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This workflow will walk through preparing your video for upload to Vimeo.

    We will create a Thumnail in step 1.

    In step 2, compress your video.

    In step 3, upload it to Vimeo.

    Optional: step 4, include the Vimeo video in a blog.

1) Create a thumbnail.

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You are now done with Final Cut Pro.  Quit FCP by selecting 'Final Cut Pro > Quit Final Cut Pro.'

2) Compress your video.


Right click your video file and select 'Open with > Compressor'

Find the Vimeo Compression droplet located on the desktop or in 'Macintosh HD > Users > Shared'

Drag the Vimeo Compression icon into Compressor and drop it on the clip that you just opened in the upper-left corner of the screen.  'Vimeo Settings' will appear next to your clip like so:

The optimal settings for uploading a video to Vimeo are programmed .  These settings were obtained from:

To trim your clip, double click the screen icon under the name of your clip.  It will open in the 'Preview' window on the right.

With the Preview window selected, press the space bar to play your movie, or move the playhead on the timeline below the clip to find an appropriate beginning point for your clip. 

Mark this point an 'In point' by pressing the 'I' button on your keyboard or pressing the button below the timeline.

Find the point that you would like your program to end and mark it with an out point by pressing the 'O' button on your keyboard or the 

Back in the upper-left window, rename the file to something standard that makes sense such as  '[Name of your program] [Date]'. 
Make sure to not use any special characters like " & / or periods.

Select 'Submit ...'

You will be prompted for a name for the process you are running.  This is irrelevant.  Press the new 'Submit' button.

The progress of your conversion can be viewed in the 'History' window on the bottom right. 

If you do not see it here, click the 'Batch Monitor' icon.

Wait until your video is compressed. This will take a long time.  A typical 30 minute video will take 2 hours to compress.
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Upload a video to Vimeo

Open a web browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer on a PC.

Type in the address ''

Select 'Login'  Type in the account name & password.

If this is a class specific Vimeo account, contact your teacher for login information.

Select 'Upload a Video'

Select 'Choose file to Upload.'

Navigate to the output of your video.

If the output is from a PC H.264 converter, it can be found under Library > Videos.  Select the Windows menu in the lower left hand corner, and select your user name.  On the Left hand side of the window, look for 'Libraries > Videos.'

If your output was from Compressor, your video is where you assigned it.

Select the video and click 'Open'.

Vimeo will display the progress of the video upload.

While the video is uploading, fill out the Title, Description, and Tags information.

Once your video is uploaded, select 'Add to'.

If your Vimeo account has channels, this is the time to add your recently uploaded video to a channel.  Press the check box next to the appropriate channel.

To change the look and feel of your video, select the 'Embedding' settings.

Use this interface to assign the settings you would like to your video.   Once you have settings that you like, select 'Create a new Preset ...'

If you have done this before, you can assign a Preset by selecting a saved preset.  In this case, we're using the 'Texas Newswatch' settings.

If your video source was high definition, 1920x1080 for example, and you have a Vimeo Plus account, select the 'Video file' tab.  You know if you have a Plus account if there is a    icon next to the 'Video file' tab.
If not, skip this step and the next one.

Check the box next to 'Display this video in 1080P'.

Select 'Save changes'

Select 'Go to video'

Vimeo may take a while to process your video on their servers.

You may continue this walkthrough while your video is converting.

Now upload that still frame to Vimeo.

Select 'Go to Video' to review your video.  

Select the 'Settings' icon in the upper right.

Select Thumbnail 
  and 'Choose file to Upload.'

Select the still image you saved earlier in Final Cut Pro to be your thumbnail. And click 'Open'.

Optional: 4) Include the Vimeo video in a blog.

This walkthrough will use the TexasNewswatch blog using a Wordpress interface as the example, however this workflow applies to posting any Vimeo-hosted video to a blog.

Navigate to the Video you would like to link to within your Vimeo account.

In the navigation bar at the top of the browser window, you will find the web address for your video.  Highlight and copy the entire address. You can easily copy these numbers by selecting 'Edit > Copy' or (Command on a Mac)(Control on a PC) C.

Open a new Window in your web browser by selecting 'File > New Window' (Command N).


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