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Share Videos in Google Docs

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Google Apps has done it again. This time a new feature in Google Docs where you can upload video files and share it with others. Google Docs has actually become an inaccurate label since it kept on adding different file types to upload.

When I visited my Google Docs account yesterday, this message greeted me:

I tried it out today and liked it. Speed of uploading and processing is acceptable(depends how fast your internet connection is). Google needs to process videos that are uploaded since it uses YouTube’s player. Therefore video files supported by Google also have Youtube support. These are:

  • WebM files (Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codec)
  • .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files – (h264 and mpeg4 video codecs and AAC audio codec)
  • .AVI (many cameras use this format – typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM)
  • .MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio)
  • .WMV
  • .FLV (Adobe – FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)

Video files up to 1GB may be uploaded. You have to be very choosy on which videos to upload though. A standard Google Docs account allows 1GB of storage. Unless you purchase additional space, video files can easily fill that up.

After uploading, you can view your videos and share it just like sharing other files in Docs. This is very helpful for schools where YouTube is blocked and for people who, for one reason or another, do not like uploading to YouTube. Now it would be a nice add for Google Docs to include an embed code so that videos can be embedded to another site. Hopefully, next on Google Docs’ list is a feature to upload audio files. That would be amazing.

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