I Watch Porn All Day!

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I’ve recently realized that I’ve probably watched every single scene on Videobox. Three years ago that might not have seemed like much, but today—with over 53,000 scenes on Videobox, plus all the content that we’re working on-behind-the scenes— it ultimately adds up to a whole lot of porn! My name is Phil, and I’m the encoding manager here at Videobox. I’ve been working here since 2006 and, over the years, I’ve learned a lot about the world of porn, but, more specifically, I’ve learned a lot about the world of video encoding. Online video formats are ever-changing, and we’re always striving to offer all of our members the most versatile format options to meet your entertainment needs. Back in 2005, our encoding process was quite simple since we only encoded four wmv formats for every scene on Videobox, but as Flash and H.264 started to become more popular, we started encoding as many as eight formats for every scene. Today, we’ve narrowed it down to five main formats, which include three different quality options for wmv and two different quality options for mp4, which also uses the popular H.264 codec. Below is a brief chart of our video formats throughout the years.


WMV (low, med, high, DVD)

FLV (low, high)

H.264 (low, high)

2005

X

2006

X

2007

X

X

2008

X

X

X

2009

X

X

X

2010

X*

X**



* the low quality wmv format was removed
** also used for streaming in the Flash player



In addition to encoding all of the content we release on Videobox, I also work with Customer Support to re-encode and fix content problems reported by our users. On that note, I want to give a big thank you to all of our users who take the time to report content issues. Our content generally goes through a pretty extensive QA process, but mistakes do slip through from time to time, and videos have sometimes been badly encoded due to poor source material or the process of re-encoding our entire catalog to accommodate new formats. If you spot a problem, shoot a message to Customer Support and we’ll have it re-encoded ASAP!


Since this is my first post, I also want to answer two frequently asked questions that I’ve noticed over the years:


Q: Why are movies with the label “Shot in HD” on the cover not encoded in HD?

A:This label on a movie cover simply means that the content was shot with HD cameras. The source content we get still comes on a regular DVD, which is 480p (standard definition). Most of the titles that are shot in HD are not offered in HD or on Blu-ray disc.



Q: Why do some scenes have bad aspect ratios?

A:Some of the DVDs we receive have anamorphic aspect ratios. These movies have extra lines of information inserted in a 4:3 signal, which the TV is then supposed to expand to fill a 16:9 screen. If a DVD player is set to 16:9 mode, but viewed on a 4:3 TV, an anamorphic movie will appear stretched vertically due to the extra horizontal lines present in the image.  However, if the movie is viewed on a 16:9 widescreen TV, the TV automatically stretches the image horizontally back to the correct aspect ratio. When we first encoded these movies, they were encoded with a 4:3 aspect ratio so that the scenes looked like they were vertically stretched. We have since fixed this issue and have been going through our catalog and repairing all the files that still have bad aspect ratios. If you find more scenes with bad aspect ratios, please report them to Customer Support.



I’m excited to start contributing more posts to the Videobox blog, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our videos. Thanks for reading!


Cheers!
Phil

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13 Responses to “I Watch Porn All Day!”

  1. rj Says:

    Good to know!! I bet you have some serious hardware for handeling all this encoding!! Any word on any future plans for HD formats? 720i/p or 1080i/p? Just curious.

  2. Jack_black Says:

    Not to be a jerk….but I was just looking for the movie “Young Ripe Mellons 1″, as it was one of the few older vids on here that had never been encoded to Flash. You could only download it, which I don’t do on this site.

    I noticed the video is now no longer on the site…but it was just there as recently as last week. What happened? Will it be back? There’s still several other installments of the series on here.

    Thanks

  3. BobNope Says:

    hey phil !

    thanks for the interesting article!

    since my message to customer support a few months ago didn’t seem to trigger any reaction, please forgive me for asking you right here: is there any chance to get belladonna’s “girl train” parts 1 and 2 re-encoded soon? all of the scenes are only half the length they should be.. e.g. for girl train (part 1) scene 4 is supposed to run 45:37, but both the downloadable version and the streaming version in the flash player stop at 22:45… same problem with all other scenes in both parts.

    again, thanks a lot for your great work!

  4. phil Says:

    @rj: Absolutely! HD is definitely in the works. Part of the problem was most of the titles we license are not commercially distributed in HD, and most sites that offer HD content are also content producers who actually shoot the HD footage. We are definitely looking to bring you HD content in the very near future!

    @Jack_Black: Funny that you mention that title. We recently realized that we were missing the source dvd of “Young Ripe Mellons #1″. We have placed an order and that title will be re-encoded and back on the site as soon as we receive it!

    @BobNope: I will definitely look into that. I believe we had a frame rate issue with that title, which may have caused the half length problem. But we’ll be sure to get that fixed up asap. Thanks!

  5. cuyote Says:

    Many vids are also waaay purple or way too green, will you be fixing them too?

  6. phil Says:

    @cuyote: We don’t do any color alterations to the videos we encode. Unfortunately, if the colors are bad, it’s up to the studio or the production company to fix. Feel free to submit your findings to customer support, and we can try to see what we can do. We are aware that there was a batch of titles from Cherry Box that had a pink tint to it and we did our best to get new copies from the studio, but for the most part anything dealing with color or lighting is out of our hands since we do not shoot or produce the content.

  7. Kenny Says:

    Phil, I think this is more technical question for you but hope you can aster it.
    If you are the person/division which deals with the encoding, how early do you know the DVDs that will be uploaded on this site.
    In other words, does the content dude give you a week worth the DVDs and start encoding them? How does the whole process work? I have been a member for about 2 years so i was always curious.

    Thanks

  8. phil Says:

    @Kenny: That’s a great question, and I think there should be a separate blog post just on this topic. I wont get into too much detail but basically the amount of content we are working on at any given time varies depending on what is being licensed and how much content we receive. We encode hundreds of dvds every month, and they go through several processes which include, QA, frame picks (the 6 frames you see for every scene), and categorization. Once a dvd passes through all those steps, they go into what we call a “Ready List”. In addition to the “Ready List” we have something called a “Content Queue”, which contains a list of titles to be released, this queue is built by selecting titles from the “Ready List”. The content queue is managed daily, and is designed to release a variety of studios and content genres.

  9. woaihonggg Says:

    Phil, welcome to the blog and a huge thank you to you and your team. I work with video/encoding and know it is not as easy as it sounds or seems. Cheers!

  10. wildstar Says:

    Phil,
    Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself! Your hard work is definitely appreciated. You and the rest of the team at VB run a great site!

  11. Papayaman1 Says:

    Phil, thanks for posting. Can I just second BobNope’s request that the malfunction with Girl Train be rectified and add that the same problem seems to apply to the posting of Ass Wide Open. Both films have great scenes (the Brianna Love, Sasha Grey, Belladonna scene on Girl Train was shaping up to be one of the hottest lesbian scenes I’ve ever seen) and it’s a shame not to have complete postings on such great flicks.

  12. al nonymous Says:

    Great post….

    also it would be easier for us to report scene or movie corrections if you guys just added a button to click on…much easier than sending an email and i think any abuse or mistakes would be minimal…

  13. guidotito Says:

    Hey Phil, what’s up with half the videos having no sound lately? I’ve reported a few and I have noticed a lot of comments from others about no sound on certain scenes.