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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: