Apr 9, 2008

Flickr adds Video

In a bid to broaden the field of Flickr, Yahoo has added video feature to the popular photo sharing site. From now on, members of Flickr can post short video clips to their photostream. Presently, only Pro members can upload videos to Flickr. These videos can be viewed by anyone, provided they have permission.

Flickr video will be displayed alongside photos in search results, within new uploads from friends, in Explore, on the Map, in RSS feeds, and anywhere else that you are used to finding photos.

The company sees the videos in effect as "long photos," moving snapshots people take now that digital cameras (except SLRs) can record video as well as still images, said spokeswoman Terrell Karlsten Neilson. The hope is to populate the site with "authentic" videos, not clips from last night's TV shows, and Yahoo will police the site for violations of the terms of service, added Flickr product manager Shanan Delp..

Pro members of Flickr, who pays $24.95/year can post an unlimited number of clips, with a 150-MB maximum size for any one clip. Right now, the length of videos are limited to 90 seconds. Presently, Flickr supports AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG and 3gp formats for videos.


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