Embed a Video From Google Drive

Many of our teachers like to e-mail welcome videos to their incoming students at the beginning of the school year, and some even add the videos to their blogs or school websites.  Although there are an endless number of ways to share videos, here are the steps for embedding one that you’ve uploaded to Google Drive. (Tip: If you are using an iPhone or an iPad to shoot your video, make sure the device is horizontal (landscape) with the Home button on the right.  This can save you from orientation problems later on.)

I’m going to use a short video of our bulldog trying out the pool to demonstrate the steps.  If anyone reading this knows a shortcut, please feel free to share!

Once you have located the video you’ve uploaded to Google Drive, double-click on it.

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At the top right of your screen, you will see the download icon and 3 vertical dots.  Click on the dots.

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First, you need to make sure you give the video the appropriate sharing rights.  If I’m putting it on my blog, I just choose “Advanced” and select that anyone with the link can view it.  After changing the sharing rights, move down in the list to “Open in a new window.”

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Things may not look dramatically different in the new window, but when you click on the 3 vertical dots this time, you will get an embed option.  Click on that.

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Then you can copy the embed code inside the box.  On your blog or website, you can add the embed code to the HTML editor (on WordPress blogs, it’s the tab for “Text”), and your video should then work once you publish.

Let’s see if my bulldog one is working: When you are in HTML editing mode, you can mess with the code a little bit to adjust the height and width appearance on your blog.

By the way, bulldogs can swim.  Ours just runs out of energy and sinks like a rock as soon as he stops paddling – hence the life jacket 😉

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