Vimeo iPhone app (finally) arrives

Video sharing site Vimeo has rolled out its much-anticipated app for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone.

vimeo appThe app works with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 with iOS 4.0 or later, and allows users to browse and watch videos, upload and edit new video from the iPhone and even download videos to the phone's camera roll.

The free app is a year late coming to market, but Vimeo early on said it had no intention of bringing a "generic app" to market, deciding it would use Apple's iMovie as a benchmark.

"We spent a lot of time keeping up with that," said Andrew Pile, Vimeo's head of product and development. "We chose a very hard thing to develop because Apple was working on something themselves, so we were always a step behind."

A highlight of the app is its video editing functionality. Users can combine, edit and trim videos, as well as add transitions, titles and effects. Vimeo also allows users to add music from their iPod library and adjust volumes on sections of any project.

Content can be saved to the users camera roll or uploaded directly to Vimeo. And, the editor allows users to set the quality of the uploads, so users can send raw or edits footage in SD or HD. And, another winner for the app, interrupted uploads are resumed at the point at which they failed.

Although Vimeo originally said it would develop an app for Android, that project is on hold, Pile told CNN, because, no surprise here, the OS is tough to design video editing programs for.

For more:
- see this CNN report

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