Fun with Flickr Video


Saturday, April 12th, 2008 — 5:04pm PST
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You may have noticed a small triangle popping up in the corner of your Flickr contact’s images lately. Fear not, there is no small grey triangle conspiracy, it’s actually to indicate that the image you’re seeing is simply a thumbnail of a brand spankin’ new Flickr Video.

Video! Video! Video! The rumours are true and “soon” is now. We’re thrilled to introduce video on Flickr. If you’re a pro member, you can now share videos up to 90 glorious seconds in your photostream.

90 seconds? While this might seem like an arbitrary limit, we thought long and hard about how video would complement the flickrverse. [Flickr Blog]

Things I like about Flickr Video so far:

  • 90 second limit (less time to make a fool of myself)
  • Integrates right into your photostream so you have a bunch of your media in the same place, in one account
  • Easy to upload
  • Easy to embed videos
  • When embedding there’s an option to attribute the source ie. the video box on your blog will display a link to the Flickr account and original user/creator
  • It’s not YouTube (or YouTube-quality, which is a good thing)
  • The commenters are your friends and contact, and not spam bots (so far, anyway)
  • Dislikes:

  • 90 second limit
  • You can’t change the static image (like you can with Blip.tv etc.)
  • It’s been pretty fun during the whole two days I’ve been using it although there are Flickr purists who aren’t as pleased that the photo site is now intermingling with video.

    “The big issue is the way it was implemented,” said Jason Bouwmeester, a systems analyst in Canada and one of the group administrators for No Video on Flickr. “There was no public beta…. They just reset everyone’s settings.” Users have complained about the video features causing the whole site to slow down, a possible influx of YouTube junk and the deviation from Flickr’s original purpose — photography. [Wired.com].

    Regardless, I don’t think it will replace YouTube by any means (or become YouTube-like), but since I was recently on the lookout for a simple alternative to online video sharing, I’m glad I now have this option.

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    8 comments

    1. Raul says:

      And it is advantageous to us who have WordPress.com-hosted blogs, since WP has lots of restrictions on video embedding. That’s the reason why I couldn’t embed the Blip.tv video you did of the insertion of photos into blog. But if you convert it into Flickr Video, maybe it will work?

    2. Miss604 says:

      The video I made would be too long for Flickr but there’s probably another embed method for the Blip one somewhere.

    3. Raul says:

      You’re the one who knows your way around computers. I don’t 🙂

    4. Miss604 says:

      I’ll have my laptop tonight @ Tanya’s – log in to your site and gimme a minute to work some magic 😉

    5. GZ Expat says:

      Vimeo…love the quality and you get like 250meg a week.

    6. Raul says:

      You still owe me to work some magic on my site. Ooops. Five Okanagan Premium Cider Harvest Pear… Ooops.

    7. Thanks for posting this chunk of webvid. I love your use of your laptop to shoot the video! Lol! I’m a camera operator who’s trying to embed flickr video on his own site. Found out that the v=1.171 code will stop the webpage from jumping to the photostream flickr page. Very cool. Now I just need to figure out the activex control issue. :^)

      Cheers,
      M

    8. Glenn says:

      Cool of ya to post that Flickr video example. Also nice to see a sweet view of downtown Van. I’m just across the Aldergrove border in Lynden. Would rather spend time in Van than Seattle any day!

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