Thursday, March 22, 2007

How to watch Google Videos on your DivX compatible DVD player

Google has put videos of their Tech Talks series online and I was interested in seeing if I could play these on my SD-3990 Toshiba DVD player which is DivX compatible. All you need to do is:
  1. Find the video at Google Video. Click the download link.
  2. The Google Video Player comes up and starts buffering the video. It saves the video into your My Videos/Google Video directory, or perhaps in a different location, you can check the preferences to see where the location is.
  3. The saved movie file has an extension .gvi (note, this is different than the saved Google Video Player, .gvp, file). Rename the extension to .avi.
  4. Burn this file to a CD-R disc. And it's ready to play.
Last night I used this technique to watch part of Bram Moolenaar's (of Vim fame) talk on 7 Habits For Effective Text Editing 2.0 on my DVD player from the comfort of my living room.

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