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Share Access to a Protected YouTube or Vimeo Video

If including a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video with materials, it may be best to ensure that only the reviewers or committee members can see the video. In that case, restrict access to the video in the privacy settings of YouTube or Vimeo. Both YouTube and Vimeo have different options for controlling access to videos hosted on their sites, but the methods outlined below will work best for linking to protected content from within the program.


Note that a paid account is needed to share a private link for a Vimeo video.


Share Access to Videos

Select the tabs below to view more information on Youtube and Vimeo URLs.


Videos uploaded to YouTube are set as Public by default, but the privacy setting can be controlled when uploading a video or editing the privacy settings for videos that have already been uploaded.


It is recommended to set the privacy for YouTube hosted videos to Unlisted before adding the URL to materials. With this setting, the video will not come up in search results or appear listed on personal YouTube channels. Only those who know the link can view it.

  • This link can be shared with anyone, regardless of whether or not they have a YouTube account or username.

Note that anyone with the link can view an unlisted video on YouTube. It is conceivable that a reviewer may share the link. If desired, a note can be included in the description asking reviewers not to share the link.


Check out this article for more information on how to set the privacy of YouTube videos.



Vimeo requires a paid account to share a private link to a video.


Check out this article for more information on how to manage privacy settings in Vimeo.


Currently, Interfolio can only display Public videos from Vimeo. To share a private link, it is advised to upload a document with links to a Private (password protected) Vimeo video or use a Private Youtube video instead.