At last, Flickr adds support for video

At last, Flickr adds support for video

Summary: One of Silicon Valley's longest running rumors came to an end today: Yahoo-owned photo sharing service Flickr has finally added support for video.

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One of Silicon Valley's longest running rumors came to an end today: Yahoo-owned photo sharing service Flickr has finally added support for video.

In what many users feared would be a pointless YouTube-clone (Yahoo already has its own video sharing site for that), Flicker users can now upload and share videos as they currently do with photos. However, there's a catch, and one that keeps the site's focus as hub for digital photography.

Video uploads are - for the time being at least - limited to ninety seconds in length. Perfect for sharing the kind of short video clips that most digital stills cameras are capable of but nearly useless for anything more ambitious. Additionally, videos are displayed alongside photographs (the user interface makes little distinction) and the ninety second limit should help to discourage copyright infringement too.

Update: Video uploads are limited to 'Pro' accounts only (paid-for), although all users can view videos. See Webware's full hands-on review.

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  • Yay!

    I love this ability, and I am one who is glad they limited the duration... at least for now. I don't think I'd like Flickr to be a YouTube - I enjoy it as a photo sharing site
    sgtgary@...
  • RE: At last, Flickr adds support for video

    Very disappointed ;-) I was waiting for HD videos.
    Have a look at ipernity http://www.ipernity.com
    A flickr-like service where you can share photos videos and even music.
    mariemut
  • Nice. Great way to annotate photos with video

    I like it. This is great for to do quick reviews of products and businesses.
    More important for me is to add a short clip of places and family to add great depth and context to the images.

    I'm glad that are keeping true to the Flikr focus of images and not try to emulate the Youtube hairball.
    Prognosticator
  • It's a start

    And it reflects what some sites allow their users to store. It's enough to keep me as a paid subscriber for now.
    ejhonda
  • RE: At last, Flickr adds support for video

    A real sad day. Flickr is supposed to be about still digital and film photography. If people have video to upload go to Youtube. Video on Flickr is a sign of its imminent demise.
    blackgrouse
    • Re

      Exactly.

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