Vimeo is sort of like the classier older brother of YouTube. Believe it or not, Vimeo was actually founded a year before YouTube burst onto the scene.

Not that YouTube doesn’t have quality content, the sheer volume alone would make it mathematically improbably for quality stuff to not turn up occasionally. On the other hand, Vimeo is a place where more, how would you say it, “artistic” people usually go to showcase their work.

Whereas YouTube allows pretty much anyone to throw stuff up there in the hopes of drawing traffic and creating revenue through ad impressions, Vimeo relies mostly on its membership levels for its revenue. There’s a Vimeo Plus, Vimeo Pro and a Vimeo for Business and each one gives you different benefits and upload restrictions and whatnot.

Vimeo’s Top Video of 2014

Watchtower of Turkey from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.

With 11 Staff Picks, Leonardo Dalessandri is one of the all-time most decorated Vimeans, but it wasn’t until the debut of 2013’s “Watchtower of Morocco” that his present style began to take shape. Incorporating tons of in-camera motion, rhythmic swoops, and artful wipes alongside a mélange of techniques from hyper lapse to slow motion, Dalessandri’s formal innovation achieved perfection in this year’s follow-up, “Watchtower of Turkey.” This hard-developed skill, paired with a sense of both drama and grace, created a travel video unlike any we’d seen before. (Jason Sondhi)

Vimeo presents: The Top 10 Videos of 2014

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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