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Trusted Partners

Hey VideoBoxers,

I hope you all had a great summer and that life is treating you well here at the edge of fall. I just wanted to point out and explain the new link you may have seen on your “My VB” page, which is titled “Trusted Partners.”

Trusted Partners Nav

We had a similar page on VB2, so this isn’t a new idea, but we’re excited about this addition to VB3 because we’ve had some time to develop relationships with other sites that don’t just offer more of the same. So we’re kicking off our Trusted Partners page with a few offerings from the MetArt network: MetArt, SexArt and The Life Erotic. I believe that if you take a look at what they have, you’ll find it’s different from, and complimentary to, what we provide. We also know that the folks at MetArt will treat you right.

That last point cannot be overstated. We pride ourselves on conducting our business with integrity and treating our customers as valued members deserving of the best service we can provide. Many of you have come to trust us and have experienced excellent service from our Customer Support team, and we are only going to offer you deals and discounts from sites whose staff will treat you the same way we would.

Trusted Partners Page

There will be more sites added in the weeks and months to come. We hope you will check the Trusted Partners page now and then, and will find something that you enjoy. And, if you feel strongly against seeing promotions on VB, please remember that you don’t have to look at the page if you really don’t want to. But of course I encourage you to take a look; I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.

Cheers,
Bob

Big Site Update Today

Hey VideoBoxers,

As some of you may have noticed, we launched a major update to VideoBox today. Most of the changes are on the back end, but here’s a list of new things you’ll see at www.videobox.com that we think you’ll love. It’s not a complete list, mind you — you may find some other gems as you click around. There will be more to come, and we know there may be some items in need of polish; more on that after the list.

  • Category and Tag Filters: when you’re logged in, they’re on the left side of the results pages, and by popular demand, you can choose categories to exclude from your results set for DVDs and scenes!
  • Profile Pages: if you click a fellow user’s name or avatar on a comment, or in the tooltip for a clip, you’ll be taken to their profile page where you’ll see their stats and a list of all the comments they’ve made. From there you can jump to a page of all the clips they’ve created, or all the content they’ve rated, grouped into DVDs, scenes and clips.

  • Search: this now works the same as VB2, including a drop-down list to narrow your search, and it also has auto-complete for when you’re looking for something specific or which includes some portion of text that you already know.

  • Avatar Picker: yes, you can now change your avatar from the auto-assigned one you have now to one of the 5,000 options we’ve pre-loaded! The “My Profile” link on the left nav of the “My VB3″ page takes you to your own comments and stats, and it has a link at the top to “Edit Your Profile” where you can choose a new avatar image and update your stats as well.

We know that some of this will change over time as we all use the site and as we incorporate your feedback and suggestions. We’re also aware that there may be items that didn’t translate exactly from our previous tech stack to this one: some pages might be slower than they were before, or display differently than they used to. I can assure you that we’re looking for those kinds of things, and if we know of an issue, we’re working on it. Please let us know in the comments below or on the Contact Us page if you find things that aren’t working right, or that you think could be improved. We are always grateful for your input, as it helps us serve you better.

Ultimately, we hope you enjoy this update and look forward to the changes to come. It’s a great feeling to know that we can now act more quickly and easily on bugs and new features.

Enjoy,
Bob

Star Search Fixed

Status Update On Search:

Just wanted folks to know that the broken Star Search has been fixed. There are still lots of search issues that need to be fixed. We know it. You know it. Please feel free to comment on specific search issues you are having here on the blog. The more helpful and courteous you are the more likely we can spin out some quick fixes. OK…..go!

Re-Launch of VB3

A few months ago, we released the first version of VB3. And while some liked the powerful new features of VB3, we also received negative feedback on how the new site broke familiar patterns people had grown accustomed to on the current version of VideoBox.

Well, we listened to your feedback. We’ve redesigned and simplified large sections of VB3. Please take a look, and let us know your thoughts.


Try the new VB3



Overview of the changes


  • We simplified the Movie, Scene and Clip pages, making them look more like they do on the current VideoBox.
  • We made the movie detail page look more like it does on the current VideoBox, and brought back 6 large preview thumbnails.
  • We added a new way to browse called “Flow Mode”. Try it, you might like it :)


But what did you take away?

We took away some power user features in the interest of simplicity and familiarity with the current VideoBox. In particular, we removed:

  • The preview player on the top left portion of the Movie, Scene and Clip pages. This player broke the convention that “clicking on a thumbnail leads to the movie playing”.
  • The chicklets above each piece of content.
  • We removed the elements in the footer that allowed you to customize the look of the browse page as well as access your Stash (formerly called Favorites.)
  • The “Customize my VB” button. This button was never implemented, and as we dug deeper into the work required to allow customers to filter out certain types of content, we realized it was a very complex feature to build. We may bring it back in the future.


What’s next?

Some upcoming changes include

  • Ability to “flow mode” your stash.
  • Page to view comments and public stash of other users (as exists in current VideoBox).
  • New mobile site.
  • Improved Roku app.


So please try out the new version of VideoBox. Let us know what you think. And enjoy the two new channels (Kink and Reality Kings).

Thanks,

Josh


Try the new VB3

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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

Clips Gets an Upgrade

Along with the new playlist functionality, VideoBox added some options to Clips yesterday that I think are a nice upgrade to an already cool feature.

If you haven’t tried out Clips yet, you can check out my quick guide to how to use them to get up to speed. For those already familiar with the feature, you may have noticed two new options when you create a Clip: Select a List for This Clip and Select an Image for This Clip.

As you may already know, you can make favorites lists for your Clips the same way you can for scenes and DVDs. Now, when you create a clip, you can add it directly to the list(s) of your choice – which means you can make a custom playlist of clips for your viewing pleasure.
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New Feature Guide: Playlists

You may notice some new features on the right sidebar when you watch a Flash video today. VideoBox has added a new module that will allow you to make playlists, change their order, loop them and more.

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I, like many of you, have wanted this kind of functionality for a long time. So I’m really excited that the VideoBox developers were able to make it happen. Read on for an explanation of how everything works and what you can do with it.

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Let’s Share Clips! How to Make Your Own

I’ll admit it. I can be kind of a luddite about newfangled technology and when I first heard about the new Clips feature on VideoBox, I wasn’t very interested in checking it out. But once I gave it a shot, I realized that this thing is really cool.

I looked at the kinds of titles and tags folks are using and made a couple dozen clips of my own. I even made some new tags like female orgasm and flexible that blog readers have expressed enthusiasm for in the past. Others like oral creampie and finisher are already there, slowly being built up.

But I know that we all have tons of favorites we can make into clips and add to the pool, so I put together a brief how-to below for folks who haven’t tried the feature yet or want a few tips on how to do it. I think the readers of this blog have been waiting a long time for a way to share our clips with one another and I’d love it if you’d all post a link to your own profile in the comments.

Making Your Own Clips
1. Find a scene with some interesting action. I chose Who’s That Girl #2, Scene 1 because Lindsey Meadows finishes Vince Vouyer with an oral creampie.

2. Click the filmstrip where you want your clip to begin and drag to where you want it to end. You can adjust your choice by moving the tabs on either side of the clip forwards or backwards.

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New Feature: Embed any VB scene to your site or blog!

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I am happy to announce that we just added the ability for you to embed any VideoBox scene to your website or blog.

 

To give you a taste, I have embedded above the most popular scene for this week.

 

Why would I use this?

 

Let’s say that you really like a scene. Well, if you have your blog or a website, you can now stream scenes from the VideoBox library right on your site/blog.

 

There are almost 40,000 scenes available to be embedded. You can embed the scene, write about it and show it to your friends.

 

The benefit for VideoBox is that we get potential users to click through the embedded videos and check out VideoBox.

 

How does it work?

 

To embed a scene on your website:

  • Find the scene and go to the video streaming page. Scroll down and you find the link to embed.
  • Copy the link and paste it into your web page. Or paste it in your blog. Then, save and test the page to make sure it works.

 
Your scene will now stream. You can even watch it full screen!

 

When you click on the player, you navigate to VideoBox and can see all the details about the scene, including title, performers, studio and comments.

 

That’s it! Let us know what you think.

 

One caveat: because of licensing agreements, the embed link is not available on scenes from premium channels.

 

Coming Soon

 

Anticipated additions include:

 

1. Ability to embed specific parts of scenes.

 

2. Embedded video to include more features, such as search, related scenes, and information about the video.

 

3. More options to customize embedded player size and styles.

 

Please let us know what you think of this new addition.

 

Thanks!