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Learn What VB Can Do, Part 1

From our customer support emails, we have found that there are some cool features on VideoBox that members like you, dear reader, may not know about. Consider this part 1 of an occasionally-updated series of posts designed to keep you informed about the many things you can do on VB that you may not have known you could.

As you read on, please hear the rest of this post as spoken by the voice you imagine coming out of this sexy teacher:

hot-teacher

Also, if you have other favorite VB features to share, please do so in the comments below. We may even pick yours for a future post to give it a brighter spotlight!

For this first installment, let’s talk about the drag-and-drop and deletion features in the VideoBox “My Stash” page and popups.

So, let’s say you’re looking at your main movie-stash page, and you want to move some of the movies on this page to a different folder. If you click on a DVD cover and hold down the mouse button, you can drag the movie over to any folder (that you have given a name) at the upper left of the page. When you move the selected DVD over the folders, you’ll see an arrow over each folder that is eligible for dropping when you hover on that folder. Want to add it to a new folder? No problem, just click on the word “rename” below that folder and type a new name. When you drag the movie over, that folder will be “droppable.”

All of the above can be done with your stashed scenes, clips and stars as well, on their respective stash pages.

But let’s say you want to remove some items from your stash, or even remove every item in a given folder? You can do this one item at a time using the trash-can icon at the lower right of each item’s thumbnail image, or delete the whole folder and its contents by using the “DELETE ENTIRE FOLDER” button at the upper right of the page. For more details on this, see this previous blog post.

For our final lesson today, go to any movie, scene or player page and click the “add to stash” button for that piece of content. Did you know that if you have this piece of content in a stash folder already, that folder will be green and have a check mark and a trash can icon on it? You can then stash the item in a different folder by selecting one, or remove it from the folder it’s already in by clicking the trash can. The popup stays open so you can stash it elsewhere after deleting it, and you can just close the popup with the red “X” if you decide not to stash.

Pretty cool, right? Personally, I’m a big fan of the VideoBox Roku channel, so my stashing these days is designed mostly to queue up interesting content for TV viewing. We’d all love to hear your thoughts about these features and how you use your stash in the comments below, so please chime in!

Happy Stashing, Dragging and Dropping,
Bob and the VB Team

New Features Added!

Hey Everyone,

We recently released a couple of things I want to point out to you, since I’m hoping both will enhance your VB experience and just generally make your porn-browsing time better.

Delete Entire Folder

First off, to aid your stash management, there is a new button at the top of your stash pages that says “Delete Entire Folder.” (See image above.) This does exactly what it sounds like: whatever stash folder you’re viewing at the time will be emptied and the folder name will be removed. So now, you can quickly delete individual items by clicking the little trash can icon (see image below), or wipe out a whole folder at once. Happy stash cleanup!

trash

Second, did you know we have a VideoBox VOD site? If there’s a scene or DVD you really want to see, and VideoBox doesn’t have it for some reason (usually because the studio wouldn’t license it to us), you can hit the VideoBox VOD site and search through more than 100,000 movies to watch on a pay-per-view basis, rent, or download to own. We’ve had a link to it in the top nav for years (see image below), but you’ve always had to create a new username and password, and re-enter your billing information…

vod

until now.

Much like our Live Girls implementation, if you paid for your VB membership with a credit card you can now just click the VOD tab, hit the link on that page, and you will automatically have an account at VideoBox VOD under your current VB username. Any charges you incur will go through your VideoBox account. As of today, you will also get 15 minutes of pay-per-view time absolutely FREE the first time you visit via the new page! The combination of our current library and this huge database of content is true nirvana for porn collectors.

So, enjoy these new additions, use up that free 15 minutes, and we’ll have more improvements to share with you before too long. Let us know if you see any issues or have any questions about the above.

Cheers,
Bob and the VB Team

Updated: Porn on your TV – AirPlay

Quick update: Thanks to a change we released this evening, AirPlay now works on the mobile site via iPhone4 without the need for the JavaScript bookmark offered in the iPad instructions below. It has the same limitations we listed for the iPad (chiefly, that the videos’ resolution is optimized for mobile devices), but as of right now it’s the easiest way to use AirPlay with the VB mobile site. Post a comment below if you have any questions on how to use it, or spot any issues.


AirFlick or Roku are still your best options for high-quality streaming to your TV, but if this change carries even just one of you valued VB members over until you get one of those other options working, it was worth it. :-)


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A few of our users have asked us to support AirPlay, which allows people to stream media from various devices onto their AppleTV.  While we don’t officially support AirPlay on VideoBox at the moment, we did investigate several methods for our users to watch videos from VideoBox via AirPlay, using either a Mac computer, or an iPad.  Here are the methods we like the best:


Mac Computer to AppleTV


1. Make sure that your Mac and your AppleTV are on the same network and that AirPlay is enabled on your AppleTV.  There are ample instructions on the web for how to do this.
2. Download and install AirFlick here.
3. Login to VideoBox (whichever one you want,this is not limited to the mobile site).
4. Download the scenes you’d like to view to your Mac.
5. Start AirFlick.  It should recognize your AppleTV and if all is going well, you will see your AppleTV listed in the drop-down on the upper left-hand side of the AirFlick app.
6. Drag the scene you’d like to start watching into AirFlick.
7. Enjoy


I have to say, I tested this on a brand new Sony 60” with one of the new HD titles from Burning Angel and it looked awesome!  Also, note that I installed this on my MacBookPro which is running Snow Leopard. I’d be interested in knowing if anyone is able to get this working on older versions of OSX.


iPad to AppleTV


The resolution is not the best when using an iPad with AirPlay because our beta mobile site is optimized for a phone. Also, the mobile site is unfortunately a bit buggy right now, but hey, it’s something. The next iteration of VB for mobile devices will support AirPlay from the get-go.


1. Make sure your iPad and your AppleTV are on the same network and that AirPlay is enabled on your AppleTV.  There are ample instructions on the web for how to do this.
2. Make sure your iPad is updated to iOS 4.3. This will not work on 4.2 or lower.
3. Go to Ben Dodson’s site and follow the instructions for adding the javascript bookmark to your browser.
4. Login to http://m.videobox.com.  This is our beta mobile site, and we should warn you again that it’s a little buggy.  Our suggestion is that before viewing, you mark any movies you want to watch as ‘Favorite.’ Then use your ‘Favorites’ list to watch videos via the mobile site on your iPad.  You must use the mobile site for AirPlay to work with an iPad.
5. Tap on the image of the movie you’d like to view. You will now be in play mode. At this point, if you click on the AirPlay icon, you will see that you can get sound via AirPlay but not video.
6. Select the bookmark you created in Step 3. It will execute javascript but will leave you in the same place, in play mode.
7. Now when you click the AirPlay icon, you should see AppleTV streaming the video.  Cool, eh?


The methods I listed seemed to be the least technical methods that didn’t require jailbreaks. Again, VideoBox doesn’t officially support AirPlay yet, so use these at your own risk!

Remove Stars, Add Descriptions and Edit Info on Clips

I don’t think the VideoBox engineering team never sleeps. Have you checked out these features they’ve rolled out recently?

Remove Stars from a Clip
Have you ever had a clip that says it stars two girls, but only one of them is really part of the action? Now you can remove the absent star. In this example, I made a clip of Ava Devine finishing a gentleman. Gia Paloma wasn’t really helping out, so I removed her:

stars
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Edit Info and Add Descriptions
You may have noticed a small link on your clips player that says Edit Clip Details:

1 edit link

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Maintain Your Privacy by Anonymizng Your Clips

Not everyone wants to share every one of their Clips with the entire VideoBox membership. To accommodate that, the VideoBox development team has been hard at work improving and refining Clips and they’ve just released new features that allow you to have a little privacy for the Clips you don’t feel like sharing with the world.

When you make a Clip, you can now check a box labeled “Anonymize Clip” that will keep it private. It won’t show up on the public Clips page, but it’s available for you in the My Clips section located in the My VideoBox tab.

anonymize

But wait, what if you want to go back and anonymize some of the Clips you’ve already made? No sweat. I made this video that’ll show you exactly how to make all or some of your current clips private.



After you’ve clicked “Remove Your Name As the Creator From Selected Clips,” your clip will disappear from your public profile page, but it will still show up on your main My Clips page.