Ensemble Video vs. Kaltura

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Ensemble Video
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Ensemble Video is an online video platform that simplifies video management and delivers content any time, over a variety of networks.N/A
Kaltura
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Kaltura, headquartered in New York, offers enterprise or large scale video storage, streaming, and distribution supporting a variety of purposes such as streaming, enterprise video portal, interactive video and virtual classroom, or podcasting.N/A
Pricing
Ensemble VideoKaltura
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Ensemble VideoKaltura
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Ensemble VideoKaltura
Considered Both Products
Ensemble Video
Chose Ensemble Video
Panopto and Echo 360 are both focused on capture rather than content management. Kaltura is too expensive. Ensemble is a good VCMS without the cost of Kaltura.
Chose Ensemble Video
Our campus has been using Ensemble Video since 2008. At the time we were unaware of Panopto or Kaltura, or other services. That said, I'm glad we picked Ensemble Video. Their team has been very supportive of us every step of the way. I'm not saying the other services would not …
Chose Ensemble Video
Ensemble Video is easy to use, affordable and their support is far and above Kaltura, YouTube, and Vimeo.
Kaltura
Chose Kaltura
We have not made a side-by-side comparison to other products in this field, so we cannot say how Kaltura stacks up against alternatives. Kaltura was selected without substantial input by our department.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Ensemble VideoKaltura
Video Marketing
Comparison of Video Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Ensemble Video
9.5
1 Ratings
29% above category average
Kaltura
7.5
5 Ratings
5% above category average
Video personalization10.01 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Support for advertisements9.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Lead generation00 Ratings5.72 Ratings
eCommerce00 Ratings5.72 Ratings
Video SEO00 Ratings7.33 Ratings
Integration to Marketing Automation00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Video Platform Integrations
Comparison of Video Platform Integrations features of Product A and Product B
Ensemble Video
10.0
1 Ratings
45% above category average
Kaltura
7.3
4 Ratings
14% above category average
Integration to LMS10.01 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Integration to Salesforce.com00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Integration to Marketo00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Integration to Eloqua00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Video Security
Comparison of Video Security features of Product A and Product B
Ensemble Video
10.0
1 Ratings
15% above category average
Kaltura
8.3
7 Ratings
4% below category average
Video access controls10.01 Ratings8.57 Ratings
User management10.01 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Video link sharing10.01 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Internal video10.01 Ratings8.76 Ratings
External video10.01 Ratings8.37 Ratings
Video Player
Comparison of Video Player features of Product A and Product B
Ensemble Video
10.0
1 Ratings
18% above category average
Kaltura
7.8
6 Ratings
7% below category average
Player customization10.01 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Embedded videos10.01 Ratings8.46 Ratings
Video quality / Bandwidth controls10.01 Ratings8.76 Ratings
Mobile compatibility10.01 Ratings5.86 Ratings
Video Analytics
Comparison of Video Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Ensemble Video
10.0
1 Ratings
30% above category average
Kaltura
6.4
5 Ratings
14% below category average
Streaming quality reports10.01 Ratings6.43 Ratings
Per viewer tracking10.01 Ratings6.45 Ratings
Per video tracking10.01 Ratings6.45 Ratings
Video analytics dashboard10.01 Ratings6.75 Ratings
A/B testing00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
Video Hosting, Management & Storage
Comparison of Video Hosting, Management & Storage features of Product A and Product B
Ensemble Video
10.0
1 Ratings
17% above category average
Kaltura
8.1
7 Ratings
4% below category average
On-Demand video10.01 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Live streaming10.01 Ratings7.73 Ratings
Impact of streaming on network10.01 Ratings8.33 Ratings
Video upload & format support10.01 Ratings8.37 Ratings
Video library / File management10.01 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Video portal10.01 Ratings8.56 Ratings
Video Engagement
Comparison of Video Engagement features of Product A and Product B
Ensemble Video
9.0
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Kaltura
7.0
3 Ratings
12% below category average
Audience polling9.01 Ratings6.42 Ratings
Video comments9.01 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Audience Q&A / Live chat00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
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Ensemble VideoKaltura
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Score 8.9 out of 10
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Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Flipgrid
Flipgrid
Score 2.1 out of 10
Flipgrid
Flipgrid
Score 2.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Panopto
Panopto
Score 7.7 out of 10
Panopto
Panopto
Score 7.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
Ensemble VideoKaltura
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(11 ratings)
7.8
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
6.3
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Ensemble VideoKaltura
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Kaltura
  • As it relates to the LMS integration, we would like to see improved workflow. But that may be just as much a Canvas issue as a Kaltura issue.
  • I would like to see the ability to add inline, anchored comments to the video timeline.
  • We are seeing issues with compatibility with certain browsers - especially Chrome. The faster Kaltura can move away from Flash the better.
  • The capture appliance (CaptureSpace Lite) needs to be reconsidered. It's not intutive enough.
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Likelihood to Renew
Ensemble Video
No answers on this topic
Kaltura
The choice to renew our subscription does not belong to us, though we are able to provide input. We are aware of competitive products who have matured in the past three years, and we are aware now of alternatives to conventional plugin usage (LTI).
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Support Rating
Ensemble Video
The team at Ensemble Video is dedicated to supporting us and they offer prompt and reliable services.
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Kaltura
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.
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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.
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Kaltura
Kaltura was the best option given the sheer volume of people we needed to support digitally. Others were better in their own regard, but due to limitations in number of attendees or sessions, Kaltura was the best option
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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.
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Kaltura
  • Managing video content with the KMC has greatly reduced the amount of hours previously needed to manage.
  • User issues ie: uploading video, viewing video has been greatly reduced.
  • Increased user engagement with using video in LMS courses. We currently have 6,929 videos on our system. Last month , 2/1/14, 17,623 videos were viewed at least 75% of the way through.
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ScreenShots

Ensemble Video Screenshots

Screenshot of Ensemble Video works in concert with users and systems across your organization to enable collaborative sharing and management of an ever-increasing flow of video content.Screenshot of The Ensemble Video player is lightweight, customizable and brandable, and video streaming is seamless - no matter which device your viewers are using. Our Adaptive Bit Rate encoding tools ensure viewers will see great looking and consistently reliable video streams.Screenshot of Display and search your captions to your viewers in your learning management systems, HTML pages, blogs, portals and other content management systems.Screenshot of Use our built-in viewing analytics that provide you with the information and insight you need to successfully manage your content.Screenshot of Ensemble Studio, our room capture solution, provides easy, automated recording in classrooms, meeting rooms, labs, courtrooms, and medical training rooms.Screenshot of Ensemble Anthem, our screen capture solution, allows you to create screen, webcam and audio recordings wherever and whenever you want.