Upload Videos to Google Docs

I saw yesterday on the Google Docs Blog that you can now upload and view videos in Google Docs. I saw an immediate use for this as so many schools don’t want to upload to Youtube, Teachertube, Vimeo or any of the other video storage and streaming sites. So I gave it a try to see how the video would look and what the privacy and sharing settings would be.

It’s as easy to upload a video file to Google Docs as any other type of file. Actually, if you haven’t been in your Docs account in a while, you’ll get a pop-up (shown here) notifying you of the new feature.

You can upload videos up to 1 GB in size. Please note that the video will not be viewable immediately. I uploaded a  43 mb video and it took less than 5 minutes for Google to convert it. (You will need Flash in order to view it.  (Sorry iPad users.)

Here are the supported file formats listed in the Google Help Forum:

  • WebM files (Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codec)
  • .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files – (h264 and mpeg4 video codecs and AAC audio codec)
  • .AVI (many cameras use this format – typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM)
  • .MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio)
  • .WMV
  • .FLV (Adobe – FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)

Either before or after you upload your video, you have the chance to select the Security Settings. You can make the link completely public, completely private, or choose to share it with selected people only. I chose “Anyone with the link” so that you could see how the video would look. (By the way, this is my application video from 12/06 for the Google Teacher Academy.)

I think this is going to be a great alternative for uploading and sharing videos. Give it a try and let me know how you are using it.

12 thoughts on “Upload Videos to Google Docs

  1. Eric says:

    I recently started using this for videos that I make of certain math skills that I want kids to learn and then sharing it with them to view at home like I would a Google doc. I love how easy it is to use from my perspective of adding the video and how easy it is for the kids to simply open their e-mail/ Google docs and they have the video. No more sharing links, etc. Probably my only concern is that I might use up all my space but I’ll look at that.

  2. I have successfully passed other variable data and have created a newfilename but Im getting an error that the source variable filedata is undefined.CFFILE ACTION RENAME DESTINATION .. ideo.aw videos newfilename .avi SOURCE .. video raw videos filedata What changes do I need to make?

  3. John Nick says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I see I can upload “.avi'” files to Google Docs and have others, or myself, view them. What I would like is to be able to upload a “.avi” file for only ONE particular person to view and also have them be able to download it. Is this possible?
    Thx – J.N.

    1. Hi John,
      All you have to do is “share” the video with that one person. Then they will have access to download it from their Google Account. Only the people you have shared it with will have access to it.
      I hope that helps.

  4. Wen says:

    Can I upload a DVD movie if it’s less than 1G ? What formats of the DVD files would work on Google Docs ?


  5. I uploaded a video I created using Quicktime of me modeling how to write a paragraph. I can see the video but no sound comes through. Anyone else run into that issue?

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