|Video BitTorrent Seeding Guide|
If you have a question as to why a certain rule exists or are unsure if your seed complies, please feel free to post in Technobabble. If you have questions regarding this FAQ and wish to discuss them in a language other than english, please post in our multilingual forum, Babylon.1. Make sure your seed complies with the seeding policy.
First and foremost, your seed must comply with the seeding policy here at The Traders' Den. The most updated version of this document can always be found here.
2. Create a "parent" folder for your DVD seed.
Do NOT use any of the following characters in your folder name or filenames: ? [ ] / \ = + < > : ; " ,
3. Insert your DVD into your drive and copy it onto your hard drive.
4. Create a wholefile md5 checksum for the VIDEO_TS folder.
On a PC, you can easily make an md5 checksum by using md5summer. Just open the application and point it to the VIDEO_TS folder and it will make an md5 of the contents. You can also use Traders Little Helper. There is a tutorial on how to make md5s for a DVD in Five's Checksums Demystified thread. Look for Creating a .md5 file for a DVD at the end of the first post in that thread.5. Create an EXTRAS_TS folder in the parent folder.
On a Mac, you can create them using xACT. Just open xACT, go to the Checksums tab, add all the files from the VIDEO_TS folder, and hit Checksum and then Standard. Tell it where to save the md5 file and it will create the checksums for you. You can then open up the md5 file with a text editor and copy/paste these checksums into your thread.
Put the checksums file you created above and any other miscellaneous files you got from the DVD into this folder (like artwork, the text file, photos from the concert, etc.).
If you choose the "create data dvd" option of your burning software and add the AUDIO_TS, VIDEO_TS, & EXTRAS_TS folders individually (folder names should be in ALL CAPS), you will create a watchable data disc (plays on most DVD players). Anytime you copy the disc in the future, the text, md5, etc will go forward on the disc.
In order to have the md5s correctly see the files in the VIDEO_TS folder once you have moved them to the EXTRAS_TS folder, you need to open up the md5s in a text editor and do a search/replace of "*/V" with "*../VIDEO_TS/V" in your file (or similar, see images below). This will correctly point the md5 to your video files.6. Create a text file.
When you made your md5s for the VIDEO_TS folder, they may look like this:
or this when you open them up in a text editor:
You want them to look like this:
This text file must include all of the required information for your seed as specified in the seeding policy. This includes band name, venue/city, bootleg title, appropriate dates, lineage, and a complete numbered track list at a minimum. Band members, reviews, or additional notes are a nice touch, so if you have that information, please include it.
In addition to the set information, you will need to gather the following statistics about your DVD seed: Audio Bitrate, Audio Codec, Video Bitrate, Video System. Many programs will give you this information, but here's a few links to help out.
Here at TTD, we ask that the seeder list the Audio Codec and Bitrate and the Video Bitrate and System. To find out why we ask for this information, see " How can I use the Lineage provided with DVDs to my advantage?"Once you've got a properly written text file written, place it inside the EXTRAS_TS folder for your DVD seed.
What we are looking for:
- Audio Codec: usually AC3 or LPCM
- Audio Bitrate: ### kbps or nothing if LPCM
- Video System: NTSC 29.97 fps or PAL 25.00 fps
- Video Bitrate: #### kbps
- Length of Time: ##:##:## or ##hrs, ##min, ##sec
How to Get Video Stats using GSpot (Windows)
How to Get Video Stats using MPEG Streamclip 1.8 (Macintosh - easiest method)
Thanks to MisterPitiful for telling us about this method!
How to Get Video Stats using MacDVDBitrateParanoia and MPEGInfo 0.2 (Macintosh)
Unfortunately, the Audio Bitrate and Codec is not easily found on a Mac, but we can get accurate Video Bitrate and System Information
7. Include any artwork scans, pdf files, ticket stub images, other extras.
Please view the screen capture below for a proper folder layout.
8. Double check that everything is done correctly and that all text files have been saved and closed before proceeding.
9. Create a .torrent file.
Please make sure to insert this URL exactly as it appears above. A mistake that seems to be a common one is accidentally including a space at the end from copying and pasting it from other places. Please make sure that you include only this 56-digit URL.
There are several programs that will do this, and all of them will work well. Please note that some users have noted problems uploading torrents to this site when using TorrentSpy to create the torrent file.
10. Create a new announce thread and upload the torrent.
11. Begin seeding.
12. Check that The Traders' Den registers you as a seeder.
Thank you for seeding and supporting The Traders' Den community.
|Video Seeding and Trading|
|OK, so you not only want the audio experience, but a visual one as well? Video trading can be complicated to the beginning, but reading through this expanding list of FAQs, software links, and tutorials, you should be able to find what you need to get started or clear up a few things that maybe you never fully understood before.|
|Video Technical FAQs|