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Video files in Google Drive

Google Drive gives you control over all of your file types in a single place, including video files. With Google Drive, you can:

  • Sync or upload video files up to 5 TB in size (limited by available storage space)
  • Sync or upload video files in the following formats:
    • .WebM files (Vp8 video codec; Vorbis Audio codec)
    • .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files - (h264 and mpeg4 video codecs; AAC audio codec)
    • .AVI (MJPEG video codec; PCM audio)
    • .MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec; MP2 audio)
    • .WMV
    • .FLV (Adobe - FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)
    • .MTS
  • View all of your videos at a glance
  • Share videos with other people without ever having to use an email attachment
  • Add caption tracks to your video files.

Tips and notes

  • Sync or upload your video in the original format and in the highest quality possible. The maximum resolution for playback is 1920x1080.
  • Audio and video lengths should be the same, audio and video should start and end at the same time.

Preview and play a video

All of your uploaded videos can be found when you search Google Drive for Videos using the drop-down arrow in the search box. Click a file name to open and play the video using the Google Drive video player.

When you open a video, you'll also see additional information about the file:

  • Owner
  • Sharing settings
  • When the file was synced or uploaded
  • Download previous versions of the file (you can’t view these versions in the video player).

Error messages

Below are some error messages you might see while trying to watch a video in Google Drive, and some possible solutions.

"The video is not yet processed." or "This video is currently unavailable." Please try opening the file again later.
"Unable to process this video." The video file might be corrupted, or the video has been uploaded in a format that doesn't work with the player. Please either choose a different format or try uploading the video again.


Evan is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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