In some cases, the functionality of VDO.Ninja may overlap with existing solutions. However, in its primary function as an ultra-low latency peer-to-peer video bridge to OBS, it has many benefits and advantages over other methods:
100% free. There's no downloads required, no personal data collected, and no sign-in needed.
Compatible with most modern browsers and mobile devices.
Free support offered via email, discord, reddit, and numerous written guides.
Video data is peer-to-peer, so unlike Skype, your video data does not go thru the NSA's spying servers
Video can be transferred over a LAN directly, so if using your phone as a webcam, you can crank the bitrates up to 40mbps if you want, and your Internet upload bandwidth won't be affected at all.
Video does not go thru a server, so there is less latency as there is less distance to travel. I'm talking as low as 30ms, and normally it never goes higher than 200ms.
There are no downloads required for sharing video -- just send the web link to a guest and they can access the service on nearly any device.
The interface is open-source, so you can white-label, stylize, tweak, and deploy the website code however you want.
Playback of video has been tested to even work on LG's CX OLED displays using Amazon Silk browser
No plugin additional plugins are needed for OBS -- just drag the selected link into OBS (v25 or newer on PC*) and it auto generates the OBS Browser source with the correct resolution. (* MacOS users need to update to OBS v26.1.2 to access support for OBS.Ninja natively.)
QR Code support for invite links, which allows for easy ingestion of mobile devices without needing to use the keyboard.
Reusable invite links, so OBS Browser sources don't need to be re-created or changed once created and shared.
Adjustable resolutions and bitrates (1920x1080p60 @ 30-mbps -- or even custom resolutions). I've hit 4K @ 30fps in some testing, although it does require a fast computer in that case.
There is a browser-based video control room for managing feeds and control videos within scenes of OBS.
There are no overlays and no windows to crop -- VDO.Ninja auto-fills the window an if there is a black border, it becomes a transparent layer.
Control over audio denoise, echo-cancellation, and auto-gain is available, along with custom audio bitrates, and stereo-sound. It is an exceptional tool for podcasters and live streaming DJs.
In group chat (rooms) there is an "auto-mix" mode, making for easy management of dynamic group chat sessions.
Free TURN servers are hosted for VDO.Ninja users, which normally are quite costly, but are kindly subsidized by community sponsors and by Steve, the developer of the application. Sponsor ❤
Group rooms and streams can be password protected and given extra security.
Tally-light support is offered when VDO.Ninja is used in conjunction with OBS.
The group-room director has a "push to talk" capability, along with text-chat being available.
Support for ISO feed recording via the director's control room.
Those in a group-chat can also be split up into individual streams, so the OBS director has control to treat them like different sources in OBS ,switching and mixing as they want.
With little dependence on video servers, at peak usage hours video quality does not suffer.
VDO.Ninja is a project of passion, built by creators for creators, and we like to think it shows.