Clips Page “Beta” – Exposing Ourselves Prematurely

Hello Videobox Members,

It’s been a very short time since we rolled out our improved clip creation method, and the new ability to save your own set of custom clips. For many of you, as your blog comments testify, you had a sense we were heading in a specific direction.

And you were right…


The New “Clips” Page

Starting today, you’ll find a new “Clips” section on the Browse tab. And therein, you’ll find all the clips being created by yourself and other Videobox members. Welcome to the Videobox Clips community!

For those of you not “in the know”, the term “Beta” typically applies to an initial but “not-yet-finalized” product release. In simple terms, it’s not quite finished, but it’s stable enough to get it into your hands and see what you make of it. And what you make of your favorite scene bits and pieces.

3 Ways To Explore Clips

There are now three different ways you’ll be able to access clips: My Clips, the Clips “beta” page, and a User’s Profile page.

1. My Clips – You already know about that. All your favorite clips reside in “Clips” under the “My Videobox” tab.

2. Clips – This is the entire clip creation world at your fingertips.

3. User Profile Page – Visit any user profile page by clicking on their name in a comment, or by clicking the “Creator” name in a clip, and you’re able to easily check out all the other cool clips they’ve created.

Here’s where it get’s even more exciting: If you find a clip you like, you can save that clip directly to your My Videobox “Clips” collection. You can also rate the clip, and comment on the clip. You can even bang clip comments, just like you can with scenes and DVDs.


Your user profile settings enable you to choose to opt-out of being identified as a clip creator. Clips created by a user who has chosen to remain anonymous show the creator as just that. “Anonymous”.

So where is this all headed?

Although I’m typically cagey and restrained about the roadmap, I will say that this is definitely just the beginning. You will have sorting, you will have renaming and retagging, and yes, you will have listings and rankings of the latest creations, highest rated clips, most active clip-creators, and more. We have more surprises on the way. Some of the comments and suggestions on my last post are so close to the mark that i am biting my lip so hard, it’s bleeding.

The clips page is yet another step towards enabling the most engaging, dynamic, and satisfying user experience we can imagine.

– Jeff

PS: I want to point out that Bob (who’s also posting on the blog this week about yet-another feature enhancement) and Jimmy, two of our crack-shot engineers, are responsible for this surfacing as a beta release today. They’re an awesome team to work with, filled with a passion to innovate and deliver a paradim-shifting level of features and functionality. So kudos are due in their direction. You’re seeing this now because they wanted you to badly enough to go into heads-down engineering mode for days on end and make it happen.

14 Responses to “Clips Page “Beta” – Exposing Ourselves Prematurely”

  1. AquaGlide Says:

    Yes, so cool πŸ™‚ Good to hear, that re-name and re-tag feature is coming (soon). Because I have use some german tag-words — and now you have german words inside the clip-sections πŸ˜‰ But I will re-name and re-tag it then πŸ˜€
    Just over the last days, I have found a new usecase for me and Videobox: I create on my notebook the clips and can see there at any time on any place over my iPhone (and soon with the iPad) … of course I streaming it, and do not download it!
    The best thing would be, I we can get a specially WebKit version for the new iPad, so we can create clips without need flash (and the notebook). Would be incredible to use whole videobox on a tiny device just with touch control *dreaming* πŸ™‚

  2. Jeff Says:

    Mobile use was definitely a consideration of clips, AquaGlide. And although we’re not looking at iPad specific development at this point, given that the iPhone enable clip creation from it’s movies, the capabilities clearly there. Interesting.

  3. rj Says:

    Allow users to filter vb only, vb+ premium channel, or just premium channel clips?

  4. Jeff Says:

    We are looking at filtering options, definitely.

  5. sourpuss Says:

    Love it.
    I will, and I hope other users will as well, be more descriptive in the naming and tagging clips.


  6. goken Says:

    I like this. Good job VB!

  7. jsilver Says:

    I’m impressed with VB’s ambitions to keep enhancing the site for users. To pick a nit, though, isn’t it those of us NOT “in-the-know” that might need an explanation of the term “Beta”?
    03/04/10 – reply by Jeff – “DOH! Thanks jsilver. Fixed it. πŸ™‚

  8. Howardz Says:

    This is VERY cool!

    The very next things that need to be added to make it hughly useful are:
    – Joining your clips together so we can have those user made ‘Every Sasha Grey cumshot’ clips
    – Sorting features for clips, so we can sort by rating, search clips for particular porn stars etc.

    Once those 2 features are added it will kicks ass. My first clip will be every Haley Paige cumshot on the site I think πŸ˜‰

  9. tyler Says:

    “Joining your clips together so we can have those user made β€˜Every Sasha Grey cumshot’ clips”

    do want!!

  10. jack_black Says:

    This, I like.

  11. lorddork Says:

    Web 2.0 meets porn, welcome to the Bitchun Society. Nice.
    If you’re doing this to stand up to “the tubes”, you’re on a pretty right track, IMHO πŸ™‚
    It would be perfect it I could descide between anonymus and linked on a clip-to-clip basis.

  12. lorddork Says:

    Oh no, I just went to my profile settings and found if I want anonymous clips, I must turn off ALL community features! wft?

  13. smoothcriminal Says:

    Have a link to these homemade clips, but please don’t put these clips as the default view – I have no desire to see clips other people have made – and it’s yet another “feature” I have to close down to get to the videos. This site is getting irritating to navigate – please put some thought into the layout.

  14. Zeus6793 Says:

    New clip feature is great, but is there a way to change the layout of my home page, so the clips section is NOT right at the top? I want new vids to be the first thing I see… there a way to basically customize the view of our homepage?