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  • Alternative to Vimeo for business use

    Posted by Olly Lawer on June 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm


    I wondered if anyone could recommend an alternative to Vimeo as they don’t allow you to use their site for business use! Which is a real shame because the quality of the upload from QT to flash is fantastic and it streams great.

    I want to be able to upload and convert to flash with all the great quality and compressing capabilities of Vimeo and be able to give my clients the HTML embedding code, plus get the stats like Vimeo gives you.

    Any ideas?


    Rich Rubasch replied 3 years, 2 months ago 17 Members · 29 Replies
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  • David Roth weiss

    June 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    The Vimeo fine print does say “no business use,” however, they are simply trying to discourage big companies with millions of users from overwhelming their servers. If you’re doing work for a Fortune 500 company and they want to use Vimeo’s servers in lieu of paying for a dedicated service, that’s one thing, but if you’re working for a small business that another matter.

    David Roth Weiss
    David Weiss Productions, Inc.
    Los Angeles


    A forum host of Creative COW’s Apple Final Cut Pro, Business & Marketing, and Indie Film & Documentary forums.

  • Rich Rubasch

    June 28, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Take a look at BrightCove They are the big enchilada of this space for businesses.

    Rich Rubasch
    Tilt Media

  • Olly Lawer

    June 28, 2009 at 9:54 am


    Thanks for this. I’m still a little concerned by their caveat to pull the videos at any time. One of the projects I am working on requires embedding on many organisations websites and it they remove the video it will look really bad on my company.


  • Olly Lawer

    June 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Brightcove look really good. Although they don’t mention their prices, which makes me think they are expensive?

  • Franklin Mcmahon

    June 28, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    A good rule of thumb is any content on a “free” site (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc) can usually be pulled at any time and for any reason. And the small print typically also says they can re-purpose the content.

    I have recommended Libsyn/Wizzard for storage and good stats but also look at domain hosting places such as who have unlimited bandwidth. You pay a small amount for unmetered bandwidth and a secure server and never have to worry about anything.


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  • Tim Wilson

    June 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Oh, for the love of peat! (And Bessie does love her peat!)

    Here’s the one I recommend:

    • Free hosting
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Immediate HD streaming (actually, up to 900 pixels wide for now, with 1080 coming soon)
    • No recompression if you follow super-basic formatting (H.264, etc.)
    • Embed code
    • Guaranteed no reuse
    • Guaranteed no pulling except for written copyright/trademark protest
    • Extremely well-established presence (not going out of business)
    • Extremely reliable network
    • Secure
    • Free support

    Did I mention free, unlimited-bandwidth, HD with no recompression, embeddable, no reuse or unexplained disappearance, fully secure, on a reliable network owned by a reliable business that offers free support?

    Allow me to introduce It provides

    • Free hosting
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Immediate HD streaming
    • No recompression
    • Embed code
    • No reuse
    • No disappearing
    • 14 years in business
    • Less downtime than Google email!
    • Highly responsive to customer input
    • Secure
    • Free support

    Did I mention free, unlimited bandwidth, non-recompressed HD, immediate streaming, guaranteed no reuse or unexplained disappearance, a secure, reliable network from an established company with free support?

    That’s right folks, is your home for gorgeous HD streaming, fully embeddable, from one of the industry’s most established companies and most reliable networks. Best of all, you maintain complete control of your clips! No recompression in most cases, and guaranteed no reuse at any time.

    What’s that you say? You’d like to post more than your reel? No problem! has sections for short films, trailers, commercials, music videos and more.

    You can even tie these directly to a profile that includes your full contact information, resume, and publicly-posted industry expertise.

    All of this is provided with free support, and active solicitation for improvements to serve you even better!


    Don’t forget! That’s Keep your work beautiful. Keep it free. Keep it safe. Keep it YOURS.

    Are we through here?

    (Any of you copywriters feel free to punch this up. This is off the top of my head, which is fuzzier than usual this morning.)

  • Ron Lindeboom

    June 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    [Olly Lawer] “One of the projects I am working on requires embedding on many organisations websites and it they remove the video it will look really bad on my company.”

    If you read Tim Wilson’s post in this thread, you can find a FREE hosting service that will support unlimited (up to) 900 pixel wide (including 720p HD) 100MB files that can be embedded and won’t be pulled unless a lawyer contacts our lawyer for copyright infringement — or if you, as the owner, want it pulled.

    We have a pipe that is as big as General Motors and many major multi-national corporations. Feel free to use some of it. We won’t mind at all. ;o)


    You’ll find it, as Timmie says, in the orange bar at the top of the screen.

    It’s called our REELS section.

    Best regards,

    Ron Lindeboom

    Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

    Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
    – Antoine de Saint Exupéry

  • Tim Wilson

    June 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    [Ron Lindeboom] “We have a pipe that is as big as General Motors”

    And unlike them, are in outstanding financial shape. We aren’t going anywhere. 🙂

  • Ian Snead

    March 16, 2010 at 10:32 am welcomes all vimeo users who are looking for an alternative as we provide the same high quality and unlike vimeo we are a commercial video platform. We do love vimeo and recommend them to many people who are using video for creative purposes.

  • Quentin Block

    May 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Ron,
    Would it be OK to post a bunch of different short clips, rather than an edited reel? I’d like to post several individual pieces and also link to/embed the clips on my website that I’m working on. Don’t want to do anything that violates the COW.
    Vimeo’s compression/recompression is NASTY for clean, fast moving motion gfx.
    I didn’t see a place/category on COW’s videos/reels for general motion graphic clips – interstitials, show ID’s, promo’s etc.

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