Google Adds Video Playback Support To Google Docs

If you have a video that you’d like to share with friends, but you don’t like the idea of it being on YouTube, Google Docs might now be a groovy alternative.  Yesterday Google updated their Docs site to support video playback of video files that you’ve uploaded to the service, and it comes with multiple privacy options.

The Google docs video player looks similar to YouTube, in fact, it is a clone!  So what you are really getting is YouTube quality but with a private Google docs setting.

According to the Google support site, videos are supported in the following formats:

  • 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)

They recommend uploading videos in their original format, Google docs will handle the rest.  Keep in mind the max resolution the Google Docs video player can handle is 1920×1080.  Try it out with our sample video below!

Test out Google Docs Videos with this groovy video.

google docs playing a wmv video



  1. shockersh

    January 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Yeah… this is really awesome news. I’ve not tested it yet but can you embed the videos into a blog or other website? That would it perfect for getting video on the site but not dishing up the content for free on youtube.

    • grooveDexter

      January 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm


      Unfortunately Google hasn’t added support for this feature yet. If you try to embed the video it simply won’t show up. If you try to load the page in an iframe, it will tell you that “For security purposes this content can not be loaded in a frame.”

      What is interesting is if you right-click the video and select Get URL it will generate a youtube link. The video above has this YouTube link:

      But when you visit that page it will give you the message:

      The video you have requested is not available.

      If you have recently uploaded this video, you may need to wait a few minutes for the video to process.
      Sorry about that.

      So if someone can find a way to bypass Google’s security protocols then it may be technically possible to embed videos, but they may just add this as a feature later if enough people request it.

      • MrGroove

        January 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        If there’s a work-around then it would kinda kill everything Google was trying to accomplish here. That being said, to be a viable option for internal corps, Embed Videos will need to be an option. That would be awesome really…

  2. Jimm

    February 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    It is dogged that does it

  3. Jimm

    February 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm


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