About Dacast

dacast (formerly vzaar) is an online video hosting platform for businesses that allows you to publish your videos online in an easy and fast way. The software contains multiple customizable design options to ensure your video aligns with your company's branding. Add logos, calls to action, subtitles, social sharing, languages, watermarking and more. The range of tools also allows for encoding, security, analytics, API's, and content management.

This professional video platform is multi-compatible and can be played on PCs, Macs, IOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, and Windows 7. It offers a range of additional features and benefits to facilitate in the uploading, encoding, quality setting, appearance, security and management of your videos. This software is affordable for all company sizes, with pricing options for small business as well as large enterprises.

Key benefits of Dacast

The player you want
Full customization. Add your logo, calls to action, subtitles, social sharing, languages, watermarking, colors and a lot more.

The tools you need
An extensive set of tools for encoding, security, analytics, API's, and content management.

Play anywhere
PCs, Macs, IOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows 7 ...all backed by a truly global content delivery network.

Awesome Support
Reach out via phone, email or live chat & we'll aim to get back to you within 1 business day. Super responsive support from real human beings.

API
Integrate our video platform into your own web application by using our developer API.

Video Dimensions
Have your videos encoded to any dimensions you want. Choose from one of our preset video sizes (small, medium, large, or HD), or enter in your own.

Video Quality
Set the video bitrate (video quality) you need, or let vzaar automatically work out the sweet spot between file size and video quality (compression) for you.

Audio Quality
vzaar encodes audio (both for video files and audio only) at the 128K high quality. You have the option to set it higher at 256k.

RTMPe
An extra level of security. Encrypted streaming makes it more difficult to download your video because the location of the complete file is hidden. This combined with SWF Verification ensures you content is only served in your authorized video player.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported Languages

English, French, Spanish

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Features

Total features of Dacast: 7

  • Analytics
  • Compression
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Watermarking

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,2 /5
(89)
Value for Money
4,1/5
Features
4,1/5
Ease of Use
4,2/5
Customer Support
4,3/5

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John C.
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Reliable and easy to use

Reviewed on 2019/10/08

We use it extensively to stream weekly tutorials, as well as live feed conferences and events....

We use it extensively to stream weekly tutorials, as well as live feed conferences and events. Overall, our experience has been very positive and you can quickly talk to a real persona if you get stuck or something´s not working.

Pros

Dacast is a solid streaming platform backed by an excellent support team which have helped me sort out configuration and integration into our e-learning platforms. I also like the fact that it´s highly customizable and integrates well into OBS studio and HTML pages, as well as Facebook. All in all, the quality/value for money ratio is well worth it.

Cons

The latency is annoying (can be up to 15 secondes) and the upgrade payment to eliminate it is really too expensive.

Response from DaCast

Hi John! Thanks a lot for your comments, we take the point on the pricing. We are always trying to find cheaper solutions to put on the market, we will announce it if we have anything new on this!

Jason H.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great people. Great service.

Reviewed on 2019/06/21

We needed the ability to allow our entire user base to be able to upload video game performance...

We needed the ability to allow our entire user base to be able to upload video game performance videos directly into the service. This means many thousands of different people from anywhere in the world, with incredibly large video uploads.

We were able to accomplish this. There is nothing more to say.

Pros

Bottom line is that it works. It's consistent. It's straightforward. The support available is prompt, understanding and interested in supplying the best product and service they can.

Cons

I have no complaints. The software and company have completely met my expectations. I am not exaggerating.

Response from DaCast

Hi Jason! Thanks a lot for your review. We are so pleased to keep on working with you and will definitely keep on serving you for many more adventures!

Dima M.
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  • Industry: Sports
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Empty promises with quick support

Reviewed on 2020/04/25

Overall, I wish I'd selected another platform
Honestly, the amount of time and effort spent in...

Overall, I wish I'd selected another platform
Honestly, the amount of time and effort spent in figuring out the bugs I described above was not worth it.

I have about 2000 people that are actively using the platform I build and they trust me to give them a reliable way to stream live classes (dance classes) and record them for later viewing, and I feel I've let them down choosing DaCast

I do not recommend DaCast to anyone

Pros

They don't make you pay for a full year and the price is a bit lower compared with vimeo and some other platforms i checked.

Fast response support (not good, but fast)

Cons

Features don't work!!

1. Analytics - does not work at all (support: "as soon as it works we will notify you")

2. VOD - recorded live streams have multiple 'holes' in them, most recordings have 10-20 minute holes missing in the recording!!
Also, one of the recordings was corrupted after about 5 minutes in the stream, so 1.2 hour video = trashed.

3. LiveStreams - a huge bug in the token refreshing within the player, making anyone who views the stream refresh the browser every 6 minutes (as it stops the stream)

4. Support - the support is a fast-response-low-on-knowledge kind of support.
The more knowing people are not responding at all (been 3 weeks with no response)

5. They have lots of articles that seem like someone who knows a thing or two about streaming wrote, that was mostly the reason I decided to invest my time in DaCast, it seemed promising (but only promising, no results)

Gandhi B.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A great alternative for broadcasting

Reviewed on 2019/10/08

Almost a year broadcasting, working just fine on a daily basis.

Almost a year broadcasting, working just fine on a daily basis.

Pros

The great variety of settings you have to get the image do you need. The price it's also great for my needs.

Cons

In my case, the learning curve. I was not familiar with this kind of broadcasting.

Response from DaCast

Hello Gandhi! Thanks a lot for your comment, glad to hear you use our services every day. We take the point on the learning curve: it is important for us to get people to live easily, but it can be sometimes harder than expected.

Luca M.
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  • Industry: Broadcast Media
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Dacast user review

Reviewed on 2019/10/21

We usually use Dacast for our streaming service in the equestrian competition. We found this...

We usually use Dacast for our streaming service in the equestrian competition. We found this service very affordable since the first time. We have never had problems with service interruptions, which is very important to guarantee good live streaming services.

Pros

Easy to set up. Stable and safe even in intensive use.

Cons

we would like more development in the off-line part of the software

Response from DaCast

Hi Luca! Thanks a lot for your comment. We will do our best to build our offline services in the future with our soon to be out new app!

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Dacast FAQs

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Dacast offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$30,00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

MONTHLY BILLING: Trial free /30days Express $30 /mo Professional $80 /mo Business $200 /mo Enterprise $500 /mo Business $200 /mo ANNUAL BILLING: Trial free /30days Express $20 /mo save 33% Professional $60 /mo save 25% Business $160 /mo save 20% Enterprise $400 /mo save 20%

Dacast offers the following features:

  • Advertising
  • Borderless Player or Poster Frame
  • Brand Overlay, Text & Link
  • Branded Video Pages
  • Bulk Uploading
  • Content Delivery Network
  • Desktop Uploader
  • Domain Control
  • Dual and Multi-Pass Encoding
  • HTTPS Embed Code
  • Multi-Language Player Support
  • Multi-Pass Encoding
  • Multi-User Accounts
  • Podcasts and Playlists
  • Progressive or Streaming Download
  • Selection of Video Player Colors
  • Statistic Reporting
  • Video watermarking
  • Web, Tablet, & Mobile
  • iPhone App Upload

Dacast has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Dacast supports the following languages:

English, French, Spanish

We do not have any information about what devices Dacast supports

Dacast integrates with the following applications:

AWeber

Dacast offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, FAQs, Video Tutorials

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