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zeno303
01-08-2008, 10:12 AM
Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In January 2008 Newsletter

Hello World War 2 plane fans ---

You're invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com (http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com) to view this month's action packed collection of five WW2 combat aircraft documentary films playing for free viewing online.

Now showing "At the Matinee"
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"We Flew the Mig" In September 1953, a North Korean defector handed over the first Russian Mig 15 to fall into US hands. This was a momentous occasion because the Mig had proven to be a worthy adversary for the North American F-86 Sabre in the skies over Korea. The Mig was immediately subjected to comprehensive testing. You'll see Chuck Yeagar and other top test pilots putting the Mig through it's paces and hear what they learned, along with a point by point performance comparison with the F-86. Nice footage of the Mig's armaments too. Attentive Russian fans will no doubt pick up on the fact that some of the "faults" listed by the US test pilots - like problems with the heating & defrosting systems -- were malfunctions in this particular aircraft and not endemic to the Mikoyan bureau's design.
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/47Crew2small.jpg
"Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt" This truly remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew of fifty men could assemble a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools, and pieces of the shipping crate it came in. We're talking nothing more than hammers, wrenches and bicycle pumps! You'll also get a unique look at the inner workings of the big Jug as it is literally bolted together by field personnel. A must see for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike!
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/Landing-new.jpg
"Flight Deck Crew Landing & Re-spotting Carrier Aircraft" (Color) Major air battles in the Pacific in World War II often turned on the ability of each side to quickly launch, land, rearm & refuel, and then re-launch their aircraft. This unique film is an unusual look (in color) at how US Navy carrier flight deck crews were trained to quickly land, park, fuel & re-arm incoming aircraft. As a bonus, you'll see GM FM-1 "Wildcats" and Grumman TBF "Avengers" up close, handled expertly on the tiny deck of a CVE "jeep" escort carrier. An unscripted, unplanned highlight during the filming was when a TBF came in too hot and crashed on the flight deck! Fortunately, no one was hurt.
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/Italy260.gif
"Air Attacks Against Italy: A-36 strikes near Rome, April 1944" More exciting "from the cockpit" views of A-36 Invader (aka "Apache") dive bombing & strafing attacks.( The A-36, ground attack version of the P-51 Mustang, is also featured in our popular "A Day with the A-36s.") This is a short film, but it's nonstop action! Some of the best footage of US dive bombing attacks you will find anywhere. Watching these high speed, precision runs definitely benefits from a broadband internet connection if you have access to one.
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/TFTSMALL.gif
"Target for Today" The 8th Air Force Strikes Germany. This is the classic World War II documentary of a "maximum effort" US Eighth Air Force daylight bombing mission deep into Germany. There are no actors in "Target For Today". This film was shot on location under combat conditions and features the officers and men of the 8th Air Force going about their deadly business. All aspects of an actual major raid in 1943, including a strike on the FW 190 plant at Marienburg, from early planning through final touch down and crew debriefings are covered in this very detailed account. There is probably no better account of the theory, strategy and tactics of an unescorted US Army Air Force bomber raid in early 1943.. While the film doesn't sugar coat the cost of these raids, there's no doubt that it also over states the effectiveness and sustainability of the American bombing campaign at that time Losses were not sustainable. (The audible moan from air crew when the targets and bombing altitudes are announced are all too real.)

If you haven't stopped by Zeno's Drive-In before, we also feature 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!

Coming soon: A new film that will warm the hearts of P-47 Thunderbolt fans everywhere!

Tally-ho!

Zeno

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In /World War II Aviation Videos. Celebrating 10 years on the Internet http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com

zeno303
01-08-2008, 10:12 AM
Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In January 2008 Newsletter

Hello World War 2 plane fans ---

You're invited to drop by Zeno's Drive-In www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com (http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com) to view this month's action packed collection of five WW2 combat aircraft documentary films playing for free viewing online.

Now showing "At the Matinee"
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/Migmatinee.jpg
"We Flew the Mig" In September 1953, a North Korean defector handed over the first Russian Mig 15 to fall into US hands. This was a momentous occasion because the Mig had proven to be a worthy adversary for the North American F-86 Sabre in the skies over Korea. The Mig was immediately subjected to comprehensive testing. You'll see Chuck Yeagar and other top test pilots putting the Mig through it's paces and hear what they learned, along with a point by point performance comparison with the F-86. Nice footage of the Mig's armaments too. Attentive Russian fans will no doubt pick up on the fact that some of the "faults" listed by the US test pilots - like problems with the heating & defrosting systems -- were malfunctions in this particular aircraft and not endemic to the Mikoyan bureau's design.
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/47Crew2small.jpg
"Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt" This truly remarkable step-by-step training film shows how a ground support crew of fifty men could assemble a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, unpowered hand tools, and pieces of the shipping crate it came in. We're talking nothing more than hammers, wrenches and bicycle pumps! You'll also get a unique look at the inner workings of the big Jug as it is literally bolted together by field personnel. A must see for P-47 fans and shade tree mechanics alike!
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/Landing-new.jpg
"Flight Deck Crew Landing & Re-spotting Carrier Aircraft" (Color) Major air battles in the Pacific in World War II often turned on the ability of each side to quickly launch, land, rearm & refuel, and then re-launch their aircraft. This unique film is an unusual look (in color) at how US Navy carrier flight deck crews were trained to quickly land, park, fuel & re-arm incoming aircraft. As a bonus, you'll see GM FM-1 "Wildcats" and Grumman TBF "Avengers" up close, handled expertly on the tiny deck of a CVE "jeep" escort carrier. An unscripted, unplanned highlight during the filming was when a TBF came in too hot and crashed on the flight deck! Fortunately, no one was hurt.
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/Italy260.gif
"Air Attacks Against Italy: A-36 strikes near Rome, April 1944" More exciting "from the cockpit" views of A-36 Invader (aka "Apache") dive bombing & strafing attacks.( The A-36, ground attack version of the P-51 Mustang, is also featured in our popular "A Day with the A-36s.") This is a short film, but it's nonstop action! Some of the best footage of US dive bombing attacks you will find anywhere. Watching these high speed, precision runs definitely benefits from a broadband internet connection if you have access to one.
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/TFTSMALL.gif
"Target for Today" The 8th Air Force Strikes Germany. This is the classic World War II documentary of a "maximum effort" US Eighth Air Force daylight bombing mission deep into Germany. There are no actors in "Target For Today". This film was shot on location under combat conditions and features the officers and men of the 8th Air Force going about their deadly business. All aspects of an actual major raid in 1943, including a strike on the FW 190 plant at Marienburg, from early planning through final touch down and crew debriefings are covered in this very detailed account. There is probably no better account of the theory, strategy and tactics of an unescorted US Army Air Force bomber raid in early 1943.. While the film doesn't sugar coat the cost of these raids, there's no doubt that it also over states the effectiveness and sustainability of the American bombing campaign at that time Losses were not sustainable. (The audible moan from air crew when the targets and bombing altitudes are announced are all too real.)

If you haven't stopped by Zeno's Drive-In before, we also feature 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!

Coming soon: A new film that will warm the hearts of P-47 Thunderbolt fans everywhere!

Tally-ho!

Zeno

Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In /World War II Aviation Videos. Celebrating 10 years on the Internet http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com

Cajun76
01-08-2008, 10:20 AM
Thanks Zeno!

GoToAway
01-08-2008, 10:50 AM
Zeno, I think that you may want to consider moving away from realplayer. Realplayer was relevent ten years ago when dial-up was what the majority of the world used. Today, virtually anybody interested in watching media is on broadband.

Any one of a dozen codecs (Divx or Xvid, for example) offer exceptional image quality at small filesize and do not require the usage of a special media player. By sticking to real media, I think that you are alienating a significant audience--namely anybody not using Windows or Windows users that do not wish to download a player (and one that has a history of being problematic at that) for just one site.

Just a thought.

Your site has a lot of great content and I have been hoping that you'd move away from real media for years now so that I may actually be able to see some of it.

TheGozr
01-08-2008, 10:57 AM
Agree Real player add some services.. I will not Install RealPlayer..

zeno303
01-08-2008, 11:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GoToAway:
Zeno, I think that you may want to consider moving away from realplayer. Realplayer was relevent ten years ago when dial-up was what the majority of the world used. Today, virtually anybody interested in watching media is on broadband.

Any one of a dozen codecs (Divx or Xvid, for example) offer exceptional image quality at small filesize and do not require the usage of a special media player. By sticking to real media, I think that you are alienating a significant audience--namely anybody not using Windows or Windows users that do not wish to download a player (and one that has a history of being problematic at that) for just one site.

Just a thought.

Your site has a lot of great content and I have been hoping that you'd move away from real media for years now so that I may actually be able to see some of it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Your post is obviously well intentioned, but it contains too many misconceptions and too much misinformation for me to spend time answering it in detail on this very busy (for me) day.

If you are concerned about RealPlayer, I suggest you download RealAlternative player, which plays RealVideo just fine, but has none of the purported vices of RealPlayer.

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

It is a small download, so it should only take a minute or two for you to d/l & install with your broad band connection.

Regards,

Zeno

GoToAway
01-08-2008, 01:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by zeno303:
Your post is obviously well intentioned, but it contains too many misconceptions and too much misinformation for me to spend time answering it in detail on this very busy (for me) day.

If you are concerned about RealPlayer, I suggest you download RealAlternative player, which plays RealVideo just fine, but has none of the purported vices of RealPlayer.

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

It is a small download, so it should only take a minute or two for you to d/l & install with your broad band connection.

Regards,

Zeno </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I am very aware of real alternative. I think that you misinterpreted my post. The facts that I was attempting to present were

1: Using that format limits your audience. Realplayer is not widespread these days (and really hasn't been for nearly a decade.)

2: Real media completely excludes anybody not using OS X or Windows. There are other operating systems. Furthermore, the only people with the option to even use real alternative are Windows users--not everyone is a Windows user.

3: Your site is one of the last holdouts for real media. I would wager that far more people (across all OS platforms) have a Divx codec installed than have Realplayer or real alternative.

I was merely suggesting considering making a switch to a superior codec that is more widespread and cross-platform friendly than real It's merely that--a suggestion. The final call is ultimately your choice, but I'm just saying that you're losing potential customers (such as myself) by your choice.

Just my $0.02.
I think you have a great site. I just wish it were more accessible.

Waldo.Pepper
01-08-2008, 02:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by TheGozr:
Agree Real player add some services.. I will not Install RealPlayer.. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Media Player Classic - is my preferred rm player.

zeno303
01-08-2008, 02:13 PM
OSX and Windows cover about 95% of users. There is a Linux version of Real Player too, so make that about 99% of users who can watch Real Video. That's one of the reasons I picked it in the first place.

RealAlternative is less than a 6 meg download. Why wouldn't you install a harmless application that small to watch something that interests you? Strikes me as cutting your nose off to spite your face if you don't.

If I am the last holdout on the net using RealVideo, someone had better let RealNetworks know so they can go out of business ASAP. No telling where they got that $550 million in revenue last year. Must have been a typo.

I have thought about adding more Windows clips to my site for some time. (Some of my most popular videos already have Windows as an option.) I am investigating a new server that has more space. Thing is, Windows has the largest install base but is not as good video quality as Real or QT. And you can bet that if I switched to Windows, I would hear howls from Mac users.

DIVX really isn't on the radar for most consumer types and is a fairly hefty download. I really doubt I would gain anything by switching to it now. I have AB'd it with Real Video using the same source film clip & the quality is no better than Real.

So, thanks again for your advice, but if you are interested in an extended conversation on this topic, this is the end of my side of it. I've been over this ground many, many times before. I review this issue on a regular basis and have been doing so for more than 10 years.

All the best,

Zeno

PF_Coastie
01-08-2008, 02:29 PM
I for one will not DL/install RP. I already have a good media player on my system (wmp) that will play anything I want except RP files. I also had to get QT because of my camera. I don't mind QT because it is small and not intrusive.

RP was VERY intrusive the last time I installed it and really screwed a lot of my files up. Not to mention it was a nightmare to get rid of. Granted, that was 3+ years ago so they have probably cleaned it up a bit. But that is not the point.

The point is, I agree with Gotoaway. I will not install RP because I have before and did not like it. I would most definately visit Zeno's site a LOT more if it was all windows/xvid based. I only go there once in a blue moon now just to see what is available for WMP.

I really do love the site though Zeno, well done sir and Salute!

BrotherVoodoo
01-08-2008, 02:31 PM
Many thanks Zeno, your site rocks! =S=