Video on Flickr!

Video! Video! Video! The rumours are true and “soon” is now. We’re thrilled to introduce video on Flickr. If you’re a pro member, you can now share videos up to 90 glorious seconds in your photostream.

90 seconds? While this might seem like an arbitrary limit, we thought long and hard about how video would complement the flickrverse. If you’ve memorized the Community Guidelines, you know that Flickr is all about sharing photos that you yourself have taken. Video will be no different and so what quickly bubbled up was the idea of “long photos,” of capturing slices of life to share.

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[flickr video=2398525947 h=150 w=200 secret=ecbcf5be96]    [flickr video=2345938910 h=150 w=200 secret=846d9c1be9]

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For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been hosting a super secret beta group to work out the kinks. Check out some of our favourites in Video on Flickr. And speaking of the beta group, we’d like to thank our members who helped us out (and entertained us) with their uploads. The rock stars include:

Brenda Anderson, zyrcster, striatic, Lú_, werewegian, matt, Silly Luis, The Searcher, emdot, GustavoG, Lunasooz, and ♥ shhexycorin ♥.

Not sure where to begin? You can participate in our first meme, Fridgets:

[flickr video=2365316630 h=113 w=150 secret=f501e74612]    [flickr video=2365244174 h=118 w=150 secret=cd607a7240]    [flickr video=2397943412 h=113 w=150 secret=b82c99a4c8]

Questions? There’s lots of great info in the Video FAQs, and if you’ve got feedback (or need help or find bugs), you’ll find us in the Help Forum.

Hey group admins! The launch of video on Flickr brings additional moderation tools to your group. In addition to specifying what kind of content you’d like to see in your group (“photos”, “video”, or “photos + video”), you can also have a say in the safety level of what people can contribute to your group pool. There’s more info in this revised group FAQ.

Bonus (for those who’ve read this far): We’re doubling the size of photos that can be uploaded — 20MB per photo for pro members and 10MB per photo for members with free accounts.