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The Best Video Formats for Uploading to Google Drive

You can upload and preview several video types in Google Drive, such as MP4, WMV, FLV, AVI, H.264, MPEG4, VP8, to mention a few. Below is a full list of video file types supported by Google Drive. If your videos don't match the format accepted by Google Drive, there's also a way to convert the video to the best format for Google Drive.

Google Drive Video Can't Be Played? Convert Your Video to Google Drive Supported Formats!

Try out Winxvideo AI to convert the unplayable videos to Google Drive supported formats such as MP4, WMV, FLV, H.264, MPEG4, VP8 and more. Besides, it's also able to compress large videos with high compression ratio and good quality, so as to reduce the space usage of Google Drive.

Part 1. List of Google Drive Supported Video Formats

The following video and audio formats are supported by Google Drive. Make sure the video you are going to upload to Google Drive is in one of the following formats. Newer video coder formats like HEVC, VP9, AV1 are not officially supported by Google Drive.

  • WMV
  • MTS
  • OGG
  • MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files - (h264 and mpeg4 video codecs; AAC audio codec)
  • AVI (MJPEG video codec; PCM audio)
  • FLV (Adobe - FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)
  • WebM files (Vp8 video codec; Vorbis Audio codec)
  • MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec; MP2 audio)
Google Drive

If you upload videos in a format that Google Drive doesn't accept such as HEVC, Google Drive may fail to process your videos as normal. An error message "can't play this video" "unable to process this video" may occur. Some users tested that Google Drive processed AV1 videos successfully. However, it can be hit-and-miss. If your videos are not supported by Google Drive or you are experiencing Google Drive "unable to process this video" error, use the following method to convert videos to the best format for Google Drive.

Part 2. How to Convert Videos to the Best Formats for Google Drive

Free download a reliable video converter program Winxvideo AI. The software can transcode your videos of MKV HEVC, VP9, etc. to Google Drive supported formats MP4 H.264, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. It also enables users to compress large 4K videos with high compression ratio and good quality. With the tool, you won't have format compatibility or too large file size issues when uploading videos to Google Drive. The Unable to process or play this video error can be resolved easily.

Download and install Winxvideo AI on your computer. Windows and Mac OS (incl. Big Sur) are supported. Run this video converter for Google Drive and use the steps below to convert any video in any format to the best video formats for Google Drive.

Step 1. Click the + Video button on the top menu bar and choose your video to load. You can add multiple videos at one time.

Step 2. On the Output Profile window, select a video format that Google Drive supports, for exmaple MP4 Video (H.264 + AAC) profile under General Profiles.

Transcode video to Google Drive compatible format

Step 4. Click the RUN button to start converting videos to the best video format for Google Drive.

If your videos have large file size that extends Google Drive size limits, learn how to compress video file size without losing quality.

Part 3. Google Drive Video Formats (People Also Ask)

1. What's the best video format for Google Drive

MP4 (H.264, MP3) is the best video format for Google Drive. MP4 videos encoded with H.264 video codec and MP3 audio codec can be processed by Google Drive, play directly in a browser, and be viewed on any device. It's universally accepted. You won't go wrong with MP4 H.264.

2. Does Google Drive support MP4

Google Drive accepts MP4 container formats. But an MP4 video can be encoded with HEVC, VP9, or other codec formats that Google Drive doesn't support. That's why some users receive "unable to process this video" error when uploading MP4 video files to Google Drive.

3. How do I change the format of a video on Google Drive

Google Drive doesn't allow to change video format. You can use a video converter to transcode MKV HEVC, VP9 or other formats to Google Drive supported video formats MP4 H.264, AVI, MOV, etc.


author - Jack Watt

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Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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