Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Video Viewing Now on Box


One of my favorite things about Box is being able to preview my content right in my browser – it saves me a ton of time when I’m looking for the right file, or even when I want to look at a presentation without downloading anything. You can already preview more than 35 different file types on Box, and our goal is to make that number as big as possible.

That’s why I’m excited to introduce a major addition to our previewing feature –enterprise customers can now view videos right in their account. Just upload any avi, mov, mp4, mpg, mpeg, wmv, qt, ra, or ram file to Box and we’ll convert for seamless playback through the Box web application.

Check out the video below to see it in action:

Once you’ve uploaded a video file, collaborators and external viewers can view it once you provide them with the share URL, and you can even embed a video on your website or blog. You can view any supported file up to 2GB.

In order to deliver this feature, we’ve been working closely with some of our customers – both large and small, and especially in the media space – for the past several months. They’ve shared marketing materials, rough-cut commercials, and even entire TV episodes through Box. It helped them cut down on the complexity, hassle and security concerns of sending large files around for review, and file recipients don’t need to spend time downloading, converting or installing software.

The video player is available now for Box Enterprise customers, so just give us a call and we’ll set it up for your account.

  • Anonymous

    How about making the box.net 100% faster before introducing new features? it’s too slow, at least when accessing it from overseas.

    • Mark Saldana

      Hey Cryptochrome,

      We’re definitely concerned about speed, too. Our team regularly updates our service to make it more efficient for everyone. Apologies for any slowness overseas.


  • JJ

    Enterprise only? :-(

    Does the new feature mess up the aspect ratio like the above video?

    • Mark Saldana

      Hey JJ,

      The feature is enterprise only for now. Because of the width of our blog, the size of the above video was slightly altered. You can customize the height/width of your video to your liking when you embed it in a site or blog. When you preview a video on box, the aspect ratio is preserved.

  • karishma kothari

    WOO! Awesome feature :) Congrats Brandon!

  • karishma kothari

    WOO! Awesome feature :) Congrats Brandon!

  • newbie

    Being a novice at all of this new media and technology, I was wondering if when you say one can download/upload files and video–does that mean just audio as well? I want to be able to send audio files (recordings) to my clients and want to know if box.net will work for that? Thanks!

    • Ryanw61-pdr

      I am sure you can. I know a lot of people in the medical and legal fields are using http://www.yousendit.com to send audio court recordings and audio files for medical transcription.

  • Sonnyrrmc

    Why doesn’t box sport wmv files?

  • Camilo Gomez

    Doesn’t work on iPad…

  • Simon

    “The requested file is no longer available”. Is this still a feature?

  • Simon

    OK – Just tested it – mp4’s cannot be previewed. I guess this is no longer a feature..

  • Daniella

    This is probably one of my least favorite things about Box. For such a robust system to lack this basic functionality is disappointing.