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Video 101: Exporting & Sharing To Vimeo with iMovie

Daniel Hayek
December 16, 2010 by Daniel Hayek Alum

Time to put this masterpiece up on Vimeo! Uploading your video to Vimeo from iMovie is a breeze thanks to the addition of a feature that allows you to export and upload your video directly from iMovie.

To export and upload your video to Vimeo, click on the Share menu and select Vimeo. Then all you need to do is enter the email address you use to log into Vimeo, your password as well as a title, description and tags for the video. You can also select which size you’d like your video to be. Then all you need to do is read the Vimeo terms of service and click Publish. Your video is now on its way to Vimeo!

  1. 1.
    Text and titles can be added to your videos to create title cards, credits and anything else you'd like. Let's find out how to do that now!
  2. 2.
    Transitions and effects in moderation can really make your video pop! These can take an otherwise boring and flat video the next level. Let's learn how!
  3. 3.
    You can edit the sound in your videos and add music to create a treat for your ears! Sound can really add to the feel to your videos and add a little extra emotion. Learn how!
  4. 4.
    It's time to learn the basics of editing. If you're on a Mac, you can use iMovie to take your videos from your camera, all the way to Vimeo. It's really simple!
  5. With iMovie you can export and upload directly to Vimeo all with a few easy clicks. It's so easy that you might do it by accident.
  6. 6.
    One of the first steps to editing a video is getting that footage into your editing program. This lesson will show you how to import your videos into iMovie so you can start editing your masterpiece!
  7. 7.
    Learn to use the timeline in iMovie to make a sweet video. Don't worry it sounds like a time machine, but it's much less complicated.


Paul Cherubini

Nothing happens when I click on the Publish button. The publish button works for Youtube, but not Vimeo. EVERYTHING about Vimeo is torturously difficult as compared to Youtube.

Brett Hardin

I don't have the export to Vimeo option, probably the version of iMovie I have. What version is this supported in?

Fiona Craig Plus

I agree with paul. I am hitting publish and nothing happens!

mari auricchio PRO

When I go to share video with vimeo tells me my file must be smaller than 500MB and when I try to upload my video in Vimeo it tells me Oops, sorry the file I selected is too small to be a valid video?
What to do???????

Will Napier

I am keen to see an answer to Hayley and Mari's question above. I have the same problem. Is it usual for an answer to take 3 months? Or is this not the place to expect official support?

Martin Koschel Plus

Same here. When Clicking the Publish Button, the dialog disappears, and nothing happens that I can tell.
iMovie 11.
All the latest upgrades with Sugar on top.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Martin Koschel Plus

one thing just occurred to me:
Enter the user Name in iMovie as the Email address you signed up with.
NOTE: THIS SEEMS TO BE CASE SENSITIVE!!!!! (Makes not much sense, but that is my observation...)

Once I changed that, it worked!!

Arch Dance

Thank you so much Martin for realizing the user name is the Vimeo sign up email address!

Jack Garrity Plus

I do have the Share/Vimeo option in iMovie 10.0.7 and have created a 6 minute movie from an event but get no response. I've done Share/Vimeo many times before successfully but get no response now!

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