BY KEVIN HODGSON

Google Docs just got a bit more interesting, as you can now upload and share videos in Google Docs as well as documents, spreadsheets and drawings. It’s easy enough to do — just click “upload,” as if you were uploading a document, and the video goes into your Docs Home. There are some limits (no videos larger than 1 GB for example) but the addition of video allows a user to create folders on topics with all sorts of media.

So why host a video on Google Docs instead of YouTube? For teachers, it is an issue of access and privacy (you can share the link to your Google Doc with a select group of people or make it public or invite collaborators into the video file) and organization along subject areas (the Google Doc folder system). As with other platforms in Google Docs, you can toggle between various versions of your uploaded videos. Plus, if students are working on a video project together, Google Docs might be a more secure way of sharing video segments and final projects.

One thing you don’t seem to be able to do is to embed the video in other websites, so if that is your aim for video, then you may want to use Youtube or Vimeo or some other video-hosting service that is out there.

These are the video files you can upload into Google Docs:

  • 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)

Learn More about Video in Google Docs

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