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Google Video Player features:

  • Watch videos downloaded from Google Video.
  • Browse scenes within a video using thumbnails.
  • Skip to anywhere in the video, even if that portion hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Sit back and watch videos in full screen mode.
  • Resume video downloads automatically.

What's New

Version 2.0 (060608): Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


1 GHz or faster processor, graphics card with 16 MB VRAM or more, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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piako Member IconReview+1

Hey! This doesn't work. Google man your application crashes and the .dmg installer file is corrupted! Can't get the google video to work on Safari or via this thing. ALL THE CONNECTIONS TIME OUT before the video file is complete!

Google video does not work on a mac! Sniff....

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Version 2.0
rickylee6809 Member IconComment+0

I prefer VLC media player over Google Video Player because it can play virtually all video formats including gvp format by Google Video Player. Another advantage of VLC is that you can amplify the sound of the video to increase the volume of small speakers like my iBook!

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Version 2.0
Bruceg Member IconComment+10

Downloaded file does not play in Google Video Player. The file seems to be an avi (Divx) file. It tries to play in Quicktime and some other players, but the audio does not play correctly. The video will, however, play correctly using either "VLC" or "MPlayer OSX".

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Version 2.0
Umaromc Member IconComment+722

video.google.com now no longer allows downloads without having to download their video player... big, fat, disgustipated THUMBS DOWN, Google!

haha, almost wrote "giggle"

Umm, yeah, Im upset. :p

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Version 2.0

I apologize, it does... only the LOW RES version can be directly downloaded though!


I must humbly apologize again.

After allowing the video player to download a file completely I found that changing the *.gvi extension to *.avi allowed it to open in VLC (my preferred player) just fine. Getting Info on it revealed that the file is divx encoded... but I'm still not thrilled over Google's forced "middle man" approach... :p

Neq Member IconComment+0

Doesn't work at all : when I try a search it launches Safari and the videos are played in Safari !!!

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Version 2.0
w0mbat (Developer)

It's working just how it's supposed to.

The Google Video Player's job is to play files downloaded from http://video.google.com, particularly the premium content that you actually pay for, and can't just watch in the web page.

The search function steers you to the website, because that's where you can find shows to buy and download.

James Churchman Member IconReview+2
James Churchman

im not one to unjustifiably rubbish programs, and many of the google apps, like google earth are amazing

this however is not

it is totally devoid of any features, it wont open any files except those from google video - and i could not even get it to work with them - kept saying connection error (even though i think that it is based on vlc - that many of you may know plays about every format in the world)

i was hopping for a vlc player with a slightly nicer interface and with integrated google video search that would let me view all the video from google video in thumbnail, list with customisable columns etc....
instead it just send me to the goggle video page - i then have to watch some of the clip while it loads in safari before choosing two options to get it to attempt to load in google video player

overall - dreadful - not what i expect from goggle, its propiariatry, very poor, very closed and works badly

come on google - you can do much better - a player just for google video and is very poor does not help anybody

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Version 2.0
w0mbat (Developer)

James, this free program is a companion to the http://video.google.com website.
The website sells videos in a special format, this program plays them back. There has been a Windows version available for a few months, but this is the first release of the Mac version.

It's not based on VLC, and is not designed to play any video format other than gvi/gvp, which is what video.google.com uses.

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Downloads 10,713
Version Downloads 7,993
License Free
Date 08 Jun 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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