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How to embed Vimeo on a blog?

  1. cloudninemedia

    I'm trying to embed my Vimeo clips into my wordpress blog but they always come in 4:3 (square) when the clips are shot in native 16:9 (widescreen). I'm using tags like [vimeo vimeo/1284332] instead of copying/pasting the Vimeo code b/c when I try to do that, wordpress auto-eliminates some of the Vimeo code.

    How do I get my widescreen Vimeo clips onto my wordpress blog?

  2. A link to your wordpress.COM blog, please? And consider linking it in your user name as explained in the sticky, 8 Things, at the top of the forums.

    Assuming you are hosted here, have you looked at the FAQ?

  3. cloudninemedia

  4. cloudninemedia

    It's not properly formatted (i.e. widescreen) though...

  5. Then you may be out of luck, unless you use the Vodpod widget or button. You can do a forum search to find instructions for both of those.

  6. cloudninemedia


  7. Can we get a link to the video you are trying to post? I've used Vimeo for my vids and they do display in widescreen format.

  8. cloudninemedia, if you want to continue to receive help in the forums, it's probably best to direct your hostility to staff, rather than to fellow bloggers in the forums.

  9. cloudninemedia

  10. cloudninemedia

    raincoaster: what made you think the word "retarded" was meant for fellow bloggers? I meant the fact that you can't post your videos in widescreen, is....retarded.

  11. I posted the same video on my test blog here and it's showing up widescreen. I see that you have posted the video on your blog using VodPod and not directly from Vimeo. Could it be that VodPod is causing the problem?

    I will say this - the widescreen format when posted on the blog is not as pronounced as it is on the Vimeo site itself. Perhaps it is the smaller area rendering?

  12. cloudninemedia

    Thanks Vivian. If you notice I posted one with Vimeo and one with Vodpod - both which are formatting it 4:3 Wonder if my columns aren't wide enough with that theme. Could that be the problem?

  13. cloudninemedia

    Vivian I just tested your link and it doesn't show widescreen to me. It shows as 4:3 letterboxed. I would like it to appear just as it does on Vimeo here:

  14. Sorry, there's a confusion here: cloudninemedia is talking about the standard 4:3 FRAME. The actual video DOES play in 16:9 in her blog, it just has those excess top and bottom black borders.

    And I don't think we can do anything about them, since we can only use the wp preset shortcode, which doesn't allow us to set width & height.

  15. Ah, I see it now.

    No, I think your eyes are playing tricks on you :) Seriously - you'll note that the formatting is letterbox - which is how widescreen is shown on a 4:3 box. So the video is displaying in widescreen but the box itself is 4:3.

    You'll note that the video in the FAQ displays the same way. If you look at it on the Vimeo site, the box itself is 16:9 so it fills the entire screen.

    My guess is that when they added the ability to post Vimeo videos here, they made the decision to use a 4:3 display box in order to accommodate regular vids as well as 16:9 ones - thus the letterbox. What would be cool is if the box adjusted automatically for the video.

  16. In other words, 4:3 letterbox = 16:9

  17. cloudninemedia

    it looks silly to have it letter-boxed, regardless of their rationale.

  18. cloudninemedia

    4:3 letterbox is NOT displaying 16:9, it is displaying 4:3 unless you get rid of the letterboxing. It is NOT displaying in widescreen.

  19. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. If it were displaying 4:3, the entire screen would be filled and the sides would be cut off. Look at the photos here. You are not losing any of your image.

  20. cloudninemedia

    You're absolutely right Vivian, we'll have to agree to disagree. It's semantics, really. I realize my video is smaller and shown as widescreen inside a 4:3 box I want it to show without the letterboxing.

  21. I'm afraid your "semantics" are flawed. If you have a 4:3 TV screen, you won't say it doesn't play widescreen movies when it does (with the exact same black borders), and you wouldn't say it would only be widescreen if the TV set itself shrunk in height or expanded in width.

    As I said in my previous post, you can't do anything about it as long as wp only allows us to use the shortcode and as long as wp has set that shortcode to be at 400x300. The only thing you can do is submit a request to staff in the Ideas section of the forum.

  22. (And if your concern is size, the controls include a button for full-screen display.)

  23. Somehow these guys got it to work:

    I'm trying to do the same but having no luck.

  24. Those guys are not hosted here at wordpress.COM. So what we've been discussing in this thread doesn't apply to them. (And maybe not to you, either, since I have no idea whether you are hosted here.)

  25. imagepropaganda


    Iam also having no luck embedding a larger size video clip from vimeo, I have asked this question myself with no luck vimeo say that if you click the "embed" button in the corner of your video and customise the size within vimeo and then copy the code into your blog that should work, but it seems that wordpress or some of the free templates have restrictions on size, the only other option is to buy some CSS credits and try it in there which I have no knowledge of so Im stuck, until WordPress address this we are all stuck guessing!

  26. imagepropaganda


    You can only use the Vimeo shortcode that we provide here:

    Resizing options are currently not included in this.


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  27. imagepropaganda


    I have added this as a feature request so our developers can take a closer look.


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  28. michaelscanlon

    I did some large 16x9 vimeo tests here

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