Testing Flickr Video

Sounds cool, but is the 90 second limit real?

Flickr's official stance on the time limit is this:

Video on Flickr grew out of the idea of "long photos" and as such, we've implemented what might seem like an arbitrary limit of playing back the first 90 seconds of a video. 90 seconds?

We're not trying to limit your artistic freedom, we're trying something new. Everyone has endured that wedding video, where even the bride will fast-forward to the "good bit." In fact, even Tara at FlickrHQ hasn't made it past the first 90 seconds of her own wedding video.

Just try it! It's fun once you get the hang of it.

If that's the case, why not put some kind of filter on the size of photographs? The number of photos in a set? The number of photos uploaded by an individual? There are lots of people posting photos to Flickr that could easily fall into the same category of annoying and boring wedding videos. Why treat video differently?

Yup. Only plays the first 90 seconds of an 8:24 video. Stupid.

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Last updated: March 01, 2024