Vimeo is already known for its extremely high quality video streams, but it’s about to get even better, with the site announcing today that 4K adaptive streaming has started rolling out to all users.
4K isn’t exactly a new feature on Vimeo. The website has allowed Pro members to upload 4K video since December last year, but viewers had to download the files if they wanted to watch them at their highest resolution. This was due to the fact that, aside from some very limited cases, the streaming player didn’t yet support 4K playback.
From today, however, Vimeo is rolling out support for 4K streaming across the site and its entire catalogue of apps. The rollout includes support for adaptive streaming, which will automatically select the best video quality (up to 2160p) depending on your device and available bandwidth, similar to what’s currently available on YouTube.
Not every user will see adaptive 4K streams on Vimeo just yet, as the rollout is set to conclude in early Q1 2016. The rollout will bring the new streaming player to Vimeo.com, videos embedded in other websites, Vimeo on Demand, and every app including those for iOS, Apple TV, Android, Amazon TV and Roku.
The iOS and Apple TV apps should support adaptive streaming from today, and Vimeo’s video-editing app, Cameo, has also been updated to support 4K videos captured on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Apps for other platforms, including Android, will be updated “in the coming months” to support 4K streaming.
For those wanting to upload 4K videos to Vimeo, this will remain a feature of Pro subscriptions only, which cost $199 per year.
Considering the excellent quality of 1080p videos on Vimeo, 4K streaming support should bring a whole new level of quality to the website. It’ll take a pretty decent internet connection to stream at the best quality, but the high-bandwidth streams will certainly be worth it.
Therefore, to smoothly upload and stream any 4K video on Vimeo free, you are suggested to compress 4K to 1080p, then you will be able to stream video at its original bitrate on Vimeo.
To get Vimeo best uploading profile formats, you are recommended to download our award winning 4K video converter software –Pavtube Video Converter / Mac Version, which can do you a great favor to output 4K video to Vimeo best compatible video codec, audio codec, frame rate, bit rate and aspect ratio, etc listed above for uploading with fast speed and excellent quality.
File size limit is another important factor that will affect your uploading speed, never mind, with our program built-in trimming function, you can reduce your file size by cutting the unwanted segments from the video without compromise of video quality.
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Step by step to upload 4K UHD Video to Vimeo
Step 1: Input 4K UHD video to the program.
Launch the program on your computer, click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to import 4K UHD videos to the application.
Step 2: Define output format.
Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down options, choose Vimeo best compatible uploading format from “Common VIdeo” > “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)”. As for Facebook or YouTube, it is ideal to output “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.
Specify Vimeo uploading format
Step 3: Customize output profile parameters.
Click “Hit “Settings” to open the “Profile Settings” window, here you can adjust the output video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels to let them fit them Vimeo.
Step 4: Trim video file.
To reduce file size with no quality loss, you can trim video length in the “Video Editor” window by setting the start time and ending time to cut out unwanted clips from the video.
Step 5: Start the conversion.
Start 4K video to Vimeo best format conversion by hitting the right bottom convert button, when the conversion is over, you will have no limitation to upload and share 4K videos on Vimeo.