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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

Kaltura

Kaltura is an excellent tool IF you have a large library of content. It can be pretty pricey so if you are early in launching an online program you may be better off waiting a few years until you've amassed a large enough catalog to warrant the investment in such a tool.The tool is best purchased by a University or company-wide vs having a single department try to find the budget for it. The unlimited plan pays for itself in most cases if you go this route. Secondly, you must be willing to invest time and resources into on-going training for your faculty and staff, especially for those who wish to create their own media and use the quizzing features.
Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Video Marketing

Ensemble Video
9.5
Kaltura
9.0
Video personalization
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
7.0
Support for advertisements
Ensemble Video
9.0
Kaltura
10.0
Video SEO
Ensemble Video
Kaltura
10.0

Video Platform Integrations

Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
10.0
Integration to LMS
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
10.0

Video Security

Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.5
Video access controls
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.0
User management
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.9
Video link sharing
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.9
Internal video
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.9
External video
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.9

Video Player

Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.5
Player customization
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.0
Embedded videos
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.9
Video quality / Bandwidth controls
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.9
Mobile compatibility
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.0

Video Analytics

Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.5
Streaming quality reports
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
10.0
Per viewer tracking
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.1
Per video tracking
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.1
Video analytics dashboard
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
7.1
A/B testing
Ensemble Video
Kaltura
9.0

Video Hosting, Management & Storage

Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.5
On-Demand video
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.1
Live streaming
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.0
Impact of streaming on network
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
7.0
Video upload & format support
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.9
Video library / File management
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.0
Video portal
Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
9.0

Video Engagement

Ensemble Video
9.0
Kaltura
6.0
Audience polling
Ensemble Video
9.0
Kaltura
Video comments
Ensemble Video
9.0
Kaltura
6.0

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

Kaltura

  • Very easy to use interface for uploading videos or capturing a screen recording. There are very few clicks required to get the media up and running. The video conversion process that happens on the back-end is fast and provides videos in device agnostic formats.
  • Integrates well with other systems, such as our Moodle LMS. This extends the capabilities of the LMS and also allows us to keep video/multimedia content organized in a central location (the KMC).
  • Kaltura can be connected to various processes within your organization. For example, we have a system in place that allows a video lecture in a classroom to be uploaded to Kaltura in a very easy manner.
  • User/role management is very important as some people on campus have more privileges to publish content than do others. We have Kaltura connected to our Single Sign-On solution for authentication and we can assign roles to specific people within the Kaltura software.
Anonymous | 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

Kaltura

  • Admin interface is sometimes difficult to navigate.
  • Videos ingested sometimes are delayed by hours or days before being available.
  • Support services often have full-day delays before escalation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Ensemble Video

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Kaltura

Kaltura 6.3
Based on 3 answers
Since we have many terabytes of data currently stored with Kaltura and the system and it works great, it would be very difficult to move to another system.
Kirk Laird | 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

Kaltura

Kaltura 5.0
Based on 2 answers
The first line support agents seldom are able to diagnose or troubleshoot any problems that we have. These agents simply open support tickets in their system which are escalated to a foreign level 2 support agent which creates at least a day delay between reporting a problem and getting initial feedback. Any back-and-forth questions add at least another day delay.
Anonymous | 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

Kaltura

We considered a couple of options 2 years ago. One of those options has since been sold and dismantled. Kaltura was really the best product in this space. Now, Canvas is releasing its own video solution very soon and it has some nice workflow features. It remains to be seen if that solution will challenge Kaltura.
Robert Gibson MS, MBA, EdD | 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

Kaltura

  • The ability to have such a robust solution for rich media content far outweighs the cost of service.
  • We have new projects which will push the limits and abilities of Kaltura in the future.
Leonardo Ferre | 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

Kaltura

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Ensemble Video
Kaltura
6.3

Support Rating

Ensemble Video
10.0
Kaltura
5.0

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