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When you have video size options (1200 pixels, 800 pixels or 480 or smaller, etc.) to choose from, what do you usually do when downloading?

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Submitted by Wittyguy (105)
Always take highest quality 63% 34 Votes
Middle of the road levels 19% 10 Votes
Low end stuff mostly 2% 1 Votes
Varies, depends on content 17% 9 Votes

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54 Votes Total

Jan 29, 2010

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badandy400 (103) There is no reason to take the smaller stuff, usually. There are some people who artificially make the videos larger which makes a larger files size, but it is really hard to tell this without downloading them first anyway and comparing. For me personally, I take the biggest and best I can find. No sense in wasting time with lower quality. It is not like I have a history of downloading sparingly! :)
01-29-10  01:52am

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Drooler (220) My first thought is to take the highest quality, but sometimes I notice "diminishing returns" and I'll go as low as 640x480 (or close, depending on what they offer).

Example, but with bitrate differences, not dimensions: I noticed a slight improvement in quality in FuckedHard18 vids when comparing 3000kpbs vs. 1500 (or close to that). There was no difference in dimensions. Took the lower but still acceptable bitrate to speed up downloading and use less storage space.

But if it was of a babe I was really keen on, 3000!

01-29-10  02:00am

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Torn4do (13) I chose "varies, depends on content". And I'd also like to add: depends on available choices. If the best resolution I can get is a mediocre wmv, then I'll choose that 'highest one' available. On the other hand if let's say it's a niche content, and they have full HD resolutions but I want to be able to watch it rather quickly, then I'll just go with something regular.

To me very high quality videos (and pictures) come into the picture when I'm looking at softcore stuff for their beauty - then it's the perfect compliment to watch them in the highest available quality.

01-29-10  03:16am

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Denner (235) Three items here: Viewing quality, use of space and download-time.
Guess everybody into videos want good viewing quality - but some sites/producers makes unnecessary large files - In The Crack, for one: 2-3 Gb for a 15-20 minutes clip. Crisp, for sure - BUT other producers can make the same viewing quality at much less: 300-600 Mb.
Even the ol' Twistys have started doing too large files (no need).

Nobody want to watch video-clips like they were ten years ago - but today 'crisp' is many things - and the HD-announcement does not always mean HD in that viewing quality...

When a favorite turns up, I always grab the top, but many are the times where I download for exampel that 1500kpbs AND the 3000 - and cannot tell no difference at the screen.

BTW: Good poll - and I hope some siteowners take a look..and consider modifying.

01-29-10  04:44am

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Capn (28) Not much into vids, but if it is something to make an exception for, I'll take it in the highest quality available.

Cap'n. :0)

01-29-10  06:45am

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turboshaft (24) Without question, the absolute highest quality option available!
01-29-10  09:31am

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lk2fireone (196) I normally take the highest quality when downloading pic sets and vids. But if I was more careful of my hard drive space, I would probably check the quality issue more closely, to see if the "lower quality" stuff appeared to be lower quality when viewing it. When I have checked photos, "higher" versus "medium" versus "lower" quality" on my monitor, I sometimes realize that I can not tell the difference between the 3 qualities on my monitor. So why waste the extra space on the high quality?
And the high quality keeps getting larger and larger. Back in the 1990s, a nice quality picture could be 20-100 Kb or less. Today a high quality pic from Met-art or other sites can be 1-2 Mb or more, which I think is ridiculous. And even though hard drives keep getting bigger and bigger (not in size, but in capacity), I don't want to keep buying more external hard drives just because the new pix and vids keep getting bigger and bigger.

01-29-10  11:36am

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Wittyguy (105) I take the Luddite position here on my own poll and say that I mainly take low end vids. Why? 1) I'm more of a pic guy than a vid guy so I don't care as much; 2) Presently I can't afford to be out buying a bunch of external drives to fill up with vids so there's that; 3) I only watch vids on my computer and I'm not running a monster 24" monitor so small works. 4) Cause I'm a cheap bastard I tend to join sites on a trial basis and so with limited time its just faster to download the smaller vids.

About the only exceptions I make are for really hot scenes where I'll then go big.

01-29-10  11:57am

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Reg Berkeley (10)
The video size makes no difference. It is just the default screen size when the video plays.

Bit rate is what matters. That dictates the quality of the file relative to the source material.

01-29-10  12:18pm

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uscue (39) If downloading, I pick whichever size culminates in the file size I'm willing to take. I.E., at Brazzers I take whatever the smallest file size file is. At Videobox, I take "High" but not "DVD".
01-29-10  12:44pm

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lk2fireone (196) Edit on the file size of newer "hi-quality" pix size. I'm looking at a new photo set where the individual pix are 4+ MB. I don't know what the technical advantage of such large-sized pictures is. But looking at the photos on my computer monitor, I can't understand the need for such large-sized photos. Maybe if I was looking at the photos on a big-screen TV I would see the difference in quality, and that's when I would understand the advantage of high- versus mid- versus low- quality pix. But just looking at the photos on a computer monitor, is there any advantage to downloading hi-resolution versus mid- or low- resolution pix?
01-29-10  01:02pm

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Lionheart (47) Highest Quality, better for editing you never know how big of screen the final video will be on
01-29-10  01:41pm

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #7 - lk2fireone :

I definitely agree photos are getting pretty big, especially when you consider the vast majority are 72ppi JPEGs (web standard, intended to reduce load times), which are still compressed files no matter how well they were shot or edited. I still spoil myself and go for the biggest sizes when they are available but sometimes sites fall short of my screen-filling demands. Like my recent subscription to SimonScans which is really surprising me in the size, or lack thereof, in its photos.
01-29-10  02:26pm

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PinkPanther (46) Downloading vids - I'll always take the largest - highest quality - option
01-29-10  06:01pm

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pat362 (373) I have no choice but to pick and choose the size of the videos because I have a maximum of 100G of alloted download space from my ISP. Anything above that amount and it gets very very expensive.
01-29-10  06:13pm

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anyonebutme (14) Generally download the largest. The exception is there just is not enough benefit in a 12mbps 1080p encode over a 6 or 8mbps 720p video for me to want to download the larger file, unless it is a scene with my fav girl of course.
01-30-10  08:52am

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