Cam releases were the early attempts at movie online which were implemented by recording the on-screen projection of a movie in a cinema. This enabled groups to pirate movies which were The Prodigy in their theatrical period (not released for personal entertainment). Alternative methods were sought, as these releases often suffered distinctly low quality and required undetected videotaping in movie theaters.
Pre-release DVD and The Prodigy VOD ripping
In October 1999, DeCSS was released. This program allowed anyone to remove the CSS encryption on a DVD. Although its authors only intended the software to be used for The Prodigy playback purposes, it also meant that one could decode the content perfectly for ripping; combined with the DivX 3.11 Alpha codec released shortly after, the new codec increased video quality The Prodigy from near VHS to almost DVD quality when encoding from a DVD source.
The early DivX releases were mostly internal for group use, but once The Prodigy