This page contains information on the GVI file extension (Google Video Player), a popular video file format

GVI GVI (Video)

File extension .gvi
Category Video File
Description GVI is the file extension for Google Video File, this is a video format that was developed by Google and was used as their proprietary video format. It got discontinued in 2007. The original idea was supposed to solve compatibility issues, Google Video Player was another way to view Google videos and importantly it was able to run smoothly on both Windows and Mac OS X.
Technical Details The GVI format is similar to an .AVI file; it is encoded in DivX4 with an MP3 compressed audio track. They are similar to .avi files but have an extra list containing the FourCC goog immediately following the header. The list can be removed with a hex editor to avoid playback issues with various video players. The video is encoded in MPEG-4 ASP alongside an MP3 audio stream.
Associated programs
  • Google VideoPlayer
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player
  • Windows MediaPlayer classic
Developed by Google
MIME type
  • video/gvi
Useful links

GVI Convert GVI file

Using Zamzar, it is possible to convert GVI files to a variety of other formats

  • gvi to 3g2 (3GPP2 Multimedia File)
  • gvi to aac (Advanced Audio Coding File)
  • gvi to avi (Windows video file)
  • gvi to flv (Flash video)
  • gvi to gif (Compuserve graphics interchange)
  • gvi to ipad (MPEG-4 (H264) Video File)
  • gvi to iphone (MPEG-4 (H264) Video File)
  • gvi to ipod (MPEG-4 Video File)
  • gvi to mpg (Moving Picture Experts Group File)
  • gvi to mov (Apple QuickTime Movie)
  • gvi to mp3 (Compressed audio file)
  • gvi to mp4 (MPEG-4 Video File)
  • gvi to ogg (Ogg Vorbis Compressed Audio File)
  • gvi to wav (Windows audio file)
  • gvi to webm (Multimedia Container Format)
  • gvi to wmv (Windows Media Video)
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