How will the Google bot react if the "src" tag of an HTML5 "video" tag points to a URL that is in our domain but which redirects to a CDN?

The domain of our site is  We have videos hosted in FlickRocket, but the source domain of those videos is within our domain due to a CNAME entry in our DNS server.  But the situation is a bit more tricky.  First, here is an example of the "src" tag as it appears within an HTML5 video tag as hosted in our store at FlickRocket:
<source src=";Key=green_belt_review_79e4330f-53dc-4ba2-a2c3-fa8d1ba93ea6.mp4&amp;;PID=51044&amp;CT=2" type="video/mp4">

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On the surface this looks OK.  However, if you paste the URL of the video directly into a web browser, you will see that it redirects to this URL:

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What's happening is that at the top level, FlickRocket is accepting the CNAME alias making it first appear that the video is within our domain.  But in order to actually deliver the video, FlickRocket is doing a redirect to whatever third part CDN they are using, which is aliasing to them due to a CNAME record in FlickRocket's name server.

The question:  Will the Google bot accept at face value that the video is under our domain control, or will it reject the video because the ultimate final source of the video is outside our domain control?

It is common knowledge that Google does not follow redirects that lead out of the initial domain at the browser level.  But, this redirect is happening within the HTML5 video player.

Google Webmaster Tools (now called Search Tools) is so far useless in providing an answer, because it appears that the "Fetch as Google" feature intrinsically does not follow video links at all.  Even with a video directly hosted in our domain (on our server, not FlickRocket) the results of "What Google Sees" and "What Site Visitors See" shows only a blank white region where the video should have appeared.

FlickRocket doesn't seem to know the answer to my question.  I have searched the web far and wide, but can't find any relevant information.

Until I know the answer to this, I am reluctant to submit over 100 videos the the Google search engine.

Anyone, please help if you can.  Thanks.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
The bot doesn't care about video content. It simply would take too much time to analyse each and every video and what would it be trying to index?  All it will do is use your description so it doesn't care that your video labelled 'dogs in action' really is about 'sleeping cats'
stgreenwaltAuthor Commented:
Maybe I am making a mountain out of a molehill.  Maybe I am creating an entirely imaginary scenario and then worrying about it.

But won't Google at least check to see if the video is within our domain, thus controlled by us?  And also, that the video actually exists?

And doesn't that at least require Google to follow the link to the video?  And in our situation, following the link results in a redirect outside our domain (even though the URL presented in the video "src" tag is within our domain).

If Google doesn't at least validate the existence of the video and its owning domain, they could be allowing all kinds of junk into the search results

No, I don't expect that the search engine would stream the whole video.  But possibly, might it try to read the first couple of frames just to validate its existence?

If my thinking is totally wrong, please set me straight.

I just don't want to submit 150+ self-authored tutorial videos only to find that Google has a problem with them.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Make sure that your videos are visible and easy to find on your video pages. Google suggests using a standalone page for each video with a descriptive title or description unique to each individual video. Videos should be prominent on the page and should not be hidden or difficult to find.  Must have an accessible thumbnail.

or add a mrss.xml feed

Add video information to a sitemap

You can create a sitemap based on the sitemap protocol, or you can use an existing mRSS feed as a sitemap, or both. Your sitemap must include the following minimum information for each video: title, description, playpage URL, thumbnail URL and the raw video URL or URL to Flash video player. Without these five pieces of information, Google cannot surface your videos in our results.

Once you've created your sitemap, you can submit it using Search Console.

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