Boost Your Vimeo Videos With Transcription

Vimeo app on mobile phone

When you think of video streaming platforms YouTube might be the first that springs to mind. However, Vimeo also boasts some impressive user stats. Vimeo has over 230 million registered users globally and over 90 million videos are uploaded to the platform each year. 

As with any video content you create, it’s vital to make your Vimeo videos accessible to diverse audiences. Accessibility helps more people discover them, increasing your brand awareness, and it also makes your videos as engaging as possible. Ensuring you transcribe video to text is an important step in the process of expanding your access and reach. 

Why choose Vimeo over YouTube? 

There is no denying that YouTube’s huge user stats make it an appealing offer, but Vimeo has some nifty features that have tempted many people over to the platform. Many businesses which take Take Note works with are investing in Vimeo as a result.   

Made for creators by creators 

Vimeo comes with an extensive range of features to support creators and provide a more customised experience. You can control where your videos can be embedded and add your own branding to the video player. The smaller scale of the platform also means Vimeo has more of a community feel which appeals to many users. 

Showing you the money 

On YouTube, you need to have at least 10,000 viewers to your channel to unlock the features which let you monetise your content. Vimeo operates a different model which provides options to monetise your content as soon as you join the platform.  

Vimeo also provides an over-the-top (OTT) solution allowing customers to provide a user-friendly streaming service to subscribers with app functionality and 24/7 support. 

Great for businesses 

Business recording a video for Vimeo

Vimeo’s paid service is appealing to businesses as it offers the viewer a premium ad-free experience, as well as advanced embedding and privacy options. There is a range of packages available to cater to your company size, expected usage and requirements. On a paid plan you’ll also benefit from superior sound and picture quality. 

Alongside posting and sharing video content, you can also host webinars and other live streaming events for your staff, clients or wider audience. 

If you’re wondering how to transcribe a video on Vimeo, we’ve got you covered. 

Why Vimeo video transcription is important

Improved accessibility 

The most important reason to transcribe your Vimeo videos is to ensure that your content is accessible to as many people as possible. Making your content inclusive is a must for creators, brands, and businesses. Viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing rely on transcripts, captions and subtitles to engage with and understand video content.  

In some cases, such as corporate, education or government contexts, there are also regulatory requirements that you need to adhere to when posting and distributing your video content. 

Increasing Reach 

Man about to take headphones off

Viewers of videos may choose to watch without sound for a variety of reasons. In fact, research has shown that 83% of people watch videos on mobile devices with the sound off. Allowing them to consume and understand the content, even when on mute, can help your message to reach more people.  

Non-native speakers also benefit from seeing a written version of the content. Viewing the text alongside the video helps non-native speakers to follow along and comprehend the key messages more easily. 

Transcripts are also a great tool to help you repurpose your content, allowing to maximise the investment in producing videos. For example, you can easily search and pull-out key quotes to use on social media or turn the video into a written blog post.  

Enhanced discoverability 

Video content isn’t indexed by search engines; however, transcripts are. Adding transcripts supports your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) efforts and helps your video content to be discovered. It’s worth remembering that YouTube videos tend to be prioritised by the Google algorithm, as you would expect. 

Within the video, searchable transcripts allow viewers to discover key moments of interest in the content. The ability to jump to relevant parts of a video is extremely useful, particularly for longer-form content. 

High levels of accuracy are fundamental when it comes to transcribing Vimeo content. For improved accessibility, the transcript must be accurate, anything less than 99% won’t do.  

Does Vimeo do transcription?

Video transcription is the process of transforming the audio speech in the content into text. As a leading provider of video hosting, Vimeo supports transcription to help make the content more accessible and engaging. 

If you’re a subscriber to the service, you’ll have access to the automated captions feature allowing you to add closed captions to your video. Closed captions mean that the viewer can toggle them on and off depending on their preferences. The service is currently only available for English-language videos. You also can’t go back and add the auto-captioning service to videos that were uploaded before the feature was introduced. Instead, you’ll need to re-upload your video to generate the automatic closed captions.  

As you know, accuracy is key and automated services don’t provide acceptable levels of accuracy yet. Vimeo recognises the limitations of automatically transcribing videos and provides an edit feature to help make your video transcript more accurate. You can amend the transcript directly from within the Vimeo platform by accessing the relevant line of text, either by scrolling through the transcript or by clicking through the video. Don’t forget to confirm any changes you make. 

If you’re subscribed to a premium or enterprise Vimeo account, you’ll also have access to the Vimeo closed captioning feature for your live streaming videos. Adding captions to live sessions such as virtual events, training and webinars make the content more accessible to your audience, just be mindful that the accuracy levels of automated services tend to be very low. Errors in the text could be embarrassing, or potentially harmful to your brand.  

Can you transcribe a video on Vimeo?

When the auto-transcription option simply doesn’t cut it in terms of accuracy and quality, there are some alternative options that you can consider to transcribe Vimeo videos. 

DIY, but time-consuming 

Individual typing their Vimeo Transcript

If you’re feeling brave, it’s possible to carry your own transcription and do this effort in-house.  

This may initially feel like a cost-effective approach, but the reality is quite different. Creating a transcript is a time-consuming process, particularly if you’re not experienced at the task. Trying to create the transcripts in-house wastes valuable resources that could be better used elsewhere.  

Transcripts for video content also require specific formatting which can be fiddly and frustrating to get right. If you go down the DIY route, we’d also recommend putting in a proofreading process to make sure the output is accurate. As an alternative, you should consider outsourcing to a professional transcription service. Professional businesses should really be using professional transcription and not in-house solutions whenever possible.  


Professional Vimeo transcription services are a hassle-free solution if you need an accurate Vimeo transcription. Professional services, such as Take Note’s, come with at least 99% accuracy as well as turnaround time guarantees. You’ll receive an accurate transcript, in the correct format when you need it.  

Professional transcribers can produce the relevant transcript in a fraction of the time it would take the average person to complete the same task. Plus, you also won’t need to worry about the accuracy levels or the necessary formatting.  

Once you have your transcript file prepared in the right format, you’re ready to upload it to the Vimeo platform.  

  1. Navigate to your video manager and open the relevant video. 
  1. Click the [CC] button to the right of the player to open the transcript panel. 
  1. Select the Settings option in the closed captions menu, to the right of the Transcript option 
  1. Click the “+” button to the right of My uploads, then specify the relevant language and file type. 
  1. Click Choose File and follow the instructions to upload the file from your computer. 
  1. Once the file is uploaded, you’ll see the options appear under the ‘My uploads’ heading. Toggle the file on to activate it for your viewers. 

Clicking on the three dots next to the file name will provide you with options to replace or delete the file, as well as a download and edit option.  

How do I transcribe a Vimeo video to text?

If you’re looking for an accurate transcript to deliver a superior-quality output to your audience outsourcing to a transcription service is the ideal solution. It’s best to look for a human or hybrid solution as Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) services won’t provide the accuracy levels you need for accessibility.   

In the case of Take Note, you simply need to upload your video file to our fully encrypted online portal and select the ‘Captions’ option. This will ensure you receive the transcript with the necessary formatting and in the right file type for uploading directly to Vimeo.  

You’ll be able to download your file directly from the portal as an SRT file. The SRT can then be uploaded to your video platform of choice including Vimeo and YouTube. Simple. 

Click here to get a quote today for your video transcription needs, including Vimeo and YouTube transcription 

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Kat Hounsell