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  • This Week in Vimeo! June 13th

    Hey all,

    Welcome to another addition of This Week in Vimeo: a time to peel back the protective film and take a look behind the site known as Vimeo.

    This week I'd like to introduce you to Lonesome Joe. He and his buddies have made some awesome videos of their travels. Check out my favorite, Bat Country.





    Now, if you like Video School, then you have probably made some videos in response to our lesson challenges... right? Have you ever wondered what other users have done as well? Well, check out the Video School Challenges Group and see if anyone has out done your video skills!



    Finally, let's talk puppets. One of my new favorite channels, Best of animation/stop motion/puppets is a great collection of some well-known, and not-so-well-known videos, some including awesome puppeteering. Check it out if you're into felt.

    Oh, and one more thing. We just launched a new version of our Compression Guidelines! With the help of our amazing community, we now have video tutorials available for the most popular editing and compression software. We also simplified the already awesome general guidelines, so be sure to check them out!

    Well that's all for me guys. I can only feed your eyes for so long. The rest is up to you!

    Until we meet again,
    Matt

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  • Vimeo Everywhere!



    Hello Vimeans,

    We've been thinking, and we all agree that it is time to take our relationship to the next level. No, we don't want to meet your parents or go halfsies with you on a puppy. What we have in mind is way better. Picture this: Vimeo...EVERYWHERE. That's right, Vimeo has expanded beyond your browser and can now be found in devices like TVs, set-top boxes, and your smart phone!

    Not convinced? Let's say you're stuck in line at the post office, trapped between a screaming baby and a Chatty Cathy with bad breath. Vimeo has got your back, thanks to our handy mobile capabilities. Fire up your phone and head over to vimeo.com/m for an oasis of audio-visual relief, or use the sexy new Vimeo iPhone app to shoot, edit and upload a quick video to share the experience with your friends.

    It doesn't stop there! Don't forget that Vimeo is also here to improve your TV watching experience tenfold. You can catch up with your Vimeo videos on Roku, Google TV, Boxee, Vizio TV and more. Man, your house just got so much cooler. But wait, there's more! We've also cozied up with several programs to make uploading easier, too. With iMovie '11, you can transport videos directly to Vimeo automatically via the Share menu. You can also find us in Couch Mode for Chrome, and the Courier app, among others.

    Head over to vimeo.com/everywhere and make sure to check back with this page, as we'll be updating it with all the new places you can find Vimeo. Now we never have to be apart!

    Love,
    Vimeo

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  • This Week in Vimeo! June 6th

    Dear Internet,

    I've eaten an unacceptable amount of birthday cake today. It's not even my birthday, i'm just celebrating the birth of this new week. For those with reason and self control, I have an alternative way for you to celebrate! A brand spanking new fresh edition of This Week In Vimeo! Let's set it off!

    This week i'd like to bring your attention to Xavier Ruffin. Xavier was at the Vimeo Festival + Awards last year and sat down to chat with us. He's a filmmaker from Milwaukee who shoots a lot of behind the scenes videos for various hip hop artists. Watch below what he's got to say about his experience on Vimeo and then go check out some of his videos!






    Sometimes I wake up and I wonder to myself what everybody in Australia is doing. What's poppin' off in Japan? What's the haps in Norway? Wamp wamp what it do in Peru? Well you know what? I don't think you want me imagining exactly what it is you're all up to. You're better off just showing me. I'd like you guys to re-discover one of the oldest Vimeo memes: Me Right Now. The point behind a "me right now" video is to simply make a video about whatever it is you're doing and show the world! Watch some of the videos people have posted in the past and then join the group and add your own!




    This weekend I made an iTunes playlist called "Lost in the Woods". It consists of just one song right now, so if I ever get lost in the woods I hope it's only for 5 minutes and 53 seconds. I think maybe i'll just stay home instead and watch some videos on the Friends Of Trees channel. 240 awesome videos from the depths of the wilderness. There's some really great stuff in here and there's no risk of being eaten by a mountain lion (unless of course you're watching these videos within the vicinity of a mountain lion).

    And if you don't know, now you know.

    - Mark

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  • Weekend Project - Local Tour

    Hello Vimeo Weekenders!

    Interested in opening up your creative flood gates? Great, because we have a project for you that will hopefully get you to crank out something amazing. This weekend, we'd like you to take us on a Local Tour! Local is a relative word and can mean anything from a bodega down the road, your hometown, to your hemisphere.

    Make a 1 - 2 minute documentary-style video showing us something local. You must introduce yourself on camera. Remember, just because it's a documentary, doesn't mean it can't be funny or creative!


    Here's one I really like made by Ryd Cook, who shows us "The Stuff What Is In This House!"


    Submissions are due Tuesday, June 7th at 11:59PM (EST). Submit your video to the Weekend Project Group or you won't be eligible for the contest. Please remember that only videos made specifically for this project will be considered. All submitted videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff, so don't worry if your video does not show up at first, we'll get to it, promise! Only video shot and edited during the challenge period will be accepted.

    The winner of this contest will get a free Plus account, or if you're already a Plus member, we're going to let you gift the Plus to whomever you choose (along with an extra 2.5 GBs of upload space)! The runner-up will receive an extra 1 GB of upload capacity whether Plus or not.


    UPDATE! We have a winner!

    The Farm by Jordan Zboya

    The Farm from Jordan Zboya on Vimeo.



    Runner up was 360 Stairs by dyak!

    We had so many awesome entries showing what's local to you. It's a special thing to be able to share videos like this with such an awesome community. Thank for participating! Watch everyone's Local Tours here

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  • This Week in Vimeo! May 23rd

    Yo Vimeo!

    Amid the raucous din of the encoding machines that surround me here at Vimeo HQ, I'd like to take a moment to present you with the latest edition of 'This Week in Vimeo'.

    The state of Vermont in the U.S. is known for many things: maple syrup, cheddar cheese and Champ the "Lake Monster" to name a few. Film and video, however, are not things that immediately come to mind when one conjures up an image of Vermont. There is, however, at least one Vermonter that is producing some high caliber videos. I present to you, Michael Fisher.

    Michael first landed on the Vimeo radar when his short, 'ORGAN' was featured on the Vimeo HD Channel back in November. His videos are proof that oftentimes all you need to make a compelling video is a simple idea, beautiful scenery and a good eye.





    While it's true that Super 8 film has an awesome vintage look that's difficult, if not impossible to replicate, it's also true that it's an expensive medium to shoot on. Fortunately, the digital Harinezumi camera merges the convenience of digital video with the quality of Super 8 film. Check out the group, Digital Harinezumi Users Unite! and prepare to be impressed.



    Looking for a really, really well curated Channel? Check out 'Short of the Week', which is the Vimeo satellite of the website that bears the same name. Not only do the fine folk at 'Short of the Week' have knack for finding diamonds in the rough on Vimeo, but they also produce their own awesome videos (see: 'The Thomas Beale Cipher')

    Lastly, I'd like to gently remind you all that Vimeo is dishing out FREE Plus accounts in exchange for video exporting tutorials for various editing/compression programs. We're still looking for tutorials for Avid DS, CyberLink Power Director and Photodex ProShow Gold, among others. Click here for details.

    That's it for this week!

    Peace,
    Sam

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  • Weekend Project - Video Haiku

    Haiku project comes
    Time for poetry again
    Make some videos

    This weekend, we're going back to an old school Vimeo Weekend Project, Video Haiku.
    Haikus are a type of Japanese poetry formed of three phrases (or lines) with a syllable structure like this:
    5 syllables
    7 syllables
    5 syllables


    So, for this project, your video structure should be like this:
    5 second shot
    7 second shot
    5 second shot


    You must have a haiku in the video. You can write your own haiku or use someone else's with credit. You can read the haiku or use titles to show it.

    To get you going, here's our runner up winner from the last time we did this project:

    Basho from Jesse Larson on Vimeo.


    Submissions are due Tuesday, May 24th at 11:59PM (EST). Submit your video to the Weekend Project Group or you won't be eligible for the contest. Please remember that only videos made specifically for this project will be considered. All submitted videos must be approved by the Vimeo Staff, so don't worry if your video does not show up at first, we'll get to it, promise! Only video shot and edited during the challenge period will be accepted.

    The winner of this contest will get a free Plus account, or if you're already a Plus member, we're going to let you gift the Plus to whomever you choose (along with an extra 2.5 GBs of upload space)! The runner-up will receive an extra 1 GB of upload capacity whether Plus or not.

    Good luck and have fun!


    UPDATE:

    We have some winners
    For the biggest project yet
    Thanks for submitting

    Really though, this was the biggest weekend project Vimeo has ever seen! You guys did an amazing job. 147 submissions! See them all HERE.

    Our runner up is Veljo for "Blues Haiku". They get an extra 1GB of upload space.

    And the winner is Amos Mulder for "cardiac arrest". He gets a free Plus account!

    You guys rule!

    Thanks again and have a great week!

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  • Two new settings features for your Tuesday

    Believe it or not we release new features and little feature improvements on a weekly basis. Sometimes they are really big, sometimes they are small. But each and every one helps improve the site and give you (hopefully) better options for your videos. So today I'm bringing to your attention two cool little improvements to the settings pages.

    Granular Global Video Settings
    A little while ago we released Global Settings, a feature that let's you easily change settings on ALL of your videos, including future videos you upload, at once. This feature allowed you to change the privacy, appearance, quality and licenses settings, without having to go to each video and do it manually. The thing was, you couldn't change the settings to each option individually, you could only update all the different settings options to all the videos. By our own account, it wasn't the best implementation and it caused confusion.

    But we fixed it! As of today, each Global Setting can be updated individually. Yay! Want to update your privacy setting on all your videos? Go for it. Maybe you're a Plus Member and you want to make all your videos default to HD when embedded. Do it! Life on Vimeo just got a little easier for all you settings and preference junkies. Go to your Global Settings page and check it out!

    New Comment Privacy
    Vimeo is a huge community now. Over 6.7 million beautiful registered users! And boy do you guys love to talk! Yesterday we had a near record-breaking day with over 6500 comments. Of course, we also respect your privacy and we know sometimes you want to share a video without opening it up to public discourse. Previously, the only comment privacy was 'Contacts Only', but today we've gone one step further and now allow people to disable comments entirely. It's a small improvement, but given the wide range of people using the site, we understand this option is important. You can find the new settings on any video settings page or in Global Settings page.

    As always, if you experience any issues or have any comments about the new features, please let us know in our Help Forum.

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  • Vimeo Offline Event: San Diego

    Hello greatest video sharing site in the known universe!

    Our Vimeo Offline events are always a blast and this time around we're stoked to give the west coast some love in sunny San Diego, California. We're going to be showing a collection of Vimeo videos centered around southern California culture and creators, along with some other true video gems I just have to share. This event is being co-produced with our friends at Invisible Children, a very cool non-profit based in San Diego committed to ending the use of child soldiers and restoring peace in central Africa. Together we'll be showing high quality Vimeo videos ranging from captivating short documentaries, insanely creative animations, and everything in between. Please come join us for an event that will be casual and friendly with a large dose of great video content.

    The screening is taking place at Aloha Sunday, a brand new surf-inspired clothing and craft retail store in the North Park section of San Diego.


    Poster art by Matt!

    Here are the details-
    When- This Friday May 13th at 7:30PM
    Where- Aloha Sunday 3118 University Ave in the North Park section of San Diego (map)
    This event is free but seating will be limited so get there early!

    Hope to see you all there!!!

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