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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Ensemble Video

I'm not sure where Ensemble Video would be less appropriate. We've found it to be very effective for our campus-specific use cases. However, the product is very customizable in how a campus could structure their Ensemble instance to match their organization, and how users may be managed.
Joseph Axenroth | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

This software is ideal for any size church. The ability to purchase a modest number of viewer-hours per month for a reasonable cost (no-ads) is hugely important for non-profit organizations. Being able to live-stream, record and watch from the archives is also great. Finally, the chat room allows for a more interactive experience than traditional tv broadcasting.
Beth Jinkerson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Video Marketing

Ensemble Video
9.5
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
5.7
Video personalization
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
5.9
Support for advertisements
Ensemble Video
9.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
5.7
Lead generation
Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.3
eCommerce
Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
4.1
Video SEO
Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
5.8
Integration to Marketing Automation
Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.3

Video Platform Integrations

Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.6
Integration to LMS
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.7
Integration to Salesforce.com
Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.4

Video Security

Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.6
Video access controls
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.5
User management
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.3
Video link sharing
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.3
Internal video
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.8
External video
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.4

Video Player

Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.0
Player customization
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.6
Embedded videos
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.4
Video quality / Bandwidth controls
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.2
Mobile compatibility
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.8

Video Analytics

Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.6
Streaming quality reports
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.7
Per viewer tracking
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.7
Per video tracking
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.9
Video analytics dashboard
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.7
A/B testing
Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
5.8

Video Hosting, Management & Storage

Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.9
On-Demand video
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.6
Live streaming
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
9.3
Impact of streaming on network
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.5
Video upload & format support
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.9
Video library / File management
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.2
Video portal
Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.0

Video Engagement

Ensemble Video
9.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.6
Audience polling
Ensemble Video
9.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.0
Video comments
Ensemble Video
9.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
6.6
Audience Q&A / Live chat
Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.1

Pros

Ensemble Video

  • Adapting to user needs. Ensemble Video seems to always be listening to their clients needs and suggestions by implementing effective features in every system update. Communication seems to always indicate that these features are driven by requests that their customers have made to improve the service.
  • Client Support - I have an IT/support background and have had to deal with many vendors and external support. Ensemble is easily the most responsive and effective vendor when it comes to support. When needing certain solutions, they have sent code that was in development and not officially released so I could achieve my goals with project videos. Support is always personal, prompt and effective.
  • Customization. New templates, video players, account management, and embed options have allowed us to use Ensemble Video in a much more personalized way. Early versions of the service had an "Ensemble feel" but color schemes and logos are now able to be changed for a better organization feel.
Mike Maxse | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

  • It allows us to stream without special equipment. We mainly use our phones.
  • The quality of the videos is amazing and I love the fact that videos auto-save and you can download and edit them for later.
  • The program allows you to create playlists so that we can stream on our online channel 24/7
LeShawnda Fitzgerald | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ensemble Video

  • User management. Some features are unique to the entire deployment (like authentication sources). It would be great if multiple authentication options could be used across different Ensemble institutions.
  • Upgrade processes. Though new versions of Ensemble Video are always better, the installation process is very manual and Ensemble Video must be involved directly. Not a weakness, but it would be nice to be able to perform our own upgrades/patches when needed.
Carlos Astorga | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

  • The user interface is pretty good, but it definitely needs some improvements to help organize videos better, and request online restoration of videos that have been taken offline.
  • As far as I can tell, new features haven't been added since UStream was acquired by IBM. It seems like development has been paused, or focused on back-end improvements that we as users simply don't see. Would like to see some new improvements being made, especially at this price point.
  • The mobile viewing window lacks options and cannot detect device orientation. So I embed a video on a page that I can publish through an app, but then the viewing window does not orient correctly, without some complicated JavaScript that I personally have to write. This is an example of a feature that IBM should make and have part of the viewer window platform. Mobile friendly is essential in this day and age.
Derek Hoiem | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Ensemble Video

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IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming 8.9
Based on 8 answers
Our organization depends heavily on this streaming service. Now that we have the option of allowing our clients to attend meetings virtually, we can never retract that option as so many of our clients love the flexibility. Also, we have no complaints with the service itself. It is reliable and dependable and any issues we have encountered have never been to blame on the service but rather our lack of knowledge of it or needing to update our embed code
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Ensemble Video

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IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming 8.8
Based on 62 answers
Ustream has a very easy to use interface as well as multiple articles explain the methods and procedure involved in properly utilizing their services. This is very important to the house of worship market, as organizations like ours are often utilizing volunteer to help produce our content. While simple on the surface, the platform has great depth in its customization and tracking abilities. This allows a power user, such as myself, to dig deep beneath the surface of the main settings and create the streaming experience I want to showcase.
Kevin Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Ensemble Video

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IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Absolutely. We have never had an outage problem or any application errors that I have been privy to. We are duly notified generally in advance of outages or updates
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Ensemble Video

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IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming 8.4
Based on 3 answers
As we use it now, we are satisfied with the streaming performance. I cannot speak to integration yet as we have yet to engage in that but have plans to in the future
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Ensemble Video

Ensemble Video 10.0
Based on 2 answers
The team at Ensemble Video is dedicated to supporting us and they offer prompt and reliable services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming 7.5
Based on 9 answers
We funded 'white glove' service as our timelines were tight and our needs were well-defined. Tier 1 and Tier 2 support were able to help us get up and running in shorter order than we would have on our own. Documentation on the eCDN product had gaps, increasing the time to resolve and created concerns about success.
Michael Coates | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Ensemble Video

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IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming 8.1
Based on 60 answers
Implementation is tough because there are so many different ways clients are expecting content to appear on their platforms. Ustream video embeds have been a good solution in areas where direct integrations are not available. But, this is an area for improvement in the case of LMS and marketing integrations. On the broadcast side, embed codes work well because we use them with CMS systems that provide their own library and user management.
Cale J. Rogers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ensemble Video

Ensemble Video has succeeded for us where other solutions have failed. It came along exactly when we needed it, for our organization. At the time, we were caught between the push and pull of several different solutions, uploading our videos with the expectation that users would take the time to download and play them, using popular public video streaming services with few settings and options, and forgoing videos altogether. Ensemble Video has taken our myriad needs and provided a platform that addresses all of them.
Derek Hardaway | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

When this project was evaluating streaming providers in 2013, Livestream was the closest to uStream in feature set. However, we found the packages that uStream provided were financially better considering the volume of customers who were going to stream our content. We also felt at the time that uStream had a superior API.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Ensemble Video

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IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming 8.1
Based on 3 answers
IBM global network.
Michael Coates | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ensemble Video

  • Ease of user contributed content. The videos that users upload to the system can either be automatically published or they can be reviewed by staff before being added to websites and courses. Instead of all these videos living on different sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) we now have a centralized location that we have control over.
  • LMS Integration - A year ago YouTube changed their policy to not allow direct recording from webcams. This essentially broke the Blackboard Video Everywhere tool that allowed our instructors to post quick comments in class discussions and content areas. While they need to be pre-recorded, the Ensemble Building Block allows our instructors and students to once again upload and post videos, all from directly within the Blackboard content editor.
  • Flexibility - With the ease of creating user accounts and video libraries, Ensemble Video has become the go to option for Erikson courses, professional development content and project videos. Different departments can have their own account and have control over their libraries without the worry of them viewing or editing other institute content.
Mike Maxse | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

  • Our ROI is measured by the provision of ministry and satisfaction of our congregation. We are extremely pleased with our USTREAM and feel that it is a valuable asset to our church.
Michael Sharpe | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Ensemble Video

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.9

Usability

Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.8

Reliability and Availability

Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
9.0

Performance

Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.4

Support Rating

Ensemble Video
10.0
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
7.5

Implementation Rating

Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.1

Scalability

Ensemble Video
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
8.1

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