Saturday, August 09, 2008

N252Q Video

The following is a video segment of N252Q's new paint scheme. Static pictures do not do it justice. Enjoy...

N252Q Paint Refurb Project.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Vimeo versus YouTube

You may have noticed that the videos I've been posting in this blog are hosted on vimeo and not the more common YouTube. YouTube no doubt has a larger audience, but I've found their video quality and streaming is not quite as good as vimeo.

NOTE: Click on the image below to see the difference. The image of the Harrier is sharper than YouTube. The video source file was exactly the same.

YouTube also limits the length of the video you can upload. Vimeo does not have a limitation on duration, but has a weekly limit on upload size (500 MB). It is nice not to have to contend with a length limit when pulling together a video story or home movie you want to share with family or friends. vimeo also supports high definition file uploads. You can upload a 16:9 format 1080i video (wide screen) and anyone can play it back in HD quality over the web. YouTube only supports 14:3 (standard definition) video.

I was initially concerned that 500 MB would be a limiting factor since video -- especially HD video -- creates huge files. However, I've found that I can compress video using QuickTime and achieve exceptional quality while significantly reducing the size of the file. This week I've uploaded several high-quality Oshkosh videos on vimeo and still have plenty of space available for more.

NOTE: The post just prior to this one, Harrier Jet Demonstration, has the exact same video uploaded to both sites. A good test is to run both videos at the same time and do your own comparison. Just turn down the volume on your computer -- Harrier Jet's are loud!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Harrier Jet Demonstration

The Harrier has been around for a long time, but everyone, including me, loves to watch it do its thing. It is fun to see this huge airplane stop in mid air.

I captured this footage at the 2008 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The pilot departed the runway normally, did a high-speed pass, hovered and a vertical landing/take-off.

Harrier Jet Demo at EAA AirVenture 2008 on vimeo

Harrier Jet Demo at EAA AirVenture 2008 on YouTube

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Martin Jetpack Demonstration

Tuesday at EAA AirVenture they unveiled the Martin Jetpack in Aeroshell Square. It was an unprecedented turnout for an early in the morning event. I was fortunate enough to be a few rows back and was able to capture this video. This was the first ever public flight of the Martin Jetpack.

Martin Jetpack Introduction & Demonstration.

Paul Poberezney at Warbirds in Review

I recorded this segment at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. A few years back they started Warbirds in Review, which is a forum that lets AirVenture guests get to meet the Men and Women that made our world what it is today.

This segment features Paul Poberezney. Paul is the founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Chairman of the Board. His son Tom is the President of the association. Paul is discussing the beginning of EAA AirVenture, his humble upbringing and some short stories about his P51 Mustang - Paul I.

Paul Poberezney at Warbirds in Review.

Friday, August 01, 2008

EAA AirVenture 2008 Airshow

This year I thought it would be fun to take the camcorder to Oshkosh and grab some video of our experiences. Let me know if you like video blogging. I'd be happy to incorporate more into the blog if you are interested...

EAA AirVenture Airshow
No trip to Oshkosh would be complete without seeing the Air Show. Only the best of the best are invited to perform at AirVenture. This year was spectacular. Sean Tucker is awesome as usual and his aerobatics team "The Collaborators" put on a great show. Patty Wagstaff is another one that brings the house down.

One of the coolest acts this year was performed by Pilot Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter. Red Bull has the world's first certified Acrobatic Helicopter and Mr. Aaron is only pilot licensed in the United States to fly aerobatics in a helicopter! It is unbelievable what they can get this chopper to do...

EAA AirVenture 2008 Airshow.