Pretty much anyone who's ever watched a porn movie has heard of Vivid Video. They're the folks who have the reputation for having the sexiest, most famous adult stars, often referred to as the Vivid Girls. Such porn superluminaries as Jenna Jameson, Briana Banks, Tera Patrick and Christy Canyon are a few among a virtual constellation of porn royalty who has worked with Vivid so I was pretty excited to get a chance to peek inside and visit their member area.
The Vivid menu at the top of the page and below it is access to a top selling video. On the left side of the page are a collection of banner ads selling DVDs, dildos, condoms and herbal supplements. The center of the page has a link to the featured Vivid Girl - who today is Tawny Roberts - and below is an ad for another website, a link to a movie, and more content as well as an ad for VOD. On the right are the latest updates. I admit I was a bit taken aback by the number and placement of the ads in the member area but a click on the MOVIES link on the top of the page whisked me away.
I found 7 Vivid movie categories listed leading to a huge amount of porn. There are currently a jaw-dropping 661 full feature movies inside Vivid Video as well as 240 behind the scenes videos. There are also blooper videos, videos of boxcover shoots, live show archives and audition videos. Last are coming attractions of soon-to-be-released Vivid movies. Not counting the coming attractions, there are over 1000 videos here and what makes it more impressive is that they are all Vivid videos, not leased or licensed movies like other huge sites use.
Each feature film was listed by title but also included the names of all the stars and a description of the action. There are also links for each movie that vary. The newer titles have links leading to a preview of the video, the movie link itself, photos from the movie and a link to the behind the scenes stuff. There is also a link to rent each movie. Older titles have less links, some only having links to watch movie and rent.
Most of the videos are available in 3 formats - WMV, Real and QuickTime in both high and low quality. They are shown at 320x240, which I found disappointing. The bitrate for the high movies is usually between 300 and 400 kbps, which isn't going to blow anyone away but is good enough to enjoy although I wouldn't try it at full screen. The low videos stream at around 50 kbps and are also shown at 32x0240. The movies are streaming only with no downloadable versions and full videos only with no clips offered. The sound on the videos is really good and the movies are quick to start playing.
Deciding which movies to watch is a bit of a challenge because there are so many of them. Luckily members can take their time and watch one or two a day if they like. Each one I checked out is over an hour and featured the hottest stars in the biz. Briana Banks getting DP'ed, Tera Patrick showing she likes sex rough, and Jenna Jameson showing the erotic skills and sexual energy that made her the most famous female pornstar ever!
Want to see all the girls and read about them? Just click the Vivid Girls link at the top of the page. You'll be taken to a page listing the girls by name with a preview thumb of her face shown. Click the Vivid Girl of your choice to be taken to her page. Some of the girls, like Sunny Leone, have a bio. Others include a profile where still others only have a couple sentences. Each has links to that particular girl's videos and pic sets. There are 61 Vivid Girls listed to whet your appetite and stimulate your libido including stars from the 80's like Barbara Dare and Christy Canyon, stars from the 90's like Devon and Asia Carrera and plenty of the newest stars, as well.
I enjoyed reading the bios and discovering that sexy Briana Banks used to be an insurance auditor before she went into porn and that Ashlyn Gere's favorite female star is Selena Steele, who was her first female sex experience.
In addition to tons of videos and lots of photo sets and star bios, Vivid members also get access to a collection of extras including video games, screen savers, 7 Vivid bonus sites including Nineteen.com and the Black Pack. There's also a For Women Only section that includes stories, movies for women or couples and a few pics each of the Men of Vivid.
The good news is that Vivid is huge! Members will find well over 600 hours of exclusive feature videos and hours more including amateurs and behind the scenes vids. While I could wish the movies were bigger, there's just no way to complain about the selection, which is awesome. In addition, members can browse and read about their favorite pornstars, because all the biggest names are here. In addition to Vivid pics and movies, members get access to Vivid Amateurs, Butt Hunger and the rest of Vivid's sister sites. While you will find more ads here than on the average site, there's just so much content that it's hard to complain. Vivid is a must see for all porn lovers!