Tuesday Tips: Embedding Vimeo

Compared to YouTube‘s dominating database of videos and channels from people around the world, Vimeo doesn’t really compare. Vimeo does not have hundreds of millions of viewers, and they did not launch the similar service to the tune of The History Of Dance or Laughing Babies. But where Vimeo doesn’t compare in numbers, they make up for greatly in interface design and aesthetic. As many bloggers out there can probably agree, embedding videos into a post (like ones at the bottom of this post) is extremely important. It adds that other component of content that could really make the post interesting. Unfortunately, for someone like myself, I’m not a big fan of splashing the YouTube logo all over and YouTube’s screen cap choices aren’t always the best.

This is where Vimeo’s embedding system comes in handy. Although it is slightly more complicated, the end result is worth it.

Step 1. Go to Vimeo.com and find a video you would like to post. You can either search or browse.

Step 2. When you find something you would like to embed into your own site, click the EMBED button located on the right side of the video.

Step 3. You’ll be greeted with a nice little pop-up window that looks a lot like a light box. From here you’ll be able to customize.

Step 4. Near the bottom of the pop-up there is a text link that drops down the customizable options. If you click this, you’ll be able to control the exact size, the color of the font, and whether or not you would like to display the title, byline, text links and descriptions. Also, if at any point you don’t like what you did, you can simply restore the defaults.

Step 5. When you are finished customizing you video, scroll back up to the top of the pop-up and copy the code. If you look closely, the code actually changes before your eyes as you customize.

Step 6. Drop the code into your own site and you’re done!

One of the biggest advantages of embedding Vimeo videos is that you control the visual components surrounding the content. Sure, YouTube gives you options for sizes, but Vimeo lets you decide the exact size. YouTube lets you choose from a few different colors for their player controls, but Vimeo lets you use an entire color wheel or even enter the color code. Vimeo videos aren’t perfect as they are much larger on average and can take longer to load for the user to see. But it’s worth the wait. Just check out the comparison below.