Most people are aware that YouTube is the leading video sharing giant on the web today, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it has everything. In fact, a lot of people prefer another popular video sharing service over YouTube, called Vimeo.
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.
It differs largely from YouTube because of its “artsy” distinctiveness. That’s not to say that there aren’t any great artists promoting their work on YouTube – because they’re definitely there as well – but YouTube is so huge that it encompasses everything you could point a camera at. Vimeo, on the other hand, is very much known specifically for creative artistry.
Interested in how Vimeo stacks up against YouTube? Check out our Vimeo vs. YouTube article here.
What You’re Supposed to Do on Vimeo
Simply put, you upload your creative videos for others to enjoy. People can comment and like them, and you can do the same on videos from other content creators.
Because Vimeo is regarded as more of a professional network of artists, the community is much more appreciative of the content that gets shared there. It’s a big difference compared to the type of garbage you see in YouTube comments – often referred to as “the trailer park of the Internet.”
Vimeo has a paid subscription model for the most active members who want more features, so the fact that members are willing to pay money to showcase their work shows just how serious they are about art and content creation.
The community is therefore quite friendly and supportive.
Making Videos for Vimeo
Here are some of the cool features Vimeo offers to its content creators:
Enhancer: Vimeo will help you add a music track from its music catalog to any of your videos, many of which are free to use.
Video School: Vimeo has a section completely dedicated to showing you tutorials and lessons on how to create the best videos.
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.
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 work.
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 work.
Watching Videos on Vimeo
Here are some of the great ways you can find and enjoy videos on Vimeo:
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.
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 offers several different options for members who want specific storage and feature needs. Here’s a brief breakdown:
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.