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StreamYard vs. Zoom

StreamYard vs Zoom
StreamYard vs Zoom

With the rapid change in the work environment, tools such as StreamYard and Zoom have seen speedy growth. So, how would you do a StreamYard vs Zoom comparison? Let’s find out in this article.

Disclaimer: Zoom itself is a big company, and this comparison focuses on Zoom Meetings only.

Quick intro

StreamYard is a web-based streaming and video conferencing program, while Zoom is specifically for video conferencing. It supports video recording but not streaming. Both allow you to share the screen as well.

StreamYard vs Zoom: Features

This section this comparison covers the features of both programs.


StreamYard Recording Studio Overview

Streaming: Stream your webcam and computer screen on popular platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Periscope.

Customisation: Customise the studio to suit your brand. You can customise the name, title, background colour, theme etc.

Embed and share recordings: The site offers to embed videos to your site and share them with the world.

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Attending meetings in Zoom
Attending meetings in Zoom

More participants: On Zoom, up to 100 users can join meetings for free. The number is only 6 with StreamYard.

End-to-end encrypted: Zoom calls and messages are end-to-end encrypted. StreamYard uses 256-bit encryption, but it’s not end-to-end encrypted.

Native desktop app: Zoom has a native desktop application.

Virtual backgrounds: Zoom supports adding an image as a background. StreamYard offers this option, but you must have a green screen.

Meeting Scheduling: Scheduling meetings on Zoom is available for free. StreamYard offers this option but in the paid plans.

Similar features

No account required: You don’t need an account to join meetings on both tools. However, an account is required to host meetings.

Browser-based: No need to install the software on your computer.

Commenting: Send direct messages to meeting participants or share your views with the whole group.

Mute participants: As a host, you can mute participants.


Zoom Mobile App
Zoom Mobile App

StreamYard is only available for browsers, but modern mobile phones support the service, so you can still video conferencing from your phones. Zoom, in contrast, is a big application, and you find it on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, and iPad devices.

Third-party apps integrations

StreamYard does not support any third-party applications as of this writing. On the other hand, Zoom can be connected with over 1750 applications. Some of the popular apps include:

  • Superhuman
  • Google Workspace
  • Slack
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Box

Another benefit Zoom has is that it supports Zapier, which supports pairing Zoom with over 4000 apps. So, in total, you have so many apps to connect with Zoom.

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StreamYard vs Zoom

Of course, both are free, but to extend features, you will need a paid subscription. The free plan of StreamYard offers the above plans with:

  • One platform streaming at a time
  • Six users (10 can be added, but only six can be displayed on the screen)
  • Use your brand, but StreamYard will display its logo too
  • 20 hours monthly streaming limit

The first premium plan, Basic, costs $25 per month or $20 per month on the yearly contract. The plan extends the features of the free plan, and you get:

  • Unlimited recording
  • 10 participants
  • More customisation options, such as brand logos and overlays
  • Multi-streaming to up to 3 destinations
  • No Streamyard branding
  • Pre-recorded streams
  • Background without the green screen.

The final plan, called Professional, costs $49 per month or $39 per month if paid yearly, and some of the tools you get:

  • Full HD recording
  • Multi-stream to 8 destinations simultaneously
  • Individual audio recordings
  • 10-hour recording limit

Zoom, in comparison, uses licences where one account can purchase multiple licences. Licences help in separating different departments under a company.

The app comes with three premium plans: Pro, Business, and Enterprise. The free plan offers unlimited meetings of up to 100 people. The meeting list is 40 minutes for groups and 30 hours for individuals. The Pro plan costs $14.99 per month per licence, and you get:

  • 1 GB of storage for cloud recording
  • Access to Large Meetings add-on to add up to 1,000 people
  • Streaming on Facebook
  • 30 hours video conferences limit

On the Business plan, you will pay $19.99 per month to increase the user limit to 300. You also get options, including single sign-on company branding and recording transcripts.

The enterprise plan is for large companies. The licence costs $19.99 per month per user for a minimum of 50 licences. One must contact sales to get the total monthly cost.

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Which one is for you?

If you want a program to host, join, and record meetings, go with Zoom. It is the best option right now. However, if you need a tool to stream and record meetings and events, I suggest StreamYard. Please keep in mind that with StreamYard, you can only stream for 20 hours a month for free.

StreamYard vs. Zoom: Website links

Wrap up

This was a close StreamYard vs Zoom comparison. StreamYard may not be as big as Zoom, but it is suitable for people who want to connect with their audience. Please let me know if you have thoughts or if you like to share your views.