My Viki Life

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One of the best finds on the internet is viki.com It’s a global community site that translates videos into various languages. This site is famous for hosting Asian dramas, particularly the shows from Korea.

Viki has its own blog. When they decided to feature stories from the community members, I submitted my story of how I came about with viki.

My Viki Life

Back when I was still in college in my country, the Philippines, I learned about Viikii, (it was spelled like that back then) from some of my classmates who were so fanatical about Korean shows, as well as actors and actresses and K-Pop boy bands. I’m a very serious student so I didn’t pay attention to it. I wasn’t into it even though Korean shows started to infiltrate Filipino television. It wasn’t until a friend of mine recommended that I watch Goong and Boy Over Flowers that I actually liked watching other Korean shows.

So I created an account on Viikii.com and learned that it’s a community-based website. It didn’t interest me that much as I didn’t have time to explore the whole website. I was still in school and studying seriously, so for me it was one of those websites where you create an account and forget about it after a few days. Yeah, it’s true.

After graduating from the University, I went to US and started working. It was the kind of job that kills your social life, so I looked for help from my laptop and that became my best friend. To kill time, I started watching shows on the net. Then I remembered Viikii.

Viikii was still there. I had forgotten my previous account so I decided to make a new one dated September 15, 2010, one that is still alive now. It was really hard for me at the beginning. I didn’t have friends or any contact for that matter. I can’t even remember who the first user was that I made contact with. So after looking through and exploring the website, trying to learn to navigate the whole thing, I still ended up quite confused about how everything works. What got me started was finding some of my fellow countrymen on Viikii. BINGO! It’s a translation site. That’s what Viikii is all about.

I started as a Tagalog subber.  At first, I was scolded. I translated some lines in Sungkyunkwan Scandal without anybody’s permission. But I didn’t know there was a system of Channel Managers, moderators and such. I can’t remember what happened after that, but I ended up as a regular Tagalog subber for some dramas. I’m quite diligent and looking at how my subbing credits increased by the minute made my day. lol

After a couple of months of subbing, I felt envious of other users. They’re had some big roles in channels and I feeling bored with subbing. English is the second language in the Philippines, so translating English to Tagalog isn’t that necessary. What really interested me were the segmenters. “They’re so cool,” I thought back then. It’s like they have their own world in Viikii.

Then I learned about SEG101.  I’d say that they did a great job at scaring people — the Channel was really intimidating… lol. At the time, they were celebrating their first anniversary. They had a very long list of aspiring students so the wait looked like it would forever. Luckily, I found out about their Avatar Contest, and that they were giving admissions to the top 3 winners. So I joined and submitted 2 avatars. I was actually surprised by the results because the avatar that I didn’t have any expectations for got the votes and won me 3rd place. It was a very simple avatar design — it was a person holding scissors, a globe and a film strip.

So I became a SEG101 newbie. I concentrated on learning the proper way to segment alongside with my mentor FTHIA.  After a few months, I graduated. With my SEG101 badge, I had the confidence that I could finally segment.

My first contributions as a segmenter was in Lie To Me, which I think was one of the first Korean Dramas Viki licensed. My first day segmenting on a real project was a mess. I got the first part on episode 1, and I thought it took me forever to finish. My God, I was so conscious of my timings and everything. But as episodes went on, I got my confidence to race alongside with the segmenting veterans. Sadly, Lie to Me didn’t do well. But I was still optimistic and had started to love segmenting — it was my first segmenting project after all. After the show ended, I became Lie to Me’s number 1 segmenter garnering the highest number of segments.

Becoming a Viki user was much more helpful than I thought. I said earlier that my job could kill a social life. I didn’t choose it because I’m a loner or anything, but it’s just that some people, like me, just don’t have the luxury to choose a better job yet. But it gives me a lot of time to be on Viki. That’s basically the life that I have right now, and I have gained lots of friends across the globe which is the best experience of all.

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