You work so hard getting your videos completed and ready for your course. So, it would be devastating to have someone steal all of your hard work.
It’s time to put your videos on lock down! [Insert sound of jail doors shutting. :)]
And by lock down, I mean making your videos private and only available on your course site.
Using Vimeo to Keep Your Videos Top Secret
When you’re getting started with your course, a great place to house and secure your videos is with Vimeo.
If you’re making courses, chances are you only want a few select people who’ve signed up to have access to your videos.
But, What About YouTube?
Your first thought may be to use YouTube to host the videos. Everyone and their mama knows about YouTube. However, there are some limitations when it comes to the privacy settings.
Loading your course videos to YouTube makes them available either only to yourself, almost everyone, or a select few that you have to choose. So, people will be able to search for your videos, download them, and in some cases embed them to other sites. That’s no bueno! There are several privacy settings, but they don’t allow you to completely make your course videos private. So, I recommend using YouTube to house videos for your blog/website or if you wanted it to be available for social promotion.
Checking out YouTube Settings
Making Changes in Vimeo
Vimeo, however, is great for your course videos because there are a lot more options to keep them private and limited to your course site. For these options, you’ll need to have the Plus or Pro versions (these are both paid subscriptions to Vimeo). I’d suggest Pro if you’re planning to sell your course!
After loading your videos, you’ll have a few options:
Under “My Videos”, click on the Settings icon. Here, you’ll want to change 2 sections: Privacy & Embed.
Under Privacy, you can limit:
1 – Who can watch this video. You can prevent people from searching for and watching your video by selecting hiding from Vimeo.com.
2 – Where the video can be embedded. Embedding a video means you can place it on another website or blog by just copying and pasting the code. We want to prevent this by specifying where the video can be embedded (on our website!).
3 – Who can comment on this video.
4 – What can people do with this video. This option prevents people from downloading it to their computers or adding them to other locations for viewing.[Quick Tip: If MOST of your Vimeo videos will have similar settings, you can make these changes Universal instead of on individual videos by clicking on your photo at the top, then Account Settings, and then Videos. There you can make changes to all videos in your account!]
Under Embed, you can change:
The Player Preferences, changes what displays on the player when a person is viewing the video. A few options to change are:
1 – Remove Portrait (your account image), Title (video name), and Byline (your account name). When clicked, those options lead someone to your account page. Your course peeps wouldn’t be interested in doing that anyway! 🙂
2 – Keep only the video player options that allow people to pause, play, and increase/decrease the size of the player.
3. Under Show Play bar, uncheck the Vimeo logo to remove the logo from the videos.
Once you’ve made your changes, copy the embed code and place the videos in your course!
There you have it folks! Your videos will be protected and kept private so that only your participants can view your course videos.
It’s Your Turn, Are You Using Video on your blog or courses? What Video tips have you picked up along the way. Spill the beans!
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