What is Vimeo?

Vimeo is an online video source where you can upload and watch videos. Its user base consists mainly of amateur movie makers hoping to get there works recognised.

Vimeo was founded in 2004 by Jake Hedwick and Zach Klein, and it attracts around 65 Million unique hits monthly and has over 8 Million unique registered users.

Being known for the quality of the videos on its website, they were one of the first video hosting websites to support consumer HD.

Vimeo is known for encouraging people to create videos and they appreciate work from everyone, being new or existing users and they have the ‘Vimeo Video School’. This teaches users to create videos using various effects, cameras and also how to make it successful. To encourage a good user community they ask of expert movie makers from the website to create these tutorials.

Some Vimeo Features

Vimeo wouldn’t be as popular as it is today if it didn’t have the features it does. These are some of the features that make Vimeo one of the leading video websites on the Internet.

Creative Commons

 This gives film makers the opportunity to copyright their films, giving them the chance to be recognised and also protecting their work from being defaced by other movie makers. If the video is used, the original owner of the video gets the choice of how it can be displayed and performed to others.

Channels

These help you find videos which make it quicker and easier to find something you like. If you don’t know what you want to watch but you want to watch something about Robots this will help you find that channel quickly. This helps the movie makers create and get their works seen by an audience who are actually interested in that that type of film making and genres.

Vimeo Plus

Vimeo Plus lets you control how people see your videos. However this is a members feature and it costs $9.95 (American Dollars). With this membership package, you also get improved storage and easy to track stats on your videos.

Vimeo Pro

This is mainly directed for businesses and serious film makers which expands the storage capacity, and also allows you to create an online video portfolio. You can also use your videos on TV, mobile devices and more with their multi-platform options. However, this does cost $199 (American Dollars) for one year’s subscription.

Vimeo is also accessible on iPhone’s, iPads, and all android phones making it easily available for everybody.

Vimeo also engage with their users and encourage them to create videos. They do this by creating competitions where users have to create a video which fits a theme. A previous theme has been Horror, and they are given the opportunity to win cash prizes, which gives users motivation.

Even though Vimeo is under looked because of YouTube’s huge user base, I think that it is still equally as important because of its niche. People’s works are more likely to be more recognised on Vimeo, than YouTube.

Watch the Vimeo presentation I made here!

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