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Look Ma! Flickr Has Video

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Our photo storage/sharing network of choice, Flickr, is finally offering a video component. In other words, Flickr will store, stream, and enable the embedding of any kind of content that can be produced by a basic digital camera (now that most shoot moving as well as still pictures). A Flickr Pro account is required to upload video, which at $25/year was already necessary to upload more than 100mb of photos each month. Also, at least for the time being, videos are restricted to 90 seconds (and no larger than 150mb).

But we can deal with the idea of having a repository for short videos shot with our cheapo digital cameras, not to mention the ability to easily upload and then blog it. Besides, 90 seconds is roughly double the attention span of the average member of the LAist community.

Why upload a minute-and-a-half video to Flickr as opposed to say YouTube, Vimeo, Blip, or even Yahoo! Video? It's easy to upload and view in high quality, plus there there is no change to Flickr's minimalist user interface -- videos appear as part of photostreams and can even be viewed within photo albums.

For example, in the video below I take 51 seconds to bitch about traffic while crawling down the 10 on my way to work today:

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Now you too can add your photos AND video to the LAist photo pool.

In other tech-related news:

  • Did you purchase an HD-DVD player from Amazon? Good news. You just won a $50 credit -- and hey, in spite of Blu-ray's win, you can still use your HD-DVD player as an up-converted HD player.
  • We interviewed Veronica Belmont a couple weeks ago, just days before she announced her impending departure from Santa Monica-based daily video podcast Mahalo Daily. Now, word is she'll be joining SF-based Revision 3.

All videos by Andy Sternberg