This guide provides instructions and information about using stream metrics to:

  • Monitor any active stream for issues that may impact the quality of your stream
  • Understand the metrics for operating a livestreaming or user generated content platform
  • View health status of your livestream (API and Dashboard No-Code Option)

Metrics with Source Segments Duration

The value of sourceSegmentsDuration returned is the duration in seconds of the asset source processed by Livepeer Studio. On the parent stream object, this value equates to the total amount of source video ingested by Livepeer Studio all time. On the session object, this value is the length of the livestream session (or the session recording).


Use the get stream endpoint to retrieve a stream, or

import { Livepeer } from "livepeer";

const apiKey = 'YOUR_API_KEY';
const streamId = 'STREAM_ID';

const livepeer = new Livepeer({apiKey});
  .then((response) => {
    console.log("Stream details:", response);
  .catch((error) => {
    console.error("Error fetching stream details:", error);

GET /session/{id} to retrieve a session object

import { Livepeer } from "livepeer";

const apiKey = 'YOUR_API_KEY';
const sessionId = 'SESSION_ID';

const livepeer = new Livepeer({apiKey});

  .then((response) => {
    console.log("Session details:", response);
  .catch((error) => {
    console.error("Error fetching session details:", error);


  • Returns a 200 response with the following object:
  "name": "test_stream",
  "id": "ijkl61f3-95bd-4971-a7b1-4dcb5d39e78a",
  "createdAt": 1596081229373,
  "streamKey": "abcd-uimq-jtgy-x98v",
  "playbackId": "efghb2mxupongp5k",
  "isActive": "true",
  "lastSeen": 1596119750455,
  "sourceSegments": 1360,
  "transcodedSegments": 5480,
  "sourceSegmentsDuration": 2630.53200000000004,
  "transcodedSegmentsDuration": 10620.1280000000004
  // other asset object keys, like profiles and parentId

Global Health Status

  • Healthy indicates that all the Health Checks are in a Healthy state.
  • Unhealthy indicates that one or more of the Health Checks are in an Unhealthy state
  • Idle indicates that the stream is not currently active

Health Checks

  • Transcoding — A Healthy status indicates that video transcoding is occurring, and the multiple profiles of your stream are available for playback. An Unhealthy status indicates that we have failed to generate the profiles , so only the original video will be available. Check the event log below for any actionable errors, or check the Status page for platform-wide issues.
  • Real-time — This indicates whether our system transcoded the stream faster than in real-time. In other words, if the video transcodes, latency is lower than the video duration. Unconventional configurations may cause an Unhealthy status.
  • Multistreaming — This health check indicates whether all configured multistream targets are connected. If no targets exist, this will appear blank and not be considered for the global health state. If this shows up as Unhealthy, you can also check the status of the individual multistream targets in the Overivew tab, where the targets can be either Idle, Pending, Online'or' Offline:
    • An Idle status indicates that the stream is not currently active, so neither is multistreaming.
    • A Pending status indicates that our system tries connecting to the respective multistream target.
    • An Online status indicates that the multistream target is successfully connected.
    • An Offline status means that we’ve received an error when trying to connect to the target. To try again, check the ingest URL and stream key of your destination service, re-configure your multistream target and restart your stream.


Logs will surface informational alerts (ex., stream has started/stopped, multistream destinations have connected/disconnected) or any fatal errors from the transcoding process. Here is an example of a fatal error:

Transcode error from ewr-prod-livepeer-orchestrator-0 for segment 0:
**Unsupported input pixel format**

If you run into this or any similar errors, check the configuration in your streaming software (e.g., OBS) and restart the stream.

Session Ingest Rate

Session ingest rate tells you the bitrate of the video received by Livepeer ingest servers, updated every 10 seconds. A high bitrate is suggestive that streams into the Livepeer system are high quality, your encoder is working correctly, and your internet connection is good. A fluctuating or low bitrate may suggest that your encoder is misconfigured or that the streamer internet connection isn’t as strong as it should be to deliver high-quality streams to your viewers.

Monitoring in the Dashboard

In the dashboard, there will be a health tab on the right side:


During any Active stream, components on this page will display a variety of health indicators.



At the bottom of the page, a chart will show the ingest rate of a livestream:


Monitor with the API

We are working on building a first-class solution to monitor stream health using the API. Please reach out to us on Discord if you have any input.