As rtMedia provide multiple solutions for audio/video encoding, we often get questions about which one to choose.
So we have created following comparison table hoping that it will help you make right choice. Still, if you fail to get satisfactory answer after goging through this, feel free to contact us using rtMedia support forum.
|Feature\Offering||rtMedia FFMPEG Addon||rtMedia Kaltura Add-on||Audio/Video Encoding Service|
|HD Video Encoding||Coming soon||Yes||Coming Soon|
|Hosting Requirement for encoding solution||VPS/Dedicated server.Root access required for media-node installation.||Shared hosting can be used with Kaltura.com accoount.VPS/Dedicated server required for Kaltura-CE on Kaltura-on-Prem installation.||None.Installation is not required|
|Encoding turnaround time||Depends on server hardware specially number of CPUs, use of SSD, free RAM.||In case of Kaltura.com network latency.For Kaltura-CE, server hardware will come into picture.||Network latency is a factor.|
|Dependency||media-node project||Kaltura.com account, a Self Hosted Kaltura CE or Kaltura On-Prem TM Edition||Nothing|
|Video Hosting||Local server where media-node is installed||Kaltura.com hosts video but charges for bandwisthFor Kaltura-CE, local video storage will be required||Local-server|
|CDN Support||Uses CDN configured with WordPress||Kaltura.com videos are served by Kaltura server only.CDN can be configured separately for Kaltura-CE||Uses CDN configured with WordPress|
|Analytics and reporting||Relay on WordPress site’s analytic software||Kaltura has separate analytic and reporting interface||Relay on WordPress site’s analytic software.|
|Pricing||USD 99 (one-time)includes 1-year of free update. Single-site license||USD 149 (one-time)includes 1-year of free update. Single-site licenseSeparate recurring charges for Kaltura.com subscription based on storange and bandwidth requirement.||FREE plan available.More plan details here|
|Pricing for installation support||USD 99 (one-time) for media-node setup and configuring FFMPEG addon to use it||Kaltura.com account doesn’t require setupUSD 199 (one-time) for Kaltura-CE setup and configuring Kaltura addon to use it||Not required.|
|Roadmap||Adding HD-video encoding option||Nothing in roadmap as of now||HD-video, webcam recording|
- If you are on shared hosting, go for audio-video encoding service. You can start with a FREE plan.
- If you have a dedicated server and needs video encoded locally (privacy/speed concerns) then go for FFMPEG-Addon.
- If you like Kaltura and their solutions, you can go with Kaltura-Addon.
In any case, it is NOT recommended to use Kaltura-CE (for which you will need rtMedia Kaltura addon). If you want local setup, rtMedia FFMPEG-addon backed by media-node will provide better throughput.