Editing Tips & Tutorials: How to Upload to Vimeo

  • Sign-Up for a Vimeo account. It’s free, and it’s easy. If you want to have HD capabilities, and full embed control over your videos, register for the paid, “Vimeo Plus” subscription. It is awesome and worth every penny.
  • After your shoot is complete, either plug the camera into the USB port on your computer, or directly insert your SD card into an SD card reader.
  • Copy your videos into a folder on your computer.  Once you have established your folder, you are ready to import into your favorite editing software. Many people prefer iMovie (on Mac OS X). It is simple, easy to use, and reliable.
  • Once your project is complete, you can export it in several ways. The easiest is to use the command “Export using QuickTime”, and use the recommended Vimeo export settings.
  • Sometimes, when we’re lazy, we will just use the iMovie pre-formatted save settings under the export tab within iMovie. Then we just save to the local hard disk.
  • You will now have a .mov video file, which Vimeo loves. There are no transcoding issues between Vimeo and a .mov file. However, the native GoPro .mp4 file is also very Vimeo-friendly.
  • Vimeo has a desktop uploader which works great, but you can also upload while simply logged in to Vimeo’s website.
  • When you do login to Vimeo, and upload directly to the site, you are essentially doing the same thing that the desktop uploader will do, just with a few extra steps and clicks.
  • Once your video has been uploaded and processed–depending on the level of your Vimeo subscription–you can then control where and how the world sees your video! Woohoo!