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Flickr does video!

I know, this is a photography blog, but Flickr, one of the most popular photo sharing sites, has just added the ability to upload and share video. It’s the first hybrid photo/video site that I know of. Videos are limited to 90 seconds in length—much shorter than dedicated video sharing sites—but that’s in line with Flickr’s vision of “long photos.” Very artsy and, as a person who uses photography as his primary artistic medium, I’m quite pleased. Most digital cameras include the ability to shoot short videos so it’s a natural move for Flickr to add video. I can’t wait to start sharing some of my own videos on the site.

In addition to rolling out video, Flickr has doubled the maximum file size for uploaded photos to 20 MB for Pro accounts and 10 MB for free accounts.

Read Flickr’s official announcement on the Flickr blog →

Flickr has always been a proponent of Creative Commons and they continue that tradition with video including advice to use ccmixter.org for finding CC licensed music for video clips. At the same time, you just know that this is going to open a whole new set of copyright and licensing issues for Flickr to deal with as some members include infringing music and imagery in their videos.

What do you think? Will you be uploading videos to Flickr?

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you’re interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.

  • I believe Zooomr has had video for a while… Anyone know?

  • AKAndrews

    SmugMug Power users can load videos up to 2.5 minutes. SmugMug Pro users can load HD quality up to 5 min and DVD quality up to 10 mins.

  • Kristof

    Picasa also supports video. (although not embedded in your weblog)

  • Bahi

    I’m amazed at the hostile reception that video has received on Flickr. It’s probably a small minority but there are purists who’ve started “Say no to video” groups and who are putting down the decision. I love the idea of short video clips and though Flickr had implemented the ideally very well. I look forward to cool video clips.

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