Thursday, April 10, 2008
Flickr Adds Video and I'm All Over It!
I've used Flickr for a few years now. I love how I can send my pics directly from my cellphone via MMS. I also use it as my backup for my photos. My parents, who live in Ocala, FL (4 hrs from here) visit my Flickr site and can see the pics of their grandkids and whatever else I decide to post.
Although my cellphone takes pretty good video (when I hold my hand still and the lighting is ok) I rarely use that function of my cellphone, mainly because of the effort it takes to connect via Bluetooth to my Mac and transfer the file (I'm so lazy, I know). Besides, the format is in 3gp and in order to share the file, I then have to convert it and send it to my parents, who then have to figure out how to open the file and then I'm doing tech support. Let's just say that it's easier to drive 4 hours to where they live and re-enact the moment for them.
Now, Flickr has added support for video. They are not trying to compete with YouTube and I commend them for that. 90 seconds is all that's permitted and you have to be a Pro-member to use this feature. For me, this is not going to be my site for posting podcasts or hosting edited videos with titles, transitions, effects, etc. It's just going to be a "captured the moment" and "here it is" sharing bucket.
So when Kathy Schrock (@kathyschrock) sent out a tweet that Flickr added video support, I ran into my dining room with my cellphone and shot this video (good thing I was dressed!), uploaded it to Flickr via MMS and here it is. Hear Stevie Wonder singing... Isn't she lovely....
Is Flickr Video something you see yourself using? Do you use another photo/video sharing site? If so, which one and how do you use it?