International Affairs Forum

"The display on the iPad was very, very high quality. It was crisp, clear, and pretty incredible really."

–Bob Chauvin
(Outreach Coordinator, UpNorth Media Center)

Traverse City, MI—On October 17, 2013, former Iranian hostage, Michael Metrinko, presented at the Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) as part of the International Affairs Forum lecture series. As the event quickly sold out, the International Affairs Forum (IAF) teamed up with the UpNorth Media Center and LEIGHTRONIX to broadcast the lecture as a live cablecast and Internet stream.

International Affairs Forum LogoMetrinko was a political officer at the United States Embassy in Tehran in 1979, when Iranian students who supported the Iranian revolution, took over the embassy and held 66 diplomats hostage for 444 days, in what is now known as the Iran hostage crisis. Metrinko discussed his experience in the lecture and gave students an opportunity to ask questions.

Point-to-Multipoint

LEIGHTRONIX worked side-by-side with the IAF, the media and information technology staff of NMC, and the production and logistics crew of UpNorth Media Center to make this important lecture available to as many people as possible. Multiple cameras recorded the lecture at the Milliken Auditorium and routed the feed to two IncodeX One™ encoders via a production switcher.

The first IncodeX One was utilized to provide a Point-to-Multipoint broadcast of the event. Configured to accept the 720p high-definition signal from the production switcher at the auditorium, the IncodeX One output a 1280 x 720 resolution, live Internet stream of the event through LEIGHTRONIX's content delivery network, to viewers' computers, Roku devices, and compatible mobile devices. The stream was delivered at a conservative 1 Mb/s in order to accommodate the widest range of mobile devices possible. Links to access the lecture online were posted for viewers on both the UpNorth Media Center's and NMC's websites. To watch on a Roku player, viewers simply had to subscribe to the IAF private channel. Remote viewers were also able to tweet questions to Metrinko during the event.

Using the IncodeX One's Point-to-Multipoint capability, this stream was also delivered in its full 720p HD resolution to multiple remote locations, including projectors in one other NMC campus auditorium as well as three classrooms on the campus.

Control Room

"With the help of LEIGHTRONIX and some ingenuity from our staff, we're making it easier to access local video content from nearly any device."
–Joe VanderMeulen, Executive Director, LIAA

Broadcast and Stream

The second IncodeX One was configured to stream the HD signal from the auditorium over NMC's network to the UpNorth Media Center's headend, where the signal was decoded, scaled to SD, and output live to an UltraNEXUS™ video server. The UltraNEXUS delivered a broadcast quality version of the event on UpNorth Media Channels 97 and 992. The UltraNEXUS output signal was also fed into a PEGstream-SD2™ live streaming media encoder, allowing the live event to be displayed in standard definition on UpNorth Media's website using the PEG Stream™ live streaming service.

"The Media Center has been streaming community content online for years, but we're always working to add new capabilities," said Joe VanderMeulen, executive director of the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), the nonprofit service organization that hosts and operates the UpNorth Media Center. "With the help of LEIGHTRONIX and some ingenuity from our staff, we're making it easier to access local video content from nearly any device. Whether it's on an iPhone or a Roku player, people should be able to see what's going on in their community in any way that is most convenient for them."

The Problem

The International Affairs Forum lecture series attracted an audience larger than its event venue could hold. To expand the lecture's audience, event organizers needed an easy to implement broadcast and streaming solution.

The Solution

How It Works

One IncodeX One carried out a Point-to-Multipoint broadcast to display the lecture in various rooms across NMC's campus. The second IncodeX One transferred the video to an UltraNEXUS to be broadcast on UpNorth Media's cable channels and delivered to a PEGstream-SD2 to display on the station's website through the PEG Stream live streaming service.

In Their Words

"With the help of LEIGHTRONIX and some ingenuity from our staff, we're making it easier to access local video content from nearly any device."

–Joe VanderMeulen
Executive Director, LIAA

End Result

"The display on the iPad was very, very high quality. It was crisp, clear, and pretty incredible really."

–Bob Chauvin
Outreach Coordinator, LIAA

At a Glance

  • Name: International Affairs Forum
  • Location: Traverse City, MI
  • Speaker: Michael Metrinko, former hostage during Iran hostage crisis
  • Iran Hostage Crisis: Sixty-six American diplomats were held hostage by supporters of the Iranian revolution. Fifty-two of the hostages, including Metrinko, were held from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981.
  • Release: After a failed first rescue attempt and an abandoned second attempt, the hostage release was negotiated on January 20, 1981. The hostages were flown to Algeria and released as a symbolic gesture to the Algerian government for their help in resolving the crisis.

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