Kaltura – An Online Video Platform With A Difference

Below we present an interview with Kaltura President Michal Tsur.

Kaltura is an Open Source Online Video Platform [OVP]. An OVP is a Software as a Service-based solution that offers video file management and publication services to organizations. By services here we mean things like Media Asset Management, Encoding, Video Players, Video Editing, Web syndication, Analytics and metrics of content served, Application Programming Interfaces (API), Hosting and Distribution of Video Content.

For an explanation of what distinguishes Kaltura we’ll let Dr. Tsur do the talking.

So, why wouldn’t you just use YouTube you say? Why go through all this hassle, and pay!? Of course, you should always BE on YouTube, that is a way to be found, and known out there. But if you start getting into using video to do business, then you will notice that the YouTube offering will start to cramp your style. For one thing, you are limited to exactly what the YouTube player looks like. You can’t add anything at the beginning or end. If you decide to improve it or update it some day, then your new improved YouTube vid gets a new URL, thereby zapping everybody who favourited you, or embedded your work of art, in their site, blog or whatever. Also, you will want to know a lot more than the YouTube analytics tell you – like when people stopped watching and what did they do next. And most of all, you are in the YouTube world when it comes to advertizing and interactivity – not your own.

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