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Top 5 Alternatives to Dacast for Video Content Management

By Shahan Zafar
VIDIZMO vs Dacast

Video is the most effective medium for communication today. According to Wyzowl, 86% of businesses use video for marketing and that's just marketing. This rise in the popularity of video has created the need for video platforms like VIDIZMO, Dacast, and other alternatives that help organizations effectively stream and manage their videos over the internet.

In this blog, we look at alternatives to Dacast for video content management and its streaming over the internet. This blog includes a comparison across 5 alternatives - for both public streaming and for internal organizational streaming. 

 

100 Words on Why VIDIZMO is a Better Alternative to Dacast?

Dacast can help you upload and stream live and on-demand videos, monetize and share them. But this functionality is just basic and there's no detail to it.

Let's say you want to stream a video internally for training? Add a quiz to it and make sure only select 50 people can view it and no other. You need to ensure compliance requirements at the same time for personal data - maintain logs of who viewed your videos. Maybe, you'd want to play the video alongside a course in your LMS. You may want to transcribe the videos for Section 508 or ADA compliance. Lastly, you'd want to ensure that these videos are encrypted end-to-end. 

All of this might not be possible in Dacast and you might need to look for an enterprise video platform like VIDIZMO.  

A screenshot of VIDIZMO, a Dacast alternative

 

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Before we move on to the comparison, first let's have a look at what features are needed in a video platform in today's day and age.

Comparison Criteria

If you need to stream video within your enterprise, it’s important to look at these features when you are comparing Dacast with alternative video platforms:

  • Security Features: Based on the CSO State of Cybersecurity Report 2021, 71% of organizations are to increase their spending on security. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, organizations are greatly focusing on IT solutions that have robust security features to keep their data safe.
  • Compliance Requirements: GDPR sets a fine of €10 million for less severe infringements and about €20 million for more serious ones. Whether its HIPAA, GDPR, or any other compliance, it’s important for your video platform to have the capabilities to help you safeguard your data from unauthorized use.
  • Data Hosting Options: If your organization is operating in a regulated environment, then it's important to have a range of options in terms of where your data is stored and stream. For instance, under GDPR your video data needs to be stored and streamed within an EU datacenter. For certain compliances, you may also need to be able to store data and stream it on your premise. As such, you would need an on-premise video streaming server.
  • Video Sharing and Access Management: Your video platform should be able to define for every video who gets to see it and who doesn’t. This access can be assigned to individuals or to groups synced from your SSO or IAM system. A more advanced platform would allow you to define what a user can do once they have access. Would they be able to download the video or not, share it ahead or not?
  • User Experience: A video platform is of no use if your organization’s users or end audience needs to break their head just to use it. YouTube sets a good benchmark, and you should look for a platform that offers a simple UI for users to upload and access videos, view them from any browser under varying bandwidth conditions.
  • Integrations: Video doesn’t operate in silos and you also don’t want to keep multiple copies of the same video in different systems. That’s a nightmare for compliance and it also eats away storage. Integrations can help you embed videos and play them in your LMS or CMS, or can help you connect your CRM to add forms in your videos.
  • Artificial Intelligence: In today’s day and age, you can benefit from AI to speed up repetitive processes for you. Today it is limited to automatic generation of transcripts and closed captions, redaction of faces and objects inside videos, and for improving video search.

 

Top 5 Alternatives to Dacast

VIDIZMO

A screenshot of VIDIZMO video player

VIDIZMO is a Gartner-recognized enterprise video platform that offers capabilities to stream videos for all end-to-end video use cases in an organization. Whether it’s live streaming or on-demand streaming, embedding marketing videos on your website, or sharing training videos with internal employees, you can do it all with one platform.

VIDIZMO is much better when it comes to private video streaming to authorized individuals from your organization. You get an internal YouTube-like video portal that can be accessed by users only after they log-in. These users and groups can be synced with your SSO or IAM system, which makes it great from a security perspective. For every video, you can define access as to who can access them and can also restrict downloading, sharing etc. On an organizational level or department level, you can define policies on how videos will be used – for instance, you can restrict users to be able to externally share videos. All videos are encrypted at rest using AES and streamed in transit using SSL.

Learn more about video sharing in VIDIZMO

Leading Organizations Such as The US State Department Trust VIDIZMO for its Security – View VIDIZMO Customers

VIDIZMO offers flexible deployment options to cater to diverse organizational needs. Unlike Dacast, you can store and stream videos in your account in leading cloud providers such as Azure or AWS. VIDIZMO solutions are available as SaaS as well. Lastly, you can even stream videos on your premises.

Strengths

  • It offers both internal and external streaming, where you can secure videos to authorized individuals only. And for individual videos, you can set their availability as public if needed for one-off instances.
  • It offers a simple YouTube-like UI from where you can watch, upload and manage videos.
  • Unlike Dacast, where you can only generate a single link for sharing, VIDIZMO allows you to generate multiple links for a single file. This helps in expiring access selectively for any link that is generated.
  • VIDIZMO provides guest sharing, where users outside your organization can temporarily log-in to view a video. This way you can also limit the number of views they get or the amount of time within which they can access the video.
  • You can define organization-wide policies to govern how videos are used, who can share them and who can access them. This includes features like blocking downloads, setting a custom video availability and retention period. These features help in GDPR and HIPAA-compliant streaming.
  • It offers a customizable online video player, which you can brand accordingly to include your color and fonts, and choose the buttons that appear on the player such as playback speed options, skip options, closed captions etc.
  • To enable video-based learning, you can organize videos into courses, add quizzes, timed annotations or handouts to them. You can integrate with your existing corporate training tools such as your LMS.
    Organizing videos into courses in VIDIZMO
  • You get AI-generated transcripts and closed captions, with an option to choose from around 80 languages.
  • You can benefit from AI-based redaction for objects, faces and on-screen text in video files. This helps in the redaction of PII for compliance purposes.
  • It offers scalable interactive live streaming with support for a wide range of encoders, eCDN support, live chat, QnA and drone streaming as well.
  • You get a white-labeled video platform that you can customize and brand according to your liking. Include your fonts, colors, logo, host it on your domain and do more.
  • You can automatically ingest recorded meetings from Zoom and make them available in your on-demand video library.

Weaknesses

  • You get limited tools for monetizing your content. You can monetize your videos nevertheless, but it’s not recommended if you have a full-fledged monetization use case. It only works if you need to use one platform in the cloud, with a few videos being monetized and the rest being used for other purposes.
  • It has simple content creation tools and for more advanced content creation, you’d need to integrate with external tools. However, you can import SCORM content created from various tools.

 

Vimeo

Vimeo Logo

Vimeo is a simpler Dacast alternative, which is great for streaming videos to an external audience. It also offers an enterprise package for large organizations that are looking to internally stream videos for their employees. It includes options for both live and on-demand streaming of videos.

All videos are optimized for playback using transcoding, CDN delivery and adaptive bitrate streaming technology. Under the enterprise package, you can also benefit from eCDN technology for video caching.

However, you don’t get automatic closed captions for on-demand videos as these are only restricted to live ones. You can’t add quizzes to videos, but do have the option to add forms from your CRM. Most importantly, you can’t choose where your data is stored as there are no options to store and stream videos in cloud datacenters of leading providers or on your premises.

Strengths

  • Simple and easy-to-use interface for uploading and streaming videos to external audiences. Their enterprise package includes options for streaming videos to internal audiences as well.
  • Great content creation tools are offered in Vimeo by default.
  • It offers both live and on-demand streaming for videos.
  • It offers a range of features to allow you to monetize your video content. You have got features such as pay-per-view and subscription VOD for both live and on-demand videos. Read more on Vimeo monetization features.

Weaknesses

  • You don’t get automatic transcription for videos in multiple languages.
  • You can’t add quizzes to videos, but you do get the option to add timed comments for interactivity.
  • You can’t integrate with your LMS or CMS.
  • You can’t store and manage videos in your account within any cloud provider or on your premises.

 

IBM Cloud Video

IBM Logo

IBM Cloud video is an alternative for organizations that want to benefit from similar capabilities offered by Dacast and at the same time want their data to be stored in the IBM Cloud. IBM Cloud was recognized as a niche player in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform services. IBM has over 60 datacenters in over 18 availability zones worldwide, and these offer top-notch capabilities to keep data secure and compliant.

IBM Cloud Video offers both live and on-demand streaming capabilities that can be used for both external uses cases such as marketing, and internal ones as well. For internal streaming, you can integrate with your SSO or IAM system for better access management. You can assign users certain roles within the system to limit the actions that they can perform.

The drawback of the platform is that it allows you to host data in IBM Cloud only and isn’t great for those organizations that want to use Azure, AWS, Google or their on-premise datacenter. It also offers limited integrations which include Slack, and Zoom for live streaming. There are no integrations to embed videos in your LMS or CMS.

Strengths

  • It offers both live and on-demand streaming, to both external and internal audiences.
  • It has great video access management for internal videos, where you can define for every video as to which users or groups can access them.
  • Unlike Dacast, you have the option to integrate with your SSO or IAM system to better manage user and group identities.
  • Unlike Dacast, you can choose where your data is stored in one of IBM cloud’s regions. This is great for organizations that have strict compliance requirements.
  • You can add AI-generated closed captions to videos.

Weaknesses

  • You can only host videos in IBM cloud, which may be preferred by some. However, it’s not the best if your organization trusts any other cloud provider or needs to stream videos on your premise.
  • You have very limited branding features to customize the appearance of your video portal.

 

Brightcove

Brightcove Logo

Brightcove is an OTT and media focused alternative to Dacast. It’s great for streaming videos to a public audience for entertainment purposes. You get multiple monetization features to insert advertisements into your video content. You can always get a sneak peak of their platform by visiting the video section that The Premier League created using Brightcove.

Brightcove isn’t the best when it comes to enterprise use cases such as uploading videos for employee training or sharing confidential recorded meetings or creating a video archive of old assets. You don’t get integrations with your LMS or CMS, and with SSO and IAM systems for better security and access management. Brightcove is only available as SaaS and you can’t deploy it on your premises’ datacenter or your own cloud.

Strengths

  • It offers both live and on-demand streaming.
  • It has options to allow you to automatically create beautiful public sites like YouTube, through a few simple steps.
  • You can monetize your videos through various features, which include integrations with Google Ad Manager, server-side ad insertion and more.
  • You can share videos through means of a single link and also easily embed videos on your site for streaming.

Weaknesses

  • The platform is more focused towards public streaming for OTT and media streaming use cases. It’s not the best for streaming videos inside an organization for training or corporate communications.
  • It is only available as SaaS and you can’t install it in your datacenter in the cloud or on-premise.

 

Wistia

Wistia LogoWistia is a great platform to stream videos for marketing purposes. It allows you to create a video site or channel with your videos. Here’s an example of a channel created using Wistia. You also get much detailed video embedding capabilities as compared to Dacast. You can choose between a simple video embedding, an in-line or popover video embedding. Lastly, Wistia integrates with all the tools that marketers love; Google Analytics, HubSpot, Marketo, you name it! It’s packed with these great capabilities that you won’t get in most video cloud storage options.

Wistia also offers a great recording tool called soapbox, which can help you create and share videos within or outside your organizations. Wistia also offers great capabilities for uploading and sharing videos for those one-off instances.

Wistia is a good option to stream videos to anonymous viewers, but isn’t the best when it comes to securely streaming videos and restricting them to authorized individuals. Hence, it’s not recommended for organizations in regulated environments that need to keep videos private.

Strengths

  • Allows you to create stellar video channels on your site.
  • It has rich video embedding options, which go beyond the simple embedding that most platforms offer.
  • You can add time-coded comments to videos for better collaboration.
  • You can integrate with marketing tools such as HubSpot, Salesforce, Marketo, Google Analytics and more.

Weaknesses

  • It doesn’t offer live streaming and you’d need to create videos and distribute them for on-demand viewing.
  • It doesn’t offer capabilities to create an internal on-demand library for your employees. No SSO or IAM integrations, as well as detailed video access management.

 

Conclusion

If you are already using Dacast or are looking for solutions similar to it, you can explore VIDIZMO if it suits your use case.

A woman using her laptop and looking at alternatives

While Dacast streaming services are sufficient for video monetization, VIDIZMO is a more ideal solution for sharing, organizing and communicating through video. Both VIDIZMO and Dacast have free trials that you can avail.

Take a 30-day free trial to explore VIDIZMO's video streaming and content management system, or contact us today. 

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Dacast and VIDIZMO are a few video platforms amongst many in the market. Learn more about the market in our detailed guide to video platforms for 2021.

 

Posted by Shahan Zafar

Shahan is the Product Marketing Manager at VIDIZMO - An expert in video streaming, sharing and management platforms. Shahan is actively involved in researching and consolidating information regarding innovative features, customer challenges and emerging trends in this domain. You can email at shahan.zafar@vidizmo.com for any queries.

Tags: EVCM, online video platforms

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