Vimeo Releases New Features for Video Producers

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Vimeo, long playing second fiddle to YouTube, has released some new features that should be very attractive to video producers.

First, Plus members ($59.95 per year or $9.95 per month) can now upload files as large as 5 GB - meaning full-feature HD film uploads, or up to 2.5 hours of HD per week. With a Plus membership, Vimeo users can also upload unlimited HD videos per week, within the weekly limit (non-Plus members are limited to one new HD video per week).

Also when it comes to HD videos, Plus members can automatically embed the HD version of their videos so that users need not choose the HD viewing option. However, be careful with this option, particularly when embedding video outside of your own site, where page elements out of your control can slow load times.

An attractive option for marketers and brand curators, Vimeo now offers custom URLs for videos. This is great for branding and recall purposes (and very useful for tweeting and Facebook updates) but will not influence SEO, as the root URL will continue to be a numbered sequence. The Vimeo blog states, however, that this is only a redirect "for now."

Finally, Vimeo now allows users to hide their activity on their profile page. This feature has been requested often from Vimeo users as a way to increase privacy.

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JamieK 02-10-2011 3:41 PM

Hardly second fiddle. Lets face it, Vimeo showcases quality work from people that are interested or involved in filmmaking to some degree, whereas YouTube suffers from having people with channels that are a joke done on a handycam.

SamN 02-11-2011 8:29 AM

I like Vimeo, it's well designed, but it will never overtake Youtube.

Greg Bowen 02-13-2011 1:03 PM

I am not so sure that Vimeo will never take over Youtube, especially for business applications. Yes, the design is better, it is also more synonymous with hi-def and has a MUCH better brand.much

Johnny 02-14-2011 11:34 AM

I think they are a more professional looking interface to put in your web sites.

Atlanta Real Estate 02-20-2011 7:39 PM

JohnS, I completely agree and am not sure why YouTube uses that ugly old timey looking interface.

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