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Inserting Video into Google Sites


You can add YouTube and other streaming videos to your Google site by embedding them into a page. There are number of Web sites that include an organized collection of streaming video resources such as http://streamingvideo.wikispaces.com . Let’s use a YouTube video as an example. YouTube is limited to 15 minutes of video by default (go to http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=71673 for steps to increase your limit).
  • Go to http://youtube.com and type Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda in the Search box. Click Search.
  • Click on the video thumbnail to open the YouTube page.
  • Copy the web address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVaPr1zu3lE.
  • Click below the paragraph under Murchison Falls.
  • Choose Insert > Video > YouTube.
  • Paste the web address into the URL box. Check include border but do not check include title.
  • Click the Save button to insert the video.
  • Click to insert the cursor to the right of the video.
  • You should always attribute your source. Press the return or enter key and then choose Edit > Paste to insert the originating URL of the YouTube video.

Murchison Falls National Park

Google Drive Videos

Uploading Your Recording to Google Drive

You can upload video recordings to Google Drive and then inserting the video into a Google Sites page.  In general your recordings should be less than 15 minutes in length to allow uploading in a reasonable amount of time. For more information refer to Video Files in Google Drive
  • Log on to Gmail with your Google Apps account. 
  • Click the Drive link in the top left menu bar to display the Google Drive home page with a directory of any files you may have. 
  • To the right of the RED Create button click the Upload button and choose Files. (Depending on your browser you may also use Drag and Drop as shown in the Appendix.)

  • Locate your video file and click the Open button. 
  • You will be prompted to Upload your video. Keep the default settings: Convert documents and Confirm settings before each upload.  
  • Click the Start upload button.
Waiting for your Video Upload
  • Wait patiently. A video can take several minutes to upload, depending on file size. The upload time for a 15 minute video may take up to 60 minutes depending on campus and Internet bandwidth. 
The bottom strip displays the status of your Google Docs storage

Share Your Video

It may take several minutes for the uploaded video to render and be available for playing.
  • Click the video to open it into Preview mode. 
  • Click the blue Open button in the lower right corner of the screen to display your video (e.g. screen_reader.mp4) with the Google Drive player. 
  • Click the blue Share button. If you want your Google Drive videos to display on your Google Sites web site for viewing on the Internet, click Change ... then choose Public on the Web
  • Click the Save button.
  • Click Done
Embed Your Video

Use Embed this video to allow playback of your Google Drive videos on mobile devices. 
  • Choose File > Embed Video
  • Click in the box to select the HTML embed code and then from your browser menu choose Edit > Copy.
  • Click OK.
  • Click in your Google Sites page where you want the video to display.
  • Choose Insert > More gadgets ... and type embed in the Search box. 
  • Select to select the Embed gadget and then click the blue Select button. 
  • Click in the Embedding snippet box and from your browser menu choose Edit > Paste. You can edit the width and height but make them proportional to the original. 

  • Scroll to the bottom of the gadget window and enter the Width and Height to match the dimensions of your video. 
  • As an option check Include a border around gadget and Display title on gadget, entering a descriptive name. 

  • Click the OK button to insert the gadget. You will need to click the Google Sites blue Save button at the top to save the page changes and display the embedded video. Note that this video will also play on mobile devices. Below is a sample video. 

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Upload Your Recording to Google Docs – Drag and Drop

If your browser is Firefox, Safari, or Firefox, then try Drag and Drop as an alternative to uploading your video to Google Docs.
  • Log on to Gmail with your Google Apps account.
  • Click the Documents link in the top left menu bar.
  • Locate your video in the Videos folder. Drag your video to your Google Drive window
  • You will be prompted to Upload your video. Keep the default settings: Convert documents and Confirm settings before each upload. 
  • Click the Start upload button.