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Ant Media vs Red5

A head-to-head comparison of Ant Media vs Red5, And what features does Video SDK offer?

Ant Media Server

Ant Media is an open-source, enterprise-grade live streaming platform that enables businesses and organizations to broadcast live video content to their audiences at scale. It offers a wide range of features, including live video encoding, transcoding, recording, and distribution.

Red5

Red5 is a free and open-source media server that enables real-time streaming of video and audio over the internet. It is a flexible platform that can be used to build a wide variety of streaming applications on demand. However, RED5 is expensive to run for large-scale streaming due to high computing resource requirements and lack of pre-built applications.

How Video SDK make a difference?

Ant Media and Red5 are both media server software solutions used for live streaming. Ant Media allows you to create real-time streaming applications, making it suitable for interactive video conferencing, while Red5 is well-known for its support for RTMP which is commonly used for streaming media over the internet. However, there are some key differences beetween comparison of Ant Media and Red5 so it's essential to be aware of their limitations and constraints.

Presenting the Video SDK - a robust and user-friendly video conferencing SDK that offers an extensive array of features, including chat, polls, break-out rooms, streaming capabilities, and RTMP out. It's the perfect solution for businesses and organizations of any size that require creating top-notch and captivating real-time communication experiences.

Here is a comparison of Video SDK with Ant Media vs Red5, and understand why Video SDK emerges as a much better choice for all your requirements.

Features Comparison : Ant Media vs Red5 vs Video SDK

Ant Media Server
Red5
Video SDK

No. of participants (Including hosts)

6 Participants Only

Upto 250 Participants

VideoSDK supports millions participants.

Ease of SDK Integration

Complex Integration

Complex Integration

VideoSDK generally requires more than 2 weeks for SDK integration.

Adpative audio/video quality

Available

Available

VideoSDK offers adaptive audio/video quality.

Works behind the Firewall, Private Network

No

No

Yes

Role Management, Permissions, Policy and Templates

Yes

Yes

VideoSDK offer Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.

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

Partial Available

Not Available

Available

Dynamic Layout for Studio and RTMP Live Streaming

Available

Not Available

In VideoSDK no needed manual configuration.

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

Available

Not Available

Collaborative features available VideoSDK.

Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware

Not Available

Not Available

Easy integration

Webhooks

Available

Available

Available

Pricing Model

License Based

Subscription Based

Usage based Price

Interactive Live Streaming

Yes

Yes

VideoSDK supports interactive live streaming.

Cloud Recording

No

No

VideoSDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

Interactive Whiteboard

No

No

VideoSDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

Multi-platform

No

No

VideoSDK supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

Interactive Participant Support

Upto 200

Upto 1000

Up to 5,000

Mobile browser support

Limited (30%)

Limited (25%)

Video support only 90% mobile browsers.

Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity

No

No

VideoSDK supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..

Audio & Video powered by AI

No

No

Yes

Independent of Open Source Dependency

No

No

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

No

No

Yes

Full HD recording

No

No

VideoSDK supports full HD recording.

Open source templates

No

No

VideoSDK heavily rely on open source templates.

Full Custom roles

Yes

No

VideoSDK offer support for full custom roles.

HLS Streaming

Yes

Yes

VideoSDK supports HLS streaming.

Cost-effective

No

No

VideoSDK is cost effective.

Prebuilt SDK

Separate SDK

Separate SDK

VideoSDK provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

Fully customizable UI

No

No

VideoSDK allows for a Limited customizable UI.

Metaverse platform support

No

No

VideoSDK support Metaverse platform.

Session analytics

Yes

No

VideoSDK offer session analytics option.

Data Tracks

No

No

VideoSDK offer track data option.

Price Comparison : Ant Media vs Red5 vs Video SDK

Ant Media Server
Red5
Video SDK

Volume Discount

No

No

VideoSDK offer the volume discount.

Video Conferencing

  • Yearly License: $99 to $2,499 Additional:
  • Hourly license: $0.09 per instance per hour
  • Annual license: $69 per month for self-hosted
  • Perpetual license: $1,999 for self-hosted"

Developer Pro: $29.99 per month Small- to medium-sized companies: $7,500 per year Enterprise services: $57,000 High volume: Custom pricing Startup Pro: $109

  • Video SD: $2.00
  • Video HD: $3.00
  • Video Full HD: $7.00
  • Video 2K: $7.00
  • Video 2K+: $7.00

Analytics

No

No

VideoSDK offer free analytics.

Separate pricing for video and audio

No

No

Yes

Free 10,000 minutes every month

No

No

Yes

Minimum price for video calls

Ranging from $99 to $2,499

Not Available

$0.002 per participant minute

Minimum price for audio-only calls

Ranging from $99 to $2,499

Not Available

$0.0006 per participant min

Advanced Firewall Control

Yes

No

VideoSDK offer free firewall control.

Compliance & Privacy

Ant Media Server provides robust support for GDPR compliance.

Red5 not provides compliance & privacy support.

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

Hourly License: $0.09 per instance per hour Annual License (Self-Hosted): $69.00 per month

On $3,399 per month Plan

  • Video SD: $15.00 1,000 minutes, No limit on participants
  • Video HD: $15.00 1,000 minutes,No limit on participants

RTMP pricing

Hourly License: $0.09 per instance per hour Annual License (Self-Hosted): $69.00 per month

On $3,399 per month Plan

  • $15 per 1,000 minutes

ILS pricing

Hourly License: $0.09 per instance per hour Annual License (Self-Hosted): $69.00 per month Perpetual License (Self-Hosted): $1999.00

Basic live streaming: $29.99 per month Growth Pro: $89 per year or $99 per month Bulk discounts: Available for large enterprise installations"

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

Storage pricing

  • Yearly License: $99 to $2,499 Additional:
  • Hourly license: $0.09 per instance per hour
  • Annual license: $69 per month for self-hosted
  • Perpetual license: $1,999 for self-hosted"

Developer Pro: $29.99 per month Small- to medium-sized companies: $7,500 per year Enterprise services: $57,000 High volume: Custom pricing Startup Pro: $109

  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

Support Comparison : Ant Media vs Red5 vs Video SDK

Ant Media Server
Red5
Video SDK

Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cost

  • Premium: $999 per month or $799 per month annually, with a response time of 2 hours and a resolution time of 24 hours

Ant Media Server also offers three pricing editions:

  • Monthly license: $99 per month
  • Annual license: $948 per year
  • Perpetual license: $2,499 for a one-time purchase

Basic live streaming: $29.99 per month Growth Pro: $89 per year or $99 per month Small- to medium-sized companies: $7,500 per year Enterprise services: $57,000 per year High volume: Custom pricing

Free

Access to Testing

Yes

Yes

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

Access to TAM / CS Engineer

No

No

Dedicated CS & Solution Engineers

SLAs

Yes (Enterprise Plan)

Yes

Inexpensive SLA with 99.9% uptime

SUCCESS STORY

How MomentoStream increased user engagement into their live streaming platform with Video SDK

Discover why Video SDK is the top choice for customers

Shilpa Jain-CEO & Co-Founder at Talk Your Heart Out
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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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