How to Watch and Download MP4 Videos from Vimeo

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Go to the Vimeo Video Collection

  1. You’ll receive an Order Confirmation email from CAC as soon as you’ve purchased a video. Please open and read that email message right away.
  2. Click the download link at the top of the email message to download a PDF document with video access information. Save and/or print that PDF for future reference.
  3. You’ll find a link in the PDF document to the Vimeo video collection. Click on that link to get started.
  4. The password for the entire collection is also included in the PDF document.
  5. Please make sure you save and/or print the PDF so you’ll have easy access to the login information whenever you choose to watch the videos.


Log into the Video Collection

Example of Vimeo's Enter Password area.The videos have been placed into a centrally located collection on Vimeo that can be accessed using a single password. In the event that you access an individual video from the collection and are prompted for a password, you may use the same password.

The password is case-sensitive; we strongly recommend you copy and paste it into the area shown in this section. Press the Enter button once you have pasted or typed the password.


Play/Stream a Video

To watch a video online, you must have a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Supported devices include Mac, Windows, and Chromebook computers; iPads, Android, and Windows tablets; iPhones, Android, and Windows phones; and most other computers or devices which connect to the internet and have a current browser.

Please be aware that playing/streaming a video will not save it to your computer or other device. See the last section of this page for information about downloading/saving videos.

An example image of a Vimeo player with numbers indicating player controls.1. Play button: Click the triangle to start the video. Once the video begins playing, you can click it again if you need to pause the video.

2. Volume control: Click and drag the blue bars to the right to increase the video volume; click and drag the bars to the left to lower the video volume. No blue bars indicates no volume at all; five blue bars means the video is as loud as it will get. (Please be sure to check that your device’s volume is turned on and, if needed, increased your device volume as well.)

3. HD: By clicking “HD” you have the option to change the quality of the video you are watching. You can increase and decrease the quality of the video for a better viewing experience, or you may choose “Auto” which will automatically choose the quality of video you can watch based on the strength of your internet speed. If you notice that you are at the highest quality video and experience frequent delays or buffering, we recommend choosing a lower quality.

4. Full Screen: If you want the video to cover your entire screen, click the 4-way arrows. Please be aware that the video may be somewhat blurry when viewed on some screens. Note: Some mobile devices don’t show this icon. If you can’t see it, you can use your thumb and forefinger to pinch and zoom the screen to a larger size.

5. Watch Later: You must have a Vimeo account to use this feature. (Please note that Vimeo is not associated with CAC. We use Vimeo’s interface to make these videos available.)

6. Next: Click this arrow to see the rest of the videos in the collection. If this button does not exist, then the entire video collection is already being shown to you.

Download/Save Video Sessions

Image of Vimeo's download button.CAC strongly recommends you download videos to a computer rather than a mobile device, primarily because the files are so large that they’ll likely surpass the available storage on your phone, tablet, or other mobile device.

An example image of the downloads list that contains multiple file sizes. Beneath each video session you’ll see a Download button. Click this button to produce a drop-down list of multiple file sizes for each video session. Choose the file type and size that suits your needs. SD is Standard Definition; HD is High-Definition; Original is the video in it’s highest quality. As the file size increases, so will the time it takes to download the file to your computer.

If you plan to watch the videos on a large screen (projector, t.v., etc.), consider downloading a larger format size for better viewing quality.

To play a video you’ve downloaded, simply open the video by double-clicking the video on a Mac or PC, or by tapping the video on a mobile device, then click or tap the Play button to get the video started.

There are numerous video players available, such as iTunes (Mac) and Media Player. Please contact your player’s manufacturer if you need assistance using it.

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