Students without QC status may receive temporary QC status in order to gain access to necessary videos during the program. Your account will have QC status for exactly two months. If you are currently paying for the Viki Pass and do not achieve true QC status during that time, your subscription will resume after the two months have ended.
GENERAL PROGRAM QUESTIONS
Please contact the Chief Sensei of your current level (see Ninja Academy channel wall) or AmyPun, who will check in with your Sensei. If the Chief Sensei or Amy does not hear back from the Sensei after 24 hours, you will be assigned a new instructor.
If you would like to volunteer at an on-air project, check to see if any channels in the On-Air or Coming Soon categories are in need of contributors. Generally, you will be able to tell if a team is already full or still needs help by checking the team's volunteer list (if it exists) on the channel wall. Channels also often recruit team members in the Project Board at the Viki Discussions
As a graduate of Ninja Academy, you will periodically receive invites from Ninja staff to join teams on a first come, first serve basis.
To become a Teaching Assistant, you must pass a video with 97% accuracy. If you pass your graduation videos with 97% accuracy, you automatically qualify to be a Teaching Assistant. As a new TA, you will receive the guidance of a Sensei while teaching students.
To become a Sensei, you must pass a video with 98% accuracy. If you are applying to become a Sensei of Segging Academy, you also need to have Power Segmenter status. We are always looking for new Teaching Assistants and Sensei. Please contact AmyPun if you are interested!
If you cannot access your video, please let your sensei know. She/He will help you find a workaround or assign you a video from a different channel.
The Sandbox is the introductory stage of the program, allowing students to become familiar with the art of segmenting or subtitling. Students are not required to continue to the Academy, but it is recommended for those who wish to contribute in future projects. Because completing the entire program (Sandbox and Academy) is not mandatory, and because some students inevitably drop out of the Academy before finishing, more students graduate from the Sandbox than the Academy.
We hope to provide you with all the training resources you need in order to become an effective segmenter or subtitler for "real life" projects. We ask that you please wait to work on outside projects until you have graduated and demonstrated an ability for quality contributions. However, if you would like to work on additional videos while waiting for feedback from your Sensei or TA, we recommend practicing on News or Classics channels.
If you are going through the Segging Academy, you may still work on subtitling projects. Likewise, if you are going through the Subbing Academy, you may still work on segmenting projects.
If you applied to Segging Academy, you can expect to enter the Sandbox portion of the program within a few weeks. Depending on the time of the year, the wait time may be longer or shorter. Subbing Academy is currently in development, so if you applied to Subbing Academy for future admittance, a moderator will get back to you as soon as possible.
SEGMENTING PROGRAM QUESTIONS
We recommend using the Google Chrome browser and HTML5 Player for the best segmenting experience. Most Ninja Academy Sensei and TA use these settings in order to ensure consistency across levels. You can switch to HTML5 Player by clicking this button above the segment timer:
Segmenting is generally most compatible with the Google Chrome browser using the HTML5 Player. If the timer is presenting difficulties using this combination, try following these steps:
1. In your address bar, search chrome://plugins
2. If the plug-ins are not expanded, click Details in the upper right corner to expand
3. Find Adobe Flash Player in the list
4. Under Adobe Flash Player, you should see two versions: Pepperflash and Shockwave. Ensure Pepperflash is enabled and Shockwave is disabled.
After trying the above steps, if the timer is still not functioning properly, try these additional steps:
1. In your address bar, search chrome://flags
2. Search for "hardware-accelerated video decode" in the list and enable the option.
If the timer is still not working smoothly, try segmenting in an alternative browser or switching to Flash Player.
To easily measure the exact distance between segments, pause at the end of a segment, then press Shift + Right Arrow to move 0.1 seconds. Keep pressing the set of keys until you reach the beginning of the next segment, counting the amount of 0.1 second intervals. Remember, if the distance is 0.5 seconds or less, the gap needs to be closed.
To measure the length of a segment's extension, use the same method as above. Remember, each segment's extension should be between 1-1.2 seconds long. An easy way to measure a perfect extension is to pause at the end of voice, then press Right one time to jump exactly one second.
We recommend taking the written exam before submitting your videos. In most cases, you will not receive your video score until your written exam has been completed.
Please allow up to 15 days for the panel to review your videos. If you have not received a score within 15 days, make sure the panel received your notifications by checking the sent messages in your Inbox. If the notifications went through, please send a new message to your Final Panelist to find out the status of your videos.
Although we ask that you please add credits in each Academy level, it is not necessary to add team credits in the graduation videos.
No, it is not necessary to add segments for on-screen text that is not relevant. If you are not sure whether something is relevant, add a segment for it just in case.
Yes, you can retake the exams. If you would like additional training before retaking the video exam, this option will be available to you.
The answer to this largely depends on your availability and effort. Generally, you can expect to spend about three months in the program. However, some trainees are able to graduate in less than a month, while others spend six months or more in the program.
A Ninja Specialist is someone who has received extra training in a particular language and passed a third video (in addition to the two grad videos) in that language with 95% accuracy. This is in contrast to the score required to pass grad videos (93%). Understanding the selected language is not necessary in order to specialize. If you are interested in specializing, please contact the Channel Manager after you are admitted into the program.
SUBTITLING PROGRAM QUESTIONS
To be determined! Subbing Academy is currently going through a test run. Once the test run is complete, we will gradually admit students based on the language selected in the application.
Subbing Academy is looking for experienced subtitlers and editors of all languages to teach. If you are interested in teaching, please contact Robertases, Cgwm808, or Joysprite. Be sure to include your qualifications/background in English and any other languages. If you do not want to teach but would like to help with video distribution or other tasks, please ask about any other available opportunities.
Please follow the rules of each channel for logging progress. Some channels may use an external progress chart (e.g., a Google spreadsheet), while others may ask that you use the Team Discussion. If a channel does not specify where to log progress, please use the Team Discussion.