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Come Again! - Google at IT again

R. Dinakaran Chennai | Updated on January 11, 2011 Published on January 11, 2011

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One thing about Google is that it does not rest on its laurels. You can expect something new almost every week.

The latest is from Google Docs. None of the other online docs providers has managed to match the search giant in introducing new features for improving an already great service, though Zoho is doing its best.

Simultaneous editing (collaboration) from Google Docs is old hat. Now, it is video. Google announced recently that people can upload and even watch videos in Google Docs with the Google Docs video player. If you look for a ‘video' section in Google Docs, you will be disappointed. Your video will be listed just like any other document. When you open it, it will open in a separate player.

Can it play any video? According to Google Docs:

Uploaded video files can be up to 1 GB. These are the most common video formats that you can upload and play:

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)

There is a dampener for Mac enthusiasts. You will have to install Flash for the video player to work.

Now comes the question, what about Youtube, which also belongs to Google? Youtube will remain basically a video sharing network, and you can use Google Docs to store and watch videos you like and don't want to share, like private videos.

Now, as we upload and watch videos in Google docs, let's also wait for the next announcement from Google.

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Published on January 11, 2011
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