onto new hard drives.    And in the year 3702, Microsoft will release Windows 549, which will not crash nor lock up.

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2015, 03:38:43 pm »

3702 - dream on baby!! Smiley

I agree with just about all you say - I have many times used the silk purse/sow's ear argument. Unless the studios are remastering an original, just putting an old movie on a disk does nothing.

However, in a slight defence of posters, the program I use for converting anything to anything defaults at a bitrate of 4000 Kbp/s and I have to remember to use a sensible rate if I am converting a tape rip.

But you are absolutely right that is is nice to know whta has been done Smiley


« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2015, 03:35:27 am »

If there are such issues with particular torrents, please write the Helpdesk or report them with a clear description of the issue, so we can at least improve the information on its presentation page (or remove it or ...)


« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 07:35:52 am »

I've seen few videos where the filesize has been artificially enlarged. When having a deeper inspection I find that pixels didn't contain any more data than what the smaller file size vid had. And there I went thinking ooooH! A better quality version! Even gave a hefty seedbonus - only to face an unpleasant occurring.


« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2017, 07:48:10 am »

I think it should be a common guideline to post something of the following along with .torrent:

File size:
Overall bit rate:
Bit rate:
Display aspect ratio:
Frame rate:

This info is easy for everyone to get. I recommend MediaInfo tool - install it - right click a videofile and select MediaInfo from context menu Smiley
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