Will this update to the online video service make it your one-stop video shop?
Vimeo For iPhone is a video-sharing service that caters more to the artistic side of video-making, apposed to YouTube, with its attention-deficit-inducing cacophony of webcam rants and animal shenanigans. On the the iPad, you’re presented with Vimeo’s Featured list as soon as you open it, with options such as Staff Picks, Everything Animated, Music Videos, and Slowmotion & Timelapse Theater all put front and centre. Videos appear at the bottom of the screen, with the interface staying visible around them, unless you use the controls to make them fullscreen. Swiping up on a video brings up its description, and information about its creators. The video quality is excellent at up to 1080p.
On the left-hand side, you’ve got buttons for the app’s other tools. Rather than just being a way to browse Vimeo’s clips, you can also shoot video, edit a movie and upload to Vimeo straight from the app. Here, you can even track the stats of your videos.
However, while the main video browsing interface is nicely designed with clean, easy-to-hit controls – the editing interface is rather more basic.
Clips are imported from your Photos app (or shot directly from within Vimeo), but you don’t have the precision of iMovie in this aspect – you just pick a video, and it arrives in full at the end of the timeline. You can’t choose which part to import, or where to add it. You can move and trim it once it’s on the timeline, but it’s not as flexible as Apple’s editor. It also has some quirks, such as the ability to trim a clip to a specific timecode, but without offering any way to reference where in the clip that timecode is.
One potentially very useful feature is the ability to add music from Vimeo’s store to your project, for free. Again, though, it’s got quirks. The interface is hard to pick through, and it’s difficult to get a feel for what’s going to work in your project.
The editing side of things needs some polishing, then, but that doesn’t detract from the app as a whole – after all, you could always edit in iMovie and then use Vimeo just for uploading.