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source code[edit]

There should be a link to the viewer source code -- Anonymous lurker

I added it. NSR (talk) 18:45, 24 August 2005 (UTC)


someone needs to say that Google Video doesn't use VLC anymore. It uses Flash.

Pay section[edit]

Definitely add that Google Video's Pay section is basically shut down! 18:24, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Google Video Down[edit]

Was Google Video down for a while after Google acquired Youtube I remember a period when google video was not available, but it turns out it is available again. Can any of you confirm this, and do you know the history behind this, including why they decided to put the services back up again? Message me --Sp0 (talk) 17:38, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Geographical filtering[edit]

"Regardless of general availability, content providers are given the opportunity to limit access to video files to only users from certain countries of residence. However, methods of circumventing geographical filtering exist." Anyone have information about how to avoid this geographical filter? I can´t find in google a useful solution, even when at least, for Google Video is no longer restricted but it is for MySpace and TV on demand--ometzit<col> 15:00, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

No answers? :(

Not supported outside of USA?[edit]

I'm in Singapore and I've just played back and searched videos fine... Is it still unavailable in other countries?

Right, the videos are not accessable for example in Germany {{=(}} (Tobias Schmidbauer 20:49, 29 January 2006 (UTC))
The information regarding access from Germany is no longer up to date. The general issue of availability is however been dealt with in the article. (Wi(c)ki 00:19, 21 April 2006 (UTC))

Google Video deletes broadcast content?[edit]

Has Google deleted their broadcast content? I tried to search for "Sesame Street yip yips" (aliens on the show), and nothing came up. PBS had opted in to the thing, so I read. It worked fine a few months ago. -- user:zanimum

The article may need to mention this, as long as there is information regarding this. (Perhaps Google decided to just show the playable videos and withdraw everything else? --WCQuidditch 18:49, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

the user submitted stuff is a cesspool[edit]

Somehow someone should mention how the user submitted base is a cesspool of crap ol a crap

Wouldn't that make the article POV? As an encyclopedia, Wikipedia is supposed to be NPOV, and not include things like what you have mentioned. At least, that is what I think. Lime 02:47, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

Google video template[edit]

How to create google video links on wikipedia using the google video template:

{{google video|7521044027821122670|description}}


description at Google Videos

Obli (Talk) 22:47, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

what gives?[edit]

why did google video just stop working? it just redirects to the normal google page now :( 11:54, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

broken template[edit]

The template is broken, it links to https, which google redirects to, if the link is formatted with http it does not have this problem. Tomf80 (talk) 11:43, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

Seeking feedback on Google Groups article[edit]

Hello. I wrote an article about a related topic, Google Groups. As a new Wikipedia writer, I would appreciate any feedback on my article. Please help me by posting your feedback at the Wikipedia:Article Feedback Desk. If you wrote an article and are seeking feedback on it, please post your article at the Article Feedback Desk as well. If you could suggest better ways for me to seek feedback on my article, do leave a note at my talk page. --J.L.W.S. The Special One 13:14, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

New file format?[edit]

I just downloaded a file and it's *.gvp instead of *.gvi. I haven't been able to convert it to any other format using the methods listed on this page.

hobbie 10:39, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

- Ok, I just did some Googling and found out what you have to do. Save the GVP file by following the prompts on the screen( Then open the GVP file with a web browser or a text viewer(notepad/wordpad/Word). There's a URL, just copy that loooooooooooong thing. Paste it in your address bar and VOILA! you are asked if you want to download the AVI file. Now for someone to format my crap and make it look pretty.

- Tested and works.--Clipsx 07:16, 6 November 2006 (UTC)

hobbie 10:48, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

You could let KeepVid do the hard work for you. boffy_b 14:47, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
Isn't that worth mentioning in the article, maybe under Converting GVI Files? hobbie 13:58, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

If you can source the info the answer is definitely, SqueakBox 15:07, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

no ipod[edit]

I advise everyone not to download videos to your ipod via google video. I did, and everything on my ipod was erased and i have to get it fixed now because i cant download anything else to it now. BackInBlack 17:20, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

iPod and PSP[edit]

When downloading, what is the difference between "Sony PSP" and "Video iPod"? Is it a different format? Mr. Quertee 13:35, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Both are MPEG-4 media files containing an H264 video-stream (part 10) and an AAC audio-stream (part 3). The files differ in other parts of MPEG-4. You could simplify by saying both are basically the same video with different headers. (Wi(c)ki 00:17, 2 May 2006 (UTC)):

Google Video Player[edit]

I've started the Google Video Player article. I'd like someone with more knowlege of the google video format to move/copy any applicable data to that article if possible. Dread Lord CyberSkull ✎☠ 23:04, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

Is the player really open source? "A previous version of the Google Video web browser plugin was based on a patched version of VLC 0.8.2." So is the current player still based on VLC at all? Horkana

I've merged this article. Mambo Jambo 18:08, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Error on page[edit]

I don't know what happened, but now, whenever I click a video from google, it loads a blank screen and at the bottom left corner (in status bar), it shows a yellow caution triangle and the text "error on page". After looking around for a bit, I don't seem to be the only one with this problem, and no one knows how to fix it.

Note: When cookies are cleared, Google Video will work once, then it goes back to the error on page thing on the second video I click. - June 22, 06 111

No History?[edit]

It would be nice if someone can post a bit about its history - when it got started, etc. Beetle B. 17:28, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Who likes my video.[edit]

Come on. Who likes it: Philip1992 17:54, 27 August 2006 (UTC)Philip1992

Nobody, because it's incredibly shit. Please remove it.

Player version[edit]

The infobox for the Google Video Player said that the current version was 2.0, but I went to download it, and it said it was 1.0.3, so I corrected it. Where did the 2.0 number come from? Phoenix-forgotten 16:32, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

DMCA Violations?[edit]

Is it appropriate for this page to list methods of circumventing Google's attempts to discourage downloading the videos directly? 20:36, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

yes --Kalmia 03:56, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Selling videos?[edit]

The article claims

[...]make their own media available free of charge or through Google Video Store for a cost that they can set.

It's true that the ability to sell one's own video was widely announced, but I don't think it is in place. Does anyone know how a private person can offer a personal video for sale on Google Video Store? If not, then this statement should be corrected. AxelBoldt 18:53, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

Converting GVI without third-party software[edit]

The section on "how to download and convert Google video without program" was deleted [1], with the valid justification that wikipedia is not an internet guide. However, as we are mentioning commercial conversion software, I think it should be noted that

a)it is really easy to do and no third-party program are needed

b)one can convert .gvi files into .avi ... simply by renaming them. I read that on a forum (can't find a serious source for it and it worked on the few occasions I tried it, but I can't guarantee all GVI files are encoded in AVI.

Maybe we can just rephrase the whole thing in a more "encyclopedic" style (no use of second-person)?

I think it is a valuable information that has its place in wikipedia. What do you think?

Here's the original "how-to":

====Very simple conversion with no program====
1. It is simple to convert a GVI or GVP file. First, download file. Then open file with a text editor such as notepad. There will be a URL address. Copy the URL into your browser. You will then get a download window from a Google server for the file's real format; AVI, MPEG, WMV, etc. Also, the URL will turn blue.
2. An alternative way is to add the following text into your favourites/bookmarks:
javascript:if(document.getElementById('macdownloadlink')!=null){window.location.href=document.getElementById('macdownloadlink')}else{alert('Go to Google Video to download videos as AVI.')};
When you are on a page of a video, click this added favourite/bookmark. It will then ask you to open or save the download.

Robin22 02:38, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

youtube problems[edit]

i used to download vids of google for my ipod, or just to watch on my computer. now that they include youtube videos it is impossible to find these, does anyone know a way or have this problem? should this be included in controversies?Daniel625 00:48, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

There is an advanced search function which enables you to either include or exclude youtube content. Because youtube is owned by google, I think google is reluctant to demonstrate this as a permanent feature. hykos 22:04, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Easy, include the text (without quotes) "" in your search --Rabin 16:14, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

I've always used "" because Google Video has international domains whereas YouTube doesn't. 07:57, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

I think this tip should be mentioned on the main page. If I go to Google Videos I don't want youtube videos. I could visit for that 20:32, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

Suggestion, split this article be split into two[edit]

I think there should be one article about google video, the website/web application, and one article about the google video player, the Windows/Mac program that plays saved videos from the website, even though you could just get the .MP4 format that will play using many other less proprietary video player applications (Media Player Classic, VLC, etc). The spliting of this page would help there be less confusion of readers between the two. 05:33, 25 February 2007 (UTC)namire

Windows location of the cache[edit]

The article says : "n Windows o/s variants this cache is typically located at "C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files".", which is totaly unuseful since no one uses win 95/98 anymore. Could someone correct it to reflect the location on XP and with browsers other than IE (firefox) if it is browser-specific ? Would be nice to have the path for linux too. --Smeuuh 19:05, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

No mention of the shutdown?[edit]

I spent close to $200 buying videos from these people, and in August 2007 they closed the servers. Now I can't watch the various movies I purchased.

And wikipedia acts as if the event never happened?!?!? Apparently this article was "cleansed" by the google police to erase that negative publicity. Congratsulation Wiki for helping to promote & sell Google even when they SCREw their customers. (Yes I am angry.) Theaveng (talk) 19:47, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Relax, and notice that the article does say "As of August 2007, the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program ended. Users who previously purchased a video from Google Video were no longer able to view them. Paid amounts were reimbursed as values for Google Checkout and were valid for 60 days." Notice, too, that you can click the "edit this page" button at the top of the screen allows you to insert supporting information. I did just that, and added some citations. --ZimZalaBim talk 20:41, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Wrong reference to other video site?[edit]

"explore other sites such as for posting and embedding videos" - what's that about? doesn't seem to be a video site at all but a site offering web site design and promotion ?? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:25, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Links are faulty[edit]

Some of the reference links no longer work. They should be edited. (talk) 19:40, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps you could be so kind as to tell us which ones? --ZimZalaBim talk 19:42, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

No more uploads in Google Videos[edit]

Starting yesterday the "Upload video" and "My uploaded videos" buttons disappeared. Is the service being phased out altogether? --Yonghokim (talk) 17:08, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

I added citations to their blog post on this topic. They ended video uploads but existing videos will continue to be updated. However the only discussion I could find was when they announced that they were planning to do this (in January) -- I couldn't find the actual date they turned these off. Anyone have a citation (besides Yonghokim's memory)? ivan (talk) 00:07, 24 April 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:08, 3 July 2009 (UTC)


are there any statistics as size, number of videos..? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:56, 10 December 2009 (UTC)


Why is there no mention of pornography on Google Video? This is definitely notable since most video-sharing sites similar to it don't allow porn. (talk) 08:25, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

Because information about pornography isn't relevant to a video player. Information about popular movies played off of it would be about as relevant. (talk) 11:04, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

AVI and MP4 Playback[edit]

Correct me if I'm wrong about this but in the AVI and MP4 section of this article it says Windows Media player cannot play the special AVI's then it says Media Player classic can play them but only with ffdshow. Wouldn't ffdshow allow playback with WMP just the same as MPC? If so that section needs editing. (talk) 11:11, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

Blogger video hosting[edit]

Videos (posted) on Blogger are hosted on Google Video by default. The assumption that Google migrates all videos to YouTube is not entirely accurate.

However, one cannot re-claim videos from Google Video-hosted servers. -- (talk) 03:35, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Still up![edit]

I am curious as to why the article says Google Videos has been discontinued. While the video upload and hosting features have been dropped, Google Videos still provides video search and the URL still links to the video search page. It is just as much an operational Google product as Google Images, which also has its own page. Pwnzor.ak (talk) 16:56, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

Article split redux[edit]

I'd never heard of the "Google Videos" search tool, and how it relates to Google Video(s), I have no idea other than that they both involve video. This is disambiguation page stuff.

Of course, there was a search function on Google Video, but the fundamental purpose of the site was video hosting, which it ceased doing. Now a sort of unrelated vestige of the site, it is just Google's video search engine. (talk) 02:35, 24 July 2014 (UTC)