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WebRTC vs LiveKit

How do WebRTC and LiveKit compare? And what 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.

WebRTC

WebRTC is a free and open-source initiative that empowers web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities through straightforward JavaScript APIs. The WebRTC components have been finely tuned to effectively fulfill this objective.

How Video SDK make a difference

Real-time communication has become integral to various industries, from online meetings and virtual conferences to healthcare and gaming. WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) and LiveKit are two prominent players in this space, each offering unique advantages and disadvantages.

However, Video SDK introduces a transformative factor. But what makes it stand out? This page conducts a comprehensive comparison between WebRTC and LiveKit, unveiling the aspects that contribute to Video SDK's exceptional performance. An ideal solution tailored to meet your specific requirements!

Features comparison : WebRTC vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

LiveKit
WebRTC
Video SDK

No. of participants (Including hosts)

LiveKit supports limited participants.

WebRTC supports 2-3 participants only.

VideoSDK supports millions participants.

Ease of SDK Integration

Development is moderately tough

WebRTC SDK is Complex for integration.

VideoSDK generally requires more than 2 weeks for SDK integration.

Adpative audio/video quality

LiveKit not offers adaptive audio/video quality.

WebRTC 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

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

VideoSDK offer Role Management, Permissions, Policy & Templates.

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

Available

No

Available

Dynamic Layout for Studio and RTMP Live Streaming

Not Available

No

In VideoSDK no needed manual configuration.

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

In LiveKit collaborative features is not available.

In WebRTC collaborative features is not available.

Collaborative features available VideoSDK.

Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware

Not Available

No

Easy integration

Webhooks

Not Available

Yes

Available

Pricing Model

Subscription based

NA

Usage based Price

Interactive Live Streaming

LiveKit supports interactive live streaming.

NA

VideoSDK supports interactive live streaming.

Cloud Recording

LiveKit offers cloud recording capabilities.

NA

VideoSDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

Interactive Whiteboard

LiveKit not provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

WebRTC not provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

VideoSDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

Multi-platform

LiveKit not supports multiple platforms for a wider reach.

WebRTC 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.

WebRTC support limited Interactive Participants.

Up to 5,000

Mobile browser support

LiveKit offers limited support for mobile browsers.

20%

Video support only 90% mobile browsers.

Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity

LiveKit supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments..

WebRTC 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.

WebRTC 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.

WebRTC not supports full HD recording.

VideoSDK supports full HD recording.

Open source templates

LiveKit not heavily rely on open source templates.

WebRTC heavily rely on open source templates.

VideoSDK heavily rely on open source templates.

Full Custom roles

LiveKit offer limited support for custom roles.

Limited

VideoSDK offer support for full custom roles.

HLS Streaming

LiveKit supports HLS streaming.

Yes

VideoSDK supports HLS streaming.

Cost-effective

LiveKit is not cost effective.

WebRTC is cost effective.

VideoSDK is cost effective.

Prebuilt SDK

LiveKit not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

WebRTC not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

VideoSDK provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

Fully customizable UI

LiveKit not allows for a customizable UI.

Yes, but requires much efforts

VideoSDK allows for a Limited customizable UI.

Metaverse platform support

LiveKit not support Metaverse platform.

WebRTC support Metaverse platform.

VideoSDK support Metaverse platform.

Session analytics

LiveKit not offer session analytics option.

WebRTC not offer session analytics option.

VideoSDK offer session analytics option.

Data Tracks

LiveKit not offer data tracks option.

WebRTC not offer track data option.

VideoSDK offer track data option.

Cost comparison : WebRTC vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

LiveKit
WebRTC
Video SDK

Volume Discount

LiveKit not offer the volume discount.

NA

VideoSDK offer the volume discount.

Video Conferencing

  • $20 per 1,000 minutes

NA

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

Analytics

Free

NA

VideoSDK offer free analytics.

Separate pricing for video and audio

Yes

NA

Yes

Free 10,000 minutes every month

No

NA

Yes

Minimum price for video calls

$0.02 per participant minute

NA

$0.002 per participant minute

Minimum price for audio-only calls

$0.005 per participant minute

NA

$0.0006 per participant min

Advanced Firewall Control

No

No

VideoSDK offer free firewall control.

Compliance & Privacy

LiveKit not provides compliance & privacy support.

WebRTC 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

NA

  • 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

NA

  • $15 per 1,000 minutes

ILS pricing

  • $69 per hour (upto 500 viewers only and doesn't support Full HD)

NA

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

Storage pricing

No accurate data available

NA

  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

Support comparison : WebRTC vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

LiveKit
WebRTC
Video SDK

Support

Yes

NA

Yes

Cost

Only accounts having Standard or Enterprise plan

NA

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

Only accounts having Enterprise plan

No

Inexpensive SLA with 99.9% uptime

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