Please use the following instructions when exporting your video from Windows Movie Maker:
- Go to File > Save movie > Create custom setting...
- In the Create Custom Setting menu, input the following options:
Give this new export setting a name (for example, Vimeo Export 720p).
- In the Video settings section, enter the following options:
Vimeo uses some unique calculations to determine the available playback qualities for your video. Read More.
Enter your source file's original width. If you wish to export your video at a smaller frame size, edit these values. If you aren't sure, leave them as-is.
Vimeo uses some unique calculations to determine how your video should be displayed. Please take note of the following:
Will my video play in 720p HD on Vimeo? Videos with a frame size area equal to or larger than 700x700 (499,000 pixels square) are considered "720p HD" by Vimeo. Your video will need to have a frame area of at least 720x720 in order for your video to generate an HD version.
Will my video play in 1080p on Vimeo?* To generate a "1080p HD" version on Vimeo, the minimum dimension must be at least 1080px or the maximum dimension must be at least 1920px. For example, 1920x1080 is considered "1080p," but 1280x720 is not.
*All 1080p source videos are automatically converted to 720p upon uploading to Vimeo. Plus and PRO users have the option to upgrade their videos to 1080p, but only if your source file qualifies as 1080p. Read more.
Enter your source file's original height. If you wish to export your video at a smaller frame size, edit these values. If you aren't sure, leave them as-is.
- Bit rate
These bit rates are suggested for average video files. If your video contains below average visual complexity (such as a slideshow presentation), choose a lower bit rate. If your video contains above average visual complexity (such as a video with high levels of grain), increase the bit rate.
Remember: Lower bit rates lead to smaller file sizes and faster uploads! Experiment to pick the lowest bit rate that yields acceptable image quality.
SD — 2-5
720p — 5-10
1080p — 10-20
2K — 20-30
4K — 30-60
- Frame rate
There are some situations where you'll want to choose a frame rate different from the source:
If your frame rate is higher than 60 FPS: Choose a factor of your frame rate that is between 15-60 FPS. For example, if your frame rate is 100 FPS, choose 60 FPS.
If your frame rate is lower than 15 FPS: Choose a multiple of your frame rate that is between 15-30 FPS. For example, if your frame rate is 8 FPS, choose 16 FPS.
If you upload a frame rate that is higher than 60 FPS or lower than 15 FPS, Vimeo will automatically adjust the frame rate for you — but we can't guarantee the results will always look as expected. It's best to do the conversion on your end prior to uploading.
Enter your source file's original frame rate.
- In the Audio settings section, enter the following options:
- Audio format
Choose the option from the dropdown that provides the highest bit rate (kbps), and includes 48 kHz sample rate. For example, 192 kbps, 48 kHz, stereo. If you do not wish to include audio with your video, choose No audio.
- Click "Save" to save this new preset on your hard drive. Then, click "Close" to exit the Create Custom Settings menu.
- Highlight your final sequence.
- Go to File > Save movie > Vimeo Export (or the name you gave your new export setting).
- Select a destination location for the exported file on your computer. Pick somewhere that you will remember — for example, your Desktop.
- Enter the following options at the bottom of the Save Movie menu:
- File name
Enter a name for your exported file.
- Save as type
Choose MPEG-4/H.264 Video File if available. If not, choose Windows Media Video File.
- Click "Save."
- The export will begin. The time it takes to export will vary based on the length of the video and the compression settings selected.
- View your finished, compressed file to make sure it looks and sounds correct — then upload it to Vimeo! Questions about uploading?