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Canvas - How do I use Vimeo?

Vimeo is an online videos storage and sharing site that allows users to upload, share, and view videos with a high degree of customization. The community of Vimeo includes indie, professional, and novice filmmakers. The Vimeo LTI tool lets users search for and embed instructional videos into course content.

Benefits of using Vimeo

Using Vimeo gives the advantage of the page creator not having to download, upload and host large video files. Also, if the original content is updated, so will your link (provided the URL or address does not change.) Vimeo doesn’t rely on advertisements so nothing will interrupt your video prompting students to watch it all the way through. Privacy settings give you detailed control over who can see your videos. Among other choices, you can password-protect a video or specify which accounts can view it. 

Key Features

  • Store and manage videos for general distribution
  • Enable post-production and collaboration of videos
  • High quality live streaming
  • Sharing and collaboration

Uploading videos to Vimeo

To upload a video to Vimeo:

  1. Login to Vimeo using your Vimeo user-id and password
  2. Click on Upload a video tab to upload the video file
  3. Select a title, add tags, select language and set the privacy setting to hide the video from Vimeo searches
  4. When the upload is complete, click on Go to video

Adding Vimeo content to a Canvas course

To embed Vimeo videos in our Canvas course page:

  1. Click on the Embed tab
  2. Click on Get Embed Code
  3. Copy the code
  4. Paste it to your course page using an HTML editor


There are many resources available to help you with Vimeo as well as continuing support.

Accessibility Practices

  • Provide a transcript for video/audio recordings.
  • Provide captions for video recordings.
  • Provide a screen-reader friendly version of any informative visual aids that appear in a video. (Alternate text of each image).
  • Avoid referring to portions of visual aids with demonstrative pronouns. Instead of this line/that line, label the lines and refer to them by the labels, for example.
  • Whenever possible, use media distribution services provided by campus.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use video to communicate with your students, or provide feedback.
  • Record and post a lecture
  • Record a welcome video and regular announcements.
  • Take a virtual field trip.
  • Do a virtual lab, or recreate an experiment.
  • Perform short tutorials.
  • Video conferencing and virtual office hours.

Technical Support

Vimeo support is provided by the vendor. For help please visit Vimeo support.

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Keywords:videos, storage, sharing, upload, embed   Doc ID:109585
Owner:Stephanie S.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2021-03-09 11:32 CDTUpdated:2021-10-25 08:53 CDT
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