Infobox Dotcom company
company_name = Vimeo
owner = Connected Ventures, LLC.
Subsidiaryof Connected Ventures
foundation = November, 2004
New York City
location_country = U.S.
key_people = Jakob Lodwick, Founder
caption = Screenshot of vimeo.com home page
url = [http://www.vimeo.com/ vimeo.com]
registration = Optional
(required to upload)
launch_date = 2004
current_status = active
language = English
Vimeo is a video-centric social network site (owned by
Connected Ventures) which launched in November 2004. The site supports embedding, sharing, video storage, and allows user-commenting on each video page. Users must register to upload content. Registered users may also create a profile and upload small user pictures as their avatars.
Vimeo allows only user-created videos, of a "friends and family" nature. Pornography, commercial videos, gaming videoscite web|url=http://www.vimeo.com/blog:140|title=Uploading rules] or anything not created by the user is not allowed on the site. [cite web|url=http://vimeo.com/guidelines | title = Community guidelines | work = Vimeo | accessdate = 2008-09-08] Vimeo has gained a reputation [http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/vimeo_hd.php] as catering to a high end, artistic crowd because of its higher
bitrate, resolution, and relative HD support.
Origin of name
The name "Vimeo" was created by co-founder Jakob Lodwick. It is an
anagramof "movie" and is also a play on the word "video," inserting the word "me" as a reference to the site's dedication to user-made films exclusively.
Vimeo has seen large growth after the shutdown of
Stage6, a portal which also allowed videos to be shared in HD quality.cite web|url=http://www.vimeo.com/blog:105|title=Vimeo announces increase in traffic after Stage6 shutdown.] As of September 2008, Vimeo has over 1,000,000 videos [http://vimeo.com/blog:152 One million videos] ] and 650,000 members, with an average of about 6,000 new videos uploaded daily. [http://www.vimeo.com/about About page] ]
Vimeo has helped to offload traffic from
Improv Everywhere's servers after new pranks are announced, and continues to host most of their videos [http://www.vimeo.com/ImprovEverywhere] . It was also the original location of Noah Kalina's "everyday" video [http://www.vimeo.com/99392] , which has become one of the most watched viral videosof all time. Comedians Kristen Schaaland Reggie Wattsuse Vimeo to promote their content. Popular internet series Jake and Amiruses Vimeo as its host as well. In June and July 2008, several Muppetsincluding Beaker, Gonzo and Sam Eagle uploaded videos to the site.
Some popular Hollywood directors and their pet projects, and artistic amateur videographers (mostly from the vibrant Canon
HV20/HV30 community) have found home at Vimeo because of its HD service.
On October 17, 2007, Vimeo announced support for High Definition playback, becoming the first
video sharingsite to support consumer HD. Uploaded HD videos are automatically converted into 720/24p Flash video. Vimeo tried to upgrade the frame rate of their HD videos for up to 30 fps in March 2008, but the lack of Adobe Flash's full graphical acceleration in some platforms meant bad performance to many users' PCs, which led back to the old maximum of 24 fps formula a month later. Non-HD videos do re-encode at a maximum of 30fps and they also have significantly higher bitrates than other competing video sharing sites. Users can upload up to 500 MB of videos per week.
Vimeo uses a variant of
FFmpegto read the uploaded videos and feed them to their encoder. FFmpeg gives Vimeo the ability to support most kinds of videos (including HDV), except some intermediate-grade codecs and the popular AVCHD.
Gaming videos deletion
July 21, 2008, Vimeo announced that they were no longer going to allow gaming videos due to the fact that:
"Gaming videos are by nature significantly larger and longer than any other genre on Vimeo. Over these last few months they have been the single biggest reasons for our transcoder wait times."--Blake Whitman, Community Director
This announcement has had reaction, the majority of gamers uploading videos to Vimeo oppose the change while supporters for the site have expressed acceptance for the well-being of the future of the site.
Pre-existing gaming videos were deleted on September 1st, 2008. All new uploads are currently subject to this rule.
Comparison of video services
Jake and Amir
* [http://www.vimeo.com/ Vimeo]
* [http://www.connectedventures.com/ Connected Ventures]
* [http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136116-page,1/article.html PC World review of the site] August 2007
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