Vimeo adds Dolby Vision support, accessible exclusively through Apple devices
Vimeo today announced the addition of support for the Dolby Vision HDR standard. While the company previously supported downloading HDR10 content, support for Dolby Vision allows for an even higher quality viewing experience.
If you want to download Dolby Vision video, you can currently do so from any device regardless of your Vimeo account level.
To make sure your Dolby Vision video is displayed correctly, you just need to make sure it is in 10-bit HEVC, HLG, and Dolby Vision 8.4 profile. Vimeo will automatically understand the rest, including the generation of the standard HDR10, SDR Wide Gamut and SDR versions.
Now comes the tricky part. Viewing of Dolby Vision content is currently restricted only to Apple devices. This includes iPhone 8 and newer, iPad Pro 2nd generation and higher, select Mac models, and Apple TV 4K connected to a Dolby Vision television. This can be done in Safari or in the Vimeo app.
To be fair, this restriction is no different from the limitations Vimeo had already put in place for its standard HDR10 content, which could also only be viewed on Apple devices. This means that if you are using an Android or Windows device, you will only see the SDR version.
The good thing is that if you have an iPhone 12 model, you can simply capture, edit, and download Dolby Vision video directly to Vimeo without ever needing a computer. The iPhone 12 captures in the same 10-bit HEVC HLG Dolby Vision 8.4 format required by Vimeo, so you won’t have any compatibility issues.
To learn more about Dolby Vision, check out our explainer here.