Google Video for Business overview

Google Video for Business is shutting down, and is currently in read-only mode. Existing video content is moving to Google Drive. Domain administrators will be notified once the transition is complete and the content is available in Google Drive.

Google Drive has many advantages over Google Video for Business. Google Drive supports:

  • Uploading and streaming HD quality video
  • Captions/subtitles in over 100 languages, and multiple tracks for each language
  • The ability to embed a video on any page
  • Advanced sharing controls, including the ability to prevent viewers from downloading the video
  • SSL streaming for secure watching of videos
  • User comments on the video page
  • API access to manage videos

Migrated Google Video for Business video files will not count against the user's Google Drive storage quota, and all links to them will be automatically redirected to Google Drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the moved files reside in Google Drive?

The files will reside in a folder called Google Video for Business.

What if the video owner or the domain does not use Google Drive? Are there other options?

No, Google Drive is the only location these files will be transferred.  It's important that file owners enable Google Drive before the transition.

What happens to video files if the owner has not upgraded to Google Drive before the migration?

If the entire domain has Google Drive disabled, we will notify the domain owner that they need to enable Google Drive to have their videos migrated. After some number of weeks, if the domain still has not enabled Google Drive, the videos will retired.

Who owns the migrated video files?

The default owner for a migrated video file is the person who originally uploaded the Google Video for Business file. If the original uploader is not an active Google Apps user with Google Drive enabled but one of the other owners of the video file is, that person is the owner of the migrated file.

In cases where none of the owners of the original video file have Google Drive enabled, the owner of the migrated video file is the domain administrator.

What access permissions will the moved files have?

The moved files will have the same access permissions that they originally had in Google Video for Business. If the original user is no longer active and that user was part of a group, we will add owner rights to the group administrator. If the user was not part of a group, or if the group administrator is no longer active, we will add owner rights to the domain owner.

Will the moved files carry over their tags and view counts into Google Drive?

No, tags and view counts will not be carried over.

How long will the URLs for embedded videos (in a Google Site for example) continue to work after the migration?

The URLs of embedded videos will not change, so they will continue to work properly after the migration.

However, they will not work inside a Google Sites iframe since Sites is loaded over an https connection. Modify the URL from http://video.google.com to https://video.google.com to allow the video to continue to work and fulfill the security policy required by browsers.

How much time do we have to download the files before they are moved?

We begin moving files to Google Drive after November 20. Once the transition begins for your domain, you will have a 3-week grace period to continue downloading files from Google Video.

How long will it take for my videos to be available in Google Drive once this transition has begun?

All videos should be available in Google Drive one week after the transition has begun for your domain. During this period videos will still be accessible through Google Video.

Can I delay this transition?

No.

Why did you use Google Drive instead of YouTube?

Google Drive is a product that has the right permissions and enterprise controls that are needed to parallel the functionality that was offered by Google Video for Business. Google Drive uses YouTube's video processing capabilities on the back end.

What will the Video link in the Google Bar navigate to?

Video Search.

I am Google Apps for Education customer. Do I still need to specify users who can upload videos with permission whitelist?

No, permission whitelisting for video uploads will no longer apply in Google Drive. Users can upload videos to Google Drive without permission whitelisting.

Are you going to increase users Google Drive quota to compensate for the 3GB that users had in Google Video for Business?

When we launched Google Drive, we raised the storage quota from 2GB per user to 5GB, which accounts for the 3GB that were available for users in Google Video for Business. The migrated videos will not affect the storage quota.

Google Video for Business supported Content ID, which Google Drive does not. How will you detect and handle copyright violations for videos now stored in Google Drive?

We use the same measures that Google Docs has for years. Google Drive is neither intended nor optimized for sharing copyrighted music and videos. As part of our Terms of Service, people cannot upload or share files unless they have the legal rights to do so. We have limits in place to address infringing uses.  We also have a DMCA process, and terminate the accounts of repeat offenders.