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RE: Google Video. Now with ... video!  
Tuesday, 28 June 2005

In case you have not seen it: http://video.google.com/.

They have unveiled their own embedded video player! I was about to comment, sarcastiscally, "great, just what the web market needs - yet another web video standard to support." Then, I realized that all it really is is the venerable cross-platform open source VideoLAN client, VLC.

Whew, it is not a new format or standard, but just a diverse player as ActiveX control. Great, then, I don't really need it because I already have that with mplayer-plugin on my Linux desktop! Except, go to actually try to play one of the videos in the search results, and it detects that you do not have it asking you to install it:

System Requirements
Windows 2000 or later with latest updates installed; Firefox 1.0+ or IE 5.0+.
DirectX 9.0c End-User Runtime.

OK, go back and view source to find the URL directly to the media, so I can access it. No can do, or at least not convenient. URLs are proxied by Google, with no direct access, and detects that I do not have their player. Geez, this service sucks. I thought their motto was "do no evil," but they are perpetuating the monopoly with all their new features.

No, thanks, I strongly recommend Ourmedia.org for media hosting and serving and Yahoo! video search. Yahoo worked with the community to extend RSS to include more metadata, called Media RSS. Ourmedia is supporting Media RSS, they have a good community site, they have a cross platform publishing wizard (based upon Python and wxWidgets), they use the awesome Internet Archive for storage and bandwidth, and they have an open process for collaborative development. Now, we just need to see if they are supporting Ogg Theora yet and embedding the Theora player Java applet, Cortado, developed by Fluendo.