I'm trying to share a video directly with one person and every single format I upload in displays this error. What format do you need to properly preview videos on Drive?

  • I suggest uploading it to YouTube instead, without making the video public. You can keep videos private on YouTube, and it is excellent at saving and playing videos.
    – ahorn
    Jul 8, 2019 at 19:47

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It actually has nothing to do with formats. Google Drive appears to have a bug when trying to use multiple Google accounts on the same machine through the dropdown list, e.g. uploading to the drive of your personal gmail account when you have a different work account that you use 90% of the time. You can tell this is the case because clicking through to the video itself will give you a 403 error even when you have proper credentials.

  1. The easiest solution is use incognito mode, sign in and you'll see the video properly previewing. It's actually not a video format problem at all.
  2. Alternatively, you can sign out of all accounts other than the one that you need for drive.

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