Video conferences with a media server
Users cannot handle sending more than 5 outgoing video streams without lags now. People’s computers, smartphones, and tablets are not powerful enough. While sending their own video, they accept incoming streams. So for more than 6 people in video chat – each sends just 1 outgoing stream to a media server. The media server is powerful enough to send this stream to each participant.
Kurento is our first choice of media servers now for 3 reasons:
It is reliable.
It was one of the first media servers to appear. So it gained the biggest community of developers. The more developers use technology the faster they solve issues, the quicker you find the answers to questions. This makes development quicker and easier, so you pay less for it.
Twilio bought Kurento technology for $8.5 million
. Now Twilio provides the most reliable paid third-party video chat solution, based on our experience.
In 2021, other media servers have smaller developers’ and contributors’ communities or are backed by not-so-big companies, based on our experience and impression. They either are not as reliable as Kurento or do not allow developing that many functions.
It allows adding the widest number of custom features.
From screen sharing to face recognition and more – we have not faced any feature that our client would want, not possible to develop with Kurento. To give developers this possibility, the Kurento contributors had to develop each one separately and polish it to a well-working solution. Other media servers did not have that much time and resources to offer the same.
It is free.
Kurento is open-source. It means you may use it in your products legally for free. You don’t have to pay royalties to the technology owner.
We work with other media servers and bridges—when not that many functions are needed, or it is an existing product already using another media server:
We compare media servers and bridges regularly as all of them develop. Knowing your needs, we recommend the optimal choice.