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How to Download Vimeo Videos to Mac - Top 7 Free and Easiest Ways 2016 - 2017

A report from Gigaom suggests that Vimeo offers 4K lovers a new avenue for getting the super-crisp videos on iMac 5K, for instance. That means registered users can download Vimeo videos in 4K on Mac based computers via its own download service. But basic members are restricted to 5 Vimeo video downloads on Mac/PC per day. And most of Vimeo videos are unavailable for download actually. Given more and more people beef about this, here we've gathered top 7 effective ways that lead you to download Vimeo videos on Mac successfully.

[Solution 1] Download Vimeo Videos to Mac with Desktop Vimeo Downloader for Mac

From time to time, downloading Vimeo videos on Mac brings about virus infection, quality degrading and more if an improper way is done. So a safe way able to finish the Vimeo video download is more preferred. Here MacX Video Converter Pro is highly recommended. Specially tailored for Mac users, it is the safest and best way to download Vimeo videos on Mac OS X (El Capitan included) while ensuring the maximum quality preservation and no virus transmission during installation.

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What This Vimeo Downloader for Mac can do for you:
* Safe and clean to download Vimeo videos, 4K movies, trailers, music, TV Shows, etc within just a few clicks.
* Support 300+ popular streaming sites like YouTube or Vimeo, Facebook, Vevo, Dailymotion, etc.
* No.1 fast to convert Vimeo videos to MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MKV, etc with intact quality.
* Transfer Vimeo videos to iPhone 6s/6 Plus, iPad Pro/Mini 4, Samsung Galaxy S6, etc. 400+ preset profiles for Apple, Android and other mainstream devices.
* Capture and save videos from Vimeo to Mac by courtesy of its screen recorder feature.
* Trim, crop, merge, add subtitles and cut the parts out of the downloaded Vimeo video and take the content you really need.

How to download videos from vimeo on mac

Step 1. Add Target Vimeo Video URL
Free download, install and launch the vimeo video downloader on your Mac or PC, tap YouTube button to access the Web video download option. Search the video you want to download on Vimeo, for example Taylor Swift Bad Blood music video. Copy and paste its URL to address bar.

Step 2. Analyze Video
Tap Analyze button for getting video info, varying from format, resolution, size and codec. Check one version (1280x720 MP4 in this example) and click OK.

Step 3. Start Vimeo Video Download on Mac
Tap Browse button to set target folder and click Download button to free download streaming video on Mac.

[Solution 2] How to Download Vimeo Videos on Mac using Safari

Download vimeo videos on mac using safari

Besides the desktop software that enables to capture streaming videos on Mac OS X, there is another method that gives better-quality result - take advantages of Safari's little tool called Activity Window to save streaming videos for offline use on your Mac. Without further ado, here are the steps provided to download web videos, say Vimeo videos, to Mac OS X.

  • Step 1: Launch the Safari window with the Vimeo video to be downloaded on your Mac.
  • Step 2: Press Command+Option+A, or go to Windows > Activity (shortcut: alt+apple+a) in Safari
  • Step 3: Look through the activity for "Video Name". If you'd like to download the true video file, just choose the largest file size.
  • Step 4: Here we go, double click to download the video from Vimeo, YouTube, etc to Mac.

Please note that the file downloaded with Safari is usually saved in FLV that is incompatible with Mac's QuickTime player. And you'll need a video converter for Mac that helps to convert Vimeo FLV video to MP4, MOV or M4V format readable on your Mac computer.

[Solution 3] How to Download Vimeo Videos on Mac using Firefox

Download Vimeo Videos on Mac using Firefox

Firefox browser is equipped with many helpful add-ons. One popular Firefox extension is the free DownloadHelper that works well work with many popular video streaming sites, including Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Follow the detailed tutorial to save Vimeo videos on Mac.

Step 1: Install the extension and then the DownloadHelper icon appears at the bottom of the browser.
Step 2: Open the Vimeo in Firefox and find the Vimeo video you'd like to download.
Step 3: start playing the video and click on the icon after which you can see one or more listings for the video in Flash format or others in MPEG4 format.
Step 4: Choose one of the MPEG4 and it downloads to your Mac, ready for playing in iTunes, QuickTime Player, 5KPlayer, etc.

[Solution 4] How to Download Vimeo Videos on Mac using Google Chrome

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Google Chrome offers the option to get vimeo videos downloads on Mac. Follow the instructions below to get the Vimeo download process on your Mac using Chrome.

Step 1: Activate "Enable resource tracking" in Google Chrome.
Step 2: Sort the resources based on size.
Step 3: Go to the Vimeo with the video you'd like to download.
Step 4: Pick the highest quality video available.
Step 5: Copy the URL of the video with the largest size.
Step 6: "Paste and Go" to the copied URL. Then the Chrome will download the video in FLV automatically. If the video is saved in MP4, just right-click the MP4 video to "Save Video As…"
Step 7: Check whether the downloaded video is the one you need.

[Solution 5] Download Vimeo Videos to Mac Online

video grabber

Perhaps the fastest and easiest way to grab any video from Web like Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, etc is to make use of an online video downloader service to handle the task. There are many online video download services available for your needs, like SaveVideo.me, Video Grabber, Downloadvimeo.net, Clipconverter.cc, Videoripper.me, and so on. All you need to do is to go the Vimeo video address, place the URL and hit the download button. Some online Vimeo video downloaders are even allow you to save Vimeo video to MP4, AVI, MOV and 3GP format.

Please bear in mind, the web services are great for downloading web videos. But you may know that the websites may not function properly. Or sometimes, they may be incorporated with adware, spyware or malware or temporarily unavailable. So you'll need an anti-virus program or a desktop software to copy with the Vimeo video download or download YouTube videos on Mac OS X.

[Solution 6] Save Videos from Vimeo to Mac using Screen Recorder

record streaming videos on Mac

There is another way that is generally thought as a brute force - using a screen recorder to grab Vimeo videos on Mac in real time. Here we take the well-received MacX Video Converter Pro's built-in screen recorder feature as an example.

Step 1: Download the Mac screen recorder, install and run it. Open the video on Vimeo you'd like to record and then press the "Screen Recorder" button on the main interface.

Step 2: Customize the screen recording area by choosing "Keep Full Screen" or "Crop Region". Select the quality of Vimeo video to be recorded, tweak the video frame rate, add sound effect to your video, and alike.

Step 3: Click "Browse" button in output setting area and select a destination folder to save your recorded Vimeo video.

Step 4: Hit "Start Record" button, the program will start to record screen on Mac.

[Solution 7] Download Vimeo Videos on Mac Using its Download Button

If you are a Vimeo buff, you will notice that some videos on Vimeo come with a download button at the bottom of the video. Here we provide the 3specific steps to download Vimeo videos on Mac without any third-party Vimeo video downloader.

download vimeo on mac

Step 1: Activate "Enable resource tracking" in Google Chrome.
Step 2: Search for the video to be downloaded from Vimeo. Find the Download button, if available, in the tool bar. Hit it and choose the video format, resolution and size as you wish. The downloaded Vimeo video format depends on the resource. And you can download the video in MOV, FLV or MP4.
Step 3: Start downloading the video. Right click the video and choose the "download linked file", then it will be downloaded in the background.

Note: Viewers without a Vimeo account cannot download the source files. For a basic user, you can download 5 Vimeo videos per 24 hours. For Vimeo Plus and Pro members, they can store the original untranscoded source files on Vimeo and make their original file downloadable by others, too.

Best Vimeo Downloader for Mac/PC

MacX Video Converter Pro can help you download vimeo videos on Mac (El Capitan) and Windows (10) without any problem.

• Download Online Video/Audio from Vimeo & 300+ Sites: download online video & audio from 300+ video sharing sites, including YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, etc.
• Convert All Video Audio Formats: convert any video to over 180 video formats and 14 popular audio formats on Mac OS X (El Capitan/Yosemite included).
• 350+ Preset Profiles for Apple and Android Devices: convert video file to 350+ portable devices like iPhone 6s/6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, Apple TV 4, etc.

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MacX Video Converter Pro is an all-in-one Vimeo video movie music downloader with top quality and fast speed. This feature-rich music download tool also can help you easily directly convert HD or SD MP4 music video to mobile devices.

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