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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Ensemble Video ranks higher in 7 feature sets: Video Marketing, Video Platform Integrations, Video Security, Video Player, Video Analytics, Video Hosting, Management & Storage, Video Engagement

Video Marketing

9.5

Ensemble Video

95%
7.0

Panopto

70%
Ensemble Video ranks higher in 2/4 features

Video personalization

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.0
70%
6 Ratings

Support for advertisements

9.0
90%
1 Rating
7.0
70%
1 Rating

eCommerce

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Video SEO

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
2 Ratings

Video Platform Integrations

10.0

Ensemble Video

100%
9.0

Panopto

90%
Ensemble Video ranks higher in 1/1 features

Integration to LMS

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

Video Security

10.0

Ensemble Video

100%
9.1

Panopto

91%
Ensemble Video ranks higher in 5/5 features

Video access controls

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
8 Ratings

User management

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
9 Ratings

Video link sharing

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.4
94%
9 Ratings

Internal video

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
9 Ratings

External video

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.4
94%
8 Ratings

Video Player

10.0

Ensemble Video

100%
8.2

Panopto

82%
Ensemble Video ranks higher in 4/4 features

Player customization

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.6
76%
7 Ratings

Embedded videos

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.4
74%
7 Ratings

Video quality / Bandwidth controls

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
9 Ratings

Mobile compatibility

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
8 Ratings

Video Analytics

10.0

Ensemble Video

100%
7.5

Panopto

75%
Ensemble Video ranks higher in 4/5 features

Streaming quality reports

10.0
100%
1 Rating
6.0
60%
4 Ratings

Per viewer tracking

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.7
77%
9 Ratings

Per video tracking

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.4
84%
9 Ratings

Video analytics dashboard

10.0
100%
1 Rating
6.5
65%
8 Ratings

A/B testing

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Video Hosting, Management & Storage

10.0

Ensemble Video

100%
8.1

Panopto

81%
Ensemble Video ranks higher in 6/6 features

On-Demand video

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.7
77%
8 Ratings

Live streaming

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.0
70%
8 Ratings

Impact of streaming on network

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
4 Ratings

Video upload & format support

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
8 Ratings

Video library / File management

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
9 Ratings

Video portal

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.7
77%
8 Ratings

Video Engagement

9.0

Ensemble Video

90%
8.6

Panopto

86%
Panopto ranks higher in 2/3 features

Audience polling

9.0
90%
1 Rating
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Video comments

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.7
87%
7 Ratings

Audience Q&A / Live chat

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
5 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Ensemble Video is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Ensemble Video

100%
11 Ratings
9.3

Panopto

93%
11 Ratings

Usability

Ensemble Video

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Panopto

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

10.0

Ensemble Video

100%
2 Ratings
7.0

Panopto

70%
4 Ratings

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

Panopto

The more I used it, the more I appreciated its ease of use. If I ever ran into a situation that I felt might be a learning opportunity at some point in the future, I would simply log in, record a session, and only allow access if/when it was appropriate later. Since the more recent versions also work on mobile phones, there really wasn't a time when I couldn't record something to review or present later.During covid, teachers didn't have access to their normal equipment, and students weren't always able to get access to a robust recording setup to do their recordings. Some students actually did recordings of presentations in their cars, or in the stairwells. Portability is powerful.I think that we all run into situations where our presentation didn't go quite as well as we had intended. As Panopto grew, they focused more on allowing the user to control their content and perform some basic (I would argue more than basic) editing, which made actions like awkward pauses easy to "fix" as you could create smooth, blended transitions easily.
Frank J. Fedel | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Panopto

  • It captures multiple streams simultaneous (video, desktop, audio only etc) and is pretty smart when it comes to working with imported PowerPoint Decks.
  • The end product can easily be shared in multiple formats and it has pretty rich content editing abilities for doing basic post-production clean up.
  • They have recently introduced an in-line quizzing feature which can integrate with your LMS's Gradebook.
  • The Analytics feature is very strong - we can get student level analytics when we integrate/embed the videos into our LMS.
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

Panopto

  • Panopto doesn't fully support Ultra courses in Blackboard - we can do quizzing, which is very helpful, but we can't do video submissions like an Original course.
  • There is no built-in certificate option for completing a video and its quiz questions, which requires us to use additional systems for tracking and awarding.
  • Analytics are mediocre. The reporting tools are challenging to use and to get clear information on a consistent basis.
  • Quizzing is limited to multiple choice or T/F -- there is no reflection point or open-ended question format.
Mariann Hawken | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ensemble Video

General

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

Starting Price

Ensemble Video Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Panopto

General

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

Starting Price

$14.99 per month

Panopto Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$14.991
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

Ensemble Video

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Panopto

Panopto 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Needs some work, but I'm sure improvements will come over time
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

Panopto

Panopto 7.0
Based on 4 answers
Panopto has been quick to answer any questions, but their rollouts and updates have caused issues where we felt a little blindsided by unexpected changes. Their development cycle is slow and often their promises for future updates have been extremely slow or never come.
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

Panopto

At the end of the day, it came down to affordability for us. Panopto is affordable for smaller institutions. It is also geared primarily at lecture capture compared to many of the others that are first a media library. Panopto's focus is also education, so they do understand our audience.
Anonymous | 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

Panopto

  • Panopto integrates with our LMS, D2L quite well. It makes the process very simple for our instructors and students to record and watch videos.
  • It does not require any plugins or software to watch videos, as they load up in a web browser.
  • The videos work on mobile and embed easily in courses or on websites.
  • We also enjoy the easy sharing of videos and simplified management in the web portal.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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