Yay my first Flickr video! Make and upload one using Photobooth and tag it as: flickrvideobooth
Isn’t Youtube enough?
No. Read on.
What’s this I hear about a time limit of 90 seconds?
From their Flickr Help page, they explain that… “video on Flickr grew out of the idea of “long photos” and as such, [they've] implemented what might seem like an arbitrary limit of playing back the first 90 seconds of a video.”
Yup they’re trying something new:
90 seconds = the new black
Erm okay… but is there anything special about Flickr videos?
Hang on to your hats! While they’ve got the video player clean and tight (reminds me a bit of Vimeo), it also appears to be arbitrarily-scalable. I mean to say that if you watch some of the videos shown on Flickr’s video blog post, some come in odd sizes, for instance portrait mode. I noticed that even embedding videos to blogs is a breeze; I simply enter the width and it scales the height automatically for me. A time-saver where my videos tend to be 500 pixels wide to fit my blog.
If you think about it, Flickr’s really treating videos like images, allowing you to paste them and shape them as you’ve done so with your photos (i.e. malleable). A simple but clever trait that helps make Flickr videos unique.
What should I do for my first Flickr video?
Well, if you watched that clip of mine above, you can make one too using Photobooth on your Mac. If you didn’t know (I know you did), Photobooth actually lets you record video as well, so you can have tons of fun playing with those live backdrops (mine’s the rollercoaster). Heck if you make one using Photobooth, and upload it to Flickr, go ahead and tag them as: flickrvideobooth
Update: Remember, since you can treat Flickr videos almost like images, you can do create video pools as well. Nicer than most video collection services out there, provided more folks adopt Flickr as their video playground.