Vimeo is a video sharing platform that was launched in 2004
by a group of filmmakers. Since then, the platform has grown
to over 14 million members – most of them artists in film,
animation, music and other works of art – who’ve been able
to use Vimeo as a way to share and promote their work.
Making Videos for Vimeo(1)
Enhancer: Vimeo will help you add a music track from its
music catalog to any of your videos, many of which are free
Video School: Vimeo has a section completely dedicated to
showing you tutorials and lessons on how to create the best
Music Store: Browse through all of the music tracks
available that you can use with your videos and put them
together using the Enhancer tool.
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Creative Commons Videos: Vimeo has a section of users’
videos that are Creative Common licensed, meaning that
there are certain ways you can use them legally for your own
Tip Jar: Vimeo recently introduced the “tip jar” for content
creators, which allows them to accept small cash payments
from viewers who wish to tip you in appreciation for your
Watching Videos on Vimeo(1)
Staff Picks: Every day, the Vimeo staff picks out their
favorite new videos and shares them in the “Staff Picks”
section. This is a great way to find those breathtaking videos
that really deserve exposure from viewers like you.
Movies: Another new feature Vimeo recently launched is
the option to watch full-length movies for a small fee.
Categories: If there’s a specific subject or video style you’re
interested in, you can browse through the available
categories to quickly stumble across something that might
appeal to your interests.
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Channels: On Vimeo, channels are created by members
and used to showcase collections of videos centered around
common themes. It’s another useful way to discover great
videos according to your interests.
Groups: The community on Vimeo is strong and genuine,
so Groups help bring members even closer. You can chat
with others about videos and common interests by creating
your own group or joining existing ones.
Couch Mode: Couch mode basically lets you watch videos
in full screen. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Getting Started with a Vimeo Account
Vimeo Basic: You can sign up right away with Vimeo for
free. You do, however, get a pretty limited selection of
features and just 500MB of storage space per week for
videos you want to upload. You can always upgrade, and
the free account is recommended for starters who aren’t too
serious about content creation just yet.
Vimeo Plus: A Plus membership is about $10 a month and
a limit of 5GB storage per week. You also get unlimited HD
uploading, no banner ads on your stuff, a bunch of other
stuff that basic members don’t have access to.
Vimeo Pro: This one is for the professionals. It’s about $200
per year offers the most exquisite, high-quality picture for
your videos. You also get 50GB of storage, no bandwidth
caps, advanced statistics and much more.
Vimeo vs. YouTube
Both sites are video sharing networks that allow users to
sign up, upload videos for free, and participate in the
community. In terms of viewing choice and connection
speeds, these two sites are superior to any other competing
services on the web.
Of course, both sites have different strengths and
weaknesses. If you're a creative filmmaker, you might get
better feedback and engagement from the community on
Vimeo or better access with their premium business account
option. On the other hand, if you're just a casual video
blogger, uploading convenience or longer videos might be
more of a priority. In that case, YouTube may be a better
Vimeo: The Pros(1)
Priority uploading: Uploading videos to Vimeo is already
just as convenient as it is with YouTube, but you can get
even better quality when you upgrade to a paid Vimeo Pro
account. With a Pro account, videos are much cleaner and
require much less bandwidth for viewing.
Video player branding: One thing YouTube doesn't have
that Vimeo has is the ability to embed your own logo or
image into the video player. On Youtube, the YouTube logo
is always in the lower right corner of the video player,
potentially harming branding ability.
Vimeo: The Pros(2)
Analytics: Between YouTube and a paid Vimeo Pro
account, the analytics platform on Vimeo is far superior.
Some users feel that YouTube's analytics system is much
Community engagement: Vimeo tends to have
more audience engagement due to the focus on creative
artistry, filmmaking and music. You're more likely to receive
friendlier comments and make stronger relationships with
users on Vimeo in comparison to YouTube.
Vimeo: The Cons(1)
Lower traffic: Due to the simple fact that Vimeo is
significantly smaller in comparison to YouTube, you're video
views may be extremely limited.
Paid access: Although the Vimeo Pro features are
outstanding, a Pro account still requires a fee to be paid. Not
everyone is will to pay for premium features. If you decide
against a Pro account, you'll be missing out on a lot of what
Vimeo has to offer.
Vimeo: The Cons(2)
Commercial restrictions: If you plan on promoting a
product or service through a video on Vimeo, you are
required to pay for a Pro account. If you go ahead and
upload a commercial video on a free account, you risk
having your video taken down.
Cap restrictions: Believe it or not, a Vimeo Pro account
limits you to upload a maximum of 50 GB per year, with
each video limited to a maximum of 5 GB. Even with a free
YouTube account, you are allowed to upload an unlimited
amount of videos, as long as they do not exceed 2 GB per
How to use vimeo(1)
Sign-up Procedure for Vimeo:
Vimeo asks for a username, password, email, location, and
Uploading to Vimeo:
The Upload link in the upper right corner takes you to the
upload form. It reminds you not to upload anything
pornographic, anything that you didn’t create yourself, or any
Here you pick your file, add a title, caption and tags, and
choose whether the video is public or private. You get a
progress bar that shows the percent complete, the number
of KB uploaded, the upload speed and the time remaining. It
goes pretty fast.
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Tagging on Vimeo:
Vimeo enables tagging.
Compression in Vimeo:
When your clip has uploaded, you are taken to a page with a
link to the video and a link back to the uploader, if you want
to add more clips. If you go to watch the video right away, it
will probably not be uploaded yet: they convert all uploaded
files to Flash before making them accessible.
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Viewability on Vimeo:
All your uploaded videos are displayed in thumbnail form to the
right, from oldest to newest. The videos are not huge, but
look pretty good and go smoothly. The play bar is right on
top of the video, which is annoying, but if you take the
mouse off it after pressing play it will go away.
Sharing from Vimeo:
To share a Vimeo video, click the “Embed” link at the bottom of
the player. Two headings will come up. Use the URL under
the first heading, “Link to this clip,” to link to your video in
email or on other websites. Or, copy and paste the HTML
under the second heading, “Embed this clip...” to embed the
player in another website such as Myspace.