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July 5, 2005

Google Video Viewer tweaked for Non-Google content

Posted by @ 10:37 am. Filed under wallies

DVD Jon’, a Norwegian programmer, hast tweaked Google video to make it play clips that are not on Google’s servers.

Google Video (http://video.google.com) is a web-based video search service that lets people use keywords to search for videos from numerous suppliers.

To watch videos on Google Video, a browser plugin is necessary. Google Video Viewer can be downloaded here: http://video.google.com/video_download.html.

Google has restricted his Video Viewer to only play back files that are stored on video.google.com. The Google Video Viewer is based on the open-source VLC player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) which is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

When you download and run the patch of Jon Lech Johansen (http://nanocrew.net/?p=114) to remove this restriction, you can also watch with the Google Video Viewer non-Google hosted videos! Running the patch requires a .NET runtime.

People are advised NOT to install this Video Viewer patch, according Google, as “It could result in security vulnerabilities on their computer and may disrupt their computer’s ability to access Google Video”. But why should we believe Google? Google is protecting his Video Viewer, but when you can use it for other content, why shouldn’t you do it? Give it a try and post your feedback on the wallies.info blog.

Url: http://nanocrew.net/?p=114

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