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OneMan (27) 01-12-07  08:43am
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Problems with Video Quality For Me

I joined this site on BestPorn's recommendation, but maybe it's my eyes or my software -although all my media players codecs etc are up to date - but I found all the videos rather "jerky".

Using a video analysis tool, it appears that all the videos have been recoded from NTSC to PAL. As a result 5 frames appear to be missing from every second of all their videos ! You see the original DVD's from which they are ripped - were in NTSC - 29.9 fps. But the resulting wmv's are 25 fps. Go figure. It may explain why they were able to offer the site so cheaply ? But they seem to be doing the same with the "newer" higher-def versions - so I guess the people transcoding the originals are still doing it the same way - one question to them - why ? !

For me however, they just ain't smooth - I have had no such problems with videos from any other site - so I cancelled my membership and that was that!

What I don't get is why just about every site on the web prases Videobox so highly. Maybe it is my eyes ?? !! - I'm off to the opthalmist - just in case !

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Hey OneMan,

This is VERY strange, and I'm guessing it's a video codec issue or something technical.

I use Videobox myself quite often and all the videos are high quality and play great!! The DVD res vids (2-3k bit-rate) sometimes take a few seconds to start playing (windows media player freezes) since they're so large, but when they do play the quality is AWESOME!

I hope you find the issue. I'll try to also get someone from Videobox to check your comment and maybe they can explain some of the facts you brought up.

Thanks man!

01-12-07  10:38am

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OneMan (27) REPLY TO #1 - Rick :

No Probs.

As I said, it may just be me, but it is the ONLY site I have ever had problems with - perhaps they use an unusual codec which conflicts with some drivers on my specific system. These things happen sometimes !


01-12-07  12:43pm

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Jerry2414 (4) Agreed, the video quality is very inconsistent. I also get some jerky videos, but this is probably a result of DEINTERLACING. They probably don't have much time to do a good job so they put it through your basic bobber or worse, rely on their windows media encoding software to do the job for them.

All videos have a "soft" feel to them, a result of using WMV... though some HD sites look great in WMV (InFocus Girls for example).

The problem is that each DVD has different interlacing; PAL, NTSC, totally interlaced, etc.

The interlacing, if done inadequately, can lead to soft image, jerkiness, etc.

You get a lot of porn for your money, but i'm going to pass for next month. For that price, everybody should at least try it.

01-18-07  05:16am

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videobox (11)
This is Mike at VideoBox. We've been looking into the problems described here and are having difficulty replicating them. While we continue to investigate, I'd like to assure all of our users that we are committed to offer the highest quality encodes to our users we were one of the first sites to put up DVD res videos. As part of our ongoing drive for quality, we are currently implementing a major overhaul of our encoding process and in the coming months will be making new formats available. Stay tuned for our new site launch in late March, we think you will be as excited as we are.



01-30-07  04:38pm

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