Live streaming is a processor-intensive task. That’s why most streaming applications need to be installed on your device.
For this, you have to make sure that the streaming application is supported on your PC, and that your PC satisfies the required system specifications mandatory, or at least the minimum.
All in all, you need to be aware of a lot of technicalities before you can zero in on the right streaming software for you.
However, things are not that complicated with Restream or StreamYard. Both these applications are web-based and can be launched from a web browser.
Also, both applications are available as software as a service (SaaS.) There is no need for the installation of any package or of fancy hardware.
All you need is the latest version of Firefox or Chrome browser.
For Amateurs and Professionals
Both Restream and StreamYard can be used by social media content creators, digital marketers, influencers, and even entrepreneurs.
Both these applications can be used under a freemium subscription. This means you can use either of these applications for an extended period of time without paying any subscription charges.
Such free plans are best suited for amateur content creators and aspiring digital marketers.
The only downside is certain features of both these applications would be restricted and can only be used when upgraded to a paid plan.
Restream and StreamYard both provide a number of different plans which you can opt for depending on your custom needs.
Once you have upgraded to a paid plan, you can put all their features and resources to proper use.
Both Restream.io and StreamYard can schedule a live stream.
All you need to do is select the platforms of your choice, provide a description of the live event and link it to the media that you want to share in your stream.
Once you have set the scheduled date and time your live streaming would start.
Such event scheduling can come in handy when you are hosting a podcast and want to live stream automatically at a pre-scheduled time.
Scheduling is also helpful when your event recording needs some touch-up.
So, you can record your live stream event, post-process, and then upload the clip as a scheduled live stream.
Review Comments from One Location
Unlike other live streaming applications, you need not visit every social media platform to review your audiences’ comments or reply to them.
Restream and StreamYard have a cross-platform chat feature that displays all user messages from different social media platforms in your chat window.
This way, while using your live streaming app, you can respond to chats from different platforms from a single screen.
It is a very useful feature that can save you a lot of time while catapulting your audience engagement.
Private Chat with Guests
Let’s say you are interviewing a well-known personality and live streaming the same on YouTube and Twitch. You want to ask your guest a tough one that your audience would love to hear about.
But you don’t really know how your guest might react to it and it’s wise to fill them in first. This is when the private chat feature comes in handy.
Using Restream.io and StreamYard, you can privately chat with your guests which would not be visible or accessible to anyone in the audience. Nifty!
Restream vs StreamYard: Features Comparison
1. Multistreaming Limit for Freemium Members
Restream – When you are using Restream for free, your live streaming needs to be less than one hour long. If you want your live streaming duration to be more than one hour you have to subscribe to a paid plan.
Also, under the free plan, you won’t be able to stream on a Facebook group or page, on a second YouTube account, or a custom RTMP destination.
You need to upgrade your Restream plan in order to live stream on the above platforms.
StreamYard – Under the free plan you can invite at most 6 people to your stream. Also, there is a streaming limitation of 20 hours per month.
Both applications have restrictions with a free subscription. It’s a tie for Restream vs StreamYard in freemium streaming.
Restream – Restream.io analytics can provide you with valuable insight into your live streaming performance.
Its analytics section provides a spectrum of different matrices that helps you quantify your reach.
Restream metrics provide information related to the different platforms on which your live streaming was broadcasted while the audience metrics show detailed figures about the number of viewers, viewing time, and the duration when audience participation peaked.
StreamYard – StreamYard doesn’t provide any analytics info as of now.
To gather info about your live stream, you have to navigate to each social media platform and collate details from each platform individually.
Restream is a clear winner here as the analytics tool is embedded in their web application and you need not navigate to multiple platforms to gather your live streaming analytics.
3. Live Streaming Scheduling of Pre-recorded Videos
Restream – While scheduling videos you can upload a pre-recorded video and schedule it to be broadcasted on multiple platforms later.
Streamyard – During the StreamYard review, we could not find any option for uploading pre-recorded videos for scheduling.
You can also use any other live streaming application to leverage their green screen for chroma key functionality.
StreamYard – Using a green screen or chroma keys is pretty straightforward with StreamYard.
You simply need to turn on the green screen setting, and you can render your custom background easily.
However, to enable this feature, you need to tweak the settings of your Chrome browser.
You can get detailed information on how to turn on the green screen using StreamYard by going through this post.
However, the green screen features are only available on the Chrome browser.
Between Restream vs StreamYard, StreamYard captures a win in the green screen category. Even though Restream provides a workaround solution, it is pretty complicated.
Restream vs StreamYard: Price Comparison
Both Restream and StreamYard pricing slabs can be categorized into two slabs depending on the entities using them –
For individual use
For companies/ businesses
In the following table, you can find pricing for different subscription plans for either of these products.
While reviewing these applications, we found out that opting for an annual plan can be the best money saver. Just why the table below lists the prices of different annual subscription plans for each product.
After comparing Restream vs StreamYard here is a gist of our findings –
Both Restream and StreamYard are great multistreaming applications that allow users to stream on over 30 different social media platforms.
As these applications are web-based, none require serious hardware specs and allows you to live stream right from your browser. Both these applications have similar user interfaces and live streaming workflows.
As Restream and StreamYard allow freemium subscription, amateur content creators can use their free subscriptions to live stream on multiple platforms of their choice. Digital media marketers and influencers can choose from their paid plans to get the most out of these multistreaming SaaS applications.
Our Restream review suggested that it has a better analytics platform and scheduling options between the two. However, based on our StreamYard review, it should be the application of choice when green screen or chroma keys are required.
What Do We Recommend?
Based on our analysis of Restream vs StreamYard, Restream came out as a clear winner.
As Restream has a lot more multistreaming features we would recommend you to use Restream and upgrade it to a suitable plan. You can continue using StreamYard as a freemium and use it as one of your Restream sources while multistreaming.
This way, you can use StreamYard’s green screen feature and all the elite Restream features that come with your subscription plan. No offense StreamYard!