what does ts mean in movies ?


In movies, TS stands for telesync. A telesync is a bootleg recording of a film recorded in a movie theater, often (although not always) filmed using a professional camera on a tripod in the projection booth. The audio of a TS is captured with a direct connection to the sound source (often an FM microbroadcast provided for the hearing-impaired, or from a drive-in theater). If a direct connection from the sound source is not possible, sometimes the bootlegger will tape or conceal wireless microphones close to the speakers, as it is better than a mic on the camera.

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A TS can be considered a higher quality type of cam, that has the potential of better-quality audio and video. The true definition of telesync would include the film being synchronized to the camera’s own frame rate and shutter timing as done by television companies when preparing celluloid film for broadcast. A bootleg TS rarely, if ever, uses this form of synchronisation which can lead to additional temporal aliasing. Most cameras used to make modern telesyncs run at 24 frames per second, like the movie projectors, to reduce artifacts compared to the 60 field per second cameras of old.

Comparison of TS and TC movies

TS and TC are two types of bootleg movies that are often confused with each other. However, there are some key differences between the two.

  • TS is recorded in a movie theater, while TC is recorded directly from the film reel.
  • TS is typically of lower quality than TC, due to the use of a camera in the theater.
  • TS may have audio and video problems, such as camera shake, poor lighting, and missing scenes.
  • TC is typically of higher quality than TS, due to the direct recording from the film reel.
  • TC is less likely to have audio and video problems than TS.


TS and TC are both bootleg movies that are of lower quality than official releases. However, TS is typically of lower quality than TC. If you are looking for a high-quality bootleg movie, then TC is the better option.

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