Flickr Video Browser

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 19, 2008
Updated • Jan 15, 2018
Music and Video

Flickr is best known for being a photo uploading and publishing portal with a vast community of contributors. Lesser known is the video part of the website.

Video uploads are limited to Flickr pro members currently but anyone - even guests - are allowed to watch them on the Flickr website provided the owner of the video did not modify the visibility parameters of the video.

Update: The Flickr Video Browser program is no longer available. While you may still be able to download a version from third-party sites, it is likely that it won't work anymore due to changes introduced by Flickr in recent years. You may use the search on Flickr instead to find videos. End

Flickr Video Browser

Flickr Video Browser is a third party tool that provides access to public Flickr Videos in an easy to browse interface. It displays thumbnails of 100 Flickr videos on each page which get regularly updated from public Flickr video listings.

A click on thumbnails opens the video on the same page in an overlay providing options to view the video or explore the tags associated with it. A click on a tag loads all videos tagged the same way on the Flickr Video Browser homepage.

Overall, the controls that it offers currently are pretty basic. There is no search option and no way to browse tags; these two features should be implemented as soon as possible to make the process more user-friendly. Since you cannot run searches, you are left with whatever videos are returned to you by the program.

It is interesting to note that the homepage only displays a couple of pages of videos by default and that a search for a specific tag may increase the results count significantly. A search for the video tag, for instance, displays more than 650k results, while the frontpage listing lists less than 700 results.

It is therefore recommended to use the tag-based search system to search for videos using the video browser. Please note that you may receive NSFW results when you use the video search tool.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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