Any video released with video number higher than 2088 (Rydell & Vander) has been shot on new 4K cameras at 60fps (Frame Per Second).
Members may have noticed the larger video size files on the 1080p and 720p downloads, and this is because the videos have twice as many frames. I am only releasing the videos in 1080p at 60fps, and not in the full 4K because a typical 4K video is about a 6GB download. As internet speeds increase, I will add them to the download area.
Despite most mobile phones and action cameras being able to shoot 4K video, there is often a limit for how long you can shoot, and battery consumption is fast. There are a handful of professional 4K cameras on the market, and I was waiting for just the right ones to come along, at the right price!
At the end of 2017, I started using them. I normally shoot with three to four cameras, so it was quite an investment in equipment. Between new computers to edit 4K multi-cam video, to the storage demands of a typical video project (About 160GB), I literally blew my wad on hardware updates.
The new cameras are not perfect, but over all, they meet the needs and demands for shooting in the ChaosMen video style.
I hope you all have noticed the increased clarity as well as the extra frames that give the cum shots extra detail!
New Video Player!
Over the last year, A few members have found that they could not stream anymore. I would get angry letters accusing me of changing something. We have been using the same player for about 3 years.
Unfortunately, browser makers like Chrome and Firefox, have been phasing out Flash, or some of the Flash features. Web browsers get updated automatically, often disabling Flash. In the dead of night, your browser gets updated.
We had Flash as our primary player, and several other types of players as fall over if Flash failed. Sometimes, a member’s browser would get updated, then streaming would fail to try the next player and just not stream. Activating Flash again on the member’s browser would solve this issue. But it was frustrating for members who had Flash installed, but it had been unknowingly deactivated by their browser maker.
Clearly, Flash is being driven out of production by the browser market. Flash will simply not be an option any longer.
Last week, we updated the primary player to FlowPlayer, using HTML5. This is going to be the industry standard… for now.
The roll-out went smooth, and we got some feedback on features that were missing or needed tweaking. Big thank-you to those that helped troubleshoot! The team at Red Apple Media did all the labor, and helped make the player look spiffy.
I am really happy with the new player. We still have the Pop Out feature so you can resize your streaming window to whatever size you wish.
There is also better integration with Apple’s AirPlay for streaming to other devices such as an AppleTV. Though, I am not going to vouch for the streaming quality on a 72-inch TV! For that, you really should download the 1080p file, add to your iTunes library, and stream to your AppleTV.
But the biggest change is something you should not even notice. It is just more compatible with all the various operating systems. From Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and then each having different web browsers like IE, Chrome, FireFox, Safari and Opera, it is much harder to find a video player that meets all their various peculiarities.
So hopefully, you aren’t noticing anything and it is working perfect for the majority of viewers.
Finally, we are working hard on having scrubbing thumbnails. I love being able to scrub along the timeline and see a preview of the action. Most video sites have this, but it does take generating those thumbnails when you upload the video.
Basically, we have to go back and create millions of little thumbnails on over 2000 videos. We are hoping to automate that of course, but I might spend my evenings trying to update 10 years of videos.
I know this is a boring tech-filled update, but I am excited with the higher quality of the cameras and the video player!
This week we have noticed slow/buffered streaming and interrupted downloads. We see some hardware I/O issues and have spent the last couple days porting to new servers. This weekend, you may notice continued slowness and occasionally the site will be down as we move to all new hardware. We have to make sure the new OS is compatible with the content management services that run the site. I apologize for all the hiccups, but over the years whenever the site has had issues, it usually means we will have overall improvements in speed, storage, and access. We just keep growing!
As a “Thank-Ya’ll” to the members who have supported Team Chaos throughout the year, I try to double the output for the 3 holidays coming in the next 3 months.
I figure many people have days-off, need a little escape from holiday madness, or perhaps a spiffy new computer or device to watch video on. It has gotten a lot harder to pull-these marathons off. Mostly because I have been airing 4 videos per week, so been airing pretty much everything I have.
Tubesites, torrents, and even Tumblr have wreaked havoc on the industry, and ChaosMen is no exception. It is very hard to get people to pull their wallets out and actually pay for porn these days, so me and models are doubly thankful to all you members who continue to support them. Not sure how long I can keep doing 4 releases a week. My goal was to try to have something everyday for you all to come see, but at the price point I am at, it has been tough to pull-off.
Regardless, I am still moving forward full-tilt with the Marathons. I likely say this every year, but it is one of the best I have had. I literally filmed each video specifically for the Marathons. Yeah, there are a few clunkers in there, but overall, the quality and the guys are amazing! Lots of new faces too, and some of the more recent guys (Braxton & Kellan) will be making some full-interactive appearances.
Now I have to pay for all these videos, so I am hoping that a little sale will help pull previous members back, as well as generate some new fans.
Since the Marathons span 3 months, I put the 3 month membership on sale. It is $10 off the regular price. Ok, ok, so it may not be a huge savings, but it is rather expensive to put all this together, plus I don’t want to make current members too jealous! The sale will run until December 31st, 2013.
That is over 50 videos for $49.95. Come on! That’s less than a buck a video!
If you join today, October 3rd, your membership will encompass the entire Marathon season. Of course if you join after, then your membership goes beyond the New Year, and still get all the vids.
Monster Cock Week – Halloween Week Marathon!
What would Monster Cock week be without Vander making an appearance!? Vander will be on hiatus for a couple months, as he is starting grad school and getting working for his Doctorate. Yeah, hunky, hung AND smart! Triple threat”
I have a few videos of him to air while he figures out his schedule, and he will be back, so you “Fanders” don’t need to worry. You all got him through his undergraduate, but we are figuring out how demanding his grad school program will be.
This year I bring on a couple new faces as well. Troi is now part of Team Chaos, and his videos will start airing the week of Halloween. Apollo will also have a couple videos, each giving beer cans and remotes a run for the money!
This marathon mostly contains solos and orals, but Vander will be sitting on Troi’s giant cock as well!
Giblets and Butt-Stuffing – Thanksgiving Week Marathon
I amp’d up the Butt-stuffing portions on this Marathon with 3 heaping helpings of sex films that week. New guy Kellan stuffs perennial favorite Solomon. And there should be a nice Edge video in there as well.
2013 Holiday Marathon
This is the longest Marathon with the most variety. From Edge, RAW, Massage Service and an amazing TagTeam with Gavin, Jet and Cooper Reed taking it up the bum in his first appearance on ChaosMen!
Every night I would set aside an hour to get 30-100 videos added to the shopping cart. Kinda slow to go on my own, but I believe I have enough online to make the official announcement.
I currently release about 16-20 videos per month on the site. With membership at $19.95 for recurring members, I am hoping everyone sees what a great deal that is. Pretty sure no other “boutique” amateur site does as many releases.
With these new 1080p .h264 (MP4) formatted videos, I knew I could not afford to add them as part of a regular membership. With the file sizes so large, I figured Collectors would be the ones who wanted these super high quality versions. Regular memberships still get the lower quality 720p HD, and those that want the ultimate quality/size could do them à la carte at BuyChaosMen.com. Director’s Cuts are available as well, and I added them at the BuyChaosMen.com to not run afoul of any of the Payment processors who take exception to fetish content.
I haven’t decided if I want to put the most current releases up, as of course my bread and butter comes from memberships. So for now, the collection online truly is for those that want the best quality of previously released videos.
I tend to think of videos in sets of 100, since I number the videos as I go. I got videos 500 to 1199 uplaoded and ready to go, with larger CamCaps and all with previews. Videos 1200 and higher are currently airing on ChaosMen.com. Not sure if that is the best way for shoppers to find their favorite videos, but if you do a search on a model’s name, or search for a theme, you should find a collection of that model or theme fairly easily.
If the demand is good, and people want say, ALL the EDGE videos, I can go back and start adding the 200-400 series. Anything before that was shot in Standard Definition. It is hard to believe that I was one of the first sites shooting in HD, and most of my collection can be released in full HD.
This has been a long process, but it has been worth it because I am working to update ChaosMen.com with larger previews and preview images. So going back and reformatting the CamCap previews needed to be done will be time well-spent. With almost 1300 videos shot, I have a shit ton of images to re-size and re-format. The site has become a beast!
Currently, members can get a $1.00 on each video download by using a promo code, so be sure to log into the Member Zone to get the code!
I thought I would do a bunch of updates to the ChaosXplained blog. A great deal has been going on behind the scenes, and much of it will be rolling out over the next month or so.
If you haven’t joined the site lately, well now is the best time ever. I have a slew of amazing videos airing! I am very proud of recent updates. The guys have been pushing their limits and performing awesome.
I am trying my best to convince everyone to pull out their wallet and actually pay for a membership. Seems like the tube site thing has really taken a hold. I am pushing my own limits by trying to do 4-5 releases each week. Not sure I can keep the pace up, but I am trying to make sure that most days you visit the site, you will have something fun to look at.
Overall, the reaction has been awesome! Slick solos are nice, but of course many find a more voyeuristic approach to watching a guy get off, or put on a show in his own space a bit more titillating. I have only filmed 4-5 of these before committing the time and resources to something that might not go over well. But so far the reaction has encouraged me to do more.
Ransom is heading up the filming of these. We are looking for guys who want to film themselves in their own home. They have to have a HD camera, and really want to show off. These are lower budget videos, so I am not expecting the lighting, white balance and focus to be on the mark. They will definitely have a more gritty raw feeling.
I plan on working with guys who only will do a peep video, guys that might start off doing a peep video and move on to more, and my current group of guys are interested in filming at home as well.
So I have had a couple guys film themselves in other states, but if they are local, Ransom has been showing up with some Cams, giving them some tips and instructions on how to use the cameras, then he leaves and lets them have it. This method is has been a lot easier than guys in other states submitting their stuff. Paperwork, transfer of the vids, and even finding private personal time/place has been an ongoing challenge.
Look for more of these vids in the coming week, and if you like these videos, please go online and spread the word about your favorite ChaosMen vids!
YEP! THINGS ARE HARD!
It is that time of year again where I try to give everyone more bang for their porn budget!
This Yearly Summary is a bit preachy, so sorry in advance!
Things have definitely tightened up this year. Piracy via tube sites, Twitter, and Tumblr, as well as the poor economy have made it super hard to keep the pace I have set for the site.
These people who share full-length scenes are killing the industry that they seem to love so much. They are killing it faster than any super conservative could ever do.
I am not saying ChaosMen is going to crash and burn anytime soon, but you may have noticed a crap ton of sites have “50 Percent” sales, as well as “Join for a $1” type of promotions to get paying members back in the door. That is no coincidence.
The writing is on the wall guys.
It is time to encourage friends and fellow porn aficionados to stop pirating porn. Everyone loves free stuff on a tube site, but chances are very good that if it is a studio-based porn, it was not uploaded for free by the studio itself. Viewers may not upload the videos, and likely gloss over the fact that it is likely stolen, but every view is a chip away at our ability to create new content.
Free stuff is great, but many boutique sites can not keep pace with the volume of piracy.
Tube sites SHOULD be about people uploading their own homemade porn, or even sneak previews of videos. I have two anti-piracy companies doing their best to try to remove it as fast as it is posted, but the pace is astounding. Tumblr seems to be the latest trend in swapping full-length videos, increasing astronomically how often a video is shared.
PORN IS EXPENSIVE!
What would it take to get you to do porn? How much would it take for you to have sex with someone you are not attracted to? Be sure to include in the estimate missing two or more days of work and/or school due to travel time. Maybe you wouldn’t charge much if you love porn or cock a bunch, but most guys are not performing with scene partners that are their first choice. If they are going to put their private parts online, they usually expect to be compensated a decent amount.
I have always loved doing what I am doing because it impacts the performer’s lives. They could make some good money, get on top of their issues and stabilize their lives. I have seen many Blog sites talk about the depressed industry and models not being up to snuff, well, I believe we are all seeing what lower budgets do to the industry. My guess is by 2015-16 there will be very little porn being produced. Why make it when it just ends up on a tube site or being shared? For that matter, why buy it when it is out there for free?
It is very expensive to make porn. Take “Travel” for example.
I book all my model’s travel on a credit card that gives me points. It is the only thing I place on this credit card. I am not a big fan of credit cards. I am more of a “do without until you can pay cash” kinda guy. But I can get a free flight now and then by booking on the card. Since it is all on one card, it really shows how much I spend on Travel each month.
Last month, my travel bill was over $10,000! Yep! 10K! And that was just for air travel/hotel. Sure I could try to find more local models, but any producer will tell you that you have to go far and wide to keep finding new guys to do adult work. A typical ticket costs $500-600 these days, so that is roughly 20 flights. With two performers in every scene, that is 10 videos. I air 12-15 videos each month. So you can see how it adds up and why I do so few 3-ways or group stuff. Just because I add more players into a video, does not increase sales, but eats into the profit. It is just a matter of math.
I have tried to get guys to perform in more than one scene while here, but I have found the guy’s performance is not great after the first video. They get tired, have less than stellar cumshots. Assembly line shoots are very noticeable in the final product. Jury is still out on marathon shooting spree. My gut tells me it is better to space them out to keep the guys fresh
THANK YOU LOYAL PAYING FANS!
Ok, so I am likely preaching to the choir on this. If you are reading this, it is likely you are already a member of ChaosMen, or have joined at least once this year. THANK YOU! I can’t do this without you! I can’t pay the travel bills, the models, heat, electricity, server storage, bandwidth, gadgets/equipment….LUBE!! with out you loyal members!
Many sites have been having sales. I even had a small one for the 3 marathons that aired this last part of the year. But I am not a big fan of sales because it rewards Non-Members and not your loyal already Paying Members.
So I have always worked hard to double or triple the output of videos a couple times a year to not only encourage new members to join, but to reward current paying members with some extra treats. A 50% Off Sale doesn’t reward current members.
I started slowly with a Halloween Marathon, ramped it up some more for the T-Day Marathon, and have really blown it out for the Holiday Marathon. There are some amazingly hot videos coming out at the end of December 2012!
Before I give you some sneak peeks a few of the videos airing, I do want to thank you for reading this post, but also for sticking with me, especially when I know members have tight budgets as well as plainly seeing there is plenty of pirated material to consume.
Your continued support is totally appreciated and once again, I hope these marathons are a great way for me to thank you for your continued support.
Keep bucking the trend and helping the industry that gives you so much enjoyment and will keep the guys cumming!
Ok, so they are “just” the banners that will run during the 3 upcoming holiday marathons. They do give a little Sneak Peek at a few of the videos, and a little insight into the Name Those Cocks image that I tweeted a couple months back.
I have been doing these Marathons for many years, and of course I think each year gets better! Oh sure, there are some not-so-great “clear them off the shelves” releases, but nowadays, I plan far far ahead and shoot videos specifically for these Marathons. I also try not to give away too many sneak peeks as it is like opening presents too early.
But this should get ya’ll excited during the “off” about spending some quality time alone (or with a buddy or three!) during the “off” season!
I took a couple photos of Tatum between filming yesterday. He sure does look happy!
This week two videos air of him. One with Sinclair doing a Serviced video and then a Bossy video with Solomon on Friday. I thought the two videos book-ended each other nicely so I am airing them in succession.