VCB-Studio 团队里，有一个小组叫技术组。组员的主要任务是分析每一个项目的原盘画质优劣，决定如何处理、应当给怎样的参数。技术组也负责定期测试新的科技，比如 x264 -> x265 这些。本帖旨在为下一批技术总监培训招募候选者。目前，技术总监的缺乏是本队日常最大的瓶颈，也是长远来看最大的危机。
A member in the technical group is called a technical director, who is usually the leading and managing personnel in charge of a particular anime encoding. The workflow lays out as below:
- A technical director, say, called Lolicon, is assigned to a particular anime series, either by his own will or by the team;
- Lolicon downloads the Blu-ray source and analyzes the video, designs the pre-processing scripts and encoding parameters;
- Another member from the encoding group who has a very powerful machine, say, called Siscon is assigned to this series and primarily responsible for video encoding;
- Lolicon passes the scripts and parameters to Siscon to do the encoding, and then collects the encoded results for quality comparison and validation;
- Final results are then passed to be further checked, packaged and published. As the technical director of the series, Lolicon will continue to oversee the process.
So it is clear that the quality of our BDRips heavily depends on the technical directors, who must have the skills to deal with all kinds of image artifacts and design parameters accordingly. This can be extremely tedious and time-consuming since trial and error is the only approach to perfection.
Back when we started VCB-Studio, I was the only technical director. Then I started to write materials and conduct training for other group members who have strong background and interest in doing the same thing. Today, they have taken up the majority of our works. VCB-Studio would have been inactivated long ago without them. After I finally got freed from some exams, I decided now it is time to start another round of training, as more and more technical directors had retired from the team. It has became the bottleneck of our production as we only have limited resources in terms of directors who can start a new series, and if the situation goes on, eventually we will not be able do any new projects except for reseeding.
To be frank, the training is not cheap, both for the trainer and the trainees. It doesn’t mean that you have to pay or get paid for the training, but you indeed have to invest a lot of time and effort, and so do we. To make it clear: we are not conducting training for fun or for anyone’s personal hobby, rather, we are doing so for the survival of VCB-Studio. All qualified trainees will become a core member of VCB-Studio and are expected to stay active for at least 2 years.
The training will take about 150 hours, expectedly to be organized as 3-month weekend seminars. It will be conducted in a QQ group chat, where trainers and trainees can interact with each other. There will be teaching materials, assignments, and of course, exams. Along the way, we will eliminate trainees who cannot follow up, and near the end term, an “internship” will be given before the trainee is considered fully qualified for the technical group.
To apply for the training, you must:
- Be a university student or a Ph.D. candidate who is expected to be in school for at least another 2 years;
- Have some background in programming;
- Passionate about anime sharing;
- Have some knowledge about commonly used encoding tools.
You are not required to have a powerful computer with advanced CPU. However, it is still considered as an advantage.
To screen out those who “just want to try”, here we give a small assessment for all the candidates: encoding an 8-minute 720p clip.
The source video is chosen as Sword Art Online Season I, JP Blu-ray, Vol.5 00016.m2ts. It is a long-trailer of EP02 when Kirito and Asuna fight their first boss battle:
Download the source, and then find a good, existing 720p BDRip collection that has this trailer. You need to use that as a reference later.
Then, encode the source video into a 720p MKV file with the following specs:
Video: AV1, bit-rate similar (not more than 10% deviation) to your reference.
Audio: AAC, bit-rate similar (not more than 10% deviation) to your reference.
Write down where did you find the Blu-ray source (so we know you are not encoding from an secondary source), any tools/scripts you used for the encoding, and write a short paragraph of your comparison between your AV1 format rip versus the reference. The purpose is not to make a “good rip”, but a “good comparison”. Which one do you think has better quality? From which perspective? Any trade-off? And how do you make the comparison? Did you make any screenshots? so on and so forth.
Again, we don’t expect you to make a “good quality” rip for this task; you will be learning how to do that later. The purpose is to launch the very first “boss battle” in your way of the expedition, and show us your bravery and determination.
Submit your application by dropping a mail to [email protected] before 2019-02-01 with a download link. It should contain your ripped video, a document about your write-up for the rip, and your personal particulars. We are not asking you to put your real names or whatsoever, but do tell us your educational status, your background, how you know about VCB-Studio, why you are interested in applying, etc.
Be advised that seats are limited, and the task takes time to complete, so don’t wait until the last week to start. More importantly, we do NOT plan (and we CANNOT afford) to have another training after this one for the next few years to come; this is THE chance for you.
Finally, let me emphasize again: we are not conducting training for fun or for anyone’s personal hobby, rather, we are doing so for the survival of VCB-Studio.
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