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January 22, 2009

Video Preview in Gmail Chat

Gmail Chat added a feature that was initially released in the Google Talk gadget: playing videos from YouTube and Google Video without opening a new page. If you paste a link to a video from YouTube or Google Video in a conversation, Google shows a clickable thumbnail that can trigger an inline video player.


If you tried the audio/video chat plug-in for Gmail and it didn't work well, there's a chance that the latest updates solved your issues: incompatibility with Creative camera drivers, errors when sending and receiving video for CPUs without the SSE2 extensions, lack of support for many USB cameras on a Mac OSX.

{ via Gmail Blog }

9 comments:

  1. So next step is flickr integration like in Google Talk Labs Edition ? It would be cool !

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  2. I just wish they would implement this in the windows desktop client already..

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  3. It looks great. Will this be supporting other video sites like FunnyOrDie.com?

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  4. How many years will we have to wait for fixes and updates of the desktop client? Desktop client is all I use, I don't care about the Google Mail chat or a gadget, Google. The only time I use those is when I'm on a public computer, which is about 2 times a year.

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  5. It is great. But instructions to viewing should be more clear
    Shivaram S R

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  6. It is a little unclear, recently google products seem a little rushed..the new task list in gmail labs is a prime example. its awkard at best and buggy at worst

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  7. That’s pretty cool. Reminds me of the power twitter plug-in.

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  8. Did this go away? I can't see it anymore.

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  9. I wish they would make this feature an option. I don't like it. When I chat, I just want to chat. I wish I had the option to turn it off. Why do I need to see a thumbnail pic of the video I'm about to watch? I would prefer to just click the link and watch the video.
    Google has created another annoyance.

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