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Uploading to Vimeo

Written by: Joshua Tuthill
Last Updated: April 2020



Now that you have edited a video and are ready to share it with the world! This guide will give a quick overview of how to upload your video content to the world's most popular streaming service.


Vimeo is an online video-sharing platform. Vimeo allows users to upload, view, rate, share, comment on videos, and follow other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated content. Available content includes video clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, and other content such as educational videos. Vimeo has an additional curated component and is often used by individuals interested in sharing Film, Animation and other cinematic forms.

Uploading Guide

Vimeo supports just about any kind of video file, including these common formats: MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, and FLV. In the rare circumstance that a format is not supported, an Invalid File error is displayed on the video page. All videos uploaded to Vimeo will be converted to square pixels. Regardless of format, all videos will be displayed at the correct aspect ratio.

Vimeo does not accept audio files, image files, or other non-video formats, such as: MP3, WAV, WMA, JPG, and PNG. Project files such as imovie project and dvdproj files are also unsupported, since these are not video files.

How to upload a video to YouTube

Log in to your Vimeo account.


Click on the New Video icon at the top right hand side of the window, which can be found next to your user and notifications icon.


Then, press ‘select files to upload’ to find the video file saved on your computer. Or, you can drag and drop it into the window.


Once you select a file, Vimeo will automatically upload you video and save it to your channel. While the video is uploading you have a set of optional settings you can add to your video. You can also set the privacy settings here.


Some recommended settings to add to your video are:

Add an SEO friendly title so that it’s more easily discoverable via search engines.

Add a description of the video so people know what your content is about before watching it.

Add tags, which act as tools to help the discovery of your video.

You can reedit these settings later in your video settings menu.


Your video is now uploaded to Vimeo and ready to be shared!