Vimeo High Definition Mode - January 27, 2013


What is HD?

HD stands for high definition, which is the highest quality form of video available today. HD video is richer, clearer, and more life-like than standard TV and even DVDs. It’s a major leap in technology that doesn’t take an expert to appreciate. The Vimeo 'HD' Feature is located to the right of the Vimeo Player Menu, just after the Volume. If the 'HD' is highlighted in BLUE, you are viewing in High Definition Mode. To view the video in 'Regular Resolution', click the 'HD' to switch to Normal Resolution and the 'HD' will no longer be highlighted in Blue.

Do I need any special software to watch HD?

Nope, all you need is the current version of the Adobe Flash plugin, which you probably already have. If you're not sure, you can check with Adobe for updates and download instructions. Browsers that can use Vimeo HTML5 player can also play back HD video.

Do I need a fast computer for HD?

We’ve found that most computers made in the last three or four years (running either Mac OS X or Windows) are fast enough to play butter-smooth HD. In some cases, you may notice a dramatic performance improvement by quitting unused programs and closing extra browser windows or tabs. Our player is designed to degrade the video quality gracefully if it detects that it’s dropping frames.

Do I need a fast internet connection for HD videos?

Most residential cable and DSL connections should be more than adequate. If HD feels slow to load, try turning off any background applications that could be using up bandwidth. Or push the play button in the player and then pause to let the video buffer before viewing.

Is my monitor capable of showing HD?

All modern computer monitors are similar in resolution to HD, if not better. Your computer is a sleeping HD beast, Vimeo will rouse it from its slumber.