File relations, like the name implies, are relations between files on AniDB. There are two types of file relations; File-File and File-Ep. The former tells how two different files relate and the later tells how a file relates to different episodes.
Imagine yourself with a file that spans two, or more, episodes. Until the introduction of file relations the only way to add this file to AniDB was to create a special episode that would hold your file. Now, for those kinds of files you can add file-ep relations.
How to create a File-Ep relation
To create a file relation between a file and an episode you just need to follow these steps.
- Add the file to the first episode it belongs
- Open the file information page for your file, by clicking in it's fid
- Click on "new episode relation" on the lower part of the page
- On the Add File-Ep Relation page fill the percentage of the given episode the file covers and select the episode
- Press "Add" and you are done.
Often you find yourself with files that are meant be together, for example you have a subtitle file for a video file. Until the introduction of file-relations the only way you had to show this connection was to add a file comment. Users would then have to open the file information page to be able to read your comment. Currently the new system allows you a greater degree of file relation possibilities.
Types of file relations
Currently there are the following possible file relations:
- external-sub-for; to relate a subtitle file to its respective video file.
- newer-ver-of; to indicate that there's a newer version of a given file (kind of like the current versioning system).
bundle; to indicate that a group of two, or more, files are related, and normally, needed in group.Deprecated
- op/end-for; indicates that a given video file is an opening or ending to another video file.
- external-audio-for ; to relate an audio file to it's respective video file.
- uses material from; to relate a reencoded, remuxed, or other compiled file, to original source files. For example, if a remuxed file uses subs from file X and video from file Y, link the remuxed file to files X and Y.
- chapter-linker for; to relate "play-all" files to the associated video files.
- other; covers file relations that don't fit the other categories.
These are the rules for using file relations:
- external-sub-for; can only be used to relate a subtitle file to a video file (as in, you need to select the subtitle file and add a file relation to the video file from within the subtitle file page).
- newer-ver-of; can only be used to relate files of the same type (video-video), that are from the same episode and from the same, or related, groups.
- bundle; this kind of relation could be used, for example, to relate an idx to a srt file.
- op/end-for; can only be used to relate video files that belong to a Opening/Ending/Credits or an Other Episode to video files that belong on a Normal or Special Episode
- external-audio-for; can only be used to relate a audio file to a video file (as in, you need to select the audio file and add a file relation to the video file from within the audio file page).
- uses material from; can link most filetypes together.
- chapter-linker for; can link most filetypes together.
- other; this one covers every other cases. Though if in doubt it's best to ask in IRC or in forum.
|Note||You can not relate generic files, create a relation between the same file or link files from different anime.|
How to create a File-File relation
To create a file relation between two files you just need to follow these steps.
- If you haven't so, add both files
- Open the file information page for the file that is related to the other file (for a external-sub-for you go to the subtitle file page)
- Click on new file relation on the lower part of the page
- On the Add File-File Relation page select the type of relation and the related file
- Press Add and you are done