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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Search Video And TV Content By Keywords Spoken In The Content

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Would you like to automatically search live television broadcasts based on key words?

How about an immediate email notification of relevant news with video and text of anything matching your keywords of interest or the ability to archive any relevant video segment found?


Keyword search of online video and audio recordings is emerging as a highly in-demand feature that may boost the potential for making audio and video on-demand a very profitable market.

Audio/video search technology is fast becoming a must for today's digital lifestyle as more consumers gain access to high-speed Internet connections and consume more audio/video content than was ever possible before.

Increasingly more and more companies are understanding that given the fast increasing number of rich-media content becoming available on the Internet, the way to best leverage this opportunity is by becomign a clearinghouse facilitating access to such immense quantity of content.

With keyword search-enabled multimedia archives, it becomes much easier for users to find content that may fit their specific needs as well as extending the ability to easily zero-in on specific quotes, spoken phrases and claims that could have infinite applications in a hundred of other fields from advertising to law.

Here is a small reference set of what appear to be the first group of pioneering companies attacking this opportunity while providing a truly useful facilities to end-users like me and you.

  • Google Video


    This is Google's own solution (still in Beta) to indexing and providing search access to video content. Google indexes a limited number of commercial broadcast channels as well as video clips from qualified participants in its Video Upload program. To use Google Video Search, you just type in your search term (for instance, ipod or Napa Valley) or do a more advanced search (for instance, title:nightline) and Google Video will search the closed captioning and text descriptions of all the videos in our archive for relevant results. Click on a video title on your results page and you can view still images from the video and, where a transcript is available, short snippets of transcript text.
  • AOL Video
    America Online recently launched a new video-on-demand search service to view music videos, news segments and other content from parent company Time Warner. The service now in beta, offers free access to search and playback for more than 15,000 licensed and originally produced video assets from Time Warner, including television programs and music videos, movie trailers from Warner Bros. and news clips from CNN, MSNBC and others. AOL's Singingfish multimedia search engine, which the company acquired two years ago, will complement the new service by pointing visitors to audio and video from across the Web. Singingfish specializes in scouring the Web for video and audio clips and then pointing visitors to sites where they can play back the media. In recent weeks, Singingfish announced a slew of content partnerships with companies such as Atom-Films,,, Like Television,, MarketWatch and The One Network.
  • Yahoo Video Search
    The service enables Web users to find and view a wide variety of video content including news footage, movie trailers, TV clips and music videos. To find relevant video segments on Yahoo Video Search you need only to type your search keywords. Search results pages show thumbnails of the video files found and clicking on them takes you to the site hosting the video. Sources for Yahoo's new search feature include CBS News, Reuters, MTV,,, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, as well as an assortment of independent producers and content pulled by spidering the Web for video content.
  • ShadowTV
    ShadowTV provides two distinct types of services:
    ShadowTV Monitoring which enables financial institutions, advertising agencies, PR agencies and other corporations to monitor televised news and commercials for financial reports, competitive intelligence, shareholder relations and media crisis management.
    ShadowTV Webcasting which allows broadcasters to instantly convert live and archived video material into searchable, digital video content for their Web-site. Broadcasters can exploit their own video content or syndicate it to other sites.
    More info on Monitoring and Webcasting(PDF).
  • BlinkxTV
    Unlike other search providers, not only lets you search using standard keyword and Boolean queries but you can also use conceptual search. This type of search is provided by blinkx only, and allows you to enter normal text for which will return results whose content is conceptually similar to your search text. also includes Smart Folders which allow you to to view video clips, audio clips and web sites that deal exactly with the kind of topics that you want to know about - without having to be connected to the Internet. The magic is made possible by having automatically update its content by directly downloading to your computer as new information becomes available. For example, if you were doing a research project, you could execute a search in, and create Smart Folders from your query or from the individual results that your query has produced. Three days later, a video clip on this subject that has appeared on the web would automatically be put into the Smart Folder for you. While produces a transcript of each video to help users as a quick reference, this is not what is used for searching as a more accurate phonetic algorithm does the matching process. advises to use more than 3 words inside video search query to obtain best results. For further information, please read the White Paper (PDF).
  • TVEyes
    TVEyes makes Radio & TV searchable by keyword, phrase or topic - just as you would use a search engine for text. With a fast growing network of stations monitored worldwide, TVEyes is the first company to deliver real-time TV and Radio search across multiple languages on an international platform. TVEyes uses a range of proprietary technologies to index audio feeds that allow Radio and TV to be searched by keyword. Among the specific features offered by TVEyes is a system allowing a user to receive an alert whenever a keyword or phrase is spoken on TV or Radio. Alert methods include e-mail, instant messenger, pager or cellular phone or handheld device.
  • Podscope
    Podscope uses the same indexing and search engine as TVEyes while focusing exclusively on podcasts (here is a list of all major search engines and directories listing podcasts). Podcasts are generally independently produced audio programs that are distributed via RSS feeds and which can also be easily downloaded for listening to any portable MP3/media player.
  • Speechbot
    SpeechBot is a search engine for audio & video content that is hosted and played from other websites. This is a prototype created by HP Research with an index of over 15,000 hours of radio programming including the following:
    Current Events
    » American RadioWorks
    » Here and Now
    » On Point
    » PBS Online NewsHour
    Government & Military
    » AFRTS Radio News
    » The White House
    » U.S. Department of Defense Briefings
    » Soundcheck
    Personal Investment
    » Marketplace Radio Business News
    » Motley Fool Radio Show
    and lots more.

  • Virage
    Virage VS Archive is a content management solution to efficiently store, categorize, manage, retrieve and distribute video, audio and other rich media content. The solution addresses a range of rich media business applications including those for marketing, sales, HR, production, and training. In addition, the solution automates the processing and categorizing of the original footage removing the once highly manual and time consuming cataloging process.
  • PBS video archive
    PBS not only provides generous resources to air its standard programming content but it also provides its audience with multiple online archives of specific video programs. All such video archives can be searched for any spoken word pronounced in them. The system provides direct access to the specific segment of the video program where the searched terms are spoken and it makes searching for specific spoken words a breeze. The PBS video archives have been created using voice recognition technology. This technology, which did not require any human intervention, allows any video publisher to automatically offer a full transcript of the video program made available.

    Here is what is available and searchable on the PBS online video archives:

    PBS NewsHour Video Search

    Scientific American Frontiers Video Archive

    Nature Video Archives

    Free professional development resource provides great support to teachers looking to find standards-based Mathline video clips and lesson plans for grades K-12.

    American Field Guide
    Over 1400 video clips and sounds from a wide variety of wilderness environments throughout America.

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posted by Robin Good on Tuesday, August 2 2005, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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