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

A report from Gigaom suggests that Vimeo offers 4K lovers a new avenue for getting the super-crisp videos on the new 16-inch Macbook, 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 video downloads on Mac/PC per day. And most of videos on Vimeo 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 save Vimeo videos offline on Mac successfully.

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

From time to time, saving Vimeo private 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 embeded Vimeo videos on macOS while ensuring the maximum quality preservation and no virus transmission during installation.

What it can do for you:

  • Safe and clean to download Vimeo private videos, 4K movies, trailers, music, TV Shows, etc within just a few clicks.
  • Support 1000+ popular streaming sites like Vimeo, Facebook, Vevo, Dailymotion, etc.
  • No.1 fast to convert Vimeo videos to MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MKV, etc with intact quality.
  • Transfer footages to iPhone (12/Pro/max), iPad, Samsung Galaxy, etc. 420+ 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

Install and launch the vimeo video downloader on your Mac or PC, tap YouTube button. Search the video you want to download on Vimeo. Copy and paste its URL to address bar.

Step 2. Analyze Video

Tap Analyze 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.

Note: if the vimeo video is not what you want for your device, manually tick "Auto add to convert list" next to "Download Now" before you go.

[Solution 2] How to Save Videos from Vimeo to Mac using Safari

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Besides the desktop software that enables to capture streaming videos on Mac, 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 capture web videos, say Vimeo private 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 etc to Mac.

Please note that the file saved from Safari is usually 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

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

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

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Google Chrome offers the option to get vimeo videos offline 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 like.

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 Videos from Vimeo to Mac Online

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Perhaps the fastest and easiest way to grab any video from Web like Vimeo, Facebook, etc is to make use of an online video downloader service to handle the task. There are many smiliar 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 capturing web videos. But you may know that such 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 on macOS.

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

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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 for Mac 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 : 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 save Vimeo embeded videos on Mac without any third-party helper.

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Step 1: Activate "Enable resource tracking" in Google Chrome.

Step 2: Search for the video on 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 private 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.