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Daily vs LiveKit

How do Daily and LiveKit compare? And what does Video SDK offer?

Daily

Daily allows developers to create real-time video and audio calls that operate directly in the web browser. The SDK simplifies the process of handling common backend video call functionalities across various platforms, providing sensible defaults for a smoother development experience.

LiveKit

Livekit is a collection of SDKs that enables the integration of live video and audio into your native applications. It offers various notable features, including live streaming, in-game communication, video calls, and more. Livekit utilizes a modern, end-to-end WebRTC stack to deliver seamless and high-quality real-time communication experiences.

How Video SDK make a difference

If you're searching for a reliable live video conference SDK, you may have heard about Livekit and Daily. Both platforms are open-source, offering SDKs for embedding live video calling and relevant features into your application.

Livekit and Daily can deliver somewhat reliable audio/video conferencing performance. However, achieving this often requires writing lengthy blocks of code. Moreover, using separate SDKs might mean not having all the features you need in one place.

But with Video SDK, the game changes. It provides excellent audio/video performance and all the collaborative features you need in a single SDK. Additionally, Video SDK requires minimal coding, allowing you to get your application up and running in just a few minutes.

This page compares Livekit vs Daily and explains why you should consider Video SDK as an alternative for your live video communication needs.

Features comparison : Daily vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Daily
LiveKit
Video SDK

No. of participants (Including hosts)

Daily supports upto 1000 participants.

LiveKit supports limited participants.

VideoSDK supports millions participants.

Ease of SDK Integration

Daily SDK is Complex for integration.

Development is moderately tough

VideoSDK generally requires more than 2 weeks for SDK integration.

Adpative audio/video quality

Daily audio/video quality upto 720p.

LiveKit not offers adaptive audio/video quality.

VideoSDK offers adaptive audio/video quality.

Works behind the Firewall, Private Network

No

No

Yes

Role Management, Permissions, Policy and Templates

Daily has limited Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.

Limited to host & participant roles

VideoSDK offer Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.

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

Yes

Available

Available

Dynamic Layout for Studio and RTMP Live Streaming

No

Not Available

In VideoSDK no needed manual configuration.

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

In Daily collaborative features is not available.

In LiveKit collaborative features is not available.

Collaborative features available VideoSDK.

Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware

No

Not Available

Easy integration

Webhooks

No

Not Available

Available

Pricing Model

Usage based

Subscription based

Usage based Price

Interactive Live Streaming

Daily supports interactive live streaming.

LiveKit supports interactive live streaming.

VideoSDK supports interactive live streaming.

Cloud Recording

Daily offers cloud recording capabilities.

LiveKit offers cloud recording capabilities.

VideoSDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

Interactive Whiteboard

Daily provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

LiveKit not provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

VideoSDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

Multi-platform

Daily not supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

LiveKit not supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

VideoSDK supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

Interactive Participant Support

Daily support upto 1000 Interactive Participants.

LiveKit provides limited support for interactive participants.

Up to 5,000

Mobile browser support

84%

LiveKit offers limited support for mobile browsers.

Video support only 90% mobile browsers.

Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity

720p only

LiveKit supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..

VideoSDK supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..

Audio & Video powered by AI

Partial

No

Yes

Independent of Open Source Dependency

Daily is not dependent on open source.

LiveKit is not dependent on open source.

VideoSDK is not dependent on open source.

Customised RTMP, Cloud Recording, HLS

Yes

No

Yes

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

Partial

No

Yes

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

No

No

Yes

Full HD recording

Daily supports full HD recording.

LiveKit not supports full HD recording.

VideoSDK supports full HD recording.

Open source templates

Daily not rely on open source templates

LiveKit not heavily rely on open source templates.

VideoSDK heavily rely on open source templates.

Full Custom roles

Daily has no custom roles option.

LiveKit offer limited support for custom roles.

VideoSDK offer support for full custom roles.

HLS Streaming

Daily supports HLS streaming.

LiveKit supports HLS streaming.

VideoSDK supports HLS streaming.

Cost-effective

No

LiveKit is not cost effective.

VideoSDK is cost effective.

Prebuilt SDK

Yes, but limited features

LiveKit not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

VideoSDK provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

Fully customizable UI

Daily has Limited customizable UI

LiveKit not allows for a customizable UI.

VideoSDK allows for a Limited customizable UI.

Metaverse platform support

No

LiveKit not support Metaverse platform.

VideoSDK support Metaverse platform.

Session analytics

Yes

LiveKit not offer session analytics option.

VideoSDK offer session analytics option.

Data Tracks

Partial data tracking option.

LiveKit not offer data tracks option.

VideoSDK offer track data option.

Cost comparison : Daily vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Daily
LiveKit
Video SDK

Volume Discount

Yes

LiveKit not offer the volume discount.

VideoSDK offer the volume discount.

Video Conferencing

  • $4 per 1,000 minutes
  • $20 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

Yes

Free

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

$0.004 per participant min

$0.02 per participant minute

$0.002 per participant minute

Minimum price for audio-only calls

$0.00099 per participant min

$0.005 per participant minute

$0.0006 per participant min

Advanced Firewall Control

$500/month

No

VideoSDK offer free firewall control.

Compliance & Privacy

Daily provides robust support for Only HIPAA compliance, although it comes with associated charges.

LiveKit 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

  • $13.49 per 1,000 minutes

No accurate data available

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

RTMP pricing

  • $15 per 1,000 minutes

No accurate data available

  • $15 per 1,000 minutes

ILS pricing

  • $0.0012 per minute
  • $69 per hour (upto 500 viewers only and doesn't support Full HD)
  • $0.001 per participant minute (Also supports Full HD)

Storage pricing

  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

No accurate data available

  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

Support comparison : Daily vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Daily
LiveKit
Video SDK

Support

Paid

Yes

Yes

Cost

  • Advanced Support: $500 per month
  • Premium Support: $1,500 per month
  • Enterprise: $5,000 per month

Only accounts having Standard or Enterprise plan

Free

Access to Testing

No

No

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

Access to TAM / CS Engineer

No

No

Dedicated CS & Solution Engineers

SLAs

No

Only accounts having Enterprise plan

Inexpensive SLA with 99.9% uptime

SUCCESS STORY

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

See why customers love Video SDK

Ankur Chandra-Engineering Manager at Fynd
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“I still remember when I was trying out the product and connected over discord with Arjun Kava, and he immediately responded. It is one of the things that we found less often. The team is super enthusiastic to make the product as next big thing. Easy integration is the beauty of it. Few lines of code and it's done.”

Ankur Chandra ,

Engineering Manager at Fynd

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