Types of Players

Vimeo provides a variety of video players, each with its own set of features. These include: 1) Default Vimeo player, 2) Review player, 3) Embed Code player, 4) Browser player, and 5) Download Link player.

Currently, I use a combination of the Embedded and Download players, and I separately provide a download of SRT files. The Embed player offers a nice and clean web page, no Vimeo stuff surrounding the web page, and supports "chapters." But the Embed player only allows downloading when a video is "public"; therefore, I also provide the Download player as another link, where students can download the video.

Feature Requests (updated 2/8/22)

Add "Download" icon to Embedded Player

I don't think that Vimeo has thoroughly thought about what educators need in terms of the "embed player" features. In particular, an instructor might want to make all their course videos private on Vimeo by setting "Who can watch?" to "People with the private link," and still allow student downloads by turning on "People can download this video."

Right now, the Embed player requires that videos be "public" for Downloads to work, even if "Allow downloads" is enabled.

I suggest two possible solutions: 1) if "People can download" is ON, then the Share button should be allowed to show in the embedded player. 2) If "People can download" is ON, then another Action button should be added to the Embed features for "Download," which will then show a download icon on the embedded player, just like the download ICON shows in the regular Vimeo web page when "Who can watch?" is set to Anyone. Right now, I have to give my students two links, one for the embed player and one for the regular player. (The regular player will show "Download" even if a video is private.)

Here is a picture of what I propose:

Vimeo Embed Player-Proposed

"+/- 10 Seconds" Feature

It would be nice if there was a way to advance or rewind by 10 or 15 seconds. This feature exists on several educational video players, such as Panopto, and it is especially important for education.

More Flexible "Skin," especially for how captions are displayed

There needs to be more flexibility to control the size and position of captions.

Default Thumbnail

There is no setting for "default thumbnail." In my case, I would like the default always to be either 0:00, meaning the very first frame, or 0:01, meaning 1 second into the video. I never like the default that Vimeo seems to pick for me randomly.

Metadata Fields

Currently, I cannot keep "notes" about videos. I would like to have two or three fields, perhaps called Notes1, Notes2, and Notes3, that I can use to simply keep notes about my videos. Yes, it would be nice if I could search on these fields to locate specific videos.

A Fully-Qualified URL ending with ".mp4."

Some podcast sites, like Apple's iTunes, only work with fully-qualified video URL's that end with ".mp4." Vimeo does not have any option like this -- their URLs are specialized to their players. It might exist because the Download player downloads videos ending with .mp4. So this suggestion is for Vimeo to offer a fully-qualified URL ending with .mp4.

Implemented Feature Requests

Sub-Folders and Organizing Folders

Folders are great. It would also be nice if we had sub-folders that could be arranged and sorted.

Vimeo implemented this feature around 6/21. Thanks, Vimeo!

Vimeo Operational Notes

Showcases: A collection of videos to "showcase." These can be public, password protected, or hidden (from Vimeo viewers.) The videos can also be ordered. Any individual "private" video, even if included in a Showcase, will not show.