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Score 7.2 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

JW Player

JW Player has flexible plans that won't cost you a lot of money. If you are a startup, JW offers a variety of plans that will suit your specific needs and grow with you as your company grows. You do not need to be a video expert to understand how to upload a video, which allows nearly anyone in the office to do it.
Jim Manney | 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

JW Player
8.6
Kaltura
9.0
Support for advertisements
JW Player
9.1
Kaltura
10.0
Video SEO
JW Player
8.1
Kaltura
10.0
Video personalization
JW Player
Kaltura
7.0

Video Security

JW Player
7.8
Kaltura
8.2
Video access controls
JW Player
9.0
Kaltura
9.0
User management
JW Player
9.0
Kaltura
8.0
Video link sharing
JW Player
7.0
Kaltura
8.0
External video
JW Player
6.2
Kaltura
8.0
Internal video
JW Player
Kaltura
8.0

Video Player

JW Player
7.1
Kaltura
9.0
Player customization
JW Player
2.3
Kaltura
9.0
Embedded videos
JW Player
6.2
Kaltura
9.0
Video quality / Bandwidth controls
JW Player
10.0
Kaltura
8.9
Mobile compatibility
JW Player
10.0
Kaltura
9.0

Video Analytics

JW Player
1.1
Kaltura
9.2
Per viewer tracking
JW Player
1.0
Kaltura
9.0
Per video tracking
JW Player
1.0
Kaltura
9.0
Video analytics dashboard
JW Player
1.3
Kaltura
9.0
A/B testing
JW Player
Kaltura
9.0
Streaming quality reports
JW Player
Kaltura
10.0

Video Hosting, Management & Storage

JW Player
8.6
Kaltura
9.0
On-Demand video
JW Player
6.1
Kaltura
9.0
Live streaming
JW Player
10.0
Kaltura
Video upload & format support
JW Player
9.9
Kaltura
8.9
Video library / File management
JW Player
7.1
Kaltura
9.0
Video portal
JW Player
10.0
Kaltura
9.0

Video Platform Integrations

JW Player
Kaltura
10.0
Integration to LMS
JW Player
Kaltura
10.0

Video Engagement

JW Player
Kaltura
6.0
Video comments
JW Player
Kaltura
6.0

Pros

JW Player

  • Responsive HTML5
  • Provides share functionality built into the player
  • Platform use enables playlist functionality and playlist players which can be customized or versioned for specific uses
  • Videos uploaded to the JW Platform automatically provide multiple image frame options for selecting video thumbnail
Ross R. Mason | 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

JW Player

  • Definitely missing the ability (in and easy way) to have clickable links in the video.
  • Analytics is a little cumbersome and not very user-friendly.
Bryan Crowe | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Robert Gibson MS, MBA, EdD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

JW Player

JW Player 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Just made the decision to renew given demonstrated improvements being made to the platform to expand compatibility for its player use on devices such as Apple TV, as well as improvements made recently to its JW Platform Dashboard
Ross R. Mason | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Usability

JW Player

JW Player 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Reliability and compatibility on a majority of platforms. Would have received a 10 except recent versions of browsers such as Firefox are now defaulting against Flash components and thus prompting approval from users BEFORE loading which is a HUGE obstacle to an effective user experience thus creating concerns by end-users unnecessarily and risking that they will NOT accept the prompts, thus leaving unable to view video content hosted using the JW Player. Assurances by JW support suggest they will resolve this, so we'll see...
Ross R. Mason | TrustRadius Reviewer

Kaltura

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

JW Player

JW Player 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Support is reasonable. I from time to time have made suggestions on improvements that would be nice to see (like the ability to have a clickable link within the video - that is easy to create, without tons of coding) and it seems as though I never see it happen or get much response to "suggestions" to upgrade the software. The good news, other than a few things as I mentioned above, overall, I don't have many "technical issues" in the platform, which is a good thing. On occasion, I have seen some "issues" with the delivery of the video, but it has been pretty scarce. So it is dependable.
Bryan Crowe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Kaltura

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

JW Player

JW Player 7.0
Based on 1 answer
One of the primary features promoted by JW Platform is its SEO definition. However, there did not seem to be a way to integrate that data to our platform if selected thus only leaving the benefits of that data to be established on the individual video page hosted by JW Platform, which isn't useful in the end to the client value we are trying to deliver for our VideoproFile.net solution
Ross R. Mason | TrustRadius Reviewer

Kaltura

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

JW Player

JW had more player options, a better/more intuitive user interface, was altogether faster both in rendering the uploaded videos and in time to load on the web page. The integration with OpenX for pre-roll was faster and easier than with Brightcove, and lastly, they offered a great price for service.
Jim Cairl | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Steve Covello | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

JW Player

  • JW Player has was less expensive (without sacrificing quality) than our previous video platform so the ROI was instant.
  • We were easily able to add a variety of video advertising options including pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll.
  • The quality and consistancy of the look of the video has enabled us to grow our video views by well over 100% since starting with JW.
Jim Manney | 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

Pricing Details

JW Player

General

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

Kaltura

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

JW Player
8.0
Kaltura
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

JW Player
10.0
Kaltura
6.3

Usability

JW Player
9.0
Kaltura

Support

JW Player
7.0
Kaltura

Implementation

JW Player
7.0
Kaltura

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