Today's review is of Pornstar Tryouts. This is a "reality" hardcore site. The gimmick is that they have the girls come in for modeling and then convince them to do porn instead. Right off the bat, the first model on the tour is actual pornstar Bree Olson - what would the world do without fake reality sites? The tour claims DVD-quality videos in multiple sizes, access to over 2,000 downloadable DVDs and 3 million photos, and 120 bonus sites. So let's see how they stack up.
The members area is very generic and filled to the rafters with links, links, and more links. In fact, there's too many links since nearly all of them go to network content rather than our site's specific porn, so it's confusing to click "videos" or "pictures" and be greeted by other content instead - "featured series" is actually what we're looking for. There's navigation links at the top, left, and bottom of each page. The site is partially flash, it works ok but each page takes an extra beat or more to load, and sometimes your browser's "back" button takes you further than you expect. There are no ads though.
The models are a mixed group, some are fairly attractive while others are just ok, more are small-cheated while a few have decent-sized tits, and a number have that porn-girl look but some are fairly fresh-faced. The action starts with an interview, then a little modeling, get them into new outfits, then having the girl strip, play with herself, and finally have sex. Some are set in an office, others just an apartment. The amateur aspect is pretty forced, the earlier vids stick to it pretty well and drag out the concept but the newer vids pay it only lip service to get down to the sex. The videos run around 30 to 45 minutes each.
There are 23 videos on this particular site. The episodes are dated and it appears they've stopped updating these several months ago.
Videos are offered in Flash in-browser streaming video, and download-only WMV, MP4 for iPod, and an AVI that requires a codec. The largest video is the WMV at 480x360 and about 1064kbps bitrate, it can go double-size without looking too bad, but it's not really DVD quality. The Flash vids are 400x280, and with these you can move the slider ahead or back and it will cue up to that scene instead of making you wait till the whole video loads.
The videos look alright, not great though. Clarity is a little soft and the image a bit flat, but the scenes are well-lit. They're shot with a camcorder and they move like such which fits with the amateur theme they're going for. The Flash videos' image is a tad more digitized than the WMV format. The sound is turned way down on these, if you turn up your PC volume though there is enough pickup for the action and dialogue.
Each episode also has a photo set, so that's 23 picture galleries. The galleries have around 225 to 375 photos per set. The photos are 533x800 and about 125kb a piece. These pics are alright but again, not great. Most are clear, but some aren't well-focused, composition is pretty basic, and they're kinda flat and amateurish. However, they do capture the action separately from the vids - so they're "good enough", if not actually "good".
Bonuses start with access to the entire network's content which updates every day. Here you'll find 11,659 video scenes across various porn niches - 227 of which are other amateur vids - as well as 23,433 picture sets with over 2.5 million photos. There's also access to 100 bonus sites of various categories. And there's access to some live cams sites.
The first negative is no new updates; this seems to be an abandoned site. Also, there's only 1 size of WMV video and it's meant only for download, and as a single movie file so you have to download 200 to 500mb files if you want to watch the movie in a superior format rather than sit through the less impressive but more accessible Flash version. The members area is also way too generic, concentrated on the network's entire content far more than this particular site's, and the flash-based pages can be somewhat annoying when they stall. The photos are displayed in an annoying flash pop-over as well.
Pornstar Tryouts isn't a great site, but it's not terrible either. There are some issues with the members area and the site no longer updates, but there are 23 episodes with full-length videos and photo galleries, both of which are alright quality. The site also offers tons of bonus content which updates daily. Bottom line, it does have issues but it does have some content too, so Pornstar Tryouts gets a mild recommendation, it might be worth checking out.