Google Docs Now Streams Your Videos in the Cloud

January 7, 2011, By Alex Ion

One year ago we were hearing that Google Docs allowed users to store any sort of files they want (not just documents and media), today we’re happy to announce that the web application is now able to stream the videos you have uploaded in the cloud.

The new feature on Google Docs will only be available for videos that are up to 1GB large. All you need to do is upload the file from your computer (although we’re hearing it has to be streamable and processed through a YouTube-like player) and then you’ll be able to share it with your friends or play it whenever you need.

For it to work, you need to Adobe Flash installed on your machine and the videos to be:

  • 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)

We’re also hearing that all videos you have uploaded in the past, that adhere to these rules, should be playable already in Google Docs — but remember, it won’t be automatic, Google needs to process everything so it may take time until they get to your files.

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