How to Download Vimeo Videos

Downloading a movie from Vimeo is really child's play: just open the page that hosts it, press the download button at the bottom and select one of the available resolutions. Just a pity that this feature is not active for all videos! There are many videos that Vimeo does not allow you to download directly to your PC but that - and this is the good news I want to give you today - it is possible to save locally using some external solutions. Would you like to find out which ones? Well, then know that you've come to the right place at the right time!

Below is a list of online services and applications for Windows and macOS that might really be right for you. Come on, take five minutes of free time and find out how to download videos from vimeo using them. I assure you that it is really child's play, then it's all free: you don't have to pay a penny to get them.

ATTENTION: videos hosted by Vimeo may be protected by copyright and / or their download may be prohibited by the terms of use of the service. This tutorial has been written for illustrative purposes only and therefore I do not take any responsibility for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. 

SaveFrom (Online)

Another web service that allows you to download videos from Vimeo in a very intuitive way it is SaveFrom. Also in this case we are talking about a site that does not require registration and works on all browsers without additional plugins, so bookmark it safely. To use it, connect to its home page and paste the address of the video to download in the text field located in the center of the screen.

Wait a few moments for the link to be processed, press the link just download the videos in the browser, click on arrow located next to the download button and start downloading the video by selecting one of the formats and resolutions available in the menu that appears (eg. MP4 720p).

ClipConvert (Online)

ClipConvert is an online service that allows you to download videos from Vimeo, YouTube and other video sharing services by converting them into various video and audio file formats. To use it, connected to its home page, paste the address of the video to download in the bar located in the center of the screen and press the button Continue.

Then select the resolution in which to download the video (eg. Vimeo http-720p), click on one of the output formats listed below (eg. MP4REVIEWSMOVMP3 to save only the audio of the movie) and presses the button Start. If you want to download the video in its original format (MP4), leave the output format setting at Download.

After a few seconds of processing, you can download the Vimeo video directly to your PC by clicking on the button Download on the page that opens.

4K Video Downloader (Windows / Mac)

Now let's move on to 4K Video Downloader, an application for Windows and macOS that allows you to download videos from some famous video sharing services, such as Vimeo. It is basic free but offers a paid option that allows you to unlock the automatic download of playlists made up of more than 25 videos.

To download 4K Video Downloader on your computer, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Download 4K Video Downloader. When the download is complete, start the software installation package (4kvideodownloader_xx.exe) and click in sequence on Yes OK. Then put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup by clicking on the button first forward twice in a row and then on Install e end.

If you are using a Mac, after downloading the software to your computer, install it by opening the package dmg containing it and dragging the 4K Video Downloader icon into the folder Applications say macOS.

Now, copy the address of the Vimeo movie to download, press the button Paste link located at the top left of the 4K Video Downloader window and wait a few seconds for the link to be processed. Then select the resolution in which to take the video (eg. 720p high definition o Normal quality 360p) and click on your button Download to start downloading.

If you want, you can also change the folder where the videos downloaded by the program are saved (which by default is / Video / 4K Video Downloader /) by clicking on the button [...].

Browser Extensions

Finally, I also recommend a browser extension that allows you to download videos from Vimeo (and any other website) with a simple click. It's called Video DownloadHelper and is compatible for both Chrome and Firefox. Here's how it works.

The browser was used Chrome, you can download Video DownloadHelper by connecting to this page of the Chrome Web Store and clicking on the button first Add e poi quello Add extension. When installation is complete, open the Vimeo page that contains the video you want to download, click on the icon Video DownloadHelper at the top right (the colored dots) and select the file to download from the menu that appears.

Unfortunately some videos (those that use the streaming technique called DASH) cannot be downloaded yet with Video DownloadHelper for Chrome, so it is better to resort to one of the Web-based solutions we talked about earlier.

If you want to download Video DownloadHelper for Firefox, connect to the Mozilla Addons website and click on the button first Aggiungi to Firefox and then Install.

Then, visit the Vimeo page that hosts the movie you want to download, start playing the video and click on the extension icon located at the top right (which in the meantime will have started to "dance"). Then select the name of the file to download from the menu that appears and the video download will begin. Videos that take advantage of the DASH streaming technique are also supported.

Author

Salvatore Aranzulla

Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. Known for discovering vulnerabilities on Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he easily answers thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.