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Teen Euro #4 – Duplicate Title

oops2Hey Videoboxers,

I just wanted to let you guys know that we are aware that Teen Euro #4 (released 12-09-10 at 5:00am) is a duplicate release. To make up for this we will be releasing an additional title at noon today. We apologize for the inconvenience, sit tight and we’ll have another title up for you guys shortly!

- Phil

Where’s My Audio?

Hey Videoboxers,

Phil here with a quick update about WMV files with no audio. I’m happy to report that we’ve found a solution to this issue, and all known files affected by this are currently being re-encoded. We traced this problem down to a new codec pack that we’ve installed on our encoding hosts, which started causing the issue with WMV. Fortunately, H.264 files are not affected. We expect the re-encode to be completed in the next couple of days. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for reporting these issues to Customer Support.


- Phil



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

Vote in the Miss FreeOnes 2010 Competition


FreeOnes is the biggest, most comprehensive babe site on the web, hands down. While the site is a good way to find new girls, their annual Miss FreeOnes contest is about choosing the girls you already know and like.

Voting started on January 1st and they’ve narrowed the field down to 50 porn star/web model types. The upshot is that the girl who wins gets $10,000 and fans can win a 3-day trip to LA and an invite to a FreeOnes party (which are usually crawling with porn stars).

The final 50 seem to be a good mix of established porn chicks with a few I’ve never heard of and some web girls mixed in. There are two ballots: one that’s just a list of names and one with photos of the girls. I wish I’d started voting sooner because a lot of the girls I like didn’t make the cut, but I managed to find a few that I’ll be supporting in round 2. Round 3 starts in March and round 4 concludes at the end of the month with a winner.

So support your favorite girl(s). You might help them win ten grand and get yourself a free trip to LA in the process. And when you meet them at that party, you can tell them how instrumental you were to their success. (Bree Olson is already promising blowjobs…)

Your Picks for the AVN Awards

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Happy New Year, everyone! With the start of every new year comes the Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards in Las Vegas. The award show is next Saturday and while there are approximately 10 zillion awards and nominees, who wins Best Seven-Person All Girl Sex Scene Involving a Dairy Product in a Classroom really doesn’t interest me. I’m most interested in the star-focused awards and I want to know who you guys think will win these two:

Best Actress

Total Voters: 744

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Alison is sick

Just got a message from Alison apologizing for no post today. Apparently she has come down with a really bad case of food poisoning from lunch today. She said she will make her post as soon as she gets well.

VideoBox Interviews: Lexi Love

Lexi Love is a pornstar powerhouse: super adorable, authentically nasty and totally real. You can tell from watching her scenes that she is loving every second of it and I enjoyed every second of our interview.



The audio’s spotty, but the transcript of the interview is below for your reading pleasure:

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A Note from My Sickbed

Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t abandoned you, I’m just really sick. I’m also having a person with far more audio manipulation skills look at the Jada Fire interview before I post it. A big thanks to Ropeadope for posting in my absence.

- Alison

This Week’s Finishers Returns

I’ve finally gotten back into the swing of things around here enough to bring back this much beloved weekly feature. Enjoy.

Evelyn Lin
The Babysitter #25, Scene 4 starring Evelyn Lin

Evelyn Lin jumps off this Werewolf/Yeti thing and scores an oral creampie. Watch at your own risk.
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Filthy Fuckers First Time Amateurs, Scene 2

No idea who this girl is but she’s cute. And her stroking/tongue technique eventually pays off.

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Porn Star Boob Jobs: Before and After

I’ve been thinking about porn stars and their boob jobs. I’m not generally in favor, but I don’t intend this post to make any particular point about plastic surgery. It’s just interesting to me to look at the before and afters photos. I always wonder if they’re happy with their new boobs.

Teagan Presley
Teagan Presley Natural Tits Teagan Presley After Boob Job

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