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CM Video Lessons Manager (CMVLM) - How To - Import Private Vimeo Videos


Importing Private Vimeo Videos

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Important Resource

This feature is heavily dependant on Vimeo's settings. Learn more: Privacy settings overview – Help Center

Vimeo videos set to private will be inaccessible to most of your users. This guide explains how this works, so you can fix it (if it's not intended), or use it to your advantage.

A blocked video will show up like this:


Importing a Private Video

Importing a private video works just the same as other videos. Learn more: CM Video Lessons Manager (CMVLM) - Managing, Importing, Deleting Videos


Vimeo Settings

Tips

  • If you want all users to have access to a video, set its Vimeo privacy settings to Anyone, as shown below.
  • If you have many private videos and want to whitelist in bulk your website, the plugin can do that. Learn more: CM Video Lessons Manager (CMVLM) - Settings - General

There are many "layers" of privacy to choose from on each Vimeo video, the extremes being Anyone and Only me.

How Privacy Settings Affect Imported Videos

The plugin is able to import videos with any of these settings. However, it will only display them under these conditions:

  • Anyone - Displays video to all users
  • Only me - Displays video if the user is logged in to your Vimeo account 
  • People I follow - Displays video if the user is logged in to a vimeo account that you follow
  • People I choose - Displays video if the user is logged in to a vimeo account that you specify in the settings
  • People with the password - Displays video if the user has the password you chose
  • People with the private link (Plus + Pro + Business + Premium only) - The video will be displayed to all users (this setting doesn't affect the plugin)
  • Hide this video from vimeo.com (Plus + Pro + Business + Premium only) - The video will be displayed to all users (this setting doesn't affect the plugin)

Vimeo Settings vs. Plugin Settings

The Video Lessons Manager plugin has restriction settings of its own. You can set your videos to display to all users or restrict them to logged-in users.

Learn more: CM Video Lessons Manager (CMVLM) - Settings - General (Navigation, Vimeo API, Cache, Access, Restrictions)

The result is that both restriction rules apply. 

For example, consider this scenario:

  • Plugin - You configure the plugin to show videos only to logged-in users
  • Vimeo - You set a video to "People with the password" on Vimeo

As a result, only users who are logged-in to your WordPress site will see the video listed, and they will also have to write down the password to watch it.


Changing Imported Videos Settings

If you change the privacy video of a Vimeo video after it has been imported to Video Lessons Manager, the plugin will adjust to the new setting. So it's not necessary to reimport videos.


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