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.
Since files in AniDB are tied with an actual episode, the place where you add files is at the far right of each episodeentry. Click the "add file" icon that looks like this: , and it will take you to a new page where you can fill in the information about the file you want to add. For video files, the most important fields are: ED2K-link, CRC/CRC Status, Release group and Audio and Subtitle languages.
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:
And we also have specific fields that only apply to video files, audio files and subtitle files:
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.
And the last two sections in this article are about if something is/has gone wrong:
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:
- AniDB O'Matic (Windows/Linux (through Wine read here))
- WebAOM (Windows/Linux/OS X/Anything that runs Java)
- Avdump (Windows)
- 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.
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".
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.)
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.|
Here you choose whether it is a video file, an audio file, a subtitle file or something else.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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