Google Docs adds video player

11 Jan 2011

Google Docs users can this week upload videos up to 1GB in a supported format and make them available for viewing on Google Docs.

This means that rather than having to download a video and watch it in a separate player, users can stream a video within their browsers, provided they have Flash player installed on their devices.

Once a video has been uploaded, all that’s required is a click on the file from the Documents list and the video will start streaming in the Google Docs Video Player.

Processing time may be excessive, Google engineers have said.

“(Videos) may take some time to process before they are available for viewing,” software engineer Patrick Lacz said in the Google Docs Blog.

Furthermore, he warned, some videos uploaded last year have yet to be processed for viewing.

Tina Costanza