9 Reasons Why Vimeo Is Officially The Coolest Video Site For Creatives

Here at Social Times we write a lot about YouTube, but I wanted to take just a few minutes out to talk about Vimeo for a change. Vimeo is something of an underdog in the online video scene and (imho) it doesn’t get nearly enough coverage or attention. That’s why, on the tails of an announcement about new Vimeo features this morning, I’ve decided to put together a long overdue post about exactly why Vimeo is an awesome choice for creatives.

Here at Social Times we write a lot about YouTube, but I wanted to take just a few minutes out to talk about Vimeo for a change.  Vimeo is something of an underdog in the online video scene and (imho) it doesn’t get nearly enough coverage or attention.  That’s why, on the tails of an announcement about new Vimeo features this morning, I’ve decided to put together a long overdue post about exactly why Vimeo is an awesome choice for creatives.

Before we get to the list, check out the video below to learn a little more about the new features Vimeo has recently added.  We’ll get into more details below.

And now, without further adieu, eight reasons why Vimeo is officially the coolest video site for creatives!

A talking blue deer and tree ghouls? Um…love it!

How could you not love a site that has a talking blue deer make its announcements for it?  And a talking blue deer that doesn’t want to be turned into a tree ghoul, at that!  But in all seriousness, this video represents what Vimeo is all about—it’s an online video site for creative people, run by creative people.  Vimeo is quirky, fun and all about quality and this shines through in everything they do, from their design to their video announcements and more.

Advanced uploading abilities – pause and resume later

There’s nothing more frustrating than having an upload stop and get lost right in the middle, due to a loss of Internet connection or your having to leave one location and bring your computer to another.  Vimeo solves this problem with a new feature that lets you pause and resume uploads.

Vimeo also lets you upload multiple videos at once, which is nice.  Click here to check out a video about the Vimeo uploader.

Integration with Dropbox

The big news out of Vimeo today is that the video site has integrated with Dropbox.  Blake Whitman, VP of Creative Development at Vimeo, explains that “starting today, you can marry your Vimeo and Dropbox accounts to seamlessly upload your video files directly from Dropbox.”

What does this mean?  You don’t have to visit Vimeo at all to upload videos from Dropbox.  Any video saved to your auto-upload file will automatically be uploaded to Vimeo.  And the best part?  “When uploading from Dropbox, you can leave the browser window as soon as you start uploading.  No need to babysit a progress bar.”  You can find out more about this new feature in the Uploading from Dropbox FAQ.

Custom thumbnails for all!

Earlier this month Vimeo announced that users can now turn any video frame into a thumbnail.  This puts them ahead of YouTube on the thumbnail front.  Last week YouTube finally expanded custom thumbnails to more partners, but odds are you’ll still have to wait.

Note that Vimeo has always offered users the opportunity to upload their own thumbnails (in JPG, GIF or PNG format).  The new custom thumbnails feature just makes it all the more easy for creators to find the perfect frame from their video.

Nothing beats the Vimeo player

It’s pretty much an indisputable fact that the Vimeo player is freaking beautiful.  It looks great on the Vimeo site (and even better since they dropped a major redesign back in January) and it looks great embedded on blogs and websites as well.  They’ve also got a whole slew of different embed options, so you can customize the text color, size, easily indicate whether or not you want the video to autoplay or loop, decide if you want to include the portrait, title, byline, and more.