How to Share Your Digital Film on Vimeo

By John Carucci

The popular video-hosting site Vimeo acts as an alternative to sharing your DSLR films on YouTube. With a name that’s cleverly derived as an anagram for movie, this video-sharing site acts as a more serious place for independent filmmakers to upload, share, and view movie content. Another notable difference between Vimeo and YouTube is that Vimeo demands that all uploaded content must be original and non-commercial.

Some things you should know about Vimeo:

It’s much smaller than YouTube. The site has 8 million registered users and attracts around 65 million unique visitors per month.

Vimeo provides several levels of access. Although it’s free to upload video, users are limited to 500 MB. An inexpensive Vimeo Plus account allows users a greater weekly upload limit, as well as the ability to limit advertisements before video, unlimited HD videos, and unlimited creation of channels, groups and albums. Vimeo PRO provides the highest level of service and offers large storage, third-party video player support, and advanced analytics.

Uploading a video to Vimeo is simple:

1Log in to Vimeo.

You can either use your Vimeo account or Facebook log in.

2Click the Upload a Video button.

It’s large and sits to the upper right. After you click it, you’ll see this message.

3Select the video you want to upload.

The site offers several choices, including a mobile app, desktop apps, and Dropbox. Click the Choose a Video to Upload button and navigate to the file on your computer.

4Upload video file.

Click the Upload Selected Videos button. Depending on file size and length, uploading can take an hour or more. Use this time to properly name the movie and provide the proper information.

5Admire your work.

You’ll notice the sleeker presentation.