What’s Your Porn Library Like?


The blog has really helped the folks at VideoBox get a better understanding of our members and we’re always curious to know more (especially because a lot of us are porn fans ourselves).

So…tell me about your porn library. How large is it (how many files you have, how many gigs they take up)? What makes a video worth downloading and saving instead of just streaming it from the site? Do you ever re-watch scenes you’ve downloaded?

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40 Responses to “What’s Your Porn Library Like?”

  1. G man Says:

    1) I download a lot of scenes (my connection is quite fast) – probably about half of the daily uploads on VB and the other site I subscribe to. [Hmmm … it sort of feels like admitting to cheating to mention my other subscription here on Alison’s blog.]
    2) I quickly skim through the downloaded scenes to see if they are any good. I delete most of them straight away. The rest are divided into two groups: the ones I keep temporarily to remind myself to download bits and bobs using the custom function (yes, I like cumshots) and the ones worth “exploring” in their entirety.
    3) I usually watch the scenes I have kept only once – but the really, really good stuff gets filed according to my own categories (threesomes, rough action, DP scenes that my wife might enjoy, blowjobs etc.). Ear cum is NOT one of my categories by the way.
    4) The stuff I have “filed” I will usually watch several times. They are very different types of scenes and I would find it hard to explain why these in particular have made the cut. … They just have that illusive “special quality”.
    5) Occasionally I will take a shining to a particular star and download most of her scenes. Admittedly the infatuation tends to wear off after a while.
    6) Now and then I go through all my old scenes and delete those that have lost their magic.
    7) I usually have about 70-80 GB of “filed” scenes – including about 5 GB of customized cuts.

    In addition I have an ever growing collection of both softcore and hardcore pictures (stills and video both work for me … in different ways). I would LOVE for VB to add picture galleries to the site – and would happily pay extra for such a service. Any chance of that happening?

    By the way … I really hope Rope posts a reply to this topic. Would love to know his approach to smut management.

  2. 8panthers8 Says:

    I have folders set for straight, 3sums, 4sums+ and finally “Intimate”. Anything with super hot porn stars, I tag with an *.

    I have a question – I really enjoy intimate scences, like close kissing, caressing, etc… any recommendations?

    The one that comes to mind is Teen Fuck Holes 7 Scene 1 but I cannot find many other good close intimate ones.

  3. G man Says:

    8panthers8: You might want to take a look at “Teen Sensations 8″, scene 2 starring Poppy Morgan.

  4. Bronty Says:

    Since joining videobox (and I have no intention of unsubscribing), I find myself using very little hard drive space. I have 25-30 clips at any one time on my hard drive. After a couple of weeks, I swap them out for newly downloaded clips.

    Some scenes I do keep for longer, if I really like them. There’s no logic to why I might particularly like a clip. It’s something in the performer’s eyes, a look—that kind of thing.

    I do sometimes find myself re-downloading clips from VB after several months.

    I use the streaming function to preview clips, but I don’t use it for much more than that. I like to be able to switch clips very quickly. I might have 20 clips queued up in my media player, and then I’ll skip around. There’s no way to queue clips in the streaming version.

  5. Matt H. Says:

    I’ve used the flash player or streaming windows player for everything I’ve done on this site for the last 3 years. I have downloaded maybe 3 or 4 scenes for offline use when I knew streaming wouldn’t be available, otherwise, I stream away.

    For me, the whole point of my high bandwidth and your streaming capabilities is to not have to worry about a filled up HD, privacy concerns, etc…

  6. 8panthers8 Says:

    G-Man- thank you. Looks great. Thanks for the recommendation.

  7. Strangepork Says:

    I’ll admit to hoarding more stuff than I’ll ever have time to watch. I have a multi-terabyte network attached storage device, which I download directly to. Here’s my filing system: The first folder is for movies I haven’t watched yet. That’s most of my collection. New downloads go there, until I start watching scenes from them. Inside that folder, I make a folder for each series name, and then make folders for each volume in the series. (If there is one scene in a movie I want to see, I download the whole movie. If I like it, I’ll usually download the whole series.) When I start watching scenes from a movie, I’ll move the series folder into a “to watch” folder. I’ll leave it there until I’ve had a chance to watch it all. Then, when I’ve seen all of the scenes in the movie, I’ll move it into a “seen” folder. There are only a few old favorites that I’ll re-watch, but I keep everything in case I decide I want to see it again.

  8. irhamsrevenge Says:

    I possess a 298GB external HD solely for VB downloads…space remaining: 38.7GB w/, oh, 1100+ scenes queued up in My Videobox. As Brody remarked to Quint about a boat in ‘Jaws’, I’m going to need a bigger HD.

  9. lorddork Says:

    I’m a collectors soul, so I now have around 25 DVDs and 27gb hd-space filled with VB downloads.
    I generally keep everything I found worth watching, although I’ll never have the time in my life to really watch through my whole collection.
    I do however watch old movies again from time to time.
    My taste seems to be different each day, so I just need a big and diverse collection. This makes it nearly impossible to rate movies, because what I hate today, I might love tomorrow and hate the day after tomorrow again :/

    My system: All filenames get to include the name of the performer(s), to search and locate movies I just use a simple python script right now, where I can find files with a regular expression. Maybe I’ll find the time to write a real porn manager app one day :)

  10. Tyler Says:

    seemingly contrary to most videobox users, i almost exclusively download girl/girl scenes. when I visit the site, I go straight to view all scenes and then filter to just lesbian scenes. Also there are defiantly many scenes that i re-watch.

  11. ropeadope Says:

    G man – If I had the patience to do so, I would:

    1. Download all scenes posted to Videobox.
    2. Give each scene a painstaking, attentive viewing.
    3. Arrange the files alphabetically by movie title.
    4. Create shortcuts to the file which would be maintained in separate pornstar, studio, and category folders.

    However, in actuality, my saved files are arranged haphazardly on various hard drives strewn all over the house. No idea where any particular file might be. Eventually, I delete everything and start all over.

  12. Andy Says:

    Ive got on all my computers about a total of 1 terrabyte of storage for misc stuff. Of that at the moment i have got about 600gig of saved porn. I sort said porn by actress if they are worthy of having there own folder.. then i sort it by hair color and or ethnicity. At the moment my sorted by actress folder has 208 gig.

  13. 76ers Says:

    171 Gigs, 1,444 files….
    I categorize the vids by each actress having their own folder. For ones that have only a few scenes though I divide them up between types of porn (creampies, anal, regular one-on-one, etc.) and alphabetically.

    Tried to categorize by series ( The Babysitter, My Dirty Angels, etc.) but became too much off a hassle to find a certain actress. It’s alot easier now cause I can just go to each actresses folder and view all their scenes.

  14. DP Says:

    I’ve got at least 2 terabytes full of porn and often go back and watch scenes if I’m not into the most current VB update. Most of the time, if a cover looks good on the site and the screenshots look promising, I download all the scenes for each posted DVD update. I figure I’ve got plenty of space, and when I need to make more room I’ll just delete old scenes that I’ve only watched once. I’ll burn some special scenes to DVD or transfer to my IPOD if I consider those scenes to be my personal classics (like Kimberly Kummings POV BJ scene here).

  15. whodat5 Says:

    I’m pretty particular about what I keep in HD. Download anything that looks good then delete whats not. I keep a library of about 120-150 scenes, every few months I’ll review the list and delete what no longer intrests me.

    What I’ve found is that the bulk of my library (90%) is more or less the same genre-one on one, no anal, no fakies, ethnicity does not seem to matter as long is its within this range. Do have a few scenes outside these parameters, but it’s because its an outstanding scene.

    Bottom line is I keep what really works for me, and “save to favorites” stuff that I think I might go back for later.

  16. tfal232 Says:

    Around 27G, unsorted, just stuff I like.

    Had a good favorites library on VB with the “My Videobox”, but my membership lapsed and couldn’t figure out how to renew my account so I had to start a new one.

    Kudos to the DP who has 2 TB, if you need to make room, you need to start a Library of Congress of porn or maybe a national porn datacenter.

  17. Luke Wilson Says:

    I have 40gb of space left on a 1tb (one terabyte) hard drive.

    The folders are as follows…

    Amateur
    Anime
    Avi
    Double Anal
    DVDs
    Full Scenes
    Mpeg
    New
    To be cut/cropped
    Transexual
    Unknown
    Wmv

    I mainly like big tits and anal vids.

  18. JM Says:

    @8panthers8 I’m glad I’m not the only one who really enjoys intimate scences, like close kissing, caressing, etc… The only scene that sort of fits that bill that I have managed to find was Tex-Ass Hole’em, Scene 3 with Sara Stone so I too would like any further suggestions.

    My hard drive has about 160Gb of downloads and I have about the same again burnt to data DVDs all of which are unsorted – a bit of a mess really and a nightmare when looking for that one scene that will really hit the spot.

  19. JM Says:

    Meant to say – I’m in the UK and my reason for downloading rather than streaming is that during peak hours my ISP sets usage limits (and throttles download speeds) so I download outside of those peak hours so my videobox usage isn’t taking up my internet capacity.

  20. rutnadexin3 Says:

    -1153 GB total on 2 external disc drives.
    -I DL if I am a fan of the woman, if she is new & hot, or if something unique or interesting happens in the scene that would make it memorable. I generally don’t stream off the site to watch a scene, more to see a part someone mentioned in the reviews or to get a longer preview of the scene to see if I want to DL.
    -I rewatch I say about half of the scenes I DL, but after a few months, I stop because new scenes have caught my interest. However, I do go back occasionally to older DLs.

  21. zarafan Says:

    Oh, I have an embarrassing amount of porno files on the harddrive of my laptop, something I’m always struggling with: my laptop has about a 50GB capacity, and at any given moment I have between a half-gig and 2GB available space. When I return from my trip to Europe next year (before which I’m planning to ditch a lot of superfluous stuff, following the helpful advice I received here from a previous blog entry: thanks Alison & Co!!) I’m planning to get a new computer with more space….

    With my VB .wmv files, it’s very easy to distinguish what I’ve seen from what I haven’t, because the viewed files feature the Windows icon and the unviewed ones are blank. I store them alphabetically, and the VB files specifically are almost always edited “highlights” of scenes I like, as well as “audition” scenes I haven’t viewed yet. Increasingly, I’m using these downloads as a mnemonic device and “storing” my favorite scenes in my favorites file on the VB site (I currently have nearly 200 scenes listed as “favorites”); on my harddrive I have about 400 downloads in my Windows folder, not all of them from VB.

    Additionally I have a folder I’ve titled “AVI files” which feature only complete scenes and features that I view using Real Player technology–this is REALLY where I eat up a lot of hard drive space, and it’s here that I keep my beloved and oft-referenced Laure Sainclair films, Maya Gold and Michelle Wild scenes (as well as, particularly, my Maya Gold with Michelle Wild scenes!!), and similarly transfixing moments I can’t bear to part with.

    I guess I have 3 criteria for downloading and 2 for keeping scenes:

    (1) I always like to download parts of VB scenes I think might appeal to me, though maybe half of these clips end up getting discarded to make space, and the other half get relegated to my “favorites” on the VB site. Often there are caps that seem appealing but the scene itself proves a disappointment, in which case I toss it promptly.

    (2) The scenes I keep should really be “perfect”: featuring beautiful women performing the sex that really appeals to me; if the chick has tattoos, or the sex gets boring, or the male performer is irritating, I toss it. What “appealing sex” for me consists of might possibly be inferred from my previous postings here, but otherwise ought to be a topic for a separate posting….

    (3) As discussed, there are a handful of performers and scenes that, while I don’t watch them every day (who would have time for that among ~500 avi and wmv files?!), I never really get tired of and wouldn’t want to do with out: Laure Sainclair, Maya Gold, Michelle Wild, Daniella Rush, Rebecca Linares, and just to demonstrate that I bear no prejudices against my fellow and sister Americans, even a few Ginger Lynn, Vanessa Chase, and Brianna Love clips!!! These stay with me as long as I have a computer.

    I hope this helps and would be curious to learn where all this information is going, Alison!

    Thanks as always,

    Zarafan

    P.S. I agree fully with GMan’s suggestion of including picture galleries at VB; a still photo can also be very sexy, and it takes up far less space than a video file!!

  22. zarafan Says:

    P.S. P.S. Regarding my “if the chick has tattoos” comment, I know you have tattoos, Alison, and we’ve discussed this on your blog previously, but I apologize if the remark causes offense: that wasn’t my intention!!

  23. alison Says:

    Wow. This is really interesting. To address your question, zarafan, I think folks here are mostly interested in hearing about this stuff for curiosity’s sake. I don’t think anyone’s making any decisions based on how much porn you guys store and why, but it’s always interesting to hear how other people do things and there aren’t too many places one can talk about one’s porn storage strategies :)

    And don’t worry, no offense taken. ;)

  24. zarafan Says:

    Good to know and great to be in touch!

    Thanks,

    Zarafan

  25. mistahleary Says:

    I recently upgraded to a 120Gb hard drive for my lap top, so I don’t have to burn DVD’s all the time. Also, about 8 months ago, I upgraded to a DVD burner. My only problem with the burner is that it is very stubborn with dual layer dvds, some work, some don’t. Even little differences between DL DVDs by the same manufacturer will keep them from working. Any how, I download chicks and scenes that catch my eye, then scan them. Some I delete, the rest I categorize into folders. Best of the best, I watch the whole thing and keep on my computer after i burn. I have about 60 dvds, 3 dual layer. I also have about 120 cd roms of stuff I downloaded a couple years ago. I used to join a site, check it out and then D/L everything to watch later. Cd roms wouldn’t work for this site, because so many HQ scenes are more than 700gb.

  26. marca56 Says:

    I vary between about 50 GB (after a purging of stuff I probably won’t get around to watching) and 80 GB. It is composed of the following folders:
    1. Mainstream (just general scenes like it sounds)
    2. Whole Movies
    3. Wrestling (mostly oil wrestling ending in sex, one of my favorite niches…and one not well represented at VB)
    4. Hentai
    5. Jonni Darkko (scenes by the guy currently directing the best porn)
    6. Permanent (scenes I have watched repeatedly and can still get off on)
    7. Temporary (scenes I have watched once or twice and have potential to make it into the Permanent folder)

  27. PeterMc Says:

    I tend to stream initially and just skim through the screen caps along the bottom to see if the scene has what I want in it, I am usually looking for a doggy style anal section in the scene and it has to be shot over the shoulder (even better if it’s POV) so I can see the girls ass. If the scene has this and it is done well and the girl is hot then I’ll download the scene. I don’t tend to download first as it generally takes 20-30 minutes to download a scene and if the scene’s no good it’s a waste of 20-30 minutes. My 80gb hard drive was getting pretty full so I have started copying stuff onto DVD and then deleting from the hard drive.

  28. 8panthers8 Says:

    JM – Although it isn’t exactly what we’re looking for, there are elements of intimate closeness in these two scenes. They are very different from one another but both great.
    Again – looking for scenes of closeness, intimate type scences – any more suggestions?
    Boy Fucks Girl 2 Scene 5
    Secrets of Kamasutra scene 6

  29. Mark Says:

    I have about 200 GB’s of anal porn on my HDD divided into Movies, Scenes, Stars, Websites, and Sineplex (since I have a bunch of Sineplex vids). Yup, I love anal:)

  30. Luke Wilson Says:

    Way to go mark!

  31. Hamtili Says:

    I download almost every update from the sites I’m subscribed to but watching not many of them. I like to collect so I also buy a lot of DVDs and BDs.
    Picture quality is very important for me so I buy a lot of HD stuff.
    I think porn and nature documentaries benefit the most from HD.

    I keep all the stuff I downloaded even if I don’t like it.

    Currently I’m using a couple of external 1TB harddisks to save the downloaded stuff, but I’m going to buy a NAS soon.

    Because of the many movies I own I use gcstar for managing my collection, it’s a lot of work to enter all the information but it pays off.

  32. VVV Says:

    I tend to download quite a few scenes. I have portable hard drives where I keep them and currently have about 400 GBs all downloaded from this site. I have the files organized alphabetically and usually download movies from my favorite actresses and stuff that looks hot to me. There seems to be a preponderance of anal. I do re-watch many of the scenes.

    Sometimes I stream but I tend to prefer the downloads to the streams.

  33. Garp Says:

    Interestingly, I rarely download from VB. It is the only site I pay for porn, in fact it is the only site I have ever paid for porn. The stuff I do download is usually stuff that VB has in small quantities, big ass, brazilian, beautiful or quality black porn and then funny stuff, like Hentai. I have a 120 GB external drive and I have about 28MB left. I use the tools VB offers like the favorites. I do not plan to give up VB, because I enjoy the functionality and I am a big fan of Alison, content guy, the incredible Rope and in general the management of VB. So I will kep begging for a big ass category and a quality black studio for VB, until then, I will keep enjoying Alison’s great blogs.

  34. blinky Says:

    Zero files. Why download it when it’s all online whenever I need it?

  35. wcfields Says:

    Wow, this is fascinating. I thought I looked at a lot of porn, but hearing that some people have upwards of a terabyte of the stuff on their drives makes me feel…both better and worse.

    Myself, I mostly use the flash player for the new updates. I like the video preview bar at the bottom that allows for easier skipping through scenes.

    I am also, however, a collector, and so when a scene really knocks me out I definitely DL it. It has to be really good, though, and even one thing wrong can make me pass. (I like big natural tits on skinny girls with pretty faces who look innocent but love to get fucked, preferably in the ass. Rimming and deep throating are two huge bonuses. Dude making too much noise is an instant DQ, although certain dudes, such as Vince Voyeur, can get away with a lot more than others. Not sure why that should be, but there it is. That’s my formula. Innovative, isn’t it?)

    Once I DL something I keep it. I also find stuff I really like (although this site is the only porn I have ever paid for) other places and combine with the cream of this crop to form my personal collection. I often look at old stuff, whenever the new VB updates don’t so it for me. I don’t have any kind of organization of my collection. (It’s all awesome, so I don’t need to.)

    One other note: Lots of people on here make a big thing about the video quality. Not me. I DL everything, even the scenes I love, in medium quality. I’m jacking off, not trying to solve a high-profile murder case.

  36. Boots Says:

    I have about 100 gig in my download folder, and more scattered around. I use the streaming only to see what the content is like, because the quality and speed isn’t sufficient for watching. I’m in the UK have have bandwidth issues, so I download everything (in DVD quality) for later viewing.

    I didn’t use to delete anything, but I ran out of disk space so now I try to delete new material after watching unless it is especially good. I don’t often rewatch old material. I don’t spend time organising it.

  37. jfro21 Says:

    I’m late to the party but here goes:

    I used to download from VB only in DVD quality but then realized recently that “High” quality was good enough for me. If I need a better quality for a clip I like I download it in H.xxx or in DVD quality. The High quality saves a lot of space and time.
    - I have from previous porn subscriptions around 60 DVDs that I have burned (figure 240 GB) most of which is pretty good.
    - I also have started burning DVD from VB as I am running out of hard drive space. I am using my work computer as my home computer has died and use free space on the external 500 GB drive for the porn and other personal files. Currently I have 401 GBs of movies (mixture of DVD quality, Hxxx and “high quality”) from Videobox
    - Much of the 401 GBs I have not yet seen.
    - Once I have viewed a movie I try to decide whether it is “5 star” “4 star” or less.
    - If the movie is less than “4 star”, I usually delete it.
    - Some movies I haven’t made up my mind about which means I don’t care enough about them anyway (and should delete them)
    - I really should make a “6-star” category because I have become too lenient in my rating and there really are some clips that are just super-fantastic while other are just very, very good.

  38. adam74257 Says:

    Alright, I have 194 GB of videobox videos all in High quality(I’ve deleted >30GB once); of course over 100GB more from other websites(Bangbros, Naughty America etc),limewire, torrentz) about 10 burnt dvd’s in CD quality(about 3 2CD movies each)..i digress. I usually save movies based on the screencap clips, which i then watch later on and delete if its not ‘jerkable’. I keep my all my favorite actresses in ~star folder with all their names…All of my absolutely favorite scenes I keep in a folder called ‘amazing’. I’m also a big fan of Tony’s amateur tapes(because they all seem so naturally filmed and the girls are mostly amazing amateurs) so I give that its own folder. And the last folder is for my favorite behind the scenes movies. I occasionally run a duplicate file finder to delete doubles ;)

  39. tylerdurden Says:

    I save all the good looking girls, review the scenes and then delete the ones that fall short.

    Videobox REALLY NEEDS A “SAVE YOUR FAV PORNSTAR” feature.

    Something that will alert you when a scene with your favorite girl is uploaded. This would save alot of time skimming through NEW videos.

  40. xposh Says:

    I never download to save. I just DL whatever scene I like in DVD quality at the time I’m ready to get off. If that doesn’t work then I DL something else. It’s always different about what I might wanna get off to at a specific time so no use in saving files. Used to keep a lot of porn on my computer but then that gets old and you don’t know what to save/delete.. Just trash it all and if you don’t know what to get off to, just pick a specific category or something off your favorites. It can be simple as pie or long and drawn out depending on how picky you are.