Nowadays having video service online isn’t only handy, but also advantageous. Lots of business owners use video features to boost traffic, as well as using it as marketing tools. You need to consider the right service so your video content won’t be useless. Among the many names in this industry, Vimeo is certainly a provider that can deliver what you need – especially when it comes to private video features.
The importance of private video
Well, in online business, there are lots of benefits that you can gain from such feature, such as creating private content for paid members, limit the numbers of videos and only embed those playing within your website, provide certain features that can only be seen by those included in your list, etc. When compared to other sites, Vimeo has some of the beneficial features that may be needed by you – and also other online users. Not only this provider has very easy and simple interface, it can be used by almost anyone – the professional and also the newbies in this business.
Probably, YouTube can also be another alternative for you who want to upload your own videos. The coolest thing about Youtube is that it is free of charge, but your privacy is limited as you can only choose one among these three options: private, public, and unlisted. The user’s interface is simple and easy to implement, but you are only able to choose being embedded or none, so the videos on your site can be used – and altered – by other users. The next alternative is Amazon S3. This storage service provider may be handy for the professional ones. However, the set up is quite complex and difficult, especially for beginners.
For private viewing, Vimeo offers loads of choices, including Free, Pro, and Plus options. The interface is quite easy to operate, and the videos are quite compatible with most mobile devices. Uploading your video into Vimeo is quite easy as you need to have .mp4 format. It is also possible to use other formats such as .avi or .mov, but that depends on the quality of your video as well as Vimeo’s ability to upload it. You can always try uploading your videos – no matter what format they are. If that way doesn’t work, then you need to consider about converting the file into acceptable format. Although Vimeo says that they only support .mp4, they are able to handle others.
Video private setting
As it has been talked above, one of the benefits of using Vimeo is in relation to the private setting provided. Overall, Vimeo has so many variants of self-explanatory settings for video which is in the form, such as title and video thumbnail, in which you can just select one of them as well.
If you want to make such a private video, you can go to Setting then Privacy. Choose the options ‘Hide this video from Vimeo.com’ and ‘Only on sites I choose’. Also choose the options for ‘No one’ on “Who can comment on this video” and Save the changes.
By having this setting, you are making sure that your videos will show up on your clients’ specified domain and they won’t appear on Vimeo. It also blocks any downloading, bookmarking, or commenting on the private videos.
Player preferences setting
Go to Settings, and choose Embed. Then you click on Always Hide the portrait, title, and byline. Also tick on ‘Show scaling button’, ‘Show Fullscreen button’, and ‘Show Playbar’ with ‘Volume Control’. For the Outro option, choose “Nothing”.
By having this set up, you remove all the video info and account, like profile picture or video URL link-back. It allows users to still have controls over the videos for playing, but it removes the ability of sharing.
Embed Video on your site
To make your videos work, it is suggested also to add the domain of each website you will embed the video on. The subdomain mainly allows you to use your videos on a membership site in which your URL is the subdomain of the main site.
If you deal with WordPress platform, you can use certain plugin such as Vimeo Short Code. If you use other platforms, you can use the Get Embed Code, which you can find at Settings and then Embed section. Simply copy the code and then paste it on HTML editor.