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Eyes on privacy settings: all the ways to share your videos securely

Jamie McAleney
October 20, 2017 by Jamie McAleney Support

You’ve uploaded your video to Vimeo, added the perfect title and description, selected just the right thumbnail — all in all, life is good. But there’s one more important thing to determine: which privacy setting do you choose? Vimeo offers you tons of privacy options to help fit your needs, because it is one of the most important things to our community. And since we want to make your Vimexperience as seamless as possible, here are some helpful tips for common use cases we see to help you navigate the particulars of privacy — so you can get millions of eyes on your videos, or just a few. The settings are your oyster.

First, if you want to control the privacy settings for all of your videos, go to Upload defaults in your profile settings. You have a few different options under Privacy to control where and to whom your videos will be available. But, we all know that there are always unique cases and scenarios where you might want to curate different options for your videos, depending on what you’re using them for. You can get more granular and control privacy for your individual videos by accessing the privacy settings of an individual video. Click Settings under your video, then click the Privacy tab. Voila! Now you’re ready to select from the following:

Anyone

Allow anyone to see this video
Got a video that you think the whole world should enjoy? Setting your video’s privacy to “Anyone” will allow all humans of earth (who have an internet connection) to access your beautiful creation. Your video can be accessed via direct link, and, added to Collections so you can easily group videos into sets or curate by theme. And, it will be surfaced in search results both on Vimeo and on third-party search engines. Hello, SEO! (And that goes for your Vimeo Live videos, too.)

Only me 

Make this video visible to me and no one else
Perhaps you’re a team of one still working on a rough cut. Or maybe you rep a brand with a finished video ready to go, but you’re waiting for a big event to publish it. Or maybe you just want to save that milk-shooting-out-of-your-nose video for your own personal giggles, and not necessarily have it show up when your boss Googles your name. Applying the ‘Only me’ filter is a great way to store videos for your eyes only.

Only people I follow

Make videos visible only to people I follow on Vimeo
This setting is a nice option for limiting access to your videos to certain, pre-selected people. It allows only the Vimeo members you follow to have viewing access to your video, and they must be logged into their respective accounts to do so. For example, if you’re an educator and want to easily share class materials with your students, have them create a Vimeo account and be sure to follow each of them. From then on, anytime you upload a new video and set it to “Only people I follow” your students will have access to your videos automatically. It can also be a great way to target the clients, filmmakers, and brands you admire most.

Only people I choose: 

Select VImeo members with whom I want to share this video 
Want to share a family video with your loved ones, but don’t necessarily want the world to have access to your precious memories? The “Only people I choose” setting allows you to hand-select Vimeo members for viewing access. It’s a great way to share personal videos with the people that matter. Or, say you’ve just finished streaming a lecture through Vimeo Live, and your video is now archived. Opt for this, and the lecture will only be accessible to those diligent viewers you select.

Only people with a password 

Protect this video with a password (shareable with non-Vimeo members).
Password protecting your videos is one of the most secure ways to control who sees your video. This comes in handy for everyone from wedding videographers, marketers and production houses that professionally live stream, to filmmakers delivering clients a new cut. Share your Vimeo URL and your designated password, and your clients, crew, or whoever else you share it with can manually enter that password to gain viewing access again and again. Keep in mind though, that they are then able to share your link and password onto others if they choose (free will, amirite?).

Only people with the private link

Only available to Plus, PRO, and Business members, this setting requires a specific link in order to view your video. With this option, your video cannot appear in Channels or Groups, and any credits you’ve added can be removed. (Psst: friendly reminder that you can credit collaborators in your videos which will then appear on their profiles too!) If you want to have credits appear, simply pin the video in question and you’re off to the viewing races.  This setting is great to use when sharing videos for festival submission, or to collect and gather feedback with unlimited reviewers from a review page. But back to that whole free will thing, people can still share this link with others — so be sure to share that link just with those you trust.

Hide this video from Vimeo.com

This is another option only available to Plus, PRO, and Business members. If you select this, your video can be embedded on external sites but cannot be viewed on vimeo.com. This also means that your video can’t appear in Channels and Groups, but can still be added to Albums and Portfolios (which you can learn more about in our Help Center). This is a great option if you want to embed your videos to a third party site or blog, and want to direct eyes to your site, rather than back to Vimeo (hey, we want you to succeed everywhere — not just on our site).

PRO and Business members can also create video review pages, which are semi-private, unlisted video pages intended for sharing with clients, collaborators, or anyone else you want to share your video with. Basic members will need to upgrade to a Vimeo Plus, PRO, or Business membership to unlock all of the video privacy settings.



The launch of Vimeo Live means that all these privacy options listed are ready for customizing for live streams and archived videos, too! And to better cater to this real-time format, you can set your privacy preference as soon as you create your event (which can be days, months, or further out in advance). That way you can focus on your live event the day of, and not stress about secure sharing.

You can also go an extra step and use email capture in tandem with privacy settings to help boost your marketing efforts. For example, you could send a private link to your live event and enable email capture. That way, only viewers who enter their email addresses can view your live stream, and once your live stream ends, you can easily sync the email addresses you collected with places like MailChimp, Constant Contact, and more to target your most loyal fans. Hurrah, privacy pre-prepared!

Now go forth! Take on the world! And share (or hide) your videos when you need to!

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p>Still stumped on which awesome setting will benefit your video the most? Feel free to shoot us a message through our Help Center and we can help you decide!

32 Comments

Olga Filmes PRO

I have a video (right now set to 'Anyone') that my client has already shared on Facebook and other medias. If I change the privacy settings to 'Hide this from Vimeo.com' now will that affect what's already been posted?

Jamie McAleney Support

If you select the 'Hide from Vimeo' option it won't effect the embedded versions, only the Vimeo version will be hidden!

Russ McCann PRO

How do I create the settings that reflect what happens at the end of the video? I have a target in mind when I send a video and I don't want them to see any of the other videos displayed at the end? Is there a setting for that?

Lupo Nero Plus

Under "Embed link", click and look for "interaction tool" label and "after video" choice Screen End - "EMPTY". Hope this is what you are looking for.

Jamie McAleney Support

Lupo's correct here! Let us know if you have any questions-- we're happy to help!

Mike McMahon

Be careful...if you place a video in your Channel, the Channel privacy settings can supersede the video's setting. When I placed Password'ed videos in my Channel, they became visible to all.

Jamie McAleney Support

Thanks for adding this! Yes, the intended experience is that collection privacy overrides individual clip privacy.

Maiya Mendoza

well i think the videos are great. i love to watch them when im bored and i have nothing to do

Jamie McAleney Support

Glad you're a fan of watching videos on Vimeo! Our community is full of super talented filmmakers :)

Memini Montage

Hi guys, I create video montages of clients photos set to music. Sometimes this music is mainstream and that requires a music license. It was my understanding that YouTube allowed mainstream music through an agreement with PRS for music but they always block my videos and so I can’t share my work. I have a license for my website to cover mainstream music but if I put the videos on YouTube or Vimeo it is then public and my license doesn’t cover that (only traffic on website). Would this embed feature on Vimeo fix this problem do you think? Would the video be held on Vimeo, played through video but not searchable on Vimeo? If I embed on website by itself it uses space and slows the page down.

This UK user would be grateful for any insight xx

Jamie McAleney Support

For specific music licensing info please contact our Trust & Safety team directly at legal@vimeo.com. Thanks!

Paula Herrera Vivas

Hi, I have a question:
how do I make my videos public but can not be downloaded? It strikes me very much that you dont allow this option and that all my videos can be downloaded from its platform. Thank you Regards!

Jamie McAleney Support

Under your video's settings you can uncheck the download option!

Paula Herrera Vivas

Hi Jamie
no, i can not do this. The option is disable. I can only update it, which means that I have to change my free account for a paid account

Jamie McAleney Support

Apologies for the misunderstanding. Only Plus, PRO, and Business members have the option to enable their videos for download. As a Basic member, your content is automatically set to disable downloading.

Svar

Thanks, all the new stuff is great, but I have reserves about "Hide this video from Vimeo.com" option! Those hidden videos, are they gonna be visible from the Vimeo support? If not, this could create environment for an illegal video broadcasting.

Jamie McAleney Support

Thanks for voicing your concern! As moderators of the site, Vimeo support staff have access to all clips so there's no need to worry here. Thanks, Svar!

Perspectives Study Program PRO

I have found that the privacy settings in Sign-in Profile Icon > Videos > Select Video Desired > Settings Gear > Privacy > Who can view this video? Hide Video from Vimeo.com & Where can this video be embedded? [Enter Domain Names for Site to Embed Video On] & What can people do with this video? [Uncheck Download] - to work fairly well in the past.

This worked fine with the depreciated Flash embed code (search for old embed code): miracletutorials.com/howto-embed-vimeo/

With the new HTML5 embed code, it is too easy to find the CDN link (view frame source), and the CDN link can be used by a different ip-address and reverse DNS name than those entered in the video security section. It also allows a person to download a copy from the CDN source (even if download is unchecked).

I did confirm from Vimeo that the CDN link(s) do expire after an hour.

I did suggest the following to Vimeo to help strengthen their security of video on demand:

- Include an option in the privacy page for "Require IP Address Confirmation of Client Before Vimeo Allows Playback", and that if this option is checked, that it pulls the ip-address of the client requesting the video and include it in the Hash to create the Token. On the verification of the token, it should again pull the ip-address of the client and use it in the hash to verify the Token being used. Since the first check (for an embeded video using the iframe embed code) would use the ip-address of the server using the embed code, it would prevent anyone else from using that token. I believe either Wowza or Opencast are good examples to see how their SecureTokens work.

- Implement a functionality to do a reverse lookup on the ip-address of the client requesting play-back and determine if the ip-address is listed in the domain restrictions in the video privacy. If it has a reverse DNS name, and that name is not on the domain restrictions list, that it does not allow playback using either the Vimeo playback link, OR the cdn link(s).

I do recognize that the following is still not as secure as a streaming engine and RTMP, or a Digital Rights Management service for video on demand, but I think it would be very helpful in closing a gap in Vimeo security, and preventing users from downloading or accessing video content that has been set to be secured in the privacy section using the domain embed security settings.

If you agree, please let Vimeo support know of your support of the above two changes.

Link (older Flash Example): miracletutorials.com/howto-embed-vimeo/

Notes for IAS PRO

HI
I came to know that even if I have set up complete privacy like videos
Not showing on Vimeo
Website and having domain level privacy , it’s possible to download theembedded videos by using download extensions on certain browsers , etc .

So I want more clarity on this issue of privacy from you . Can videos be downloaded by a motivated downloader ? And if downloaded will they play on independently or you have taken some measures agagainst that ?

I plan to use pro for my education venture and am satisfied with the privacy options above but what about people taking alternative routes to bypass your security ?

Jamie McAleney Support

A lot of the information you’re seeking can be found on our Help Center, and I think it will help with your specific questions: help.vimeo.com/hc/en-us/articles/224976508-Are-my-videos-safe-from-piracy-

Safety and security is our top concern, so we’re glad you’re finding the advanced PRO privacy options are working for you — and we’ll continue to keep working hard to make your videos as secure as possible.

biblemovieapp3 PRO

I have a video (right now set to 'Anyone') that I have already shared on a mobile app program (Subsplash). If I change the privacy settings to 'Only people with the private link' will that affect what's already been posted? Will I need to copy the new url link to the mobile app program?

FactorAcademy Plus

Hi
I have a question
If I choose an option - Only people with a password - for my vimeo live, how this password will be generate? It will be 1 password for 1 live stream for all viewers? Or different passwords for each viewer?

Gavin Sequeira Plus

Hey guys, I'm a Plus member and have a silly question. I have my vimeo videos being shared on my business website, however when someone clicks on the video it shows my picture, the title and by myname. How do I prevent this from showing? Also, on the playback bar the vimeo logo shows (which I don't have an issue with) however if someone clicks on it, it takes them to my Vimeo site and suddenly they have access to view all my videos! How do I prevent this? Thankyou!

Wonderful Videography

I want to send a private video link to a group of people, but I don't want the link being shared outside of that group. Is this possible?

Team DFT Business

My client has a password to my videos. My concern is that my client can Screen Share with Skype, and then share my online video with anyone - is there any way to avoid this? Thanks!

Hooman naderi PRO

Hi lovely Vimeo team,
When I share the private link of my short film with festivals, how is it possible for them to download it?

ΚΘΒΕ - NTNG PRO

I'm a pro member. I have uploaded various videos and chosen the privacy setting "Only people I choose can see this video". Can I choose different people for each video?

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