Google Docs, one of the most used free web based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form and data storage service offered by Google now can play videos in the Doc.

The Google Docs is the office suite version of Google, wherein all the documents, spreadsheets forms and presentations created within the application can be imported through the web interface and also can be sent through email. The cloud based productivity suite is supported on Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome browsers running on Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux operating systems.

The addition of uploading, storing and viewing videos will help those who need to present files in corporate environment. As Google Docs enables users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real time with other users, the new built-in player which supports video files up to 1 GB with a resolution of 1920x1080 comes as a surprise to further enhance the productivity of the suite.

The users just have to upload the video to Google Docs and start watching it with the Google Docs video player. Maximum upload size of the file supported is 1 GB. And the users need to have Flash installed for the video player to work.

The new player will support 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 and FLV (Adobe - FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio).

But the users who choose to download previous versions of the file cannot view these versions in the player. For the older versions to function, one must delete the most recent versions and wait for it to be processed.

The Google blog also informed, “Please note that some videos uploaded earlier last year might not have been processed yet and will be available soon. Also, newly uploaded videos may take some time to process before they are available for viewing.”