Livepeer Studio

Start live streaming with Livepeer Studio

There are multiple ways to livestream with Livepeer Studio. The only prerequisite for using Livepeer Studio is to be able to create an RTMP stream.

You can integrate your streaming application directly with the Livepeer Studio API. Or you can use the Livepeer Studio Dashboard to live stream without writing any code.

In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to create a unique stream object, broadcast live video content and playback your live stream with Livepeer Studio.

Login to the Livepeer Studio Dashboard, and navigate to the Streams page,, located in the left-hand menu. Click on the "+ Create stream" button on the top right corner. When you name your stream, pick a unique name and include URL compatible characters only.

Then you’ll be redirected to a detailed page with information about your new stream. Keep this page open. You will need this information for configuring your broadcasting software in step 2 and playing back your live stream in step 3.

OBS is free and open source software for live streaming. Download and install OBS.

Before streaming, we need to configure OBS. Click on Settings in the lower right corner.

First, let’s set the keyframe interval.

  1. In the Settings sidebar menu, select Output.

  2. At the top, select Advanced from the Output Mode dropdown.

  3. In the Keyframe Interval row, input 2 in the text field.

Next, let’s configure OBS to point to Livepeer Studio’s RTMP ingest data centers.

  1. In the Setting sidebar menu, select Stream.

  2. At the top, select Custom from the Service dropdown menu.

  3. Input rtmp:// in the Server text field.

  4. Navigate to the stream detail page, click the “Reveal stream key” button, and copy the stream key.

  5. Navigate back to OBS, and paste your stream key into the Stream Key text field.

  6. Confirm the Use Authentication checkbox is unchecked.

  7. Click OK in the lower right corner to save your updated server and keyframe interval settings.

When you are ready to start your live stream, click Start Streaming in the lower right corner of OBS.

If downloading OBS feels cumbersome, there are a few in-browser broadcaster options. Livepeer Studio users have had success with Streamyard or Restream Studio.

To use Streamyard with Livepeer:

  1. Pick "Destinations"

  2. Click "Add a destination"

  3. Pick "Custom RTMP"

  4. Input rtmp:// in the "RTMP Server URL" text field.

  5. Copy your stream key into the "Stream key" field

  6. Input a name for the stream in "Nickname"

  7. Click "Add RTMP server"

  8. When you are ready to start your live stream, click "Create a broadcast" and pick the destination you just created, enter the studio, and click the "Go live" button.

To use studio with Livepeer:

  1. Click "Add channel"

  2. Pick "Custom RTMP"

  3. Input rtmp:// in the "RTMP URL" text field.

  4. Copy your stream key into the "Stream key" field

  5. Click "Enter Live Studio"

  6. When you are ready to start your live stream, click the "Go Live" button.

Navigate to your stream detail page in the Livepeer Studio Dashboard, and copy the Playback URL. The playback URL is an M3U8 file, the basis for the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format.

Livepeer Studio doesn’t have it’s own player, but works with open source and 3rd party players. For this tutorial, we will use Theo Player’s demo player.

Paste your playback URL in the text field at the top of Theo Player’s demo player and click to load your stream. You may need to also press the Play button in the player.

That’s it! Streaming with Livepeer Studio is that simple. To get in touch, fill out a contact form.

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