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Agora vs Zoom

A head-to-head comparison of Agora and Zoom, And what features and value does Video SDK offer?

Agora

Agora Live Video SDK aims to make live video calls and live streams inside applications easier. The SDK is very low-level and allows enterprise development teams to control every aspect of the live video experience.

Zoom Video SDK

The Zoom Video SDK provides a reliable video conferencing experience similar to the original Client, but with added flexibility. It encompasses a wide range of services, including audio, video, chat, screen sharing, data streams, server-side APIs, and webhooks. This extensive set of features allows developers to create customized and immersive video communication experiences within their applications.

How Video SDK make a difference?

When evaluating Video SDK options, Agora and Zoom are two of the most popular real-time engagement platforms (RTEPs), but they have some key differences. Agora is a cloud platform that provides developers with the tools to build customized video, voice, and messaging features into their own applications. Zoom is a more user-friendly platform that is designed for businesses and individuals to host video conferences and meetings.

However, it's essential to note that both SDKs might be considered legacy platforms, lacking some modern features like built-in collaborative tools, a low-code UI builder, and 24/7 support.

And here comes Video SDK. It’s quite easy and quick SDK that helps you deal with multiple features, such as chat, polls, breakout rooms, streaming capability, and RTMP out — all in a single SDK.

Let’s compare Video SDK along with Agora and Zoom, and understand why Video SDK is a much better choice for all your needs.

Features Comparison : Agora vs Zoom vs Video SDK

Agora
Zoom Video SDK
Video SDK

No. of participants (Including hosts)

Agora not supports more than 55 participants.

Zoom Video SDK supports limited participants.

VideoSDK supports millions participants.

Ease of SDK Integration

Agora generally requires more than 3 months for SDK integration.

Tough and restrictive

VideoSDK generally requires more than 2 weeks for SDK integration.

Adpative audio/video quality

Agora not offers adaptive audio/video quality.

Adpative audio/video quality not available in Zoom Video SDK.

VideoSDK offers adaptive audio/video quality.

Works behind the Firewall, Private Network

No

No

Yes

Role Management, Permissions, Policy and Templates

Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates not available in Agora.

Zoom Video SDK offer limited Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.

VideoSDK offer Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.

Automatic video and audio track degrade due to bandwidth in-consistency

Not available

Not available

Available

Dynamic Layout for Studio and RTMP Live Streaming

Not available

Not available

In VideoSDK no needed manual configuration.

Build collaborative features like chat, poll, Q & A, whiteboard etc.

In Agora collaborative features is not available.

In Zoom Video SDK collaborative features are available but it`s limited.

Collaborative features available VideoSDK.

Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware

Complex integration

Not available

Easy integration

Webhooks

Only use cloud recording use-cases.

Only for a few states

Available

Pricing Model

Usage based

Usage based

Usage based Price

Interactive Live Streaming

Agora supports interactive live streaming.

Zoom Video SDK not supports interactive live streaming.

VideoSDK supports interactive live streaming.

Cloud Recording

Agora offers cloud recording capabilities.

Zoom Video SDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

VideoSDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

Interactive Whiteboard

Agora provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

Zoom Video SDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

VideoSDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

Multi-platform

Agora supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

Zoom Video SDK supports not multiple platforms for a wider reach.

VideoSDK supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

Interactive Participant Support

Agora provides limited support for interactive participants.

Up to 300

Up to 5,000

Mobile browser support

Agora offers limited support for mobile browsers.

Zoom Video only support chrome brower.

Video support only 90% mobile browsers.

Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity

Agora not supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments.

Zoom Video SDK not supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments.

VideoSDK supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..

Audio & Video powered by AI

No

No

Yes

Independent of Open Source Dependency

Agora is not dependent on open source.

Zoom Video SDK is dependent on open source.

VideoSDK is not dependent on open source.

Customised RTMP, Cloud Recording, HLS

No

No

Yes

API for building specific features such as collaborative games, polls etc

No

No

Yes

API to build social features such as merging rooms, battles, coins, gifts sending etc

No

No

Yes

Full HD recording

Agora supports full HD recording.

Zoom Video SDK not supports full HD recording.

VideoSDK supports full HD recording.

Open source templates

Agora not heavily rely on open source templates.

Zoom Video SDK not heavily rely on open source templates.

VideoSDK heavily rely on open source templates.

Full Custom roles

Agora offer limited support for full custom roles.

Zoom Video SDK not support for custom roles.

VideoSDK offer support for full custom roles.

HLS Streaming

Agora supports HLS streaming.

Zoom Video SDK not supports HLS streaming.

VideoSDK supports HLS streaming.

Cost-effective

Agora is not cost effective.

Zoom Video SDK is not cost effective.

VideoSDK is cost effective.

Prebuilt SDK

Agora not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

Zoom Video SDK not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

VideoSDK provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

Fully customizable UI

Agora allows for a customizable UI.

Zoom Video SDK not customizable UI.

VideoSDK allows for a Limited customizable UI.

Metaverse platform support

Agora not support Metaverse platform.

Zoom Video SDK not support Metaverse platform.

VideoSDK support Metaverse platform.

Session analytics

Agora offer session analytics option.

Zoom Video SDK not offer session analytics option

VideoSDK offer session analytics option.

Data Tracks

Agora not offer data tracks option.

Zoom Video SDK not offer track data option.

VideoSDK offer track data option.

Price Comparison : Agora vs Zoom vs Video SDK

Agora
Zoom Video SDK
Video SDK

Volume Discount

Agora not offer the volume discount.

Zoom Video SDK not offer the volume discount.

VideoSDK offer the volume discount.

Video Conferencing

  • Video SD: $3.99
  • Video HD: $3.99
  • Video Full HD: $8.99
  • Video 2K: $15.99
  • Video 2K+: $35.99
  • $3.5 per 1,000 minutes
  • Video SD: $2.00
  • Video HD: $3.00
  • Video Full HD: $7.00
  • Video 2K: $7.00
  • Video 2K+: $7.00

Analytics

  • Standard Plan: $449/month
  • Premium Plan: $999/month
  • Enterprise Plan $1599/month

No

VideoSDK offer free analytics.

Separate pricing for video and audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free 10,000 minutes every month

Yes

No

Yes

Minimum price for video calls

$0.0039 per participant minute

$0.0035 per participant minute

$0.002 per participant minute

Minimum price for audio-only calls

$0.00099 per participant minute

$0.0035 per participant minute

$0.0006 per participant min

Advanced Firewall Control

Agora not offer firewall control.

No

VideoSDK offer free firewall control.

Compliance & Privacy

Agora provides robust support only for HIPAA compliance, although it comes with associated charges.

Zoom provides robust support for Only SOC 2 Type 2 compliance.

Secure real-time audio-video to your app or website with compliance and privacy.

  1. HIPPA Complaint
  2. GDPR Complaint
  3. Data Localization
  4. SOC 2 Type 2
  5. VAPT(Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing,)
  6. CERT-in (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team )

Cloud recording pricing

  • Voice: $1.49
  • SD: $5.99
  • HD: $5.99
  • Full HD: $13.49
  • 2K: $23.99
  • 2K+: $53.99
  • $4 per 1,000 minutes
  • Video SD: $15.00 1,000 minutes, No limit on participants
  • Video HD: $15.00 1,000 minutes,No limit on participants

RTMP pricing

  • H.264 Full HD Output Video: $15.99 per 1000 mins
  • H.265 HD Output Video: $19.99 per 1000 mins
  • H.265 Full HD Output Video: $39.99 per 1000 mins
  • $3.5 per 1,000 minutes
  • $15 per 1,000 minutes

ILS pricing

Aggregated resolution based per participant pricing

NA

  • $0.001 per participant minute (Also supports Full HD)

Storage pricing

Extra cost

  • $100 per month
  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

Support Comparison : Agora vs Zoom vs Video SDK

Agora
Zoom Video SDK
Video SDK

Support

Paid

No

Yes

Cost

  • Standard Plan: $1200/month
  • Premium Plan: $2900/month
  • Enterprise Plan: $4900/month
  • Plans upto $1900 per month

Free

Access to Testing

No

No

All paid accounts get access to testing support from Video SDK.

Access to TAM / CS Engineer

  • Premium plan: Access to CS engineer, Code Review
  • Enterprise plan: Everything in the Premium plan plus access to SA Engineer & Live Developer Consultation and Training.

No

Dedicated CS & Solution Engineers

SLAs

  • Standard Plan: P1 – 4 Business hours P2 – 16 business hours P3 – 24 business hours
  • Premium Plan: P1 – 3 hours(24/7) P2 – 8 business hours P3 – 16 business hours
  • Enterprise Plan: P1 – 2 hours (24/7) P2 – 5 business hours P3 – 9 business hours

No

Inexpensive SLA with 99.9% uptime

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“We switched from a major international player to Video SDK due to their responsiveness to feedback, superior product, and better service. They outshine bigger players in the market and have been excellent in resolving issues promptly.”

Shilpa Jain ,

CEO & Co-Founder at Talk Your Heart Out

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