Talking Tech Friday – Vimeo

I picked this week’s topic a while ago, and I can’t remember exactly why.  So, here’ you go – Vimeo!

What is it?

Vimeo is a video sharing service, much like Youtube.  From the About page: “Vimeo is a thriving community of people who love to make and share video.”

You can upload videos, create channels, join groups, have friends, subscribe to other’s videos, make comments, etc.  Videos that have been uploaded can be shared with others, posted on other sites, embedded on other sites, or downloaded by other users.  One thing that differentiates Vimeo from Youtube is that Vimeo supports high definition video, so you can get a higher quality video.

How does it work?

Anyone can search Vimeo for videos and watch them without having an account.  However, in order to create groups, upload videos and such, you need to register.  Just enter your name, email address, and a password.

I don’t actually have any videos to upload, so I’m not going through the whole process myself.  However, they have a great video tutorial on how to upload.  Vimeo users can upload 500 MB of data per week.  When uploading videos, you can make them public, or specify privacy controls – either completely private, shared with specific people, password protected, or restricted to your Vimeo contacts.

On your individual profile, Vimeo tracks usage statistics for your videos – how many times they were played, favorited, and any comments made.  On a side note, I like the overall design and friendliness of the site, and your personal home page.  They welcome you to the site, and also link the latest post on the developer’s blog – I think this is a great way to keep you appraised of what’s going on with the service, without having to subscribe separately to the blog.

Vimeo Groups are customized communities based around various themes, such as Music Videographers, or Me Right Now.  You can join any number of groups, or create your own.  When creating a group, you specify a name, can customize how the page looks and upload a logo, and specify who can join – anyone, by approval, or by invitation.  You can also specify who can interact with the group, through comments, discussion, etc.  These privacy controls are pretty robust.  Your group can also include an events calendar (either through Vimeo or importing a Google Calendar), which is a pretty fun feature.

Vimeo Channels allows you to create a customized channel of your videos.  I think the difference between channels and groups is that you’re the only one adding content to your channel, while the groups are collaborative, with any members adding content.  You can customize your channel’s appearance with different colors and a logo, customize the channel URL, use an event calendar, have a blog, and use a discussion forum, among other options.  You can also specify who can see the channel.

Possible Library Uses

I’m pretty impressed with Vimeo, and can think of several library uses.   You could create a channel for library videos (a Library Channel), or create groups for various projects (I can see maybe a teen group for creating book videos, or something). I think the user interface is pretty intuitive, easy to use, and I love how specific you can get with your privacy controls and the page customization.  It seems to me to be more professional than YouTube, but I can’t say I’ve explored YouTube to this extent, so I could be mistaken.  Anyone else tried Vimeo?  Other ideas?



~ by Anali on August 8, 2008.