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I am involved in the technical side of things on the website. This includes:
- Capturing web streams and tracking down, monitoring, trading, acquiring, purchasing the best possible sources for each broadcast, often ending up combining, splicing, stitching together multiple files.
- Decoding and encoding audio and video material while avoiding transcoding at all costs:
- Decoding obscure proprietary codecs used in digital television broadcasts such as Dolby E in order to make such captures accessible to the fans.
- Encoding raw video recordings into widely accessible formats such as AVC (H.264) and occasionally HEVC (H.265), striving to preserve maximum quality.
- Encoding good quality stream versions for inline playback (in this case AVC at a constant rate factor of 17-23 is used in tandem with AAC-LC or HE-AAC at 96-128 kbps), ensuring browser compatibility.
- Helping out with PAL/NTSC digitisation and managing already digitised material - this usually involves setting or correcting the aspect ratio of the image and eliminating black bars or letterboxing present in many transfers.
- Troubleshooting and occasionally fixing issues on the website.
Here's a list of software I use for the tasks listed above:
Encoding | Decoding
- Open-source encoders/decoders: ffmpeg
- Proprietary AAC encoders: foobar2000
- Proprietary Dolby E decoders: Steinberg Nuendo 4
- General editing: Audacity 2.2.2
- Equalisation: FabFilter Pro-Q 3
- Digital audio workstation: Ableton Live 11
- Quick lossless trimming: LosslessCut
- Frame-accurate lossless/transparent trimming: VideoReDo Professional
- Concatenating files and adding chapters: mkvtoolnix-gui
- Capturing live streams and grabbing web files: yt-dlp - a fork of youtube-dl