The file extension GVI is associated with Google Video, which is an online video service provided by Google that allows you to search for a wide variety of videos on different topics. The videos typically include educational topics, television programs, movies, music videos, and much more. Originally the service provided Google Video Player which was capable of opening and playing copyrighted videos. Google Player has since been discontinued, however, there are other methods that can be used to open and play GVI files.
The GVI file extension is categorized as a multimedia file type which contains video clips, subtitles, codecs, and audio in MP3 format. The content varies according to the topic of the video and is stored in a format which is comparable to DivX4 which compresses lengthy video clips into a small file size without sacrificing viewing quality. This allows the video to be easily downloaded without having to wait a long time for the download to be completed.
How to Open GVI Files
If you have located a file that contains the GVI extension on your device, try double clicking on it to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. GVI files can be opened using different multimedia applications, so you may already have a program which will open the file.
There are a variety of cross platform applications you can use to open the file extension GVI. VLC Media Player can be used to open GVI files and is an open source application which is available as a free download on the VideoLAN website. VLC Media Player is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
Another cross platform application which can be used to open the GVI file extension is MPlayer. It is an open source media player which is available as a free download on the MPlayer website. MPlayer is designed for use with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
If you are using Windows, you can open GVI files which are not copyright protected using Windows Media Player. It is commonly included with the Windows operating system or can be downloaded on the Microsoft website.
If you are using Mac OS X, you can open the file extension GVI using Elmedia Player for Mac which can be downloaded free of cost on the Eltima website. For additional capabilities, you can opt to upgrade to the Pro version of Elmedia Player which is available as a paid download on the Eltima website as well.
GVI files which have been copyright protected using Digital Rights Management encryption cannot be opened and played using the above mentioned multimedia player applications. Instead, you must subscribe to a service such as iTunes or Google Video which limits the number of devices the videos can be played on. Digital Right Management is known as DRM encryption and is a system which is used to protect copyrights of digital media. The encryption is proprietary and requires a special code or subscription to ensure the intellectual rights of digital media publishers are protected.