Movies of Adak

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On each of the links below, your computer will be offered a bitstream identified with the extension "rm" which signifies a RealVideo® movie clip, or it may be offered a bitstream identified with "mpg" for an MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group) movie.

RealVideo® clips can usually be played while you download. This works only because the time it takes to download the file, at the specified speed (56K modem, for instance) is also the time it takes to play the movie, so the download needs only to stay a tiny bit ahead of the player. The quality is not quite fantastic, but it gets you there quick. If you like what you see, then you can choose to download either of the two MPEG formats -- quarter size (WEB) which has 172 pixels wide and 120 pixels high, or the full size MPEG-1 (352 pixels wide and 240 pixels high).

I encode MPEG-1 at 3 megapixels per second with audio at 48 kilohertz (slightly better than CD). I encode MPEG-2 at 4 megapixels per second which produces larger files and sometimes higher quality; used only when higher visual quality is worth the larger file size. Audio quality is excellent in either format. These movies were encoded with a Dazzle DVC-II (Digital Video Creator; camera or tape to MPEG or RealVideo) (

Microsoft Media Player can play MPEG1. For MPEG-2, you will need a special player. You should also use your right (opposite of normal) mouse button and click "save link as" or "save target as" options to save the file to your hard disk. If you just click on it, the Real Player or Windows Media Player will try to play it unsuccessfully, at least until Microsoft or Real includes MPEG-2 into their players). Players available from:


Adak and Attu by Russ Marvin


  • Total running time 4 minutes 22 seconds.
  • File size 7.18 megabytes.
  • Requires Windows Media Player version 7.
  • Streamable if your internet connection can support 320 kilobits per second (cable modem, DSL, satellite) -- just click on the link. Internet Explorer knows what to do with it, Netscape is not so comfortable with it.
  • Otherwise, just click it with the opposite of normal button (usually the right button unless you've switched buttons), and choose "save target as" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Netscape) and save it to your hard disk. After it is downloaded, you can open Windows Media Player 7 and open the movie file, OR you can just double click on your downloaded movie file, OR you can drag the movie file on top of your Windows Media Player icon (the latter two operations presume you are using a Windows Explorer to find and open the file).


  1. Anchorage Terminal
  2. View through plane window -- Allison turboprop engines
  3. View through plane window -- clouds
  4. Adak air terminal outside; inside.
  5. Reeve's Lockheed Electra at Adak
  6. View of Adak (westward) from taxiway
  7. Landing, Arrival and Unloading at Attu
  8. Walking to Attour base camp.
  9. View of Massacre Bay from Casco Cove
  10. WWII shipwreck near Alexai Point
  11. Loran Station Attu
  12. Attour's ATV carrying bikes
  13. ATV - second view
  14. Pushing bikes over snow
  15. Jarmin Pass
  16. Japanese War Memorial on Engineer Hill

Contributed by Russ Marvin on 5/29/2001. Thanks!


 Finger Bay Stream, by Michael Gordon. Approximately one minute duration. Clipped from a two hour video I produced in 1987 or 1988. I am putting the video on CD-ROM's. Eventually I will re-mix and make some CD's for distribution.


 Winter Sports -- Inner Tubing and Snow Cave with Randy G.

March 10 and 11, 1988 up through April 2nd, on the hill west of Mitt Lake but not quite so far as Lake D'Marie. The inner tubing run we made down a hillside, over a jump, and colliding with the wall we built around the snow cave.


Hunting and Fishing expedition.
On the "Mac Attack" to southern Adak. The "Cape St. Elias" set out at the same time, fishing for Halibut. The caribou hunt was not very successful (the hunters got a small one), but the Cape St. Elias pulled in a large halibut, clips of which are shown in this section. The clips are from a 22 minute MPEG-1 movie on CD-ROM. March 12, 1988. The full-size MPEG has excellent quality; you can even see snowflakes falling between the boats. The ASF formats are acceptable and will certainly load quicker. (Update Nov.2003: from Lee Peterson at the helm of the Cape Saint Elias -- The folks on deck are John Martin, LCDR Michael Judd and LNC Steve Settles) Thanks!


P3 engine in flight over the subpolar ice pack (4 seconds) and 2 seconds of the co-pilot twiddling with trim control or something.

Full-Size MPEG-2 (3.3 megabytes, 6 seconds -- remember, RIGHT mouse button and SAVE this file!).


Returning to Adak from the north. Here we see the Lake Andy seawall separating Lake Andy (upper left) from the Bering Sea (lower right). On the right is Mount Moffett, on the left is Mount Adagdak. Everywhere is clouds; but remember, this is a SUNNY DAY on Adak because it is not 100 percent cloud cover.

Full-Size MPEG-2 (12.5 megabytes, 24 seconds)


 Closer to Adak, approaching now from the Northeast. Zeto Point is the landmass in the foreground, Clam Lagoon on the right. Kuluk Bay on the left and Sitkin Sound is the water in the foreground.

Full-Size MPEG-2 (16.3 megabytes, 31 seconds)


 And finally, a view of NSGA (Commsta) Road and Command Car Hill. Kuluk Bay is the water, Mount Moffett in the background. This movie clip is rather shaky caused by the wind updrafts over Zeto Point and turbulence in the vicinity of Mount Moffett.

Full-Size MPEG-2 (5.2 megabytes, 10 seconds)


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