On the surface, Panopto and Kaltura appear to be very similar solutions for capturing, managing and sharing your organization’s videos. However, there are a number of fundamental differences in the licensing, functionality, target audience, and ease of use of these video platforms. As you evaluate Panopto and Kaltura for use within your organization or institution, consider the questions below.

 

8 Questions to Consider When Comparing Panopto and Kaltura

 

1.  Who is the video platform designed for?

Video platform providers serve a wide range of vertical industries. Depending on your industry, one platform may be a better fit than others. Kaltura derives the majority of its revenue from media companies, and its product investments and licensing model reflect this. Specifically, nearly two-thirds of the company’s product and partnership announcements over the last 18 months have focused on over-the-top (OTT) television. In addition, the company offers an a la carte pricing model that is ideal for media companies who are piecing together custom online video solutions, but introduces unnecessary complexity and cost unpredictability for most businesses and universities.

By contrast, Panopto works exclusively with businesses and academic institutions who are interested in sharing knowledge using video. Our integrated video platform is purpose-built for these organizations. Based on more than a decade of feedback from these customers, our platform prioritizes ease of use, pricing predictability, and seamless integration with your existing software and hardware.

 

2. Does the platform include a recording application that is both easy to use and professional-grade?

Many recording applications are designed to be simple, but as your organization’s use of video expands, your recording demands inevitably evolve. Both Kaltura and Panopto include easy-to-use recording applications that enable people to record a camera and their screen content. However, only Panopto provides a unified app that can scale to support any recording use case, including multi-camera, multi-monitor, and multi-machine recording capabilities that are often required to capture large classrooms and conference rooms, and to live stream events.

By contrast, Kaltura offers four different recording solutions, each with different capabilities, user experiences, and learning curves: a Flash-based webcam recorder, Kaltura Personal Capture, Kaltura CaptureSpace, and Kaltura Classroom. None of these solutions provide multi-monitor and multi-machine recording, and only Kaltura CaptureSpace supports multi-camera recording. It should be noted that Kaltura CaptureSpace is not developed by Kaltura, but rather by a third-party software provider called Collaaj. This limits Kaltura’s ability to innovate in the product based on customer feedback.

 

Panopto’s unique multi-machine recording dramatically reduces the logistical work of outfitting a classroom for video.

 

3. How well does the platform support video search?

As video use increases within your organization, discoverability of video content becomes a critical requirement. Comprehensive video search enables users to quickly find the video they’re looking for and the precise moment in the video where a topic was covered. With Kaltura, video search is made available through add-on called Kaltura Reach that requires your IT department to install, configure, troubleshoot, and upgrade. In addition, Kaltura’s search results are based only upon automatic speech recognition (ASR). ASR provides a necessary but insufficient solution to searching within the content of videos.

By contrast, Panopto’s video search is built directly into the platform, which eliminates the need for your IT department to manage it as a separate component. In addition, Panopto provides the industry’s most comprehensive support for inside-video search, supporting ASR as well as optical character recognition (OCR) and presentation slide extraction. This results in more accurate and complete search results.

 

Panopto vs. Kaltura: Video search capabilities

Panopto’s unique video search engine enables users to find and fast-forward to any word spoken or shown on-screen in any video.

 

4. Is the video platform integrated out of the box, or does it require a DIY approach?

There’s an important difference between Kaltura and Panopto’s architecture that impacts usability and ongoing maintenance costs. Kaltura is built as a collection of interchangeable applications and widgets, some of which overlap in their capabilities. During the procurement process, organizations need to understand each component’s purpose and functionality, assess whether they require it, and negotiate a price. Post-purchase, these organizations then need to integrate and manage each application, or pay for Kaltura’s professional services to do so on their behalf.

By contrast, Panopto is architected to work as an integrated solution for video-based knowledge sharing and productivity. This simplifies the buying process, dramatically shortens deployment cycles, and simplifies maintenance and upgrades. The result is a better experience for end users, fewer headaches for IT, and lower support costs.

 

5. Does the video platform natively integrate with your online meeting solution?

Recording and managing online meetings and webinars is one of the fastest growing use cases for video. Many video platforms claim to integrate with a range of online meeting solutions, but the degree to which they integrate can have a big impact on implementation costs and usability. For example, Kaltura only natively integrates with Zoom, which means that if you use Skype, BlueJeans or GoToMeeting, you’ll need to invest in Kaltura’s professional services for implementation.

By contrast, Panopto natively integrates with Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, and Pexip. When you record using these online meeting solutions, Panopto will automatically import the videos, set security permissions, index the video for search, and convert it for optimal playback on any device without the need for coding or customization.

 

Comparing Kaltura and Panopto: Video Conferencing Integration

Panopto’s native integrations with Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, and Pexip dramatically simplify the management and sharing of online meeting recordings.

 

6. Will the video platform integrate well with your existing hardware?

When institutions invest in a video platform, it’s critical that the video platform works reliably with their existing audio-video hardware, video conferencing solutions, room control systems, WAN optimization solutions, and other infrastructure. This requires the video platform provider to maintain relationships and perform rigorous product testing with a wide range of partners. As of July 2018, Kaltura claims support for 3 AV device manufacturers. By contrast, Panopto has the most expansive partner network in the industry, with more than 40 AV device manufacturers (including Crestron, Wolfvision, SMART, Logitech, Sony, Panasonic, DataPath, Winnov, and more).

 

7. Does the platform include an integrated, easy-to-use video editor?

Most videos require some basic post-production, so having an integrated, easy-to-use video editor is an essential part of modern video platforms. Both Panopto and Kaltura offer provide video editing capabilities, but differences in their capabilities and implementation can impact usability and internal support costs.

For example, Panopto’s editor provides a full suite of basic post-production tools that enable users to edit the table of contents as well as captions and other metadata, build and edit video presentations from existing slide decks, create quizzes, add new audio and video feeds, attach PDF documents, trim the top and tail of videos, cut segments from within videos, combine multiple videos, and control camera switching in multi-camera videos. Further, edits made with Panopto are “non-destructive”, which means that any edits including trims and cuts can be undone at any point in the future.

By contrast, Kaltura’s editor provides a subset of this functionality through three separate widgets—a video editor, a video timeline editor, and a video quiz maker. These tools don’t provide functionality for adding and editing slide decks, editing captions, adding new audio and video feeds, combining multiple videos, or controlling camera switching. It’s also important to note that edits are destructive, meaning that any video segments trimmed or cut are permanently lost.

 

Panopto: Kaltura Alternative

Panopto’s video editor makes it easy to perform basic post-production, from synchronizing audio or video and slide decks to controlling multi-camera video switching.

 

8. Is the video platform resilient to Murphy’s Law?

Panopto has invested in unique functionality that helps protect against data loss and ensure connectivity to your system even in the face of catastrophic crashes and power outages. First, Panopto’s cloud-hosted solution is mirrored across different geographic locations. This ensures that you can continue recording, broadcasting, uploading, watching, and administering your content even if an entire data center loses power. Second, Panopto includes a feature called failsafe recording and broadcasting. This enables you to continue recording or broadcasting content even if your local system crashes or experiences a power outage. Third, Panopto’s remote recorders continue capturing video even in case of server hardware or power failures—a feature that helped Thomas Jefferson University through a would-be disaster just prior to
midterm exams.

 

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