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Start live streaming

Getting started tutorial

Configure broadcast software

Get an API key

Verify a live stream is active

Create a stream

Playback a live stream

Record a live stream session

Stream delivery via CDN

Redundant back-up transcoding

Tips for reducing latency

Handling disconnects

Debug live stream issues

Create paywall

Supported codecs and workflows

API Requests

Using livepeer.com in your app

Usage and Billing

#Create a stream

#The stream object

Live streaming with Livepeer.com is easy. The first step is understanding the stream object. It is the core building block of the Livepeer.com platform.

A Livepeer.com stream is a unique object with configuration data and metadata about all live stream sessions associated with it. Historically, a stream object with a parentId represents a single live stream session. This type of “child-session” stream object will be deprecated in an upcoming version of the API in favor of the session object.

There are two ways to create a stream object:

#No code stream creation with the Livepeer.com Dashboard

Login to the Livepeer.com Dashboard, and navigate to the streams list page, livepeer.com/app/user. On this page you can create a new stream and delete streams. When you name your stream, pick a unique name and include URL compatible characters only.

On the streams list page, you can also click on a stream to find out configuration and usage information.

#Create a stream object with a POST request to the API

Send a POST request to https://livepeer.com/api/stream. This creates a new Livepeer.com stream object.

Use a Livepeer.com API key as a part of the authorization header, and use a JSON body to specify the configuration for the stream. The only parameter you are required to set is the name of your stream, but we also highly recommend that you define the profiles parameter with 720p, 480p and 360p renditions.

If you do not define transcoding rendition profiles when creating the stream, no transcoding will happen. Your playback video will have the attributes of the source stream only, will not take advantage of adaptive bitrate streaming and will likely buffer.

Here is an example request:

curl -X POST \
-H 'content-type: application/json' \
-H 'authorization: Bearer {api_key}' \
-d '{
"name": "test_stream",
"profiles": [
"name": "720p",
"bitrate": 2000000,
"fps": 30,
"width": 1280,
"height": 720
"name": "480p",
"bitrate": 1000000,
"fps": 30,
"width": 854,
"height": 480
"name": "360p",
"bitrate": 500000,
"fps": 30,
"width": 640,
"height": 360
}' \

This is an example response to the request above. streamKey, playbackId, and id are unique to the stream object. You will need the streamKey to broadcast live video and the playbackId to configure the playback URL to watch the live stream.

{other asset object keys}