This is Bob, the user interface engineer here at VideoBox, and I’m so excited about one of the cool new features we rolled out today that I jumped at the chance to update the blog with a rundown on it. Before I do that, though, let me say that I am an avid reader of this blog, and I am thrilled that we have such a vocal group of users offering up feedback, questions and tons of good suggestions. I see it as my job to provide the best possible user experience for all of us (I’m a VideoBox user too, of course!), and I look forward to every chance we get to present a feature and get your take on it.
On to the goods: we call this new feature our scene scrubbing UI (UI = User Interface, for those of you outside the web development world).
If you’re like me (and given that you’re reading the blog on a porn site, it’s safe to say we have some interests in common), you probably find that there are big portions of many scenes that don’t interest you at all. Sure, you could click on one of the later screencaps on the DVD details page, but then you might need to move the filmstrip back a little to check what you missed. With this new feature, you can skip the stuff you don’t want to watch and zero right in on the place you want to start, without missing a thing. Here’s how it works:
Scrubbing the Search Results
Let’s start with the search results page, which is one of the two places you can find this new feature as of today. When you hover your mouse cursor over one of the thumbnail images in the search results, a timeline now appears across the bottom, with a timepill above it showing the point in the scene for the initial thumbnail. If you leave your mouse cursor there for a brief moment, a set of images is downloaded that spans the entire scene. Once it’s done loading, you can move your mouse across the thumbnail and see a quick preview of the entire scene, which progresses from start to finish as you move the mouse from left to right (in other words, you can “scrub” the scene). The time updates as you go. If you stop moving the mouse briefly, the timepill disappears so you can see the thumbnail without obstruction. At any point, if you like what you see, you can click the image and you’ll be taken to the player page, where the scene will start right at the point that you chose. You can watch it from there or start a custom clip from that moment, right in the player.
I can already hear some of you who responded to Jeff’s post about the new Custom Clip mode saying, “But what if I want to set the scene up for download instead of streaming it?” No problem — we’ve got you covered. If you liked what you saw while you were scrubbing, click the title of the scene right below the thumbnail and you’re on the Original Custom Clip page. And for those of you who like to kick off a bunch of streams in individual browser tabs, no problem there either: right-clicking the “scrubbable” image will allow you to open the link in a new window or tab, and when it appears in that new tab it will start playing right at the spot you picked. Pretty sweet, huh? But wait: there’s more!
Scrubbing on the Player Page
Remember that Right Hand Navigation element that we told you about recently? I call it the Right-Hand Element – insert your own “My Right Hand” joke here — or, “RHE” for short. Well, we’ve made some cool improvements to it, and my personal favorite is the addition of scene scrubbing on all the thumbnail images in that area except for the clip images. (Scrubbing clips will have to be handled in a different way, but we didn’t want to deprive you of this awesome new capability while we sorted out that piece of it — so, enjoy the scrubbing, and no fair flaming me in the comments below about how much you hate that you cant scrub clips!
Tell Us What You Think
We take your feedback to heart, so please let me and the other folks here know what you think. We believe features like this one make the VideoBox experience easier, more fun and more engaging, and help you to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for. If you agree, disagree, or have questions or suggestions, speak your mind in the comments section.
Yet More On The Way…
Things are still heating up here, so stay tuned as we continue to incorporate your feedback, brainstorm on the ultimate online porn experience we would want to see, and tinker in the labs to make it all a reality.
Best Regards, and Happy Scrubbing!