BitTorrent Pirates Agree To Switch From Xvid to x264. I Nod Blankly

If you download TV series every once in a while – god condemn you! *cough* – you may notice a change in your file format. The people    “responsible for the highest quality, earliest infringing video releases” have come together and decided to dump Xvid for x264. I’m impressed these people have some sort of quorum.

Boing Boing:

A high-level summit of the torrenting world’s elite release groups — the groups responsible for the highest quality, earliest infringing video releases — has resulted in a consensus on dumping the venerable Xvid codec (a video compression scheme) for x264, requiring the torrent-downloading public to rethink which tools, devices and converters they use. Here’s the  official consensus. Torrentfreak’s Enigmax has more:

The document — ‘The SD x264 TV Releasing Standards 2012′ — is extremely detailed and covers all sorts of technical issues, but the main controversy stems from the adoption of the x264 codec.

“x264 has become the most advanced video codec over the past few years. Compared to Xvid, it is able to provide higher quality and compression at greater SD resolutions,” the rule document begins.

“This standard aims to bring quality control back to SD releases. There are many standalone players/streamers such as TviX, Popcorn Hour, WDTV HD Media Player, Boxee, Xtreamer, PS3, XBOX 360, iPad, & HDTVs that can playback H264 and AAC encapsulated in MP4,” the doc adds.

From February 22nd and earlier in some cases, release groups including ASAP, BAJSKORV, C4TV, D2V, DiVERGE, FTP, KYR, LMAO, LOL, MOMENTUM, SYS, TLA and YesTV began releasing TV shows in the new format. Out went Xvid and avi, in came x264 and MP4.

On a serious tip, I am genuinely impressed that these huge theiving pirating bastards gather together to cackle and decide format files, whilst ripping the latest episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond  and Castle  to slap up onto Pirate Bay.