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Infinite Digital Stage

To build a Infinite Digital Stage, use the simple build document.

An Infinite Digital Stage is a virtual space which anyone can "perform" on.

Performances on the stage are streamed via digital Audio-Visual (AV) content via RTMP.

Specific description

Specifically, Infinite Digital Stage is a server-based media streaming software platform.

Anyone on the internet can:

  • stream AV content to the Infinite Digital Stage

  • stream AV content from the Infinite Digital Stage for viewing

Special feature

The platform will also "shrink" digital AV content into "lighter" formats. This is also known as "Transcoding".

Transcoding has the following advantages for viewers:

  • Faster load time - the stream starts straight away, because less data is required (up to 900x less)

  • Works on slower internet connections - due to less data required to be received (e.g. can work on 2G, 3G, 3.5G)

  • Works on older devices - as it requires less power to play back content (e.g. on old smartphones)

In summary, Transcoding makes it much easier for streamers to quickly reach larger audiences.

Installation and Testing

What you will need

To operate a Infinite Digital Stage, you will need:

  • A Linux* server with three ports open to the internet (22, 1935 and 8935)

    • 1 CPU and 2GB RAM is enough to start with.
    • Can run on a laptop or a server.
  • Some basic command line skills

    • SSH, screen, other general commands

*can also work on a Mac, but these instructions are focussed towards Linux

Test suite

The test suite for this platform is to run the following command.

ffplay http://{server-ip-address):8935/stream/{your-key}/P144p30fps16x9.m3u8

ffplay is part of ffmpeg. You can install ffmpeg with sudo apt install ffmpeg (or use Homebrew on a Mac).

This command includes these parameters:

  • {server-ip-address) is the IP address of the server, which you must provide
  • {your-key} a string of text, without spaces, that you must create

SUCCESS: If the platform is working, you will see this test-card image with a monotone audio signal, and the number will be incrementing every second:


FAILURE: If the platform is not working, you will not see the test card.

Build the platform

This sections helps you to build the platform. You can see more about the architecture.

Build instructions

  • SSH to your server

  • Download and unzip Livepeer:

tar -xzf livepeer-linux-amd64.tar.gz

Use livepeer-darwin... for a Mac.

  • Run the following command to attach a new screen
screen -DR orchestrator

Note, it is not recommended to use screen in production. See this issue.

Note, if screen is not installed, use sudo apt install screen

  • Run the following command in the orchestrator screen:
./livepeer-linux-amd64/livepeer -orchestrator -cliAddr -httpAddr -serviceAddr -orchSecret secret -v 99
  • ctrl-A-D to exit the orchestrator screen

  • Run the following command to attach a new screen

screen -DR transcoder
  • Run the following command in the transcoder screen:
./livepeer-linux-amd64/livepeer -transcoder -cliAddr -httpAddr -orchAddr -orchSecret secret -v 99
  • Hold ctrl-A-D to exit the transcoder screen

  • Run the following command to attach a new screen

screen -DR broadcaster
  • Run the following command in the broadcaster screen:
./livepeer-linux-amd64/livepeer -broadcaster -currentManifest -cliAddr -rtmpAddr -httpAddr -orchAddr -transcodingOptions P144p30fps16x9 -v 99
  • ctrl-A-D to exit the broadcaster screen

  • Run the following command to attach a new screen

screen -DR publisher
  • Run the following command in the publisher screen:
ffmpeg -re -f lavfi -i testsrc=size=256x144:rate=30,format=yuv420p -f lavfi -i sine -threads 1 -c:v libx264 -b:v 10000k -preset ultrafast -x264-params keyint=30 -strict -2 -c:a aac -f flv rtmp://{your-key}

Note: When you restart the -broadcaster, this process will die. Note: {your-key} must be a string of text, without spaces.

If you test again using the Test Suite and the same {your-key}, you should see that the platform is working.



For Developing Video Applications

There is a test platform available to use to develop applications against.

These are available by running this command:


If this signal is not working, please contact the videoDAC community on Telegram.

Further reading

You can now learn how to publish more interesting content onto a Digital Stage.

You can also view the current roadmap for evolving Digital Stage.

About Infinite Digital Stage

Infinite Digital Stage is a Video DAC project, part of Livepeer project on Ethereum.

You can donate to Digital Stage at 0x2E8c5f8eA1E5F4d9d8c7cd02315F33cfD80eB994.

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