Posted on April 21st, 2010 at 8:10 AM by Wan
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Vimeo do not have a software release cycle. While Vimeo reindexes its link indices every day since it is data plus software. It has to reindex its ‘data’ every day else it loses its value. Thus, operations are critical to Vimeo.  There is no ‘release’ as such. The flip side of this coin is – there are widespread beta releases and users are treated as co-developers by providing Mashup APIs.

Vimeo is a video-centric social networking site owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp. It supports embedding, sharing, video storage and allows user-commenting on each video page. By registering, users could upload content and create a user’s profile using their photos as avatars. It also allows commenting and choosing “like” videos.  Vimeo can also be followed on twitter or tumblr through Smartphones.  It was created by filmmakers and video creators who wanted to share their creative work with intimate friends.

There is no better example than to compare Vimeo Vs YouTube on the table below:

YouTube is still famous to download anything and everything there is to see.  Nevertheless, the advantages of using Vimeo are that there are no low-down, crappy and amateur videos but brilliant rendition. The HD videos have larger screen resolution (1280 x 720) where quality is prioritized and not quantity.  Uploading is much faster and videos can be streamed while being uploaded. If compare that with YouTube, Vimeo is definitely better.  Furthermore, contents should be a personal videos not rip offs from TV or movie.

Vimeo has a respectful social community who are passionate about sharing the videos they make. It provides best tools and highest quality video on the web.  Like-minded people came to the site and built a community of positive, encouraging individuals with a wide range of video interests.  Vimeo is considered to be a viral video where comedians, musicians, celebrities, and even politicians such as Barack Obama himself, uses Vimeo for presidential election purposes.  In addition, recent incident on volcanic eruptions in Iceland causing people to use Vimeo to social networks with their friends, relatives and families.  It is amazing how this tool could help in such a way, allowing them to send their personal video blog, telling others their current situation through this free service.

Vimeo gained a reputation by controlling the wisdom of crowd, as it does not allow commercial videos, gaming videos or anything not created by the user to be uploaded on the site. This is because gaming videos are quite large causing transcoder wait times. Ironically, Machinima videos are still allowed! There is also a video quality issues using Flash with regards to number of frames encoded resulted in bad performance but it has been resolved quickly by reverting to previous configurations.

The future of Vimeo looks promising. With the support of HTML5 Beta, the player do not have to rely on Flash.  There is a new support for Smartphones allowing to be watched in HD. Unfortunately, most of these new features are for members only but what you got to loose for, with 16 cents per day for a year subscription – no ads, advanced statistics, faster uploads, more uploads space, customizable and much more. It’s value for money.

A Vimeo Photo Gallery (Require Flash)


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