How to Automatically Upload Video Responses to Google Drive

It's easy to automatically save new video collector responses and published videos to Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and other file storage services.

This guide shows how to save new video collector responses to Google Drive, but the process is nearly identical for other file storage services. And if you want to save your published videos to Google Drive, read this guide.

Note: to use this integration, you'll need a paid Vocal Video subscription.

Step 1) Find Google Drive in our Integration Directory

Go to Integrations > File Storage, and click on the Google Drive card:

Step 2) Select a pre-built automation template

Click on the automation template titled  Save new video collector responses to Google Drive:

💡  Note: If this is the first time you've set up a Zapier-powered integration in Vocal Video, you'll see a one-time popup letting you know you're about to use the embedded Zapier interface. Click through that to continue.

Step 3) Create a free Zapier account, or log in if you have one

If you already have a Zapier account, you can log in within the embedded Zapier popup. If you don't already have a Zapier account, you can create one right within our embedded popup, without even selecting a password.

💡  Note: If you have multiple workspaces, you'll be prompted to select which workspace the integration should apply to. (Vocal Video integrations operate on one workspace at a time, so you can have different integrations active for different workspaces.)

Step 4) Configure the Vocal Video side of the integration

In the embedded Zapier builder, click through the steps to configure the Vocal Video side of your automation. Basically, just keep clicking the big blue Continue button at the bottom!

Step 5) Configure the Google Drive side of the integration

Click through these steps to configure the Google Drive side of your automation:

  • App & Event: Google Drive should already be selected as the App, and the Event should already be set to Upload File
  • Account: Click Connect to grant Zapier access to save files to your Google Drive account. Be sure to click "Allow" in the popup window that opens.
  • Action: This is where you'll need to enter some important details:
    • Drive: if you have multiple Google Drives associated with your Google account, you can select which one to save files to here.
    • Folder: select which folder in your Google Drive to save the files to. (If you haven’t already created a folder, you can open up a new tab and create a folder in Google Drive.)
    • File: click the dropdown and select Clip Media File URL
    • Convert to document: leave this set to false
    • File name and file extension: leave both of these fields blank 
  • Test: click the test button to send a test response to your selected Google Drive folder. (note: you'll need at least one video collector response in your current workspace for the test to work!)

If everything's configured properly, you should see a .zip or .mp4 file video in your Google Drive. If it's a .zip file, download that file, unzip it, and you'll see all the video clips in the response.

💡 Why a .zip file? Because video collectors typically have multiple questions, most responses have multiple video clips -- one clip for each question. Google Drive's Zapier integration only supports single file uploads, so multi-file responses are automatically zipped into a single file. If the response only has one video clip in it, it will be uploaded as a .mp4 file.

.zip file in Google Drive:

Individual video clips after unzipping the file:

All good? Be sure to enable your integration by clicking the  Publish button:

Once your integration shows as "On", you can click the X in the upper-right corner to close the embedded Zapier interface.

Now, when you get a new video collector response in your current workspace, it will be automatically uploaded to Google Drive!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I filter the synced responses to only upload responses from a specific video collector?

Yes! There are two ways to do this -- either set up the integration from the Integrations page of your preferred video collector (which will set the collector filter automatically), or select a video collector on the Trigger step when configuring the Vocal Video side of the integration:

Will this upload all the responses I've already collected?

No, this integration will only upload new video collector responses as they are received.

Why are my files showing up in my Google Drive as .txt files?

You might not have left the File Name and File Extension fields blank. Leaving these blank allows the Google Drive Zapier integration to automatically select the correct file format for single-video and multi-video responses.

Can I see a history of all the videos I’ve automatically sent over to Google Drive?

Zapier does not have that functionality so unless you have Google Drive notifications set up, you won’t get notifications. There is also no dashboard that displays your Zap history. You’ll have to track it yourself. 

How do I save all my published videos to Google Drive?

Read this guide for step-by-step instructions.

Help! I’m getting confused between my Published Videos and Uploaded Responses. 

You can rename your Zaps to make it more clear which videos each is uploading.