Video 101: Exporting to share on Vimeo with Windows Live Movie Maker

Exporting your video is the final step before you upload your video to Vimeo. It's important to get these settings just right for an optimal viewing experience. It's really easy though, and once you create a preset for exporting Vimeo, you don't have to do that again. Let's get to exporting!

Exporting takes your project and turns it into a single video file that can be easily shared and uploaded to Vimeo. To create a custom profile, click on the home button in the menu bar, and then the 'Save Movie' option. Choose 'Create Custom Setting' and then input our recommended compression settings. Check and double check these settings to make sure they're correct.

  • Codec: H.264 and AAC -- A codec is the format in which your video will be encoded. Different codecs have different features and varying quality. For best results, we recommend using H.264 (sometimes referred to as MP4) for the video codec and AAC (short for Advanced Audio Codec) for the audio codec. If you're on a Windows machine, WMV3 is a good choice for video codec.

  • Frame Rate: 30fps -- If there is an option that says "current," it is best to just go with that. Otherwise, this is usually 30 fps (frames per second) for USA, Canada, and Japan, while in Europe and rest of the world it's usually 25 fps. If there is an option for keyframes, use the same value you used for framerate.

  • Data Rate: 2000 kbits/sec (SD) / 5000 kbits/sec (HD) -- This setting controls both the visual quality of the video and how big the file will be. In most video editors, this is done in terms of kilobits per second (kbits/sec or kbps). Use 2000 kbits/sec for standard definition 4:3 video, 3000 kbits/sec for widescreen DV, or 5000 kbits/sec for high definition footage.

  • Resolution: 640x480 (SD) / 1280x720 (HD) -- 640x480 for standard definition 4:3 video, 853x480 for widescreen DV, and 1280x720 or 1920x1080 for high definition. If you have the option to control the pixel aspect ratio (not display aspect ratio) make sure it's set to "1:1" or "1.00", also sometimes called "square pixels."

  • Deinterlacing: Yes -- If you have this option, enable it. If you shoot in DV format, this is an especially important. If you do not deinterlace, you will often get weird-looking horizontal lines in your video.

  • Audio: 320 kbps / 44.100 kHz -- Choose AAC for the audio codec. You'll want to set the bit rate to 320 kbps and the sample rate to 44.100 kHz.

  • Format: MP4 -- While we like MP4 the best, we will generally accept any of the following formats: 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, asf, asx, avi, divx, mts, m2t, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, mov, mp4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, ogg, wmv.

Now, save your settings. Once you're back at your timeline, you can choose 'Save Movie' and choose the Vimeo preset you just created. It should be all the way at the bottom of that menu. Then you can name your file, choose where on your computer you'd like to save it to, and BOOM! You're done! That's it! Once it's done saving, before it cools off, upload that hot video to Vimeo! Fresh.

Let's Recap!

  • Exporting your video is necessary to turn your project file into a video file

  • Create a custom Vimeo setting to make this easier in the future

  • Make sure to follow our recommended compression settings!

  • Choose the Vimeo preset and export that file!

  • Upload your awesome video to Vimeo

  • Revel in the glory of your achievement

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Brilliant, thank you! I was trying to slice up 3hrs of MP4 taken from a VHS from the 90s. My PC was struggling to slice it and kept failing to save it. After I reduced the quality and res inline with your advice, it worked! Thanks! x

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Exporting your video is the final step before you upload your video to Vimeo. It's important to get these settings just right for an optimal viewing experience. It's really easy though, let's get started!

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