How Much Time Does Google Drive Take to Process an Uploaded Video (Any Format)? [Solved]

once your video has finished uploading, the file gets converted into a number of format/codec/resolution combinations behind the scenes to ensure it can be played back correctly on whatever device you're accessing your Google Drive content from. This conversion process takes time and details depend on the type of format/codec your original video was in, how big the file was, what it's resolution is, etc. 

The same happens when you upload a video to YouTube, it always gets converted and stored in a number of different versions. 

One thing you can do if you want to speed up the process is to compress your video before you upload it to reduce its file size. Modern codecs such as H.264 or VP8 for video and AAC for audio (and more recent ones like HEVC/H.265 and VP9 for video) are able to compress your file at (almost) no visible or audible quality difference and at the same resolution as the original. Unless you want to store the video on Google Drive in the state it came off the recording device you used, compressing it will make the upload process faster. 

Also this way you're ensuring that you're uploading your video in a modern format/codec combo that the Google servers can process without any problems that might increase the processing time.

Another Simple Way to Know How much time does Google Drive take to process an uploaded video (any format) so that it can be played on Google Drive when we just click on the file in Drive to play it?

The process time depends on the size of your video.

As Tobias has explained once your video has been fully uploaded, the video file is being converted into different formats/codecs/resolutions combinations to make sure that your video will be “playable” correctly on every kind of devices.

I’ve recently uploaded a 2 GB video to my drive and it took one hour to upload it (this depends of your internet connection) and the Google Drive processing time took about 20 minutes.

While you are uploading a file to Google Drive, you can see the evolution in this window.

Once the video has been uploaded, you can see that Google Drive is processing your video thanks to this little blue icon and the following message if you try to play the video.

If you try to open the video while it’s processing, you’ll also get the following message.


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