Zoom vs LiveKit

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

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.

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

While considering real-time communication solutions for your products, LiveKit provides a modern and user-friendly solution with easy-to-use APIs and built-in collaborative elements. On the other hand, Zoom is known for its reliability and scalability, offering a robust platform for handling a larger number of users.

LiveKit and Zoom shine with their low-latency and regional server support, ensuring smooth and responsive communication. However, they might lack some advanced features such as network degradation management and a low-code UI builder.

But fear not, Video SDK comes to the rescue, combining the best features from both LiveKit and Zoom while adding even more capabilities.

In this comparison, we delve into the facts about LiveKit and Zoom, and we'll explain why Video SDK is the ultimate solution for your real-time communication needs.

Features comparison : Zoom vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Zoom Video SDK
LiveKit
Video SDK

No. of participants (Including hosts)

Limited

Limited

Up to millions of viewers

Ease of SDK Integration

Tough and restrictive

Development is moderately tough

Avg. integration takes only 2 weeks

Adpative audio/video quality

Not available

Not Available

Available

Works behind the Firewall, Private Network

No

No

Yes

Role Management, Permissions, Policy and Templates

Limited

Limited to host & participant roles

Available

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

Not available

Available

Available

Dynamic Layout for Studio and RTMP Live Streaming

Not available

Not Available

Available

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

Free, but limited

Not Available

Available

Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware

Not available

Not Available

Available

Webhooks

Only for a few states

Not Available

Available

Pricing Model

Usage based

Subscription based

Usage based

Interactive Live Streaming

No

Yes

Yes

Cloud Recording

Yes

Yes

Yes

Interactive Whiteboard

Yes

No

Yes

Multi-platform

No

No

Yes

Interactive Participant Support

Up to 300

Limited

Up to 5,000

Mobile browser support

Chrome only

Limited

90%

Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity

No

Yes

Yes

Audio & Video powered by AI

No

No

Yes

Independent of Open Source Dependency

Yes

No

Yes

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

No

No

Yes

Open source templates

No

No

Yes

Full Custom roles

No

Limited

Yes

HLS Streaming

No

Yes

Yes

Cost-effective

No

No

Yes

Prebuilt SDK

No

No

Yes

Fully customizable UI

No

No

Yes

Metaverse platform support

No

No

Yes

Session analytics

No

No

Yes

Data Tracks

No

No

Yes

Cost comparison : Zoom vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Zoom Video SDK
LiveKit
Video SDK

Volume Discount

No

No

Yes

Video Conferencing

  • $3.5 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

No

Free

Free

Separate pricing for video and audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free 10,000 minutes every month

No

No

Yes

Minimum price for video calls

$0.0035 per participant minute

$0.02 per participant minute

$0.002 per participant minute

Minimum price for audio-only calls

$0.0035 per participant minute

$0.005 per participant minute

$0.0006 per participant min

Advanced Firewall Control

No

No

Free

Cloud recording pricing

  • $4 per 1,000 minutes

No accurate data available

  • $15 per 1,000 minutes, No limit on participants

RTMP pricing

  • $3.5 per 1,000 minutes

No accurate data available

  • $15 per 1,000 minutes

ILS pricing

NA

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

Storage pricing

  • $100 per month

No accurate data available

  • $3 per 1000 minutes per month

Support comparison : Zoom vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Zoom Video SDK
LiveKit
Video SDK

Support

No

Yes

Yes

Cost

  • Plans upto $1900 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 Immigo empowered personalized language learning experience with Video SDK

See why customers love Video SDK

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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