4 Video Options in Google Slides

This is a super-sweet G Suite treat! Just a few days ago, Google released some new video options for Google Slides that teachers and students will love. This update is such a big deal that I had to make sure everyone knows about these four, new features in Google Slides.

4 Video Options in Google Slides

1. Embed Google Drive Videos in Slides! (Finally!)

You can now embed videos from Google Drive in Google Slides, not just YouTube videos! Rejoice! This is a long-awaited and long-requested update. YouTube is great, but not enough when it comes to using video in the classroom. There are many reasons why teachers and students need the ability to embed video from other sources. Some student-created videos don’t belong on YouTube. Whether it has to do with permissions, FERPA, parents, or just protecting students, we sometimes need to use videos that aren’t hosted on YouTube in our classrooms. So, at last, we can embed the videos that we have stored in Google Drive.

Note: Sharing rules still apply! If a person viewing your presentation doesn’t have permission to view a video embedded within it, they’ll be prompted to request access. And while you can play Drive videos in Slides on the web and mobile, you can only insert them from the web application. For more details, visit the Google Help Center.

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How to Insert Google Drive Videos in Slides

Similar to when you insert YouTube videos in Google Slides, go to Insert>Video. Then choose, “Google Drive,” at the top:

But wait…THERE’S MORE!!!

Not only can you embed videos from Google Drive to play during your Slides presentation, but we also gained some new video options for both YouTube and Google Drive videos.

2. Choose When to Start and End a Video

Yes! Now you can insert that video from Google Drive or YouTube AND choose the exact point (minutes and seconds) in the video when you want it to start, and where you want it to end. This is great for just grabbing a clip out of a video that you want to use in your presentations. Remember, videos only play in presentation mode.

Simply right-click on the video and select Video Options.

video options in Google Slides

A sidebar will open giving you the option to choose the start and end times for your video.

video options start and end time

3. Autoplay a Video in Google Slides

Want the video to start immediately when you present that slide? No problem! You can now set the video to autoplay in video options. Autoplaying videos in Google Slides makes it easy to share a lesson or collaborative projects and reflections without the extra click to play the video. Simply right-click on the video and select Video Options.


4. Mute a Video

Sometimes, you need the ability to let the video speak for itself without the audio. Perhaps you want students to narrate and explain the steps shown in the video. Now, video and audio do not have to play together. You can choose to mute the video in Video Options. Simply right-click on the video and select Video Options.

video options autoplay and mute

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