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Is it possible to make Company videos searchable but still private to our company within YouTube or something similar?

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In our company we have a lot of videos - but they are all stored in different places on a fileshare.

It would be great if they could be uploaded to be viewed within YouTube - not not so everyone can see them, just people in our company. They would need to be searchable too - but only so people in our company could find them, they shouldn't be visible to the public.

Is there a way to do this?

Alternatively if YouTube doesn't support something like this is anyone aware of a site that does?
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 334 total points
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I think that is the idea with google sites/apps for business.  You can have your videos on google drive and give viewing rights only to people in your domain / group or specific people or everybody.
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I guess that isn't too bad - the trouble I've found is with a lot of the video formats the video doesn't display on the web page and you have to download the file in order to view it.
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Please try and upload a video to google drive.  You can make it private to you.  When you play it, it will play in the google drive player.  Remember, google has had a few years of owning youtube so they  have the video thing figured out.  When you embed the code on your page, it plays in a frame so they will get the same player.  However, your users would need to be logged into a google account to view the video if you don't make it public.
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by:purplesoup
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I'm testing a few video formats - you have to wait a while after the upload for the video to be processed - it says "sorry we can't display the video at this time".

It isn't quick - I did a short test video of about 10 seconds and I've been waiting about 30-40 minutes and it still can't preview.

A more serious limitation of google drive is lack of tags on videos for searching against. There is a sort of clunky workaround by creating folders of each tag and "moving" the video to the folders/tags, but that is a problem they need to fix.
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regarding searching on videos, I've used Brightcove in the past. They allow you to set meta data for your videos and I believe you can also limit who can access the videos based on groups or users
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ok thanks I've emailed them to see if they are able to do what we want.

To be honest I'd have thought this would be quite a common requirement but I've found it really difficult to find someone who does this.
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Doing a bit more investigation on YouTube it is possible to search just a channel - if being logged in and having the videos accessible from the search results works this may be an acceptable solution.

Has anyone done this before?
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thanks for your help
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