- Making the video private so it is invisible to the Vimeo community
- Using Vimeo Pro's feature to block all downloads of the source file
- Setting the embed so it only runs on my domain.
I have done a lot of research on this and from what I can tell it has to do with the way Vimeo delivers the video. They use progressive downloading, which means they download the actual video file, a little at a time, until the entire file is downloaded and stored in Temp Internet cache. Most sites use this method and Real Player's browser plug-in can easily grab it. The other option is actual streaming video. This feeds out the video in very small pieces, but continually keeps feeding it out, so there is no buildup of an actual video file. From what I read RealPlayer cannot capture true streaming video. Services like Viddler provide actual streaming video. I would use Viddler but it is 1) 6 times the price of Vimeo and 2) is missing other features I need that Vimeo offers.
Thanks for your help!!!