Cloud Computing

You Can Now Play Videos in Google Docs

For quite some time, cloud office collaboration suite Google Docs let you upload all sorts of files to the cloud, not just the usual stuff like documents, spreadsheets, drawings and presentations. For instance, you might have uploaded PDF documents, photos, archives, EXE files and other non-editable files to store in the cloud for anywhere access.

Although video uploads to Google Docs were possible before, the service lacked the ability to play uploaded videos unless you downloaded them. Starting today, Google announced via a blog post, you can now play your uploaded videos anywhere. If you’ve only begun uploading your videos to Google Docs, keep in mind that the service accepts files of up to 1GB in size. And if you don’t see a video immediately, don’t panic – it takes awhile for the newly uploaded videos to process before they are available for viewing.

Once your clips are stored up in the cloud, you can watch them from anywhere simply by clicking on them in the Docs list, which will launch the new Google Docs video player in a new page, shown in the above image. Strangely, the Google Docs video player relies on Adobe Flash rather than HTML5 that Google now supports on YouTube.

Supported video formats include WebM (Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codec), MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files (H.264 and MPEG4 video codecs and AAC audio codec), AVI, MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio), WMV and FLV (Adobe – FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio) files. Currently, the maximum supported resolution for playback is 1920×1080.

Source: The official Google Docs blog