over the weekend, in less than two weeks the millions of videos uploaded to six-year-old erstwhile YouTube competitor Google Video will no longer be viewable
. Though a download button has been added to each video page for easy back-up, that will only be available though May 13th
, and the company will not be offering transfer service for users with YouTube accounts. The search giant has been slowly winding down the service over the years since their billion-dollar buyout of YouTube, controversially revoking purchased content
(with a refund) in 2007 and disabling new uploads in 2009
. The shutdown is a big blow to the web video ecosystem, as Google Video was one of the few major services to allow free hosting of long-form video, including the content for many popular MetaFilter posts. But all is not lost! Reddit users have organized a virtual potluck
to share the most interesting and unique videos not available anywhere else, and the Archive Team
, preserver of doomed web properties like Geocities (previously
), is partnering with Archive.org to back up as much content as possible
. In that spirit, click inside for a list of some of the most popular Google Video-centric content posted here over the years. [more inside]
Thick As A Brick (Google Video
) is Jethro Tull's 1972 album/song of epic proportions. The lyrics
are lengthy and confusing. But they are not incomprehensible
! You can learn to play the whole thing
. It also had very extensive packaging
. [presented here in nice clickable-article format]
The Death Of Salvador Dali
[18m23s] is a 2005 short film surrealistically depicting an imaginary visit to Sigmund Freud by the legendary artist. (Alternate Yahoo Video link
) [more inside]
Sometimes with Youtube, there's a specific part of a video you want people to see. Splicd
generates a url to send people that clip. For instance: cooking a rat
or an interesting part of a lecture
. (On load, a small amount of each clip's beginning is played.) [more inside]
"It's a human drama thing."
This is a documentary film about a group of people in Texas who enter a competition to win a new "hardbody" pickup truck, merely by keeping one hand on the truck the longest. (via Kottke via waxy) [more inside]
's first project after graduate film school at UCLA was writing and directing Skaterdater
, a short subject cinematic romance without dialogue, which used only music and sound effects to advance its plot. It won nine international film awards. [more inside]
In 1967, before "Monty Python"
, before "The Goodies"
, and before "Marty"
, John Cleese
, Graham Chapman
, Tim Brooke-Taylor
and Marty Feldman
teamed up to create a groundbreaking show that influenced (and provided sketch material and dialog for) much of what we know today as British Comedy
. Most of the material was erased when its owner, Rediffusion London
, disappeared in England's 1967 TV franchise reshuffle
. Here is almost all of what survives of "At Last, the 1948 Show"
I love giraffes
. Sure, some people think they're evil
(previously on MeFi), but did you know that they have black tongues
? Or that their scientific name hints that early viewers thought they resembled a camel/leopard mashup
? That their closest living relative is the okapi
Did you know that they come with a special structure
to prevent too much blood flow to the brain while drinking, and built-in pressure hose
to protect the capillaries in their legs from their massive height and resulting blood pressure?
This here giraffe
is an amazing critter
Medical Video Repository. Educational Videos for Medical Students and Doctors.
Brass Eye is a hilarious & much missed British parody of "issue" news programs such as 60 Minutes in the U.S. It ran for one year, in 1997 (minus the 2001 special), and only six episodes were produced. Thanks to the miracle of the internets, all six (Animals
& Moral Decline
) are available in their entirety via Google Video. If you're unfamiliar with the series, trust me, it's not to be missed. Previous
mentions on Metafilter
. Discovered Via the good mr hodgman's blog
The Cutting Edge - The Magic of Movie Editing
BBC documentary on the technique and art of editing film. With commentary from Scorscese, Spielberg, and many more. Google vid.
is an astonishing film
voyaging six continents and twenty-four countries. Directed by Ron Fricke
, it is a visual tour de force
painstakingly shot on Todd AO-70mm
film. Information on the film (and its upcoming sequel!)
can be found here
or you can always watch the making of
An Islamic History of Europe: (90 minute BBC documentary on Google video.)
Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe's Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning.
When the Moors Ruled in Europe:(102 minute BBC documentary on Google video.)
A look at the Islamic past of Spain and the influence it has on the present.
This time-lapse video of an oil-painting being created
by Pablo Picasso is brief, but captivating. The clip is a scene taken from the 1955 French documentary "The Mystery of Picasso
," in which director Henri-Georges Clouzot filmed the artist painting 20 different pieces. Bizarrely enough, almost all the art created for the film had to be destroyed upon close of production due to contractual obligation. Via
lets you easily overlay subtitles
and speech balloons
over videos hosted on other sites.
Merry Christmas, Metafilter! In the spirit of the holiday, my gift for the Radiohead fans among you is this entire Radiohead concert
(Google Vid), a non-bootleg produced for MTV originally recording from the OK Computer tour back in 1997. For the non-Radiohead fans, my gift is that I forgive you your imperfections. And finally, for those who don't celebrate Christmas, my gift is that I made you a cookie... but then I eated it
is an Amazonian tidal bore
that generates waves up to 12 feet high which can last for over half an hour. Surfers from all around the world have visited Brazil in order to ride this mega-wave. Here are some videos:
The Pororoca Phenomenon (4:28)
Pororoca 1 of 2 (3:11)
Pororoca 2 of 2 (3:21)
Pororoca (26 minutes long)
YouTube vs. Google Video vs. Revver
Watch three videos at the same time. Less artistic than The Flaming Lips' Zaireeka
, but more so than the opening sequence of The Brady Bunch
. So basically, right in that cultural sweet spot.
this body is a prison
(google video link)
Go behind the scenes of media coverage of the West Bank and enter a world where terror is a daily reality. Against the backdrop of this politically tumultuous environment there emerges a deeply layered story of a nation fractured by walls both physical and internalized.
Professor of Psychology Khalil Issa discusses the existential dilemmas faced by Palestinian youth as they attempt to develop a sense of self in a land carved by war.
Courses from UC Berkeley on Google Video
- including a guest lecture
by Sergey Brin and poems by Mary Karr
. Perhaps they are now moving towards competing with YouTube's College
The art film at the bike shop:
praise is building for Roam
, a 16mm film shot by Vancouver area filmmakers, the Collective
and the Collective's eponymous first film are credited for taking bike films to a wider more mature audience. Sophisticated camera work, a compelling narrative and an appropriate soundtrack take the place of the gnar factor and loud hip-hop/metal soundtrack that are the defining factors of most bike films. Comparisons are already being made to the 1966 surf film Endless Summer
.Google Video clip of ROAM
Eyes Of The World
A 14-minute Google video of the Grateful Dead playing a mid-70s classic in New Jersey in 1991.
What did kids do before the Internet? Well, some bought makeup magazines
, grabbed their parents' Super-8 cameras
, and made their own horror movies
. Now that kids have the Internet? Well, more of the same
(albeit with slightly less sophisticated monsters
). (YouTube, Google Video).
Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing (Google video)
A fascinating 30 minute documentary about ARPAnet
- the precursor to today's Internet. (Can you spot the real ubernerd mover and shaker at BBN? Hint: He wears no tie!) (via: all over the place)
On why white girls won't date Asian guys.
An act of civil obedience.
Kids with cameras drive the speed limit en masse, thereby blocking traffic and raising questions not only about the difference between de facto and de jure speed limits, but also about how incredibly pissed I'd be had I been behind them. [via]
The National Archives of the United States and Google
have announced a pilot project
to digitize historic films and make them available via Google Video for free. The project's initial offering of 101 films include NASA documentaries on the spaceflight program
, samples of United Newsreels from World War II
, and early films from the Department of the Interior
highlighting public works such as the construction of the Hoover Dam and the work of the National Park Service. Also of note is the earliest film in the National Archives holdings, an odd compilation circa 1894 containing Carmencita's Spanish Dance, boats being pulled upstream, people crossing a bridge, and Japanese women playing stringed instruments
(on silent film, of course...) last link is direct to video, 2 minutes 46 seconds in duration
Fear of Girls
... a film about elite tabletop role-players, by Ryan Wood.
Old lady vs. man in a Mercedes. (Google video)
Bored dork with truck, goofing around. Hilarity ensues.
I know I shouldn't laugh, but after watching this over and over again, I still can't stop snickering. [jackass-style google video called "redneck surfing", 16 seconds long via Jalopnik
Google wants your porn
Google co-founder Larry Page has announced that the company wants the public to send in its homemade videos - and he doesn't mind how mucky they are.
"There might be an adult section, or something like that. I don't think that is going to be a big issue,"