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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)

Zoom Video SDK supports limited participants.

LiveKit supports limited participants.

VideoSDK supports millions participants.

Ease of SDK Integration

Tough and restrictive

Development is moderately tough

VideoSDK generally requires more than 2 weeks for SDK integration.

Adpative audio/video quality

Adpative audio/video quality not available in Zoom Video SDK.

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

Zoom Video SDK offer 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

Not available

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 Zoom Video SDK collaborative features are available but it`s limited.

In LiveKit collaborative features is not available.

Collaborative features available VideoSDK.

Virtual Background, Live Transcription & ML Middleware

Not available

Not Available

Easy integration

Webhooks

Only for a few states

Not Available

Available

Pricing Model

Usage based

Subscription based

Usage based Price

Interactive Live Streaming

Zoom Video SDK not supports interactive live streaming.

LiveKit supports interactive live streaming.

VideoSDK supports interactive live streaming.

Cloud Recording

Zoom Video SDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

LiveKit offers cloud recording capabilities.

VideoSDK offers cloud recording capabilities.

Interactive Whiteboard

Zoom Video SDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

LiveKit not provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

VideoSDK provides an interactive whiteboard feature.

Multi-platform

Zoom Video SDK supports not 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

Up to 300

LiveKit provides limited support for interactive participants.

Up to 5,000

Mobile browser support

Zoom Video only support chrome brower.

LiveKit offers limited support for mobile browsers.

Video support only 90% mobile browsers.

Automatic audio / video degrade, re-connectivity

Zoom Video SDK not supports automatic audio/video quality adjustments.

LiveKit 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

Zoom Video SDK is dependent on open source.

LiveKit is not 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

Zoom Video SDK not supports full HD recording.

LiveKit not supports full HD recording.

VideoSDK supports full HD recording.

Open source templates

Zoom Video SDK not heavily rely on open source templates.

LiveKit not heavily rely on open source templates.

VideoSDK heavily rely on open source templates.

Full Custom roles

Zoom Video SDK not support for custom roles.

LiveKit offer limited support for custom roles.

VideoSDK offer support for full custom roles.

HLS Streaming

Zoom Video SDK not supports HLS streaming.

LiveKit supports HLS streaming.

VideoSDK supports HLS streaming.

Cost-effective

Zoom Video SDK is not cost effective.

LiveKit is not cost effective.

VideoSDK is cost effective.

Prebuilt SDK

Zoom Video SDK not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

LiveKit not provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

VideoSDK provides prebuilt SDKs for easier integration.

Fully customizable UI

Zoom Video SDK not customizable UI.

LiveKit not allows for a customizable UI.

VideoSDK allows for a Limited customizable UI.

Metaverse platform support

Zoom Video SDK not support Metaverse platform.

LiveKit not support Metaverse platform.

VideoSDK support Metaverse platform.

Session analytics

Zoom Video SDK not offer session analytics option

LiveKit not offer session analytics option.

VideoSDK offer session analytics option.

Data Tracks

Zoom Video SDK not offer track data option.

LiveKit not offer data tracks option.

VideoSDK offer track data option.

Cost comparison : Zoom vs LiveKit vs Video SDK

Zoom Video SDK
LiveKit
Video SDK

Volume Discount

Zoom Video SDK not offer the volume discount.

LiveKit not offer the volume discount.

VideoSDK offer the volume discount.

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

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

$0.0035 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

VideoSDK offer free firewall control.

Compliance & Privacy

Zoom provides robust support for Only SOC 2 Type 2 compliance.

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

  • $4 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

  • $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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