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LiveKit vs Janus

A head-to-head comparison of LiveKit and Janus, And what features does Video SDK offer?
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.
Janus
Janus is a general-purpose WebRTC server that can be used to build a variety of real-time communication applications, including live video calls and live streams. It is a low-level SDK that gives developers full control over the live video experience.
How Video SDK make a difference?
Livekit and Janus are both real-time communication platforms, each with its unique strengths and applications. Livekit is a platform designed for building real-time video and audio applications, while Janus is a WebRTC server designed for building real-time multimedia communication applications. However, there are some key differences 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 LiveKit vs Janus, and understand why Video SDK emerges as a much better choice for all your requirements.

Features comparison : LiveKit vs Janus vs Video SDK

LiveKit
Janus
Video SDK
No. of participants (Including hosts)
LiveKit supports limited participants.
Janus supports 2 participants only.
VideoSDK supports millions participants.
Ease of SDK Integration
Development is moderately tough
Very Complex Integration takes 6+ months
VideoSDK generally requires more than 2 weeks for

SDK integration

.
Adpative audio/video quality
LiveKit not offers adaptive audio/video quality.
Janus 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
Limited to host & participant roles
Not available
VideoSDK offer Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.
Automatic video and audio track degrade due to bandwidth in-consistency
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 LiveKit collaborative features is not available.
In Janus collaborative features is not available.
Collaborative features available VideoSDK.
Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware
Not Available
Separate integration
Easy integration
Webhooks
Not Available
Not Provide
Available
Pricing Model
Subscription based
Usage Based
Usage based

Price

Interactive Live Streaming
LiveKit supports interactive live streaming.
Janus supports interactive live streaming.
VideoSDK supports

interactive live streaming

.
Cloud Recording
LiveKit offers cloud recording capabilities.
Janus offers cloud recording capabilities.
VideoSDK offers cloud recording capabilities.
Interactive Whiteboard
LiveKit not provides an interactive whiteboard feature.
Janus not provides an interactive whiteboard feature.
VideoSDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.
Multi-platform
LiveKit not supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.
Janus not supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.
VideoSDK supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.
Interactive Participant Support
LiveKit provides limited support for interactive participants.
No Support
Up to 5,000
Mobile browser support
LiveKit offers limited support for mobile browsers.
Limited (iOS not supported)
Video support only 90% mobile browsers.
Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity
LiveKit supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..
Janus 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
LiveKit is not dependent on open source.
Janus 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
LiveKit not supports full HD recording.
Janus not supports full HD recording.
VideoSDK supports full HD recording.
Open source templates
LiveKit not heavily rely on open source templates.
Yes
VideoSDK heavily rely on open source templates.
Full Custom roles
LiveKit offer limited support for custom roles.
Janus not offer support for custom roles.
VideoSDK offer support for full custom roles.
HLS Streaming
LiveKit supports HLS streaming.
Janus not supports HLS streaming.
VideoSDK supports HLS streaming.
Cost-effective
LiveKit is not cost effective.
Janus not is cost effective.
VideoSDK is cost effective.
Prebuilt SDK
LiveKit not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.
No
VideoSDK provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.
Fully customizable UI
LiveKit not allows for a customizable UI.
Low Customization
VideoSDK allows for a Limited customizable UI.
Metaverse platform support
LiveKit not support Metaverse platform.
No
VideoSDK support Metaverse platform.
Session analytics
LiveKit not offer session analytics option.
Not Comprehensive
VideoSDK offer session analytics option.
Data Tracks
LiveKit not offer data tracks option.
Not Documented
VideoSDK offer track data option.

Price Comparison : LiveKit vs Janus vs Video SDK

LiveKit
Janus
Video SDK
Volume Discount
LiveKit not offer the volume discount.
No
VideoSDK offer the

volume discount

.
Video Conferencing
  • $20 per 1,000 minutes
Yes
  • Video SD: $2.00
  • Video HD: $3.00
  • Video Full HD: $7.00
  • Video 2K: $7.00
  • Video 2K+: $7.00
Analytics
Free
No
VideoSDK offer free analytics.
Separate pricing for video and audio
Yes
Yes
Yes
Free 10,000 minutes every month
No
No
Yes
Minimum price for video calls
$0.02 per participant minute
Separate Charge
$0.002 per participant minute
Minimum price for audio-only calls
$0.005 per participant minute
Not Available
$0.0006 per participant min
Advanced Firewall Control
No
No
VideoSDK offer free firewall control.
Compliance & Privacy
LiveKit not provides compliance & privacy support.
Janus 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
No accurate data available
Not Include
  • Video SD: $15.00 1,000 minutes, No limit on participants
  • Video HD: $15.00 1,000 minutes,No limit on participants
RTMP pricing
No accurate data available
Not Included
  • $15 per 1,000 minutes
ILS pricing
  • $69 per hour (upto 500 viewers only and doesn't support Full HD)
Aggregated resolution based per participant pricing
  • $0.001 per participant minute (Also supports Full HD)
Storage pricing
No accurate data available
High Cost
  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

Support Comparison : LiveKit vs Janus vs Video SDK

LiveKit
Janus
Video SDK
Support
Yes
Community Support
Yes
Cost
Only accounts having Standard or Enterprise plan
Not Available
Free
Access to Testing
No
Yes
All paid accounts get access to testing support from Video SDK.
Access to TAM / CS Engineer
No
Yes
Dedicated CS & Solution Engineers
SLAs
Only accounts having Enterprise plan
Yes
Inexpensive SLA with

99.9% uptime

SUCCESS STORY

How ForagerOne built interactive learning platform with Video SDK

Discover why Video SDK is the top choice for customers
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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