iMovie is a simple video editor that comes standard on many Macs. While the program is easy to use, it's important to note that the video files it produces are often larger than needed, meaning they will take longer to upload and use up more of your quota. Therefore, we recommend using iMovie in conjunction with another program, such as Compressor, HandBrake, or MPEG Streamclip (see optional step 8 below).
If you prefer to skip this step, your uploads from iMovie will still work. They'll just eat up more of your time and quota than they should.
Please use the following instructions when exporting your video from iMovie:
- Highlight your final sequence.
- Go to File > Share > File...
- In the File menu, select the following options:
Enter the title for your video.
If desired, enter a description for your video. This description will not appear on Vimeo.
If desired, enter some tags for your video. These tags will not appear on Vimeo.
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.
Choose your desired frame size from the list. If you aren't sure which frame size to use, choose the highest available resolution from the list.
- Add to Theater
- Click "Next..."
- In the next window, name your file next to "Save As" and select a destination location for the exported file on your computer. Pick somewhere that you will remember — for example, your Desktop.
- Click "Save."
- The export will begin. You can track its progress by clicking on the blue circle in the upper right-hand corner of iMovie.
- Recommended: Once the export is complete, use Compressor, HandBrake, or MPEG Streamclip to tweak compression settings prior to uploading to Vimeo. This may reduce your upload time significantly.
- View your finished, compressed file to make sure it looks and sounds correct — then upload it to Vimeo! Questions about uploading?