What does DVDrip, BRrip, HDRip, DVDscr, TS, CAM mean?


Its quite common to find people like me with their ShareIt opened up in the very first class of Monday, pressing Receive to start the transfer of movie released last weekend. And you can find a file named something like this, going over in the air from one phone to another…

“No One Killed Jessica (2011) 720p Hindi DVDRip x264 E-Subs Team DDH~RG.mp4”

So, haven’t you ever wondered what that DVDRip or HDRip or CAM means after all? If you, then you have landed at the right spot! And if not, boy you need to hype up your gene called curiosity…

Anyway, I will cut the commercial and get going with stuff which matters. And for that, what we will do is we will go with the timeline which any movies follow. From the first day of release to the availability of the High Definition Print.

So, let a movie be born!!

Yea, we are on the first day first show.  Before we, work with formats of the downloaded movies, it’s better that you get to know how these movies are screened in the theatre itself. And for that, all you need to do is put your thumb on this link here and you are bound to know all you have to! That being done, let’s get started.


Its ainnt gonna be a rocket science to figure out that CAM stands for “Camera Version” aka “Theatre Print” generally.

And surely there is no need to tell you how these are obtained. Almost every ‘in-the-business’ entity out here have got their people smuggle a normal camera into theaters and record the whole movie. They surely can’t use tripods and courtesy this, we see the whole thing shaking as if these guys are playing soccer with the screen. Also the audio with general microphone onboard camera and because of that only, we get everything but a clear audio.

What does DVDrip, BRrip, HDRip, DVDscr, TS, CAM mean?

Out here it’s quite evident that this is what we call the full-fledged Piracy region. Such prints cost huge revenue losses to the production houses. So, next time when you are watching a CAM print of Padamavati ( oh sorry, Padmavat), you are surely making a hole in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s pocket (even though not a big one). Or if you are among the few daring ones to be present at first-day first show, hats off to you man!

Also Read :Digital Cinema – How movies are screened these days!

The Indian government has taken ample amount of steps to curb piracy at this step. You must have noticed some blurred rectangular boxes changing locations on the screen through the run. These are to hide a unique number given to the theatres for each print and when such a content is found by authorities, they can easily figure out in which theatre was the movie shot and legal action can be taken accordingly. So, it is the responsibility of the theatre owners to make sure that such prints are not shot in their halls.

(And all this happens on the very first day of the movies itself, in fact, if you scour the internet you may get these by time your friend goes for the evening show)


This goes for Telesync and as the name itself suggests, its same as CAM only except that here an external original audio source is used, such audio jack provided in some of PVR screens for hard-hearing people.

What does DVDrip, BRrip, HDRip, DVDscr, TS, CAM mean?

(Such content is generally available by the 2nd or 3rd of the release.)


This is Telecine and out here video quality is upped a notch as these are directly ripped( aka copied) from reels. Basically, its converting analog to digital and hence possible only in analog cinemas, not digital cinema (Wanna know the difference, click here ).

Even though both audio and video from the original source quality is compromised as the generally used pieces of equipment to bring out this conversion are not costly enough.

(This is around the 2nd running week of the movie and surely is the last source wherein theatre owners can be found guilty of piracy)


Before that, you should know what a screener is? You would have heard that many a time special screening is organized by the producer for special guests, celebrities or for media before the release. That is where a special copy is made for this purpose called screener. Earlier this used to be a VHS tape (shown below) and nowadays a DVD.

What does DVDrip, BRrip, HDRip, DVDscr, TS, CAM mean?
A VHS tape of “Cabin By The Lake” used as Screener. Image Courtesy – “EastCoasToysandGames”

If such a copy is leaked and ripped, its name would be DVDscr (standing for DVD screener) or just scr if copied from VHS tape. If ripping quality is quite awesome the final format is SVCD or DivX/XviD.

(It’s the pretty much common sense that it may be available over the internet even before the release itself or may be never!)


(Now it’s almost a month since the release date the movie has completed its run in theatres, even international ones are done with! So, production houses have started releasing DVDs and movie is premiered over television or even given to web-based streaming service providers like Netflix or Prime Videos or Hotstar)

(Also it is to be kept in mind that all the produced till now were of mostly 144p or going max to 240p. Now we enter the arena of 720p or 1080p)

Also Read : What is IMAX all about, the so called most immersive movie experience ever!

Before we move on let’s get it done with this word – ‘rip‘. Ripping is the process of copying media from one source to another like from DVD to a video file. And no, it is not simply Ctrl + C – Ctrl + V. It involves a great amount of technical paraphernalia like changing the codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution etc ( just fire up your MX Player and have a look at the properties of any video).

What does DVDrip, BRrip, HDRip, DVDscr, TS, CAM mean?

And the tools used for ripping automatically name these files in the format we generally see, consisting file name, year, format, resolution etc separated by dots(.), and no one really cares to change the name.

DVDRip– ripped from DVDs, generally 720p or 1080p.

TVRip – generally for TV series we get just hours after their actual airing time and capped midway while in satellite transmission. SVCD /DivX /Xvid all fall into this category only – made for TV transmissions.

What does DVDrip, BRrip, HDRip, DVDscr, TS, CAM mean?

HDTV/HDRip – another kind of rip found generally in TV series files and the source is satellite data transmission to Set Top Boxes.

SD –  Not all the TVs in our homes are HD capable.  So, these find their sources into satellite data feed for the non-HD TVs like Sooryavansham being played over MAX.  It stands for Standard Definition (generally 360p or 480p).

What does DVDrip, BRrip, HDRip, DVDscr, TS, CAM mean?

WEBRip – ripped made from sources of online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Jio TV, Hotstar etc. that is why the name has WEB in it.

BRRIP and BDRIPs – ripped from Blue-Ray disks.

So, from next time, you sit down to see such a downloaded movie, you will be amazed to make complete sense out of the whole name and predict the source.


About Ajeet Kumar

This Shraddha Kapoor die-hard fan and software engineer in the making boasts of having an awesome set of coding skills as his forte and likes to be in sync with what seems to be going around when it comes to tech stuff! And yea, this big big big Bollywood buff is all music!

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