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Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon CloudFront is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Amazon CloudFront and Brightcove Video are tied in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Amazon CloudFront

91%
13 Ratings
8.0

Brightcove Video

80%
16 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudFront

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Brightcove Video

90%
13 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Amazon CloudFront

90%
1 Rating
9.0

Brightcove Video

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

7.1

Amazon CloudFront

71%
7 Ratings
4.0

Brightcove Video

40%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon AWS

Amazon CloudFront is best suited when there is a need of speed in serving static and dynanic web contents of a web application. If the content is already in that edge location, CloudFront delivers it immediately. If the content is not currently in that edge location, CloudFront retrieves it from an Amazon S3 bucket or an HTTP server. Amazon CloudFront is not appropriate in case users can tolerate some delays or servers are present near to the location of user. It also Integrates through the W3 Total Cache plugin. Amazon CloudFront Pricing based on bandwidth usage that's the best part of it.
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Brightcove

It works very nicely for our company site because it can easily and seamlessly embed into the site and email HTML pages. It also has picture in picture, sharing, closed captioning (CC) as basic functions. It will also show the time of the video. Because these are short-term-use videos or might get updated frequently and also are just targeting a specific audience, being able to hide or not able to show the number of views or date published (unlike YouTube) actually helps us.
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Pros

Amazon AWS

  • CloudFront, like other CDNs, is a very reliable content delivery network for delivering content like images, videos, HTML, and javascripts that are run on browsers across the world.
  • It provides secure hosting of content at no extra cost. AWS Certification Manager also provides the ability to create and manage custom SSL certificates at no extra cost for our websites.
  • It is secure, which means that it uses AWS Shield for Layer 3/4 DDoS mitigation and AWS WAF for Layer 7 protection. Hence seamlessly integrating with other AWS services. So you do not have to shop outside of AWS ecosystem
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Brightcove

  • Ability to easily output a JSON response for requested video data. This makes it easy to work with Brightcove as partner.
  • The read APIs are very flexible and can the output can be easily customized using cgi args. This provides great customization of the output and sorting and filtering mechanisms to find the videos you're looking for.
  • The ability to add captions to videos is good, especially with the regulations requiring video captioning. DFXP support works great as long as the player is given the exact XML format it is looking for.
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Cons

Amazon AWS

  • If price is the main concern, CloudFront is not the cheapest-in-class by a wide margin
  • Some of the settings are not obvious to new users, and the management dashboards could use work
  • Lacks fine-grained access controls and statistical reports for usage
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Brightcove

  • The code for customizing the video player can be made easier, I think it still uses BEML code.
  • Easily accessible ready made code will help users like me to implement a cool looking player.
  • I would love to implement Brightcove video cloud on most of the projects that I work on and I see we could use it in so many different ways but pricing is not easily available on the website.
  • Again if I could work with someone to price for small, medium and large businesses that would be great.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudFront

Starting Price

$0.02

Editions & Modules

Amazon CloudFront editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
First 10TB$0.091
Next 40TB$0.082
Next 100TB$0.063
Next 350TB$0.044
Next 524TB$0.035
Next 4PB$0.036
Over 5PB$0.027

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Brightcove Video

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Brightcove Video editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Amazon AWS

    No answers on this topic

    Brightcove

    It took quite some time to upload and organize our video library. The amount of time it would require to relocate all this information outweighs any negative aspect I personally have with the experience. They have been pretty good to work with and from speaking with my Brightcove rep, I know some of the issues I have listed are currently being addressed and tested for future releases.
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    Usability

    Amazon AWS

    Easy way to integrate a CDN within the AWS infrastructure. It allows further customization based on company needs.
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    Brightcove

    Very usable! I don't see any major flaws
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    Support Rating

    Amazon AWS

    CloudFront is a good CDN solution. It can be a bit complicated to implement depending on your needs, but AWS tech support is great. You get to avoid a ton of upfront costs by going with CloudFront. It works best in conjunction with other AWS services in your infrastructure. Once you set it up, you won't need to do much to maintain it. It just works.
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    Brightcove

    We are notified often of downtime, and I have not heard from a support rep for over a year. It really makes it hard to learn what new things are coming out and how we can take our video to the next level when there is no contact from the team on a regular cadence.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon AWS

    Amazon has always been creative and leading, and I have been using its services for years. They are very reassuring and have fast and responsive support--you can call them from any time zone to respond quickly. High security on servers, open hands on changes, and increasing and decreasing server resources and features.
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    Brightcove

    Marketing department favors it because EVERYONE uses YouTube. Overall, YouTube offers decent features and functionality. But Brightcove offers the ability to brand and style players, and control what our users see (and so much more) and YouTube does not. For instance, on YouTube, users are presented with other videos (which could contain competitor videos).
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    Return on Investment

    Amazon AWS

    • Our website loads much more quickly in other countries as a result of CloudFront. For example: loading cached assets from CloudFront in Australia is 4x as fast as it would be to load the same assets without CloudFront.
    • Very inexpensive service considering the value it brings.
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    Brightcove

    • Again, there has been a huge cost savings which significantly improved our ROI
    • There has also been less time spent on learning new technologies and training additional staff on maintaining a video server.
    • Less time spent on the previous two points has allowed me to focus on other areas within the department that needed improvement.
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