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VIDIZMO | Alternative to IBM Cloud Video for Live/On-demand Streaming

Learn about VIDIZMO, a better alternative and competitor to IBM Cloud Video with integrations, internal video streaming, more data hosting options etc.
by Shahan Zafar Updated on March 29, 2022

In January 2016, IBM acquired the live streaming service uStream and combined it with its earlier acquisition of Clearleap, and its own IBM Aspera and IBM Cleversafe, to form the IBM Cloud Video platform.

In the same year, it was recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management as a niche player.

Did you know: UStream was a thing back in the day. In 2008, it received Series A funding of $11.1 million, and had an estimated 260,000 registered users.

However, 4 years later, now IBM is just one video platform and there are numerous other alternatives out there.

In fact, IBM Cloud Video does not offer some of the advanced features required for enterprise streaming such as redaction of PII in stored videos, restricting downloads, or just branding your video CMS the way you want it.

We will get to all of this in this blog article. We will be discussing our platform VIDIZMO, which you can explore around and research more into. We have also listed down other top alternatives to IBM Cloud Video.

Summary | In 100 Words Why VIDIZMO is a Better Alternative to IBM Cloud Video?

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Built with the idea of helping organizations create an internal YouTube, VIDIZMO is a modern video platform that offers much more advanced features, which IBM lacks. 

Say you want to add a quiz or an audio description to a video?

Or want to import SCORM content?

Talk about branding, where you can use your own colors or logos?

Customize the player to restrict audiences from skipping within a video?

Redact PII or sensitive information in video files?

A screenshot of redaction, which is an important feature missing from IBM cloud video

Talk about sharing – Say you want to restrict recipients from being able to download videos, or just want them to view a video once?

Talk about integrations – say you want to automatically ingest recorded meetings from Zoom, or play uploaded videos in your LMS?

IBM Cloud Video falls short when it comes to the details of enterprise video challenges, and this is mainly because it stems from a UStream, which was initially a live streaming platform. While it may be great at live streaming, it isn't the best for on-demand streaming and collaboration.

Above all, it can be deployed on-premise, in Azure, AWS or any cloud of choice.

If you're in the research phase for an enterprise video platform, then we'd recommend signing up for our newsletter, where we send bite-size information on what VIDIZMO has to offer. Or you can continue reading this article where we do a detailed comparison of the platform with IBM's video platform.

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Criteria for Comparison

In order to compare VIDIZMO and IBM Cloud Video side-by-side, we have prepared a list of criteria that are important in evaluating an enterprise video platform.  

  • Security and compliance: According to the Accenture State of Cybersecurity Report 2020, the risks of security breaches are increasing, and IT leaders are investing in technological solutions that are more secure. Video platforms are no exception!  
  • Video sharing and access management: With compliances like HIPAA and GDPR, it’s important to ensure that only authorized people are able to watch a video and no other. This is also important to prevent breach of confidential information. Hence, your video platform needs to be capable of defining who can access a video file and what they can do after they have access (features like block downloads, sharing etc.).  
  • Video search: In the post COVID world, recorded meetings, virtual trainings, and other types of video content has increased. This is building up piles of video data in your storage and without a powerful search that can index and search within them, such data is useless. It’s important to have a video search that can search within videos, and help you quickly find the video you are looking for.   
  • Integrations: Data silos waste company resources and reduce employee productivity, and video data is no different. If your video platform doesn’t have the capabilities to integrate with your existing IT systems; LMS, CMS, Zoom, MS Teams etc. then you’ll have videos lying in disparate systems, which reduces productivity and creates problems in ensuring compliance.   
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): The AI market has been rising rapidly and it offers the capability of extracting valuable insights from video data. It’s important to look for a platform that offers AI capabilities, to help automate processes and save time and costs.   

VIDIZMO vs IBM Cloud Video

Overview

A screenshot of video player in VIDIZMO

Here’s What VIDIZMO Offers:  

  • Add quizzes, handouts, surveys, annotations and more in both live and on-demand videos. 
  • 255+ file formats for video, 360-degree video and SCORM for e-learning.  
  • Drone live streaming with geospatial mapping of drone movements. 
  • Offers a desktop application for offline video playback. 
  • Change the look and feel of your video portal, use your colors and logo, customize the player and more. 
  • AI-based redaction tool as an add-on if you need protect PII or sensitive information.
  • Video editor within the application. 

As Opposed to What IBM Offers:

  • Add Q&A to live streams only.  
  • Upload videos in a few common formats and the maximum file size is limited to 4 GB.
  • No 360-degree video or SCORM support. 
  • No live streaming from drones or CCTV. 
  • No desktop application for offline video playback. 
  • No branding features. 

 

Security and Compliance

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Here’s What VIDIZMO Offers:  

  • End-to-end encrypted video streaming. 
  • SSO Integration with more than 25 types of SSO providers.
  • Automatic user and group sync and provisioning using SCIM. 
  • Domain, IP and geographic restrictions. 
  • Customizable security policies – say restrict external sharing for the entire organization, departments etc.  
  • Support for DRM. 
  • Force SSL-based streaming.
  • Set a custom video retention period. 
  • Simple interface to view video portal logs or logs for each video file (of all actions performed). 
  • Host in on-premise, Azure, AWS or any cloud of choice – depending on whose security and compliance you trust. 

As Opposed to What IBM Offers:  

  • End-to-end encrypted video streaming. 
  • SSO Integration with Google apps and SAML-based SSO providers only.
  • Limited provisioning and synchronization capabilities.
  • Offers domain, IP and geographic restrictions as well. 
  • Offers role-based access controls as well. 
  • Doesn’t offer customizable security policies. 
  • Doesn’t offer support for DRM. 
  • Can’t set a custom video retention period. 
  • Logs can be viewed for files, but the interface isn’t simple. 
  • Host data in IBM Cloud only. 

 

Video Sharing and Access Management

Secure Sharing in VIDIZMO

Here’s What VIDIZMO Offers:  

  • Define for every video, who gets to see them – anonymous users, the entire organization, specific people, groups or departments.  
  • Generate multiple links for a single video and expire each as you wish. 
  • Define what recipients can do; block downloads, restrict sharing, or define limited number of views or availability period. 
  • Generate lightweight embed codes, with the option to enable authentication/SSO before viewing. 
  • Email sharing where external recipients will need to authenticate temporarily to view content.
  • Re-upload a video even after shared, to rectify errors.
  • Enable users in your organization to upload videos in a private collection and share ahead from there.  

Learn more about video sharing and access management in VIDIZMO

As Opposed to What IBM Offers:  

  • Allows you to define for every video, who gets to see them on an individual level.  
  • Allows you to generate a single link for sharing only. 
  • Cannot define what recipients with access can do. 
  • Easily generate video embed codes. 

 

Video Search 

An infographic explaining VIDIZMO search

Here’s What VIDIZMO Offers:  

  • Allows you to set custom metadata for videos to improve filtering – say classroom location, lecture ID, etc.  
  • Index and search inside video using AI-generated transcripts in around 50 languages. 
  • Index and search inside video using faces and objects.  
  • Add tags to improve search or generate them using AI.  
  • Offers video search in more than 40 languages.
  • Label faces in a video and search using them. 

Learn more about search and finding videos in VIDIZMO

As Opposed to What IBM Offers:  

  • Allows you to set custom metadata for videos to improve filtering – say classroom location, lecture ID, etc.  
  • Allows you to search inside videos using AI-generated transcripts. 

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Integrations

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Here are the Integrations that VIDIZMO offers:  

  • Zoom, MS Teams, Cisco WebEx to ingest recorded meetings. 
  • Zoom, MS Teams, Cisco WebEx for live streaming. LMS or CMS. 
  • 25+ types of SSO providers. 
  • Video streaming in SharePoint.
  • Google Ads and Woopra for tracking. 
  • CRMs. 
  • Content processing. 
  • Widgets to embed VIDIZMO application in existing IT systems.
  • Webhooks. 
  • API support. 

As Opposed to Integrations that IBM Offers:  

  • Slack. 
  • Zoom, MS Teams, Cisco WebEx for live streaming. 
  • Google and SAML-based SSO. 
  • API support. 

 

Artificial Intelligence

 

Here’s What VIDIZMO Offers:  

  • Automatic generation of closed captions and transcripts in 50+ languages.
  • AI to transcribe even multiple languages in a single video. 
  • Automatic translation of transcription into 50+ languages. 
  • Detect faces, objects, topics, on-screen text and sentiments in videos to improve search and redaction. 

As Opposed to What IBM Cloud Video Offers:  

  • Automatic generation of closed captions. 
  • AI for automatic video recommendations. 

 

Top 10 Alternatives or Competitors to IBM Cloud Video

Here is a list of the top 10 alternatives to IBM Cloud Video that you can opt for live or on-demand video streaming.
  1. Vimeo
  2. Panopto
  3. Kaltura
  4. Microsoft Stream
  5. Brightcove
  6. Wistia
  7. Dacast
  8. Cincopa
  9. JW Player
  10. YouTube

Feel free to refer to our detailed guide on video platforms to learn more about the features these platforms offer and how they compare. 

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.

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