Vimeo, the fast-growing online community that has created a new platform for the sharing of personal video, today announced the introduction of High-Definition (”HD”), making it the first site to enable HD video sharing.
Recognizing that there is an increasing demand for, and appreciation of, better quality video, this Vimeo breakthrough allows content creators at every level of sophistication to share their videos in native 720p (1280 x 720) resolution, which is 12 times better than the standard 320 x 240 resolution of other video sites.
"Video is an incredibly immersive medium. And so, people are very passionate about the quality of their video, and the viewing experience of those they have chosen to share their videos with," said Vimeo Founder Jakob Lodwick. "Vimeo is differentiated by the quality of its content, and the quality of its underlying video viewing platform.”
Now that the price of HD camcorders has dropped below $1,000, more and more people are interested in HD. Vimeo's HD platform utilizes the latest video technologies to deliver HD content in real time via broadband connection.
In addition to HD, Vimeo is introducing a variety of related services to improve the experience for its community, including Albums, which is a new way to organize videos  on the site, and a redesigned video player to take full advantage of higher quality video.
Jakob Lodwick founded Vimeo as an extension of his life-long passion for creating video. "As an amateur filmmaker, I'm eager to present my work in the best possible environment. And that's true for anyone who picks up a camera. HD will inspire content creators to rise to the occasion, and to share video in the way it was meant to be seen," added Lodwick.
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