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Flickr Video? Say what?

Can it be true? Flickr, the photo sharing platform we’ve all grown to love and spend obsessive amounts of time on has just added video sharing to it’s list of uber features? Oh yes it’s true and here’s the proof!

The Deal:

  • Videos must be 90 seconds or less, under 150MB (which is huuuge for a 90s clip)
  • Upload of a 7.2MB file took about a minute (on my zippity quick internet)
  • Accepted .mov and .m4v files a-ok
  • Uses the same uploading tool as photos
  • You can tag and describe your videos or add them to a set or group!

The coolest feature of the new Flickr video is that allows you to customize the size of your video to suit your embedding needs. That’s ace in my book. Plus, the navigation is really simple and familiar if you are used to using Flickr. And I think it’s super cool to be able to play a video from your Flickr homepage. It’s just really neat.

The lamest feature is the inability to change the thumbnail. Must have good thumbnaaiiiilll. Super important for the vain and self-conscious.

As for it’s role in video sharing, we will see. It’s definitely quick and easy to upload video and great for sharing that 20 second hail storm video, or a quick video snapshot of Paddington station, but with the 90 second limit it won’t directly compete with Viddler, Vimeo, Revver, and YouTube for true vloggers. I see it being really hot with young tech savvy travelers who want to share a small vid with friends and family on the fly.

Also, Pownce has added support for Flickr Video, so finally Powncers can share something other than YouTube vids.

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Thanks to Laughing Squid who broke the news on Twitter as it happened and Phillip Jeffery who broke the news of the breaking news. It was super twittery.

*sorry for the back to back video sharing posts. this flickr video came outta nowhere and i had to give it a go. early adopters ftw!

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Adam
    April 9, 2008 at 1:16 AM

    I wonder whether the flickr application for Nokia phones will be updated so that you can uplaod videos as well as photo’s straight from your phone…

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    darrylxxx
    April 9, 2008 at 1:37 AM

    Cool video Lisa! What’s the music on it – sounds familiar, but can’t place it.

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    Michael
    April 9, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    Awesome vid :) Very random, but very cute. Loved it!

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    Maren Larsen
    April 9, 2008 at 6:43 AM

    More Viking horns!!! Nothing spells “#1 on G4” like Viking horns!

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    Jonic
    April 9, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    I’m warming to the 90 second limit. Maybe I’ll finally get a Flickr Pro account, I don’t know… I’m still reviewing options for when inevitably get into vlogging.

    Also: Yorkie? They were created in my tiny little hometown of York :) Hope you enjoyed it!

    Not that I made it or anything…

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    Mel
    April 9, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    eeekk… flickr’s becoming youtube
    ohnoes.
    btw you forgot to mention it’s only for pro users (the only reason i didn’t upload any of *my* super cool videos yet).

    happy flickring!

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    tyfn
    April 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    It will be interesting to watch what sort of memes emerge out of Flickr Video like the Squared Circle group in Flickr.

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    Mostly Lisa
    April 9, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    @Adem — check out Qik

    @darrylxxx — do you use iMovie? cuz it’s in there. betcha it wouldn’t take you more than 5 mins to find it.

    @Michael — i made it in 5 mins. just grabbed a few video clips from my iPhoto library. zipzipzip. there you go! a snapshot of me.

    @Maren – you’re a cupcake! trying to figure out a way to bring the helmet to cancun….

    @Pasquale — giraffe fight!

    @Jonic — York! Sweet. I was there in the fall. Stopped by on my way to Leeds. I think there are pictures here.

    @Mel — you’re not Pro!?!?! zomg. get on that miss 365. unlimited space. ohh and get on viddler. need to see your super cool vids.

    @tyfn — how do you know such things… Square Circle??? waz that?

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    Mostly Lisa
    April 10, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    @Pasquale — OLE!

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