Last week, the 2.0 version of Vimeo, was released with significant user interface changes and performance enhancements for iOS devices. If you’ve never used Vimeo, it is similar to YouTube but with arguably more artistic content than Google’s huge down-home, nearly anything goes shared videos.
Also, the official Vimeo app for Android and Windows phones was released last month, and it seems to share many of the same features and UI design for iDevices, including a built-in video editor.
Similar to YouTube App
If you have used the YouTube app on your iDevice, the user interface of the Vimeo video app will be very familiar to you. When you first launch the app, you’re presented with familiar menu items at the bottom of the interface.
The TV icon takes you directly to featured Vimeo videos that include categories for Independent Films, Animated productions, Music videos, the Vimeo HD channel, and Staff Picks. In this Featured Categories you can already see a difference between the type of videos typically uploaded to Vimeo and YouTube.
With a registered account on Vimeo, you can manage selected videos in Groups, Channels, and Albums, and mark them as favorites, as well as add them to your Watch Later queue.
When you tap on the tiny “video info” link, you get both a description of the video and who produced or uploaded it, but you can also leave comments and get information about licensing attribution and privacy settings for individual productions.
Edit and Upload Videos
If you yawned at the features described so far about Vimeo, you might be more interested to know that the Vimeo app also includes a video editor. You can upload and edit videos right from within your iDevice.
In the editor you can add videos from the Video and Photo Library of your device, as well as shoot raw video with the built-in camera.
This editing feature has similar functions as Apple’s own iOS iMovie app. You can combine, edit, and trim your videos; add transitions, titles and effects, and include background music and sound recordings.
How to Edit Videos
The video editor essentially has three layers: one for video and still photo content, a second one for titles, and a third for audio tracks.
As you add content to the timelines, you can tap on a clip or title layer and use the left handle bar on each clip to shorten and extend the time it will be shown.
The editor includes several dozen categories (Blues, Folk, Jazz, Electronic, etc.) royalty free music tracks that you can download for from the Vimeo Music Store. You can also add audio using your device’s built-in mic.
In the advance editing area, you have the option to enable audio fade in and out for sound tracks, as well as adjust the volume.
When you tap on a clip, it presents other options for adding panning and zooming effects, audio adjustments, font size and color changes, and deleting content.
It may not be obvious at first, but in order to play and preview your productions you simply tap on the Player window on the left. There’s no play and pause in the editor. There is also full screen viewing button in the top-left corner of the editor.
Your video projects can be saved to your device’s camera roll and/or uploaded to Vimeo. You can also share posted videos, including those by other users on Facebook, Tumblr and other social networking sites.
All your productions get automatically saved, and you can retrieve them for later viewing and editing. Fortunately, in addition to getting the total time of your projects, the file size of a selected video project is also listed. When you’re adding video content on your iDevice, the size of clips can easily take up significant space.
Overall, the Vimeo app is pretty easy to use program. I experienced trouble with the app crashing on my iPhone when I tried to view videos from the Features page, but it worked fine when I selected videos in my own albums or ones from search results.
Let as us know what you think of the Vimeo video app and its editor. You may also want to check my article on Apple’s own video editor for iDevices.