Monday, January 12, 2015

Storing Videos on Google Drive

For many schools and organizations, uploading videos to Youtube is not an option. However, Google Drive not only provides a storage location, it will also process videos and create streamed versions — just like the videos on Youtube. Although they do not include many of the functionalities associated with Youtube (comments, indexing, time stamps, etc) you can link to and embed the video streams.


When you load a video to Drive, Google automatically creates a preview. Once the video has been processed, clicking on the video will take you to the streamed view. Click on the Share button and you can send the link for others to see.


From the Shared view (not the preview), the More Actions provides an Embed option. Just copy and paste the code onto your site.

Formats and Captioning

Google Drive supports a number of common formats, including .mov, .mp4 and .avi ( You can also add captions to your Google video (

Update: Files stored in Google Drive are subject to bandwidth limitations ( A great solution for sharing videos to your class or school, if you expect high traffic you may want to look at another option.

Note: the video stream below is stored on Google Drive. Because of bandwidth limitations of Drive, if this video is not available, please use:

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