Vimeo is a U.S. based video sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. As of 2008, Vimeo does not allow gaming videos. Vimeo is the first video sharing site to support consumer HD. A 30 day trial and basic package of Vimeo are free. A $60-per-year Plus Package allows subscribers additional weekly uploads (up to 5 GB), unlimited HD videos, unlimited creation of channels, groups and albums, nods, HD embeds, 2-pass video re-endcoding that results in higher quality, and priority encoding. A $200-per-year Pro Package is offered for business and commercial use, which allows 50 GB of storage, 250k plays, advanced analytics and third party video player support.
Video School - subscribers can learn to make better videos through lessons, tutorials and advice from Vimeo consultants.
Music Store - subscribers can find, download and license music for their original videos.
An IOS app "Cameo" - subscribers can edit their HD videos by applying effects, editing clips, adding soundtracks and titles.
As I explored Vimeo for this blog report, I found that I prefer Vimeo to youtube for the classroom. I use videos of performances of middle school choruses as a resource for my performance groups. I like the noncommercial, less cluttered visual of the Vimeo website. In general I think the Vimeo videos are more professional looking. My theory is that Vimeo subscribers use the "video school" feature to make improvements to their original videos. I think watching videos offers an opportunity to talk to students about posting performances on social media and the importance of presenting a quality presentation of a performance. Videos also offer an opportunity to talk to students about the importance of posture, demeanor, attention and body language that add or detracts from a performance.
Vimeo offers a tele collaborative opportunity for chorus students to create videos of their singing performances to share with students at another school. Students in general music classes could also have tele collaborative experiences recording guitar and drumming performances and sharing them with students in another school. Students could exchange original compositions and make videos of the performances of those compositions.
Example of video captured with vimeo
Example of a video captured with youtube