Gmail integration with Google Video and/or YouTube

You know what would be a cool feature (and even a useful one) to Gmail?

Integrating Gmail with Google Video and/or YouTube to provide video previewing of videos received as attachments.

I haven’t received a video as an attachment on my Gmail for quite some time now, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t work same way as it works with previewing attached images.

Gmail could convert the video on the fly to a Google Video/YouTube private film, one that is not posted on the site and is only available to the people using Gmail and allow me to preview it directly.

It’s funny that Gmail gives ~3Gb of space to save stuff but I’m then stuck on downloading 5Mb of some stupid movie someone sent me just to view it, instead of getting a buffered near-real-time viewing experience, the same way I get with pictures (though pictures of a rather built-in support inside browsers, which makes the previewing if images very easy to implement and use).

It will also save some bandwidth to Gmail due to the fact that the encoded stream that goes through the Flash player of Google Video or YouTube is in a lesser quality than the original movie, thus allowing most people to view it in a lesser quality (which should suffice to most people) and not download the whole 5Mb+ file.

Gmail team, what say you? (or am I already suggesting a feature that is in the works…)

5 thoughts on “Gmail integration with Google Video and/or YouTube”

  1. too much server overhead, converting to flv is a hefty process, can you emagine how many videos they would have to convert. Its a good idea, but a bit impracticle.

  2. Dean, that’s true its a heavy operation but Google have all the infrastructure of doing it including servers and disk space.

    They are doing far more complicated things than that like index the whole web that they know in 2-3 days…

    Perhaps it would be better, at first, to add this option near the “Download this file”, so it won’t be available automatically to everyone, but rather be available on demand.

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