Upload 4K Video to Vimeo

Upload 4K Video to Vimeo

Category : 4K Formats

Can Vimeo support 4K resolution video uploading?

On December the 8th in 2015, Vimeo announced 4K download support. This means that if you upload a 4K video is will also create a compressed UHD download version alongside the original. UHD is what commonly refers to as 4K, but Vimeo actually support up to 4096 x 2160 pixels.

Benefits of uploading 4K video to Vimeo

If you’re filming in 4K and uploading your videos to Vimeo, you’ll be able to provide a 4K playback option to your audience. That means that your viewers can view videos in 4K, provided they have the required bandwidth, screen resolution, and graphics processing power.

Best 4K uploading video and audio settings for Vimeo

Video settings


Vimeo accepts most major codecs, but for the best results, you are highly recommend to use the following 3 codecs:


Apple Prores 422 (HQ)


H.264 is a standard codec that balances high visual quality with efficient file size. It’s a great starting point for encoding your videos as it ensures you’ll get the most out of your upload quota while minimizing upload and conversion times. Be sure to choose the “High Profile” H.264 setting instead of “Main Profile.” Please note that the H.264 video codec only supports resolutions up to 4K.

This professional-quality codec ensures a high quality for your encoded video but typically results in a much larger file size than H.264. If you notice quality issues with your H.264 videos and have ample storage space on your Vimeo account, using ProRes may produce a better result.

H.265 or High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is the successor to H.264, which offers a smaller sized file with high visual quality at the cost of increased encoding time. This video codec supports resolutions up to 8K and high dynamic range (HDR) videos.

Frame rate

When preparing your 4K video for upload, it’s best to maintain the video’s native frame rate when compressing your video. If your footage exceeds 60 FPS, we will automatically reduce the frame rate. Important: We recommend a constant frame rate throughout your entire video. Always choose “constant” frame rate instead of “variable” frame rate.

Supported frame rates by Vimeo: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60

Bit rate

30-60 Mbps

4K video resolution and aspect ratio

4K UHD: 16:9 aspect ratio: 3840 x 2160 resolution
DCI 4K UHD: 17:9 aspect ratio: 4096 x 2160

Audio settings


AAC-LC (low complexity)


2-channel stereo, any number of channels above 2 will be downmix to 2 channels

Data rate

320 kbit/s

Sample rate

48 kHz, any audio uploaded with a sampling rate over 48kHz, it will be resampled to 48 kHz or below.

How to get the best 4K uploading settings for Vimeo?

If the 4K video that you try to post to Vimeo are encoded with unsupported video, audio codec or other unmatched profile settings such as frame rate, bit rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc. You can easily fix all those incompatible issues and achieve the best Vimeo 4K video uploading settings by downloading this best 4K Video to Vimeo Converter – Pavtube Video Converter Ulltimate.

The program has perfect importing support for all 4K video wrapped with different container file formats such as AVI/WMV/MP4/MOV/MKV/TS/MXF/XAVC/XAVC S and also compression codec such as H.264, H.265, Prores, etc. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple 4K video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time. You can not only use this application to encode 4K video to Vimeo favorable 4K codec like H.264, H.264 or Apple Prores, but also adjust the output profile parameters in the “Profile Settings” window offered by the program to produce Vimeo compatible video file resolution, aspect ratio, bit rate, sample rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc.

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How to Share 4K Video on Vimeo with the Best Uploading Settings?

Step 1: Input 4K video to the program.

Launch the program on your computer, click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to import 4K UHD videos or DCI 4K video to the application.

Load 4K video into the application

Step 2: Define output format.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down options, choose Vimeo best compatible 4K uploading video codec from “Common Video” > “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)”. You can also choose 4K H.265 or 4K Prores according to your own needs.

Output Vimeo supported 4K file formats

Tips: The windows version of the program supports GPU encoding acceleration, you can get up to 30x faster H.265 codec encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Maxwell (GM206) or Pascal based Graphic cards that supports Nvidia NVENC technology or up to 6x faster H.264 codec encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Graphic cards that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology.

GPU encoding acceleration

Step 3: Adjust output profile parameters.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters including video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc to let them adapt with the best Vimeo 4K video uploading settings listed above.

Tweak output profile parameters for Vimeo uploading

Step 4: Start the conversion.

Start 4K video to vimeo best uploading settings conversion by hitting the right bottom convert button, when the conversion is over, you can then fast upload and share 4K videos on Vimeo with best quality.

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