PhotoPlus Expo 2009: Vimeo Makes a Splash with Desktop Uploader

Oct 24, 2009
By Dan Havlik, PDN's Technology Specialist


One of the biggest success stories to emerge out of the Digital SLR/HD video boom is video-sharing site Vimeo. Once just a shadow to online giant YouTube, Vimeo has ridden the wave of popularity of HD-DSLRs by providing an easy way for photographers to post their high-def videos.

The Vimeo brand really caught fire back in July when an HD video shot with a Canon 5D Mark II by Jon Rawlinson of a massive fish tank in Japan went viral and introduced Vimeo's service to thousands of new users. The video, entitled "Kuroshiro Sea," was on display at several screens at Vimeo's booth at PhotoPlus Expo this year.

Vimeo was one of several exhibitors in PhotoPlus Expo's new Video Pavilion which was getting a lot of foot traffic when we visited on Friday. Vimeo was showing off a new free Desktop Uploader app designed to make the process of getting HD video onto the site quicker and more efficient.

Since it's standalone application, not a web-based app, photographers aren't beholden to the vagaries of dodgy Internet connections to get their clips posted. We saw a demo of the Vimeo Desktop Uploader, which runs on the Adobe Air platform, and were impressed with the cleanness of the interface and the ease it seemed to work.

Along with avoiding frustrating web browser timeouts, the Desktop Uploader lets you pause and resume your video uploads without having to go back to the beginning. (Hooray!) The app also lets you upload up to ten videos at once and allows the creator to edit titles, tags, and descriptions right from the software.

The Vimeo Desktop Uploader will launch as a public beta on Monday. Photographers interested in check it out should visit

Vimeo was also touting a new advanced statistics function that will be available soon to Vimeo Plus members. (Vimeo Plus status costs $60 per year.)

Available stats include details on where your video was embedded; where people are watching from; daily breakdowns of likes, plays, and comments; and several other trending features.

The new statistics feature will be available to Video Plus members by the end of the year.

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