Is this ilegal, or a marketing scam
June 29, 2005 6:27 PM   Subscribe

Matrix Revolutions - google lets you see the whole movie, fullscreen, for free. (google video player download required. More Inside)
posted by sourbrew (38 comments total)
SlashDot Thread discussing DVD Jon who modified their open source video player to allow other websites to use it for video playback.

You will need to click the watch whole video button at the top to receive more than 30 seconds.

This seems like it could be part of googles ever expanding desire to do more online. Perhaps a future in media distribution or is this somehow a very very very large mistake? Also the use of the open source project Video Lan is yet another feather in googles pr hat with the open source community.
posted by sourbrew at 6:34 PM on June 29, 2005

1. I already have more video players than I want.
2. I can't get back the two hours I wasted seeing Matrix Regurgiations the first time.
posted by kirkaracha at 6:34 PM on June 29, 2005

excuse me, but do I have to watch it thirty seconds at a time (or is that the point)?
posted by cyphill at 6:39 PM on June 29, 2005

On preview perhaps smidgen inside would have been more appropriate.

The player integrates with your web browser.Homepage for the player the google software is based on.
posted by sourbrew at 6:40 PM on June 29, 2005

Is this ilegal, or a marketing scam

considering the cheap telesync look to it, i think the answer is pretty obvious. i wonder how long that will stay up.
posted by jimmy at 6:41 PM on June 29, 2005

and cyphill no, you have to hit the play whole video button.
posted by sourbrew at 6:41 PM on June 29, 2005

teh suck
posted by nj_subgenius at 6:50 PM on June 29, 2005

Is this ilegal, or a marketing scam

Is that a false dilemma or a juxtaposition of two unlikely extremes?

The player no worky on my Powerbook.
posted by eustacescrubb at 6:53 PM on June 29, 2005

Yeah, too bad they won't let us just use VLC. Not that I want to see that show again.
posted by mecran01 at 7:04 PM on June 29, 2005

Matrix Revolutions - google lets you see the whole movie, fullscreen, for free.

And worth every penny, it is.
posted by BoringPostcards at 7:06 PM on June 29, 2005

crap it didn't post the tags at first and then when it finally did it appended twice... I just wanted to stress that the movie was obviously crap.
posted by sourbrew at 7:19 PM on June 29, 2005

no mac version available. fuckers.
posted by birdherder at 7:42 PM on June 29, 2005

System Requirements
Windows 2000 or later with latest updates installed

Amen to birdherder. I'm running Fedora Linux and I have Windows 98 SE on the other hard drive.

I just saw it at my sister's a couple weeks ago. Quotes abounded: the ones I recall offhand now were from the book Dune Messiah, the movies Hellraiser II and Aliens, and Galaga the old video game. It was sometimes fun to watch but made very little sense -- and what happened to the people physically plugged in to the Matrix?
posted by davy at 7:51 PM on June 29, 2005

Could I somehow rig Videolan (which I just found) to play it on Linux via Firefox? I need a Real Geek to tell me whether or not it's possible before I waste gobs of time and carpality trying.
posted by davy at 8:07 PM on June 29, 2005


This link will let you patch the VLC player with the google code so that it will work.
posted by sourbrew at 8:29 PM on June 29, 2005

That move sucked.
posted by delmoi at 9:23 PM on June 29, 2005

That movie sucked.
posted by kuatto at 9:30 PM on June 29, 2005

Indeed, the move to post the movie sucked as well. Who would waste their time?
posted by kuatto at 9:31 PM on June 29, 2005

Speaking of the goo, they've just released personal search (incorporating search history).

They are also releasing/endorsing google maps API for overlaying and embedding : "The Maps API is a free beta service, available for any web site that is free to consumers. Google retains the right to put advertising on the map in the future".
posted by peacay at 9:44 PM on June 29, 2005

So this is the first time google has managed to crash my browser. (And probably the last time I install a goggle native executable). I seriously question their move back to thick-clients away from webapps.
posted by H. Roark at 10:10 PM on June 29, 2005

birdherder: seconded.
posted by MarvinTheCat at 10:24 PM on June 29, 2005

I've never seen Revolutions. Is it intentional that the first line of the movie is "I've got nothing"?
posted by loquacious at 10:34 PM on June 29, 2005

Pardon me, but sourbrew said "fullscreen". ... How does one achieve this?
posted by Plinko at 10:41 PM on June 29, 2005

Sourbrew: with gcc-3.4.2 and glibc-2.3.4 on Fedora Linux, how do I do that? The diff itself refers to things
like "/cygdrive/d/vlc-rev10995/vlc-trunk/activex/plugin.cpp ", which are not in the tarball; "patch" gets confused, I tell it which file to patch (in this case I shoot for "activex/plugin.cpp"), then it rejects it as junk, and goes to the next one -- with the same result. I've taught myself how to patch linux kernel source, but this is beyond me.
posted by davy at 10:41 PM on June 29, 2005

Plinko, double-click the movie after it starts playing. For Google, it's not very intuitive.
posted by banished at 11:51 PM on June 29, 2005

are there any hacks yet which would enable you to save the movie?
posted by moonbird at 4:24 AM on June 30, 2005

I liked this movie.
posted by Plutor at 6:00 AM on June 30, 2005

It's a dollar rental now, isn't it?

I wish google came out with a hack that let us painlessly mix and make movies. *That* would be cool.

/tired of being a consumer
posted by craniac at 6:02 AM on June 30, 2005

So, can someone quickly explain what's going on? Is google hosting this video as a result of someone uploading it through a system google provides, or are they finding it from the web somewhere and storing it themselves?
posted by odinsdream at 7:40 PM PST on June 29

I'm wondering this, too. Can any of you computer pros explain to comptuer neanderthals like myself what is going on here? Is google archiving this stuff and letting us see it? Or is it a search of things already on the net, but then just routing them through google?
posted by dios at 7:01 AM on June 30, 2005

I'm running XP SP2 on a pretty fast AMD Duron and the newest Firefox and it ain't working for me. I get the first few seconds of audio/video and then it hangs.
posted by gen at 7:33 AM on June 30, 2005

Er, scratch that - it's an AthlonXP. 3200? Something decently fast nevertheless.
posted by gen at 7:33 AM on June 30, 2005

I think it's strange that there is never a mention about platforms other than windows in anything I can find from Google on this service. They do realize that there's more computer platforms than one, right?
posted by illovich at 7:49 AM on June 30, 2005

Those Google guys are so smart!

They get all sorts of publicity by releasing a full movie, and even better publicity by using the geek-popular Matrix name... but they pick a movie that sucked so horribly that no one will actually watch it, thus reducing their bandwidth requirements for this project to near-zero!
posted by five fresh fish at 8:20 AM on June 30, 2005

are you trying to tell me that there are computers that run an OS besides MS Windows? When did that happen? BTW this movie is teh suxor.
posted by horseblind at 8:20 AM on June 30, 2005

Video Ouija
posted by mrgrimm at 10:25 AM on June 30, 2005

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