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zeno303
04-08-2009, 12:48 PM
Zeno’s Warbird Video Drive-In Big April 2009 Newsletter

Hello World War 2 plane fans ---

You’re invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com (http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com) for this month’s Spring full house of WW2 combat documentary films playing over the Internet.

Just like the day we opened on July 15, 1997, all the World War II aircraft videos on our site are showing for free, for your viewing pleasure.

Now showing “At the Matinee” at Zeno's Drive-In
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The Story of the Black Cat PBYs. New revised edition with restored print. Exclusive: The identities of the previously undisclosed secret PBY base shown in this film and the names of the men who flew from it are now revealed for the first time in this new release. What was that mysterious plane swooping down out of the night sky on unsuspecting Japanese ships and bases, hundreds of miles from any known American airstrip? The answer was, as you'll see in this good humored, affectionate film, the slow, ungainly, but deadly "Black Cat" PBY. One of the least known stories of the war in the Pacific, these black painted PBY "VPB" ('Patrol Bombing") squadrons spread destruction and chaos far out of proportion to their relatively small numbers.
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Employment of Heavy Machine Guns in the Attack NEW In the popular mind, the machine gun is usually thought of as a supremely effective defensive weapon. This film shows tactics that can be used to make it a potent part of offensive operations. The featured weapon in the film is the Browning M-1917 water-cooled .30 caliber "heavy" machine gun, perhaps selected with the idea that if the big Browning could be lugged forward in an offensive, anything could be. (There is a good reason why those machine gunners are big, strong fellows) The film covers all aspects of offensive machine gun tactics through live action and illustrations, including enfilade and defilade fire, moving and placing your weapon in relation to the line of advance, and using a machine gun for indirect support fire. You'll also get a look at how a heavy machine gun platoon was organized and the different ways the Browning could be set up for different missions. German and American Automatic Weapons.
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Luftwaffe Finis This original documentary is composed of recently discovered color film of top Luftwaffe leaders and pilots taken as they fell into Allied hands at the end of World War II. See Reichsmarschall Herman Goering, commander of Luftwaffe fighter forces Adolf Galland, Stuka pilot & tank buster supreme Hans Rudel and many more. Captured aircraft are shown as well, including an Me 262, the first jet fighter, and an FW 190. These color images make history come alive.
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Bombers Over North Africa. This is a rare look at early war US Air Operations in North Africa. B-25 and B-17 bombers of the 321st and 97th Bomb Group help cut off Rommel's retreat from Tunisia. Part of the "North West African Strategic Air Force," these groups were initially tasked with preventing men and material from reaching the Afrika Korps, and later with preventing them from escaping. The missions for the day of this film were to strike from bases in Algeria at the junction at Manouba, near Tunis, and the air field at Sidi Ahmed, near Bizerte, where a large number of extremely valuable JU 52 transports were based, a key element in German evacuation plans. (Ironically, the 321st would soon occupy Sidi Ahmed as their new base for the Sicilian campaign. Perhaps most memorably, this film is notable for it's extended "up close and personal" look at the men of the 97th & 321st BGs. You'll see real pre mission and after action debriefing sessions with the men who flew them, including a B-17 crew's account of an FW 190 shoot down and the water ditching of a heavily damaged B-25.
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The Memphis Belle The film chronicles the 25th mission of the Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle, flying deep into Germany to strike the all-important U-boat submarine pens at Wilhemshaven. This is the original wartime documentary, written and directed by legendary Academy Award winner William Wyler. If this film looks and sounds familiar, it's because this is the same production crew that brought you another wonderful classic, "Thunderbolt!." (Don't confuse this "original" Memphis Belle with the well intentionally but flawed Hollywood fluff piece produced in the 1990s. You'll see Capt. Robert Morgan and the men of the B-17 "Memphis Belle," 324th Squadron, 91st BG, going about their deadly business in rare Technicolor footage. The mission shown in the film is both routine and climactic, because 25 missions completed meant the crew could rotate out of combat. (Too many never made it to 25 missions. Bomber losses were high.) It's a measure of both the times and the men who flew these planes that several of the Belle's crew signed on for more missions, finishing the War flying B-29s against Japan.

If you haven't stopped by Zeno's Drive-In before, we also show 1940-45 vintage WWII Army & Navy films and pilot’s manuals on how to fly the F4U, F6F, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-61, TBF/TBM, AT-6/SNJ, B-17, B-24, B-25, A-20, A-26, B-26, B-29, and Stearman N2S. Alert! – Alert! There’s been an F-86 jet sighted over Zeno’s Drive-In!

That's over 16 hours of rockin' World War II props for free viewing over the Internet!

Check Six!!

Zeno

Zeno’s Warbird Video Drive-In /World War II Aviation Videos. Celebrating 11 years on the Internet 1997-2008

http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com

PS If you have any concerns about using the RealNetworks RealPlayer to watch our videos, I recommend using the “RealAlternative” media player instead. It will play RealVideo files just fine, is independently produced, a small download, and has none of the purported vices of RealNetwork’s RealPlayer. You can download the RealAlternative player here:

http://www.free-codecs.com/dow...real_Alternative.htm (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/real_Alternative.htm)

Online Videos: Black Cat PBYs, WW2 Machineguns Attack, Galland,Rudel & the Boys

xTHRUDx
04-08-2009, 05:45 PM
i love your collection Zeno, but have you ditched all the REAL audio/video format and moved your stuff over to formats the rest of the world uses like Quick time or Windows media? it would improve traffic to your site. i and some of my hobby mates avoid it due the REAL format.

zeno303
04-08-2009, 06:42 PM
Originally posted by xTHRUDx:
i love your collection Zeno, but have you ditched all the REAL audio/video format and moved your stuff over to formats the rest of the world uses like Quick time or Windows media? it would improve traffic to your site. i and some of my hobby mates avoid it due the REAL format.

RealVideo is just a codec. It is not inherently good or bad. Despite you and your buddies, mllions of people still use it. I don't recommend using RealPlayer any more, which some people have a problem with. I recommend RealAlternative, which is a completely different, bare bones build.. I still us the RealVideo codec because it gives the best quality video playback for dial up connections. When the world is is more or less broad band, I will switch to something else,. but a substantial amount of my traffic is still dial up.

Some of my clips are already windows media. and I may switch fairly soon, but not yet..

Until then :

"PS If you have any concerns about using the RealNetworks RealPlayer to watch our videos, I recommend using the “RealAlternative” media player instead. It will play RealVideo files just fine, is independently produced, a small download, and has none of the purported vices of RealNetwork’s RealPlayer. You can download the RealAlternative player here"

http://www.free-codecs.com/dow...real_Alternative.htm

xTHRUDx
04-08-2009, 08:37 PM
i just feel bad because a lot of people want to see your videos but instead of using format that comes with every PC you opted to choose a format that adds a hurdle/step between the viewer and the content. you can always upload to youtube and embed them in your web page. i would for sure subscribe to your youtube channel if you had your content up there.

baronWastelan
04-08-2009, 08:49 PM
I installed Real Alternative and watched some videos. The "Black Cat" was awesome. Thanks for posting.

Waldo.Pepper
04-08-2009, 08:53 PM
Just thought I'd pop in here too to mention that Media Player Classic - also plays rm format.

MPC is my choice ...

http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/

xTHRUDx
04-08-2009, 09:05 PM
Zeno, i love your passion about the subject but i just did a search, just on the UBIZoo site alone, and got back six pages of people asking you to ditch Realplayer going back to at least 2003. It just seems that you are holding on for dear life to your VHS tapes when the rest of the world has been using DVD's.(an anology)
With your format stubborness, i'm surprised you DO sell DVD's on your site instead of VHS.

Again, its tough to see someone with great products that doesn't know how to market or listen to customer feed back.

can you see a pattern in this small sample of threads?
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...=122101362#122101362 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/110101362?r=122101362#122101362)

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...461053426#8461053426 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/7011063426?r=8461053426#8461053426)

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...881014375#8881014375 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/5851079275?r=8881014375#8881014375)

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...351083185#7351083185 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/7071050185?r=7351083185#7351083185)

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...=646108604#646108604 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/691106604?r=646108604#646108604)

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...=119108221#119108221 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/622107221?r=119108221#119108221)

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...751024443#3751024443 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/4001078343?r=3751024443#3751024443)

we want to be customers, but without the hurdles

WTE_Galway
04-09-2009, 12:01 AM
personally not a fan of media player

some rather insidious content and licensing stuff goes on

zeno303
04-09-2009, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by xTHRUDx:
i just feel bad because a lot of people want to see your videos but instead of using format that comes with every PC you opted to choose a format that adds a hurdle/step between the viewer and the content. you can always upload to youtube and embed them in your web page. i would for sure subscribe to your youtube channel if you had your content up there. "Hate me now, thank me later"

Don't worry, I don't "hate" ignorant people. I am used to a very small minority of posters about RealVideo, some of whom who like to masquerade as public spirited citizens who really just enjoy being pains in the a*% and getting into little flame wars. They are like noisy bullfrogs in little ponds -- every forum has a few. It's particularly not unusual for a few individuals in flight sim forums to recycle apocryphal knowledge about RealPlayer so they can act like they know something and pontificate into a fur ball. It's a subset of the flight sim personality type that I am very familiar with because I have long been a flight sim guy. Some people are just innocently repeating miss-information which they have heard elsewhere, but more often than not, they are just looking for the chance to act like an expert and maybe get into a little back and forth. They are not hard to spot because, remarkably, they are often self identifying in their sigs.

Youtube videos are limited to 10 minutes. I don't have any videos on my site that are that short. I am not about to break them all up into little parts -- that would substantially degrade the viewing experience. It's obvious you don't really know much about youtube or the content of my site

Youtube also requires that you install a player that does not come standard with windows PCs. You have to install it, just like Real Alternative, and update it when necessary. Quicktime does not come standard with Windows PCs. Windows Media player does not come standard on MACs. RealPlayer is cross platform PCs, Macs & Linux, the others aren't. If I go to Quicktime, I guarantee you some Windows people will complain and vice versa. If you do a little research, you can find plenty of people who hate Windows Media player, and that, over the years, it has periodically been a much bigger security threat to PCs than RealPlayer ever was. I still us Windows media Player though cause it is just a useful tool -- my criteria.

On the popular videos on my website where I offer the choice watching a clip using RealVideo or Windows Media, more people choose to watch using Real Video by a substantial margin.

Re the threads you found complaining about the RealPlayer. (Isn't amazing how miss-information keeps getting recycled on the net?) First of all, several of those posts were posted before I started recommending the Real Alternative player, which has been downloaded 22 million times from free codec.com alone. It is also offered on many more sites. (BTW, the url was corrupted when I posted it.)

http://www.free-codecs.com/dow...Real_Alternative.htm (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm)

Since 2003, I have posted my newsletter more than 60 times here. A little static from the "ignorant" is not surprising. (Google flat earth -- you will find plenty of supporters.) If you read the posts, you will find that to be the case, and that of the thousands of people who read my posts in various forums, only a tiny minority buy into the "death before RealVideo" clap trap, and that a lot of those people now say they have tried Real Alternative without a problem, because they would rather download a harmless 6meg ap to watch 13 hours free of video about air combat than nitpick about video codecs in an air combat forum.

I am not expecting a mea culpa, because that is out of character for a P.I.T.A., but I hate to see ignorance perpetuated so that it is bought as fact by the uninformed. That is how net myths are made.

Jeez, more than enough said about that - - and all I have to say on the matter.

Cheers,

Zeno

xTHRUDx
04-09-2009, 08:46 PM
I wish you and your site luck. Maybe someday you'll try an experiment by sending out your newsletter mentioning that you now have all your content embeded on the site or in WMV or AVI format and see how your traffic increases. Please contine to add to your collection.
I'm sure you have noted this an other customer feedback.

BTW google video has 2+ hour content if you were worried about 10min youetube limit.

what do you have to lose.
until then, keep pushing that Realplayer.....

<span class="ev_code_RED">Pic removed and please cut out the trolling.</span>

zeno303
04-10-2009, 08:20 AM
You do know that the posting of a copyrighted Farside Cartoon here without permission from the copyright holder is a violation of forum rules, is against the law, and could result in legal action by the copyright holder?

No, you probably didn't know that.

"Hate me now, thank me later"

Happy trails
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grifter2u
04-10-2009, 09:59 AM
nice website, you have heaps of good aviation video there !

i am not a fan of real media either, but use media player classic which plays almost everything, including realmedia, so to me it doesnt matter.

thx for posting some freebies for us to watch to http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

zeno303
04-10-2009, 10:22 AM
Thanks grifter2u!

The Media Player Classic that you use is part of the RealAlternative download that I recommend to play the videos on my site. It's only 6 megs, has none of the advertising that comes with the old RealPlayer, and, as you point out. will play many formats besides RealVideo (Windows Media, Quicktime, AVI, various MPEGs etc.) Very handy .

http://www.free-codecs.com/dow...real_Alternative.htm (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/real_Alternative.htm)

Z

Enforcer572005
04-11-2009, 01:05 AM
Thanx for posting more of these Zeno. Love 'em. If I ever get employed again I intend on buying
some of you stuff.

I use a free player called SMPlayer. It plays everything Ive tried on it so far (when media player, nero, etc failed) and I have yet to dnload anything else for it. I believe htat all
comes wiht the dnload. I don't have the link, but I think you can google it. Has many features most
of the other players don't.