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September 16, 2022
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Open up New Horizons with Vimeo Proxies

Everybody likes watching videos. But not everybody knows how to unlock hidden content or how to use videos as a great alternative data source for research purposes. Luckily, a single dope platform is enough if you use the right tools.

If you’re into videos, you probably know what Vimeo is. This  platform allows you to access high-quality video content without distracting ads. For viewers, it’s an entirely free platform; only the creators need to choose their subscriptions. Yet, they get some extra features, like a templates gallery or tools for editing.

But Vimeo can offer you more than watching or creating videos. With Vimeo proxies, you can unlock some hidden gems within this platform. There’s a list of things you can do with them, and we’re about to share it with you.

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What is a Vimeo Proxy?

Proxy is an intermediary between you and various sites, in this case – Vimeo. It makes your request route through a proxy server, where it replaces your original IP address with the server’s IP. 

There're at least five use cases when you need to change your IP address using Vimeo proxies. It's perfect if you need to: 

  • Access content blocked in your area, 
  • Have excellent streaming quality,
  • Run multiple accounts without getting banned, 
  • Upload videos even when local connection is poor,
  • Scrape relevant video data.

Prolly the best Vimeo proxies are residential and dedicated datacenter IPs. Not sure which one is better for you? Keep reading – we're here to help you find out by explaining each Vimeo proxies use case.

1. Bypass Vimeo geo-restrictions

It's not a secret that unblocked Vimeo content isn't everybody's treasure – the platform is restricted in Indonesia, Vietnam, and a few other Asian countries. This is highly inconvenient if you constantly use the platform and travel frequently or are from one of these countries. 

Using Smartproxy residential proxies, you can pick an IP from 195+ locations, including cities and 50 US states, and enjoy instant access to high-quality videos, tutorials, movies, etc. Residential proxies support up to 30 minute sticky sessions, after which your IP changes automatically.

On the other hand, dedicated datacenter proxies are also worth considering. They're a bit easier to detect, but your repetitive logins with the same DDC proxy can prolly be regarded as normal behavior. Despite your choice, Vimeo proxies are your way out of an unpleasant ban experience.

2. Stream videos in Vimeo

Vimeo has quite a list of countries where video streaming isn't available. Therefore, channeling your connection through a proxy server to bypass those restrictions is vital for your success. Our proxies can be like the cream of the crop for streaming on Vimeo.

Residential Vimeo proxies could be your go-to solution for this use case. Generated from desktop and mobile household devices, they mimic real user behavior quite well, ensuring you an unblockable streaming experience.

However, you can also pick dedicated datacenter proxies if you want a cheaper and faster proxy solution. It’s already incredible that they belong only to you, but they also support both HTTP(S) and SOCKS5 protocols. 

3. Juggle multiple Vimeo accounts

Another situation where Vimeo proxies are a game-changing choice is account management. The platform's algorithms can track your IP address, so you can end up with an unnecessary ban if you run multiple accounts on the same IP address. Without Vimeo proxies, you must use separate devices for each account to avoid IP blocks. It's doable but very impractical, even if you're a master of handling many devices.

The easiest way to find a killer solution for this issue is to use residential Vimeo proxies. You can pick your own locations and log in to the platform from any corner of the world. You can literally have one account from Canada, another from France, whatnot. Being an overseas creator sounds lit, right?

If working only with US IPs seems suitable, consider dedicated datacenter proxies. You can pick the exact amount of IPs you’d need – our teeny pack starts from 3 IPs. And if you’re at the scaling level and require more than 200 IPs, you can discuss your needs with our sales department, and we’ll find the best option for you.

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4. Upload Vimeo video like a pro

Proxies are like oxygen to your fire if you upload videos en masse. If you’re using software to upload videos in bulk, you can pair it with Smartproxy IPs for a blazing effect. Both residential and dedicated datacenter IPs can work for you. Residential ones would open up various locations, while with dedicated proxies, all your traffic concerns would disappear because you’d only pay for a bundle of IPs.

5. Be a virtuoso of Vimeo scraping

Vimeo video scraping is a terrific way to gain great insights for your research. You can observe your market and make data-driven decisions by collecting video data. So, scraping is all fun and games until you're flagged by Vimeo for bot activity. And there's an even bigger chance that you'll face bans at some point if you're scraping frequently. 

To avoid this unpleasant situation, use a rotating residential proxy network. With rotating sessions, you'll be sure your scraper will use a new IP address for each request. It should not necessarily be your scraper; you can always choose a pre-built solution.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution, give a shot for our mighty Web Scraping API. It's designed to collect various public data, so this beauty can help you grasp that sweet video data. 

Our scraper delivers the results in pure HTML, so you can transform the results into any other format you prefer. It also handles JavaScript rendering perfectly and deals with heavy traffic loads. And if you have a gargantuan project, no need to worry about traffic – we price our plans based on the number of requests.

If it sounds too good to be true, you can test all the Web Scraping API's coolness by yourself for free. We give you 3 days and 3k requests to explore its magic. 

In a nutshell

Vimeo proxies can help you break ground with your research and scraping project or make your user experience smoother. In fact, you can unlock pure Vimeo magic with both residential and dedicated datacenter proxies. If you’re unsure which of these solutions could be suitable for you, just drop a line to our customer support anytime. 

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James Keenan

Senior content writer

The automation and anonymity evangelist at Smartproxy. He believes in data freedom and everyone’s right to become a self-starter. James is here to share knowledge and help you succeed with residential proxies.

Frequently asked questions

Is it legal to use a proxy for Vimeo?

In general, using proxies is legal if you're not overstepping boundaries with shady activities or breaking the copyright law. If you're unsure if your use case isn't hurting anybody, jump into a chat with our proxy and scraping experts.

Is it legal to scrape Vimeo?

Generally speaking, Vimeo scraping is legal since the videos are publicly available. Collecting data about privately shared videos would be illegal, and you should avoid that. 

However, Vimeo still can ban you as a bot. To bypass the potential ban, you should change your IP, and the easiest way to do it is with proxies.

By the way, while everything is ok with scraping public data, another topic is how you use it later. If you’re using scraped videos for commercial purposes, you risk serious copyright infringement. In this case, your data scraping activity could be marked as illegal.

What is the best bitrate for streaming videos on Vimeo?

A 720p resolution stream can be generated at 2000 kbps. However, the highest bitrate Vimeo can handle for a 1080p stream is 5000 kbps. Your stream might look pixelated or laggy if streamed at a bitrate much lower than 2000 kbps.

What is the best upload speed for streaming videos on Vimeo?

Many factors are responsible for upload speed. For the smoother possible experience, your bitrate should be much lower than upload speeds. If your bitrate is 2000 kbps, you should set your encoder settings to match at least 4mbps. For 2500kbps, it should be at least above 4.1 mbps but not more than 10mbps.

Keep in mind that 5000kbps is the maximum recommended bitrate, and your upload speed should be 25.1mbps and above.