The file extension GVP is associated with Google Video Player, which is a media player provided by Google that allows you to view videos. Google Video Player also provides a range of features which allow you to skip to any location in the video, pause and resume the video, and watch it in full screen mode.
GVP stands for Google Video Pointer, which means a GVP file provides a shortcut to specific Google Video files. GVP files contain data that is organized in a playlist format which points the user to the location of different Google Videos. The file works similar to a PTR file, which serves as a pointer to other files on a Mac operating system.
Although Google Video Player has since been discontinued, you can still obtain a free download from sites such as CNET and Softpedia. The player supports both GVI (Google Video) and GVP files and has an easy-to-use interface since the player is simplified and does not provide a lot of advanced features.
How to Open GVP Files
If you have come across a GVP file on your PC, double click on the file to see if it automatically opens in a default program you have installed on your PC. GVP files contain a reference to the specific location of a video file, so you may be able to find the video using this method.
You can also find the location of the Google Video by opening the GVP file in a text editor. Since GVP files are solely used as a reference, you can find the location by viewing the text contained in the file. To open a text-based GVP file, you can use Notepad or WordPad for Windows, Apple TextEdit for Mac, and gEdit or Nano Editor for Linux.
If you want to open a GVP file using a media player, you can download and install Google Video Player. This media application is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X.
If you cannot access Google Media Player, you can opt to use a multiplatform media player program. VideoLAN VLC Media Player is an open source media player, which is available as a free download from the VideoLAN website. VLC Media Player is compatible with Windows, Mac, and the Linux operating system, and will open and play GVI files using the GVP reference file.
Other programs that will open GVP files include MPlayer and Snagit, which are capable of capturing web videos. These programs are available as a free download from the CNET website. MPlayer is cross platform and Snagit is compatible with the Windows operating system.