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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Google Launch Online Video Playback

A couple of days ago John Battelle announced that Google was about to “launch an in-browser video playback feature based on the open source VLC media player. This is the logical next step for Google's video search and upload function, which began taking uploads from anyone who cared to submit back in April.”

In his article he writes that…

“…this is a big deal for many institutions which do not have the ability to host and stream their own video, but would very much like to get their message out. In essence, Google is providing their infrastructure free of charge to let anyone upload video and have it be found. That's a very big deal in and of itself.”

Google have been accepting digital video files of any length and size for some months now. You just sign up for an account upload your videos using the Video Uploader (but be sure you own the rights to the works you upload), and, pending their approval process they'll include your video in Google Video, where users will be able to search, preview, buy and play it.

I did a couple of searches earlier myself to see what kind of ‘free’ stuff people had already uploaded and although I found lots of video based on my search terms, most of it came up as ‘currently unavailable’. (Available ones will feature a small triangle "play" icon next to the programme name.)

Google do give you some examples to play with though. They suggest you “try typing in the following search terms to watch free videos: gamespot, Greenpeace, AdWords, badminton, PS3, cattlemen, Hortus, sarong, breakdancing, capoeira. Check out some additional interesting videos.”

To watch them you will need to install the media player (Google Video Viewer, which is open source) but once you’ve done so, you'll be able to access these whole videos, or segments of them.


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