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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: in this box, and pressing Play starts the video in VLC media player.

But if you try to paste a Vimeo URL: 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. – sudo Jul 13 '14 at 20:14
@9000 When i watch the video on Vimeo the address bar just says: 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 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 '14 at 20:26
You need the URL of the video itself, not the page that has the video on it. The answer from TeknoVenus works. – sudo Jul 13 '14 at 21:46
up vote 9 down vote accepted

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 Right click -> Copy the URL. Paste into VLC and off you go

Page Info Window

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In trying to find the 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 '14 at 20:38
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 '14 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 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 '14 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 :( – sudo Jul 13 '14 at 21:45
@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 '14 at 2:29

I have found a simpler solution than the ones put forward by @TeknoVenus for Firefox and Chrome. They didn't work for me when I tried them, which could just be that two years have made a difference in terms of how Vimeo lays out their website.

My suggestion will work for any browser. Let your mouse hover over the video so that the sharing options appear in the top right corner. Click on the 'Share' button (which looks like a paper plane). You now have two options to get the right URL:

  1. Click on the 'Get embed code' button (which looks like '< />'). Copy the content it provides. Select 'Open Network Stream' in VLC. Paste the URL, but delete everything except the src field of the iframe (without quotes). It should look something like Press play, convert, whatever!

  2. Or just copy the link address (via right-clicking, for example) from the Share view. (If you are viewing the video on the actual website, you can just copy the URL directly.) You should get something like Paste that into VLC, but add in the player. and video/ sections to get the same form as was produced in the first option.


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