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First of all, you should clearly understand how AniDB works in respect to files.<br>
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AniDB is kind of split into two parts: The public side where you add the files visible for everyone and the private side (your [[mylist]]) where you can keep track of the files you have. If you want to [[How_to_add_files_to_your_mylist|add a file to your mylist]], you have to publicly add it to AniDB first.<br>
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Files are probably the most important part of AniDB's structure. They are what gets added to users mylists in order to mark episodes watched. Now, there are a few different kinds of files that can be added to the different episodes for anime, but all files have a few fields that apply to them:
The reason for this is easy: The next person who has the same file and wants to add it to his/her list doesn't have to input all the info again, but simply selects the existing entry.<br>
 
That's why we ask you to include as much info as possible when adding a new file, it's for all users' benefit.
 
  
{{eyecatch|Note:|You need to understand that "files" in anidb are actually just containers with textinfo added (bitrate, codec, hashes and so on) meaning those "files" are '''NOT''' located on the anidb server.}}
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<div style="border: 1px dotted gray; text-align: center; background-color: #e2e2ff">
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ED2K Sum | Various other hashes | CRC Status | Size | Type | Extension | Version | Release date | Released by | Comments
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</div>
  
== Where can I add files?! ==
 
[[image:Add-edit file.png|thumb|add file dialog]]
 
Go to the [[animeentries|anime's page]] and locate the [[episodeentries|episode]] the file belongs to. Click on the [[Image:anidb_file_add.gif]] icon on the right (in the "Action" column). Then, you're on the "Add file" page for that episode, where you can input a lot of information.<br>
 
Not all of this is needed, but if you have a minute to spare please add them all.
 
  
== Basic info you should include when adding a file ==
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And we also have specific fields that only apply to video files, audio files and subtitle files:
=== Type ===
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<div style="border: 1px dotted gray; text-align: center; background-color: #e2e2ff">
This choise here decides on which streams will later get shown on the [[fileentries|fileentry]] page. As options are available:
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Video files: Length | Censored | Quality | Source | Resolution | Aspect Ratio | Video Codec | Video Bitrate | FPS | Video Flags
*Video
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</div><p>
:<i>videofiles of all sorts (avi, ogm, mkv, ...)</i>
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<div style="border: 1px dotted gray; text-align: center; background-color: #e2e2ff">
*Audio
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Audio files: Track type | Audio Language | Audio Codec | Audio Bitrate | Channels
:<i>sometimes there will be external audiostreams for some files. filetype ''Audio'' is meant for those</i>
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</div></p><p>
*Subtitle
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<div style="border: 1px dotted gray; text-align: center; background-color: #e2e2ff">
:<i>for all sort of external subtitles (ssa, ass, srt, ...)</i>
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Subtitle files: Subtitle type | Subtitle Language | Subtitle Flags
*Other
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</div></p>
:<i>for undefineable things like bundled external subtitles with external audio</i>
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Note: for alot of these fields you can use [[avdump]] to analyze the video file. It can tell you most of the things you need to know.
{{eyecatch|Note:| Currently ''Other'' will only shows subtitle on the [[fileentries|fileentry]] page. Bug is known and will be fixed... at some point.}}
 
  
=== [[Ed2k-hash|Ed2k-link]] ===
 
An [[Ed2k-hash|ed2k-link]] consists of the filename, the file's size and a so-called [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_function hash], basically a fingerprint of the file.<br>
 
This assures that no duplicates are added (since they'd have the same hash) and that the size-value is correctly entered. Also important functions in AniDB itself and in [[AOM]] rely on the [[Ed2k-hash|ed2k-link]] being present.<br>
 
Also see [[Ed2k-hash#Which software can be used to generate them?!|How to generate ed2k-links]].
 
  
=== Released by ===
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==ED2K Sum==
Normally, the files are "tagged", meaning that the filename contains a string like "[AonE]" which you can look for in the according shortname dropdown-menu. Please note that not all groups on AniDB are listed under the tag they actually use as AniDB can only have one distinctive tag for each group, <u>so make sure the group's full name matches as well</u>.
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In this field you need to enter either a complete [[ed2k|ed2k-link]], or just an ed2k sum.
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{{eyecatch|Note:|This is the only field that is ''required''!'''}}
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:So long as you enter a link, not just a hash-sum.<br>If you enter a hash-sum you haveto fill out the size field too.
  
When you add a new file from group that have already some files added for this anime, you can save yourself from browsing entire list again and againg by using '''by relation''' list, that contains only groups that already have at least one file added for this anime.<br>
 
You can also just enter the groupname into the searchfield and click '''Search'''. After doing that a dropdown menu will appear and list groups whose name match your search.
 
  
However, some people remove the group-tags from filenames. If you have such a file, please check the file, if the group-name is being displayed somewhere in it.<br>
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You can use various tools to get this, the ones we recommend are:
If the group isn't listed, you have to add it first.
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:*[[AniDB O'Matic]] (Windows/Linux (through Wine [[AniDB O'Matic#How_to_make_AOM_work_in_Linux|read here]]))
{{eyecatch|Note:|If a file is a joint release, meaning it was released by two or more groups (e.g. by "ANBU-AonE") that these usually have their own group entry in the dropdown-menu - AniDB treats those files like they are done by a separate group.}}
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:*[[WebAOM]] (Windows/Linux/OS X/Anything that runs [http://java.sun.com Java])
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:*[[Avdump]] (Windows)
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::These can also get you the other hash-sums that ought to be filled out.
  
{{eyecatch|Note:|If the file is a RAW, you should check [[which RAW groups to credit]].}}
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==Various other hashes==
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AniDB stores MD5, SHA1 and CRC32 sums for all the files where this is entered. It is recommended, though not necessary to fill these out. If you use any of the recommended tools to hash your files to get the ed2k-link, they can also give you these hashes as well.
  
=== CRC ===
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==CRC Status==
A CRC is an 8-digit [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checksum checksum(/hash/fingerprint)] like this one: "F017C5A4". Use a program like [http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/ hashcalc] or [[AOM]] to calculate the checksum of your file and put it in the according field.
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Groups often release files with the checksum of the correct file being published somewhere, for example in the IRC-channel's topic or directly in the filename. Now, only if the CRC you calculated from the file you have matches the CRC of the correct file, set the "CRC status" on AniDB to "crc matches official source".
  
=== CRC status ===
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'''Note:''' If the file is a "''no group''" file, '''do not set crc correct status!''' Most raw files come from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Share share] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winny winny] hence no official crc is known!
Groups often release files with the checksum of the correct file being published somewhere, for example in the IRC-channel's topic or directly in the filename. Now, only if the CRC you calculated from the file you have matches the CRC of the correct file, set the "CRC status" on AniDB to "crc matches official source".<br />
 
  
 
Allowed Source for official CRC
 
Allowed Source for official CRC
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* CRC tag in filename (not a good source, but works... kinda)
 
* CRC tag in filename (not a good source, but works... kinda)
 
* [http://www.envirosphere.com/ Envirosphere] & [http://www.baka-updates.com/ Baka-Updates] (3rd hand info, but kinda works.)
 
* [http://www.envirosphere.com/ Envirosphere] & [http://www.baka-updates.com/ Baka-Updates] (3rd hand info, but kinda works.)
{{eyecatch|Note:|If the file is a "no group" file, do not set crc correct status!<br /> Most raw files come from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Share share] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winny winny] hence no official crc is known!}}
 
  
=== File type ===
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==Size==
In case you pasted a full ed2k link (including the filename) to the "ed2k-link" field, the filetype will be set automatically. Otherwise you have to manually choose the correct one from the dropdown menu.
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This field is for how many bites the file is.
  
=== File version ===
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If you entered an ed2k-link in the ed2k sum field instead of just the hash, you don't need to fill this out.
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{{eyecatch|However:|if you did not, you '''haveto''' fill this out.}}
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==Type==
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Here you choose whether it is a video file, an audio file, a subtitle file or something else.
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==Extension==
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Set which extension the file has. If you supplied an ed2k-link in the ed2k sum field, this is not necessary. The extension will be taken from the ed2k-link.
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==Version==
 
Sometimes, the group makes mistakes and wants to correct them by releasing a second (third, fourth...) version, usually called "v2" ("v3", "v4", ...). If there is no such tag in the filename, it's normally "version 1".
 
Sometimes, the group makes mistakes and wants to correct them by releasing a second (third, fourth...) version, usually called "v2" ("v3", "v4", ...). If there is no such tag in the filename, it's normally "version 1".
  
{{eyecatch|Note|For standardization purpose if the source changes the versions gets set back to v1.<br />Example: a group releases a file with source dtv. Later they release the same thing again from dvd. Both is to be considered v1!}}
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'''Note:''' For standardization purpose if the source changes the versions gets set back to v1.
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:''Example: a group releases a file with source dtv. Later they release the same thing again from dvd. Both is to be considered v1!''
  
=== Language (audio/sub) ===
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==Release date==
Those are to be entered under the Audiotrack/Subtitletrack section. Just pick the right language and you are done.<br />
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The date the group published the file. Have a look at the group's homepage or other release info pages like [http://www.envirosphere.com/ Envirosphere] or [http://baka-updates.com/ Baka Updates].
If the language isn't listed, please request the language to be added in the [http://www.anidb.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=4 Bug Reports & Feature Requests - Forum].
 
  
=== File Comment ("Descr" field) ===
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==Released by==
Here you can put important (public) info on that particular file. Please use the [[Content:Filecomments|stadarized forms for comments]].
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Normally, the files are "tagged", meaning that the filename contains a string like "[AonE]" which you can look for in the according shortname dropdown-menu. Please note that not all groups on AniDB are listed under the tag they actually use, as AniDB can only have one distinctive tag for each group. <u>So make sure the group's full name matches as well</u>.<br>
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However, some people remove the group-tags from filenames. If you have such a file, please check the file, if the group-name is being displayed somewhere in it.
  
== Optional Info ==
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When you add a new file from a group that already have some files added for this anime, you can save yourself from going through the extra step of searching for the group again and again by using the '''by relation''' list, that contains only groups that already have at least one file added for this anime.<br>
We'd like you to add this info sooner or later to the file since some other users will benefit from your work.
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Otherwise, you will haveto enter the groupname into the searchfield and click '''Search'''. After doing that, a dropdown menu will appear and list groups whose name match your search.
  
===Release Date===
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If the group isn't listed, you have to [[Content:Groups|add it first]].
The date the group published the file. Have a look at the group's homepage or other release info pages like [http://www.envirosphere.com/ Envirosphere] or [http://baka-updates.com/ Baka Updates].
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'''Note:''' If a file is a joint release, like a file by e.g. ANBU-AonE, that joint group has its own group entry, so you should not add the file to either ANBU or AonE, but to the group that combines them both.
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'''Note:''' If the file is a RAW, you should check [[which RAW groups to credit]].
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==Comments==
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File comments should only be made for important info, and always conforming to the [[Content:Filecomments|standardized forms for file comments]] if applicable. Don't enter what you thought of the release or some such nonsense. Use the [[Votes:Animegroups|anime-group-comments]] for that.
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=Video files=
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This section expands on the special fields for video files that '''should''' be supplied.
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{{eyecatch|Note:|On '''most''' video files, you will also need to fill in the audio and subtitle information as well!}}
  
===MD5 and SHA-1===
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<div style="border: 1px dotted gray; text-align: center; background-color: #e2e2ff">
Two more hashes. You can use programs like [http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/ hashcalc] or [[AniDB O'Matic]] to easily get these hashes in one step.
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Video files: Length | Censored | Quality | Source | Resolution | Aspect Ratio | Video Codec | Video Bitrate | FPS | Video Flags
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</div>
  
{{eyecatch|Hint:| When you hash the file with [[AniDB O'Matic]], these hashes will automatically be added to the file-entry within 24 hours. (The file needs to be in AniDB already for [[AniDB O'Matic|AOM]] to create an [[Creq:Auto-creq|auto-creq]]!)}}
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==Length==
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Enter how many hours, minutes and seconds the file lasts. Just check in your favourite media player. If you have a file that won't display its length correctly, try to use [[avdump]] to determine the length.
  
===File Quality===
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==Censored==
* unknown
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This only applies to animes that have both an uncensored and a censored version. If it only has one, leave this setting as the default: Unknown.
:<i>You haven't watched the file yet or can't tell by your impression of previous files. Be sure to add the quality-rating once you've watched it!</i>
 
* very high
 
:<i>No encoding artifacts, very good sound-quality, perfect timing, no grammar or translation-errors in the subs.</i>
 
* high
 
:<i>The file is good, but there are minor issues with it, like a not-so-good source with few visible or audible encoding artifacts - maybe just in one particular scene - or slight translation/editing-misses.</i>
 
* medium
 
:<i>One can clearly spot encoding issues in video or sound, or the translation is off sometimes.</i>
 
* low
 
:<i>There's a permanent annoyance in video, audio or translation.</i>
 
* very low
 
:<i>This is not quite what one would want to watch. The video, sound or translation are just disturbingly bad.</i>
 
* corrupted
 
:<i>Used for files with clearly visible corruptions over a longer period in the file.</i>
 
* eyecancer
 
:<i>Even recompressed to .rm, this couldn't look worse.</i>
 
  
The quality rating should not be influenced by differences in the actual drawing or contents (like a cut TV-version or a censored hentai). Please also don't rate a file lower just because you don't like the fonts used.
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==Quality==
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This is a very arbitrary field. It depends completely on the eye of the beholder. Set this to what you think the file deserves.
  
===Source===
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==Source==
Here you can tell the raw (unsubbed) source of the anime. If you don't know the source, leave it "unknown". If you find a tag like "(S)VHS" or "DVD" in the filename, choose the according option from the dropdown-menu.
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Here you can set the source of the raw (unsubbed) anime. If you don't know the source, leave it as "unknown". If you find a tag like "(S)VHS" or "DVD" in the filename, choose the according option from the dropdown-menu.
 
Sometimes, it's ok to make an educated guess: For animes that are released fansubbed shortly (within days/weeks) after they aired in Japan, you can safely assume "DTV" (Digital TV) as source. Another case for educated guessing is "HKDVD" (Hongkong-DVD) - the video-quality may be ok for them, but the translation is usually horrible, which is how you can spot them.
 
Sometimes, it's ok to make an educated guess: For animes that are released fansubbed shortly (within days/weeks) after they aired in Japan, you can safely assume "DTV" (Digital TV) as source. Another case for educated guessing is "HKDVD" (Hongkong-DVD) - the video-quality may be ok for them, but the translation is usually horrible, which is how you can spot them.
  
==Tracks==
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==Resolution==
Use [[Avdump]] to easily determine the codecs and bitrates used in all media-files and set them according to the fields in anidb.<br />
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In this field you set which resolution the file has in pixels. Width x Height.
Other tools aren't currently recommended to be used with anidb! [[AOM]] in the current revision is limited to only avi files and at times just wrong.
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Or just use [[avdump]].
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==Aspect Ratio==
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Set the playback aspect ratio for the file.
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===Video Codec===
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===Video Bitrate===
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===FPS===
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To find out what video codec, bitrate and fps is used for the file, we recommend that you use [[avdump]].
  
{{eyecatch|Note:|Tracknumber has no relevance. It's merely an anidb internal number and shouldn't get shown in the first place. <add exp kicking here>}}
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==Video Flags==
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*Anamorphic: for an explanation of this, see [[Wikipedia:Anamorphic|here]].
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*Clean video: set this flag if there is nothing hardsubbed in this file. RAWs are always clean.
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*VFR: Variable Frame Rate. Use [[avdump]] for this.
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*Wrong Aspect Ratio: If the file was encoded with the wrong viewing aspect ratio, check this box. One way to tell whether this is true is if what should be a circle on the screen isn't completely round, but rather elliptic.
  
If you feel like being a good busy beaver add the trackid/streamid. This number is used to show in which way the tracks/streams are ordered in the file. It will also be useful for [[AOM]] in version .6 for autocreqing purposes.
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=Audio Files=
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This also applies to most video files, since they usually have atleast 1 audio track in them.
  
===Video===
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<div style="border: 1px dotted gray; text-align: center; background-color: #e2e2ff">
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Track type | Audio Language | Audio Codec | Audio Bitrate | Channels
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamorphic Anamorphic]
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</div>
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_frame_rate Variable frame rate]
 
The '''clean video''' flag is used to determine that there isn't anything hardcoded in the file. So if the group sticked their grouptag in, overpainted credits (I'm looking at you triad) or hardsubbed anything in the file '''DON'T''' set it. This flag is meant to clearly indicate the file is left as it was.
 
  
===Audio===
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==Track type==
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This field is for setting whether it is a normal audio track or:
When the file has multiple audio tracks add the first track via the fileadd/edit page. Then add the second (and third, ...) track after the file is added with '''add audio track''' at the file page.
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*Commentary
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*Fandub
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*Alternative Voiceover
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*Other, or
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*Unknown
  
====Type====
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==Audio Language==
*normal audio
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Please specify what language is used.
:<i>the normal default official(!) audio that belongs to this anime. this includes official(!) dubs as well</i>
 
*commentary
 
:<i>directors comment or other people in the prodcution involved people commenting on the anime</i>
 
*fandub
 
:<i>non-official dub</i>
 
*alternative voiceover
 
:<i>some dvd's include a second alternative voiceover in the same language.</i>
 
*other
 
:<i>if it fits neither of the above... i wanna see that file.</i>
 
*unknown
 
:<i>if you don't know... but you should so set the right flag!</i>
 
  
===Subtitles===
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===Audio Codec===
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===Audio Bitrate===
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===Channels===
 
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When the file has multiple subtitle tracks add the first track via the fileadd/edit page. Then add the second (and third, ...) track after the file is added with '''add subtitle track''' at the file page.
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Set which audio codec, bitrate and how many channels are used. We recommend using [[avdump]] for this.
  
Furthermore you can set various settings for the subtitle
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=Subtitle Files=
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All fansubs have subtitles, only RAWs are without them, so this section should also be filled out for most files.
  
====Type====
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<div style="border: 1px dotted gray; text-align: center; background-color: #e2e2ff">
*hardsubbed
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Subtitle type | Subtitle Language | Subtitle Flags
:<i>hardcoded subtitle in the video</i>
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</div>
*softsubbed
 
:<i>opposite to hardsubbed. the files are editable. you change the size, text, time and other shizbit</i>
 
*supplementary soft sub (i.e. sign translations)
 
:<i>if the subtitlestream only contains translated signs, additional explanations. usually the supplementary track for the english dub</i>
 
*other
 
:<i>if it fits neither of the above... i wanna see that file.</i>
 
*unknown
 
:<i>if you don't know... but you should so set the right flag!</i>
 
  
====Styling options====
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==Subtitle type==
*image subs
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Here you should specify whether the subs are:
:<i>Vobsubs</i>
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*Hard subs
*styled subs
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*Soft subs
:<i>ASS/SSA and other prestyled image formats</i>
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*Supplementary soft subs (i.e. sign translation)
*unstyled subs
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*Other, or
:<i>SRT and other unstyled subtitle formats)</i>
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*Unknown.
{{eyecatch|Note:|This is '''ONLY''' meant to be used for softsubtitles, but currently not enforced <add exp kicking here>}}
 
  
====Random BS that needs to die====
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==Subtitle Language==
<add exp kicking here>
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Select which language is used in the subs from the dropdown list.
*additional explanations
 
*karaoke subbed
 
*signs translated
 
  
====other options====
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==Subtitle Flags==
*dubsubbed
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*Dubsubbed - if the subtitles seem to be an exact match of the english (or other language) audio tracks, and doesn't follow the actual lipmovements very well, it is probably dubsubbed.
:<i>if the subtiles are merely a transcript of the dub version</i>
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*Hearing impaired subs
*hearing impaired subs
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*Image subs (VOBSUB)
:<i>includes soundeffects being subbed *phone rings* and stuff</i>
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*Styled subs (ASS/SSA)
*subs for commentary audio stream
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*Subs for commentary audiostream
:<i>selfexplaining</i>
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*Unstyled subs (SRT)
  
==Your version is corrupted...==
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=Your version is corrupted...=
 
[[Animeentries:Fileentries|Fileentries]] on AniDB are supposed to be useful for a larger group of users: One of them adds the entry and many others can use it (by adding it to their list).
 
[[Animeentries:Fileentries|Fileentries]] on AniDB are supposed to be useful for a larger group of users: One of them adds the entry and many others can use it (by adding it to their list).
  
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If your specific (corrupted) version of the file isn't listed on AniDB, for example because of some hard- or software-problem on your side or because you manually edited the files, in most cases you should not add them to AniDB, because they serve no purpose for other users.
 
If your specific (corrupted) version of the file isn't listed on AniDB, for example because of some hard- or software-problem on your side or because you manually edited the files, in most cases you should not add them to AniDB, because they serve no purpose for other users.
  
Don't worry - you can still list such files properly in your mylist. For example: You have a corrupted version of group X's release. Navigate to the corresponding episode where the regular, uncorrupted of group X's release is listed and click on the "add file ()" icon. On the next page, you can select the "Type: corrupted version/invalid crc" so that your mylist-entries properly indicate which version you have.
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Don't worry - you can still list such files properly in your mylist. For example: You have a corrupted version of group X's release. Navigate to the corresponding episode where the regular, uncorrupted version of group X's release is listed and click on the "add file ()" icon. On the next page, you can select the "Type: corrupted version/invalid crc" so that your mylist-entries properly indicate which version you have.
  
 
If there's no crc-valid version of group X added for the release you have, consider adding the episodes' [[generic files]] to your list instead.
 
If there's no crc-valid version of group X added for the release you have, consider adding the episodes' [[generic files]] to your list instead.
  
==Removing bad entries==
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=Removing bad entries=
If you added a bad entry yourself you can remove it as long as no one put that file to his [[mylist]]. In that case you don't have the neccessary rights to remove it. Please post the entry which should get removed here: [http://www.anidb.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=3 DB Change Requests]
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If you added a bad entry yourself you can remove it as long as no one put that file in his/her [[mylist]]. In that case you don't have the neccessary rights to remove it. Please post the entry which should get removed here: [http://www.anidb.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=3 DB Change Requests]
  
 
[[Category:Animeentries]][[Category: Guidelines]]
 
[[Category:Animeentries]][[Category: Guidelines]]

Revision as of 06:17, 12 January 2007

The information on this page needs to be updated to reflect the current status of AniDB.
Remove this message when done.

Files are probably the most important part of AniDB's structure. They are what gets added to users mylists in order to mark episodes watched. Now, there are a few different kinds of files that can be added to the different episodes for anime, but all files have a few fields that apply to them:

ED2K Sum | Various other hashes | CRC Status | Size | Type | Extension | Version | Release date | Released by | Comments


And we also have specific fields that only apply to video files, audio files and subtitle files:

Video files: Length | Censored | Quality | Source | Resolution | Aspect Ratio | Video Codec | Video Bitrate | FPS | Video Flags

Audio files: Track type | Audio Language | Audio Codec | Audio Bitrate | Channels

Subtitle files: Subtitle type | Subtitle Language | Subtitle Flags

Note: for alot of these fields you can use avdump to analyze the video file. It can tell you most of the things you need to know.


ED2K Sum

In this field you need to enter either a complete ed2k-link, or just an ed2k sum.

Note: This is the only field that is required!
So long as you enter a link, not just a hash-sum.
If you enter a hash-sum you haveto fill out the size field too.


You can use various tools to get this, the ones we recommend are:

These can also get you the other hash-sums that ought to be filled out.

Various other hashes

AniDB stores MD5, SHA1 and CRC32 sums for all the files where this is entered. It is recommended, though not necessary to fill these out. If you use any of the recommended tools to hash your files to get the ed2k-link, they can also give you these hashes as well.

CRC Status

Groups often release files with the checksum of the correct file being published somewhere, for example in the IRC-channel's topic or directly in the filename. Now, only if the CRC you calculated from the file you have matches the CRC of the correct file, set the "CRC status" on AniDB to "crc matches official source".

Note: If the file is a "no group" file, do not set crc correct status! Most raw files come from share or winny hence no official crc is known!

Allowed Source for official CRC

  • Official sfv (good source)
  • CRC listing on official page/IRC topic (good source)
  • CRC tag in filename (not a good source, but works... kinda)
  • Envirosphere & Baka-Updates (3rd hand info, but kinda works.)

Size

This field is for how many bites the file is.

If you entered an ed2k-link in the ed2k sum field instead of just the hash, you don't need to fill this out.

However: if you did not, you haveto fill this out.

Type

Here you choose whether it is a video file, an audio file, a subtitle file or something else.

Extension

Set which extension the file has. If you supplied an ed2k-link in the ed2k sum field, this is not necessary. The extension will be taken from the ed2k-link.

Version

Sometimes, the group makes mistakes and wants to correct them by releasing a second (third, fourth...) version, usually called "v2" ("v3", "v4", ...). If there is no such tag in the filename, it's normally "version 1".

Note: For standardization purpose if the source changes the versions gets set back to v1.

Example: a group releases a file with source dtv. Later they release the same thing again from dvd. Both is to be considered v1!

Release date

The date the group published the file. Have a look at the group's homepage or other release info pages like Envirosphere or Baka Updates.

Released by

Normally, the files are "tagged", meaning that the filename contains a string like "[AonE]" which you can look for in the according shortname dropdown-menu. Please note that not all groups on AniDB are listed under the tag they actually use, as AniDB can only have one distinctive tag for each group. So make sure the group's full name matches as well.
However, some people remove the group-tags from filenames. If you have such a file, please check the file, if the group-name is being displayed somewhere in it.

When you add a new file from a group that already have some files added for this anime, you can save yourself from going through the extra step of searching for the group again and again by using the by relation list, that contains only groups that already have at least one file added for this anime.
Otherwise, you will haveto enter the groupname into the searchfield and click Search. After doing that, a dropdown menu will appear and list groups whose name match your search.

If the group isn't listed, you have to add it first.

Note: If a file is a joint release, like a file by e.g. ANBU-AonE, that joint group has its own group entry, so you should not add the file to either ANBU or AonE, but to the group that combines them both.

Note: If the file is a RAW, you should check which RAW groups to credit.

Comments

File comments should only be made for important info, and always conforming to the standardized forms for file comments if applicable. Don't enter what you thought of the release or some such nonsense. Use the anime-group-comments for that.

Video files

This section expands on the special fields for video files that should be supplied.

Note: On most video files, you will also need to fill in the audio and subtitle information as well!

Video files: Length | Censored | Quality | Source | Resolution | Aspect Ratio | Video Codec | Video Bitrate | FPS | Video Flags

Length

Enter how many hours, minutes and seconds the file lasts. Just check in your favourite media player. If you have a file that won't display its length correctly, try to use avdump to determine the length.

Censored

This only applies to animes that have both an uncensored and a censored version. If it only has one, leave this setting as the default: Unknown.

Quality

This is a very arbitrary field. It depends completely on the eye of the beholder. Set this to what you think the file deserves.

Source

Here you can set the source of the raw (unsubbed) anime. If you don't know the source, leave it as "unknown". If you find a tag like "(S)VHS" or "DVD" in the filename, choose the according option from the dropdown-menu. Sometimes, it's ok to make an educated guess: For animes that are released fansubbed shortly (within days/weeks) after they aired in Japan, you can safely assume "DTV" (Digital TV) as source. Another case for educated guessing is "HKDVD" (Hongkong-DVD) - the video-quality may be ok for them, but the translation is usually horrible, which is how you can spot them.

Resolution

In this field you set which resolution the file has in pixels. Width x Height. Or just use avdump.

Aspect Ratio

Set the playback aspect ratio for the file.

Video Codec

Video Bitrate

FPS


To find out what video codec, bitrate and fps is used for the file, we recommend that you use avdump.

Video Flags

  • Anamorphic: for an explanation of this, see here.
  • Clean video: set this flag if there is nothing hardsubbed in this file. RAWs are always clean.
  • VFR: Variable Frame Rate. Use avdump for this.
  • Wrong Aspect Ratio: If the file was encoded with the wrong viewing aspect ratio, check this box. One way to tell whether this is true is if what should be a circle on the screen isn't completely round, but rather elliptic.

Audio Files

This also applies to most video files, since they usually have atleast 1 audio track in them.

Track type | Audio Language | Audio Codec | Audio Bitrate | Channels

Track type

This field is for setting whether it is a normal audio track or:

  • Commentary
  • Fandub
  • Alternative Voiceover
  • Other, or
  • Unknown

Audio Language

Please specify what language is used.

Audio Codec

Audio Bitrate

Channels


Set which audio codec, bitrate and how many channels are used. We recommend using avdump for this.

Subtitle Files

All fansubs have subtitles, only RAWs are without them, so this section should also be filled out for most files.

Subtitle type | Subtitle Language | Subtitle Flags

Subtitle type

Here you should specify whether the subs are:

  • Hard subs
  • Soft subs
  • Supplementary soft subs (i.e. sign translation)
  • Other, or
  • Unknown.

Subtitle Language

Select which language is used in the subs from the dropdown list.

Subtitle Flags

  • Dubsubbed - if the subtitles seem to be an exact match of the english (or other language) audio tracks, and doesn't follow the actual lipmovements very well, it is probably dubsubbed.
  • Hearing impaired subs
  • Image subs (VOBSUB)
  • Styled subs (ASS/SSA)
  • Subs for commentary audiostream
  • Unstyled subs (SRT)

Your version is corrupted...

Fileentries on AniDB are supposed to be useful for a larger group of users: One of them adds the entry and many others can use it (by adding it to their list).

Adding wide-spread corrupted files

An entry for a corrupted file may still be useful for others as long as it's likely that more people have the exact same corrupted file as you have. (For example if one source sent the corrupted version to many people.)

If - and only if - this is the case, you can add the file normally to AniDB, marking it as "CRC invalid" and/or "Quality: Corrupted" if there are visible/audible errors in the file.

Adding "personal" corrupted files

If your specific (corrupted) version of the file isn't listed on AniDB, for example because of some hard- or software-problem on your side or because you manually edited the files, in most cases you should not add them to AniDB, because they serve no purpose for other users.

Don't worry - you can still list such files properly in your mylist. For example: You have a corrupted version of group X's release. Navigate to the corresponding episode where the regular, uncorrupted version of group X's release is listed and click on the "add file ()" icon. On the next page, you can select the "Type: corrupted version/invalid crc" so that your mylist-entries properly indicate which version you have.

If there's no crc-valid version of group X added for the release you have, consider adding the episodes' generic files to your list instead.

Removing bad entries

If you added a bad entry yourself you can remove it as long as no one put that file in his/her mylist. In that case you don't have the neccessary rights to remove it. Please post the entry which should get removed here: DB Change Requests