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You are able to play Youtube videos in VLC media player by going to Media > Open Network Stream and pasting in the Youtube video URL in the "Please enter a network URL:" box and pressing Play.

For example, pasting the Youtube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R-_sxP5kCk in this box, and pressing Play starts the video in VLC media player.

But if you try to paste a Vimeo URL: http://vimeo.com/11510254 in this box, then click Play, the VLC window just kind of flashes, and nothing really seems to happen, the video doesn't play.

Is there a way to play Vimeo videos in VLC media player like Youtube videos? I couldn't find anything really through my own research on this. Seems like a natural thing for VLC to support this behavior for Vimeo, since it's a pretty popular and well known video site.

I'm on Windows 7 home premium 64 bit, using VLC 2.1.3

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The "Open Network Stream" is mainly for opening regular HTTP, RTSP, etc streams. If you can get the URL of the Vimeo video, you can play it in there. There are many ways to do this, including use Firebug for Firefox, but it's tedious. I didn't even know it worked for YouTube just by pasting the video page URL. –  9000 Jul 13 at 20:14
    
@9000 When i watch the video on Vimeo the address bar just says: vimeo.com/6318824 in my browser, but when i past copy and paste that address into a form here on this site it automatically adds http:// to the front of it, to get http://vimeo.com/6318824. This behavior also happens in the "Please enter a network URL:" box in VLC. When i take away the http:// i get an error message when trying to play. Is the web address not the URL? –  9fpqhijf7zm1qrgn760r2hzipi92n7 Jul 13 at 20:26
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You need the URL of the video itself, not the page that has the video on it. The answer from TeknoVenus works. –  9000 Jul 13 at 21:46

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The easiest way to get the URL of the video to paste into VLC that I found was in Firefox.

Go to the video using FF. Right click -> Page Info. Go to the Media tab and find the video URL. The type will be Video, and the URL should be av.vimeo.com/foobar. Right click -> Copy the URL. Paste into VLC and off you go

Page Info Window

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In trying to find the av.vimeo.com/foobar URL in google chrome, i tried right clicking on both the video and the white background of the webpage and clicking View page source , then doing a CTRL + F for "av." finds 0 results. Is there an addon or a way maybe to do it in google chrome? –  9fpqhijf7zm1qrgn760r2hzipi92n7 Jul 13 at 20:38
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It's not in the source for Chrome. Try this. Right click -> Inspect Element. Choose the resources tab. Expand the Frames folder, then whatever subfolder is in it. Expand XHR. Then right click on the .mp4 file and Copy Link Address –  TeknoVenus Jul 13 at 20:45
    
Hmmm.. sometimes that doesn't work. Whilst FF always shows the video, Chrome doesn't always list in the resources. I note sometimes it has a pdl.vimeocdn.com/foobar URL. It also helps if you scroll down the page a bit to trigger the "Loading More Stuff". Wait for that "stuff" to load, and look again –  TeknoVenus Jul 13 at 20:50
    
Safari 6 has a similar web inspector that doesn't always show the video URL. Same in Chrome. Safari 5 had a resources list similar to the one in Firefox that always worked, but Apple got rid of it for some reason :( –  9000 Jul 13 at 21:45
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@TeknoVenus , Thats the ticket for Chrome it seems. Right click > Inspect Element > Resources > Frames > (#######) > XHR Right click > #####.mp4 > Copy link address. Then paste that URL into VLC. That made the video start playing for me. Seems to work on all the videos ive tried so far. –  9fpqhijf7zm1qrgn760r2hzipi92n7 Jul 14 at 2:29

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