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What is Samba Live?

Samba Live is an award winning video conferencing provider, who for over 17 years has enabled over 10 million people to hold interactive online meetings, webinars, and virtual classrooms on the web - in full HD video and audio.

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Languages Supported
German, English, Spanish
Product Description

Samba Live is Digital Samba's answer to antiquated Flash based web video. Built from scratch with HTML5 & WebRTC, the Samba Live videoconferencing platform enables organizations across industries to hold video meetings, webinars, trainings, and events in HD video & audio right from their browsers.


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Seller
Digital Samba SL
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Year Founded
2003
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LinkedIn® Page
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12 employees on LinkedIn®
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

You can arrange a customized loby for your attendees. It is good feature which we did not find in zoom. You do not have to download the software, browser version is enough to join the webinars and virtual conferences. As organizer we were able to customize the notification alerts for our attendees. There is no limiation for the number or presenters or speakers. Pricing is quite affordable and not tricky. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For Webinars or Virtual conferences when you send invitation to the panellists or speakers there is 50/50 chance that they do not receive this inviation email and link not even to the spam. Organizer can not arrange customized re-occuring conference sessions. We wanted arrange a week event with one registration link because each day we would discuss different subtopic of the main topic. But with one registration link it was not possible. Moreover, the software interface is not fancy enough. There is not any distinguising feature or sign to identify host and speaker. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you looking for simple and easy interface and cheap price with up to 100 attendees I would tell Samba Live is better option. But not enough good for large audience events. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since Covid-19 pandemy started we arranged several internal and external web events to communicate with our team and customers. It helped to keep updated our people. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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High School Teacher
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Faculty Member
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Samba Live offers many collaborative features that make 1:1 meetings, group meetings but also webinars interactive. I really enjoyed the whiteboard feature and the possibility to upload documents and/or videos for sharing.

It's easy to set up, you don't need any software or downloads. That makes it super easy for others to join your session, your participants only need a link + password (no signup required).

I enjoy using Samba Live instead of other video conferencing solutions because it's reliable, intuitive (easy user interface) and it offers the right mix of collaborative features. You can even change the layout of the stream/video. They always add new and exciting features! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The admin interface (where you manage your account) feels a bit overwhelming sometimes. Nevertheless, it's easy to set up a meeting and the meeting interface itself is great. The support of Samba Live is also super reliable, they are very respectful and always try to help - I have the feeling that the team takes the ideas and feature requests really seriously. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Meeting with colleagues and clients online as well as hosting webinars. I was also looking for a solution that offers collaborative features like polls, whiteboards, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

We use Samba Live because it is a browser-based video conferencing tool with breakout rooms that doesn't require client-side installs. Many corporate clients don't allow client side installs and Samba Live fills that need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Today's session with 18 people from 4 countries was particularly challenging. People had connection issues suddenly in the middle of the session. And twice our 4 breakout rooms ended without any warning.

It doesn't help that breakout rooms are reset the very moment that they end, so I had to manually put everyone back in again. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it with customers who have strict security requirements for virtual meeting software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

See my first answer. Very complete virtual classroom with breakout possibilities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Regular Education Teacher
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I enjoy the ability to control what my students see. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the abilities my students have within a breakout room. I would like more control over their tools. This would be different if working with adults as participants. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Allow clients to customize the live format. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Samba Live everything to teach. The whiteboard tools are helpful when completing math problems on the board. The tools are not always user friendly. It can be difficult to change font size. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

It's easy to set up and use. Participants don't need to install and software, works directly from the browser. Samba Live has all features needed to organize and host an online workshop. It can automatically record the meetings and we could also integrate our branding. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Looking forward to a host desktop app where you can change the camera background and have more settings for the video. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We moved from our in-person workshops to online. It helps us hold these workshops as we would be in the same room with the participants. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Coordinador educativo
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

* Facilidad de uso

* Buena cantidad de herramientas útiles para el dictado de formaciones

* La mejor relación calidad/precio Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nada. Trabajamos con esta herramienta desde hace 8 años y nunca hemos tenido problema. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Diseño y coordino curso de formación para empresas Noruegas y Suecas que reclutan profesionales Españoles. Hace 10 años que impartimos cursos a través de videoconferencia. Hemos experimientado con varias herramientas y podemos asegurar que Samba Live es de las mejores.

Samba Live resulta un software muy completo y de fácil utilización para quienes se inician en el ámbito de la videoconferencia, mientras que para aquellos que ya tienen experiencia podrán aprovechar toda su capacidad y versatilidad. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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5th Grade Teacher
E-Learning
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Digital Samba had many tools helpful for teachers when using the platform. The students enjoyed writing on the whiteboard. They also enjoyed watching videos and working collaboratively. The system was relatively easy to learn as someone new to the online teaching environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The system was difficult to control if you had students in breakout rooms. No matter the support and encouragement of break out room rules, we would still have students in the breakout rooms writing on the board and talking on camera instead of completing the task at hand. I also did not like how powerpoint presentations are downloaded into the system. The formatting is frequently messed up. I rather just upload a pdf. Then that negates the point of putting useful links in the presentations. Which is another thing, the link sharing is very inconvenient. I want to be able to simply put all required links in a powerpoint for the class and click through the slides smoothly. I can't because the links kick the kids out of the platform when they click on the links. I have to put it on the board manually, which is time consuming or in chat, which gets lost easily. There needs to be a much better system for keeping original formatting and link usage. As an elementary teacher the features and systems are not geared towards our elementary learners. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend fixing the link sharing features so that students are not kicked out after clicking it. I want to be able to have a link on a powerpoint for the students to click on. Breakout rooms should also have tools and permissions very limited. Teachers should be able to choose which features are turned on during a breakout room session. Recording of breakout room sessions should also be available. Setting up groups also needs to be smoother. We should be able to select a group of students at a time to move into a breakout room instead of having to put the students into breakout rooms individually. That takes up way too much time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The only problems being solved right now with Samba Live is being given the opportunity to meet with my students and to group them into small groups. The students often get kicked out of live learning due to internet issues which interrupts learning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Lead
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I liked the 'advanced features' tool while creating the meetings. It gives the host a lot of control over the flow and organization of the event.

I was impressed with all of the options for branding. The live event felt like it was purely my company's and not Samba-associated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There should be more host control over speakers, to keep the event running smoothly without speakers accidentally clicking the wrong buttons. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Moving an in-person, international conference online due to Covid-19. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This platform is a great resource to utilize for online learning. There are many features that work well in an educational setting. Educators are able to upload any materials, change settings and formatting, turn on and off both their permissions and students with ease, move students into breakout rooms, and write on the board. While the pencil draw tool is sometimes not as smooth in the writing for a math teacher, it does serve as a nice feature. Teachers also can move between breakout rooms very easily and see who is in each of the rooms. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Students often get kicked out of the classroom. In order to keep track of who is coming and going, I have to enable the lobby and it can become challenging to continue allowing students in. Screen sharing often causes students to get kicked out of the platform. It can sometimes be time consuming to turn on and off tool board permissions for students to write on the board. When a student is kicked out of class, it puts them back into the main room and the teacher must move them manually into the breakout room. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a great space for online learning. A teacher is very easily able to closely mimic a classroom meeting face to face with students as Samba Live enables and supports many of the structures and features that are beneficial to a live online classroom space. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Support team responds really quickly and are knowledgeable. One of my favourite features is that they are completely HTML5 allowing for easy integration via iFrames into other websites without losing features etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Currently perfect for webinars but I'd like a feature for hosting larger group discussions too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrating meeting spaces virutally. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Feature rich.

Easy to use.

Good performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

None ----------------------------------- Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need virtual class with modern UI and customizablity, Samba Live exceeds our expectations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Great features - like live poll, Q&A, multiple presenters. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It would be good if you could see how the individual attendees voted in the live poll. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a great tool to host a large live event. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the view and ease of the tools. The view of Samba Live is very much in tune with current platforms. It feels like you are on a social media live platform. Even someone who is not familiar with the platform will be able to figure out the tools. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that you cannot save a custom view for future meetings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I love that you can pop in a YouTube video and switch around content seamlessly. I also like the polling features. This makes getting participant feedback very easy! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The best aspect of the software is how quick it is to get a session sent out and get people connected with just the link. Has all the features you would expect - screen sharing, presentation etc. A very useful bit of software in the right circumstances. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Connectivity can be an issue but it is difficult to say whether this is down to the software or the host's connection. However I have seen more drops than with a more established meeting solution e.g. skype. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a worthy tool, especially when looking to conference with both external people and employees. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows for sending out invites to people with just a link which is a phenomenal quality of life improvement over other solutions on the market. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Teacher
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that I can see my students clearly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the breakout rooms and how the student elects to "join" or not. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem solving has been insignificant. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that I am able to use whiteboard tools and poll questions with my students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like how the breakout rooms can be very tricky to work with. Sometimes the live class will freeze up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Teaching my class of students is much easier and I can see their learning taking place! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Founder
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

We have also tried many many different solutions on the market and found this one to be the very best ! Firstly it is extremely easy for our students to enter the Virtual Classroom - just one click on their teacher's unique access link. Our teachers can also use OnSync easily even if some of them have quite low tech skills. During our Online Lessons we use the Audio and Video as well as share Lessons Plans easily and utilise the Chat function too. Teachers can also share their screens to show different websites etc All of these features create a fully interactive, innovative and ideal learning experience for our students ! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Any tech problems we have had are quickly fixed by the OnSync Tech Support Team - they respond normally in minutes of getting in contact with a solution Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get in touch with the team and discuss your specific needs ! They will be happy to help you ! They are very customer focused and listen to our needs in developing and improving their service continually Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to carry out easily Live English Online Training to large numbers of Teachers and Students 7 days a week. without interruption. We always have Tech Support when needed. We can rest assured we are able to provide the best possible service due to the high level of the software and the passionate developers and support behind the scenes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The features are amazing. It worked amazingly and was very quick. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. but it was quite lagging with the video playback. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helped me work quicker Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

I like the screen sharing and voice chat features. It is easy to enable audience members to speak and present when needed. I also like the different plans so we can scale based on number of participants. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We have quite a few connection issues. People get dropped repeatedly through the webinar. If I enable someone to share their screen and talk it suffers from bad delays, sometimes as long as 5-10 minutes of delay between video and audio. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Definitely worth trying out. The only complaint we have had is related to bandwidth issues but the newer version of OnSync is supposed to handle that much better. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We started using OnSync one year ago to enable us to better present training to our artists around the world. We have conducted on average one webinar a week since we started and it has been a huge success. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

low latency. reliable chat. white-labeling Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Flash based platform. difficult to access recordings. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Collaboration Meetings Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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