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Google Offers to Host and Search Your Videos

 8:17 am on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)


on Wednesday launched a program that lets its users worldwide store their digital videos at the Google Video service.



 10:29 am on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google is also targeting TV stations and film/tv show producers. I don't know much about the TV/Movie industry but it seems a very smart move.

Makers of TV shows and movies can sell shows direct via Google, opening up lots of potential. They could make a lot of money this way (low distribution cost, retaining the full retail selling price themselves), reach a vast worldwide audience instantly, and undercut any resellers of their movies/shows (shops, dvd postal services, existing movie download companies). This could also encourage smaller/independent tv/film producers.

When fast broadband tv comes along the TV Channels are going to be up against Google - providing lots of movies/shows whenever the user wants it.


 11:10 am on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is this the reason for the dark fibre discussions in January?

......(Google) posted a job ad last week seeking a 'strategic negotiator' with experience in the "selection and negotiation of dark fibre contracts both in metropolitan areas and over long distances as part of the development of a global backbone network".


 11:56 am on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sweet! What will they think of next? Thanks for the link Brett.


 2:24 pm on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Dark Fiber idea is very interesting, this could have something to do with it, they would need a lot of that dark fiber to handle this much media. Only person with this much is JDS Uniphase, you would think Google is doing something in this aspect.

Dark fiber will have much demand from all the companies out there trying to cut into groundbreaking avenues for data transfers, archives and usage.

This movie database would be a great idea, not sure I want the job of data management though.



 4:36 pm on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

hey, now they compete with our offer! :)

i am uploading right now, let me test that in detail and because we deal in a simliar area, I let know what I think of that!

thanks for keeping us posted, brett!



 4:55 pm on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Normally I'm the last one to bring up a platformist issue, but in this case Google's strategy bamboozles me.

Most content-creation happens on the Mac platform, yet Google's video uploading tool is only available for Windows.

How the heck is *that* supposed to support the filmmaker?

As a creative professional I know a truckload of filmmakers, editors and animators. And they use Macs. I don't care why, you don't care why, let's not debate it -- but the point is Macs are the INDUSTRY STANDARD there.

#*$!, Google?


 5:03 pm on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I agree with CheeseburgerBrown, that upload tool is nice and does restart after partial uploads, which is quite necessary for 600 MB files, but it is not available for Mac...

But I saw, after I finished uploading, how they index and handle that stuff:

You have to add a transcript in a certain format of the movie, stating, what is said at which time elapsed...

Well, someone wants to talk about "blue widgets" and where to buy them in a movie? :-)

All in all, I have not tested the sales function now and I wait for my movie to be accepted. Let's see how that goes.


We wil l pay to You seventy percent (70%) of the gross revenues, if any, recognized by Google and attributable to such video playback of Your Authorized Content based upon the price you designate.
(quoted with typos ;-)


 6:25 pm on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

i uploaded a 2MB video 8 hours ago and it hasn't been accepted yet. how the heck do they plan to review everything before it becomes active in the database? is there any way to do that electronically? in the google video uploader program they should have a button/link to the upload site.


 6:56 pm on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can see the SEO movie transcripts now.

Steve: I love this movie, i think it deserves an Oscar.
Martha: Oh yes, this really great movie should get a lot of Academy Awards. It has a really fantastic supporting cast.
Steve: Too bad this movie doesn't have Harrison Ford, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Moore, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Walken, Sandra Bullock or Sean Penn in it.
Joe: Yes, I agree, it does deserve and Oscar, Oscar, Oscar, Academy Award, Academy Award, Best Picture.


 8:35 pm on Apr 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

sounds cool, but I wish google would work more on the basics at the moment and fixing their current features.


 2:05 am on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

So I wonder if soon the searcher goes looking for "widget footage" and in the text results you'll see thumbnails for videos like Google images shows now. That would be cool...


 8:10 am on Apr 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google should link from the upload video google com page to the video google com search page.

It has been a day now and my super short videos have not been reviewed yet.


 10:08 am on Apr 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I find it the first stupid thing they do. If they gonna watch all those movies it will take an eternity before they accept it. They barely respond now on a mail in 48 hrs.


 7:18 am on Apr 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

It's definitely not stupid if they can pull it off. It will be huge. But now it's been over 3 days and i still haven't gotten my videos approved yet.


 9:30 am on Apr 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

they have still a lot of things to pull off. And I'm still waiting for 4 days to answer a stupid email.


 7:31 pm on Apr 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

> Sweet! What will they think of next?

Now it's been a couple of days and still none of my videos have been reviewed.

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