[Video Processing] Compress Video for Vimeo: This Is What Professionals Do

By Candice Liu to Video Compression, Vimeo | Last Updated on Dec 4, 2018

Vimeo is a great video sharing site, which professionals and hobbyists alike can upload, share and play videos. It offers basic account users 500MB of free storage space a week and features with SD and HD videos playback. But uploading unzipped videos to Vimeo could go terribly wrong, especially if you care much about video quality. So no matter from the perspective of maximizing the storage space or playing video in high quality smoothly, you need compress video for Vimeo before uploading. In the article below, we will offer some tips and Vimeo video compression and guide you how to compress video on Mac and Windows for uploading to Vimeo.

Why You Need Shrink Video for Vimeo?

Video compression basically means reducing the video file size by encoding a video with a compression algorithm and allowing it to take up less storage space. To be precise, compressing video is not mandatory, but recommended for a couple of reasons:

1. Reduce video size. If you record a video at full quality, you will get a darn big file. For example, 1 minute of 1080p at 30FPS will take up about 150MB for H264. If you upload it directly to Vimeo, you can run out of the Vimeo free storage space quickly. Check how to reduce video file size

2. Reduce mobile data usage and save bandwidth. Bandwidth is the uploader's connection speed to the Internet. As you 're trying to upload a large video file, it will consume much bandwidth than a smaller video. Still, you need to make sure you have a good Internet connection when uploading video to Vimeo.

3. Video specs approved by Vimeo. Yes, Vimeo accepts a huge list of supported formats, codecs, resolutions etc., but if you just shot a video, you're foremost suggested to convert and transcode it to smaller size formats like WMV, MP4, FLV in SD or 720p resolution. According to the Vimeo compression guidelines, you'd better shrink your video on the basis of following specs.

Best Video Shrinker to Optimize and Compress Video for Vimeo

reducing your video size to upload them according to the Vimeo compression Basics isn't as hard as you think, if you have an excellent video shrinker. MacX Video Converter Pro is precisely what you're expecting to shrink Vimeo video to smaller size but almost original quality reserved. It offers a variety of methods to resize videos for Vimeo, being transcode video to H.264, H.265, convert video to smaller containers like MP4, MOV, FLV, change the video resolution to best fit the video aspect ratio, lower the bitrate, frame rate and even crop video dimension or trim the length of video. Besides, the built-in multi-core utility, Hyper-threading tech, high quality engine and the Intel/Nvidia/AMD hardware acceleration technology together beat all competition in the Vimeo video compression at 5 times faster speed and topnotch quality.

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Steps to Compress Video for Vimeo with MacX Video Converter Pro

Step 1: Open the program and add video file.
Firstly, you have to free download MacX Video Converter Pro or Windows version on PCs, bar none. Then install and launch it on your desktop and click + Video icon to add your video file to the program. You're allowed to add several video files at once for reducing video size in batch.

Step 2: Choose output format.
Scroll down the automatically popped up window to Web Video Profile, tap Vimeo Video to choose Vimeo (H264). Though Vimeo is accessible for a huge list of formats like MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, SWF, MKV, MEPG etc, you're foremost advised to convert and transcode video to MP4 for wider compatibility and smaller size.

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Step 3: Customize video parameters according to Vimeo requirements.
Click on the icon to get an access to adjust video resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, bitrate, audio etc. As for the specific setting, it all depends on the video itself. Take a 720p video as an example, you're suggested to maintain the native video codec and frame rate, and adjust to 5-10Mbps bit rate, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1080 × 720 pixels resolution.

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Step 4: Start to shrink videos for Vimeo now!
For the best quality and fastest speed, you can tick on the boxes of Use High Quality Engine and Deinterlacing together with the automatically ticked box. Then tap Run icon and the program is set to work. A few minutes later (It depends on your video length indeed), you'll get a brand new Vimeo preferred video for uploading.

Something Else About Vimeo Video Compression You Should Know

Q1. All your videos must be shrinked according to Vimeo's compression guidelines, it that true?

A: Absolutely not. As we mentioned above, the guidelines is not mandatory, but recommended in most cases since it will speed up uploads and reduce quota use by lowering file size. Also solid video shrink settings will make your video look great on Vimeo.

Q2. narrowing video will leads to the best quality on Vimeo?

A: No. The Vimeo compression specs is not a guide to improve video quality. On the contrary, some quality loss will occur, but this is usually an acceptable trade-off. The contraction aims to achieve the best quality given the constraints of technology and time. Best tool to optimise video quality >>

Q3: Will a higher bit-rate lead to a higher bit rate playback file?

A: Not exactly. If you're the one who inflates bit rate recklessly for best possible quality, you will be disappointed. Actually the bit rate of Vimeo playback files is not based off the sources file's bit rate. Instead, it's based on the visual complexity of the source file. For example, videos with choppy water, moving particulate, car chase are more visually complex and need higher bitrate. Inflate bit rate reasonably with bit rate converter >>

Q4: If you sheink your video "correctly", will Vimeo convert it when uploading?

A: All videos undergo conversion after they're uploaded to Vimeo with no exception. And that's because the Vimeo guidelines are not exactly the same as the playback specifications. So even if your video was perfectly processed to match the Vimeo requirements, it would still be essential to convert it. Moreover, Vimeo re-encoding will ensure your video always play back correctly for SD file, HD file and even 4K or 360 degree version playback even if the Vimeo's playback specifications changing constantly.

Turn Video Quality from Zero to Hero on Vimeo by Compressing

MacX Video Converter Pro allows you to process video to meet Vimeo requirements, like transcoding video to MP4, MOV, changing resolution, bitrate, aspect ratio, frame rate to get the best video quality for SD, HD, 4K, 360 degree version on Vimeo. Besides, trimming video length and crop the dimension of videos are available as well.

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