2014 Tulip Time

"It's just an absolutely brilliant, perfect picture with great audio, so it's really been a help to us."

–Matt Van Dyken
(Technology Services Coordinator, City of Holland)

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Holland, MI—Tulip Time, the annual Holland tulip festival, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to the West Michigan city with parades, tours, Dutch dance performances, and over six million tulips. In addition to all those who attend the outdoor events each year, there are still those who prefer to watch the events indoors or are unable to be outside all day due to age, illness, time constraints, or other circumstances. To allow these people to experience as much of Tulip Time as possible, the City of Holland's broadcast station, Holland Cable TV (HCTV) enlisted LEIGHTRONIX to help broadcast and live stream the event.

Tulip Time 2014 LogoUsing the IncodeX One™ Point-to-Point solution, the PEGvault-SD™ video recorder, the UltraNEXUS™ video broadcast server, and the
PEGstream-SD2™ coupled with the PEG Stream™ live streaming service, HCTV was able to provide event content to those at the Holland Civic Center, residents at home with access to their broadcast channels, as well as to those across the world through the Internet.

Equipment Rack

"We've been able to bring the streams, utilizing our existing fiber optic network, to the civic center for the folks that can't be outside in the sun for too long, and it's just an absolutely brilliant, perfect picture with great audio, so it's really been a help to us." –Matt VanDyken

Point-to-Point

HCTV had numerous cameras stationed throughout the parade route on W. 8th street, which fed into a production switcher. This switcher then provided a high definition video feed to the IncodeX One video encoder. The IncodeX One encoded the video as high quality H.264 video and delivered a high definition video feed over the city's network to a high quality decoder at the civic center. The result was a live Point-to-Point HD broadcast that displayed the feed on a large screen for citizens to watch indoors at the civic center.

"We've been able to bring the streams, utilizing our existing fiber optic network, to the civic center for the folks that can't be outside in the sun for too long, and it's just an absolutely brilliant, perfect picture with great audio, so it's really been a help to us," Matt VanDyken, the technology services coordinator for the City of Holland said.

Broadcast and Stream

While the IncodeX One encoded the video for a live Point-to-Point broadcast, the feed from the production switcher was also sent to a PEGvault-SD to initiate a PEGcast™. After one minute of video was recorded, the PEGvault-SD began sending the resulting file to the UltraNEXUS at HCTV's headquarters. The UltraNEXUS began a
Next to Live™ broadcast of the festival on the station's Comcast Channel 24 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 after receiving one minute of recorded video. The UltraNEXUS simultaneously passed the video and audio to the PEGstream-SD2 for conversion to a live stream that was delivered to the city's website through the
PEG Stream live streaming service from LEIGHTRONIX.

"This event is so important to our community. We have several hundred thousand people come out. It's just a great event and we love having LEIGHTRONIX here as a partner of ours," VanDyken said. "We are able to bring our cable signal, using their gear, to people all over the world. We've seen people from across the country and all over the world streaming our event live."

Tulip Time is the City of Holland's biggest event each year and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Utilizing broadcast and streaming solutions from LEIGHTRONIX, the City of Holland was able to expand their reach and the exposure of the event.

"We can't thank LEIGHTRONIX enough for being here," Van Dyken said. "It's been just a great, great event. With the partners that we have and the people we have volunteering for us, it's just been an awesome event."

The Problem

With a need to deliver parade content to viewers across the globe as well as a need to deliver it to local citizens that preferred to watch the parade from indoors, the City of Holland needed a Point-to-Point solution and a live streaming solution to broadcast and stream the annual event.

The Solution

How It Works

The IncodeX One encoder transmitted the video signal to a high quality decoder for a Point-to-Point broadcast while the
PEGvault-SD delivered the video file to the UltraNEXUS to broadcast the feed and deliver it to the PEGstream-SD2 to be live streamed.

In Their Words

"We love having LEIGHTRONIX here as a partner of ours."

–Matt VanDyken
Technology Services Coordinator
City of Holland

End Result

"We are able to bring our cable signal, using their gear, to people all over the world. We've seen people from across the country and all over the world streaming our event live."

–Matt VanDyken
Technology Services Coordinator
City of Holland

At a Glance

  • Name: Tulip Time
  • Location: Holland, MI
  • Then and Now: Holland's first Tulip Time Festival in 1930 featured 250,000 tulips. Today the festival boasts over six million tulips.
  • Dutch Heritage: The city is known for its Dutch heritage which it proudly boasts at the annual Tulip Time Festival. Hope College, which is located in Holland, uses the Flying Dutchmen as its mascot.
  • Windmill: Home of the De Zwann (Dutch for Swan) windmill. The De Zwann windmill was originally erected in the Netherlands in 1761 and is the only working authentic Dutch windmill in the United States.
  • Famous Residents:
    • L. Frank Baum–author of "The Wizard of Oz"
    • Kirk Cousins–current NFL quarterback
    • Rob Malda—founder of Slashdot
    • Ron Schipper–college football coach, member of the College Football Hall of Fame
    • Erik Price–founder of Blackwater USA
    • Brian Vander Ark–lead singer of The Verve Pipe
    • Jim Katt–former MLB pitcher, 16 time Gold Glove winner and three time All Star
    • Rachel Reenstra–tv host, currently hosts "The Wildlife Docs" on ABC
    • Richard Smalley–won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, discovered a new form of carbon
    • Carol van Voorst–former United States Ambassador to Iceland

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