Google is the most preferred search engine for millions of people around the world. The popular search engine has been continuously experimenting with new ways to make searching for content more comfortable and faster. One of the things that google has now introduced is the feature to search for key moments in videos. This will prove to be one of the best features that have been released by Google in recent years.
YouTube and other social networking sites have tons of videos on them with a lot of fantastic content. Often, people miss out on incredible content because it is not in the form of text but videos. This is most commonly seen in instructional videos.
How does the video search feature from google work?
Many videos are not short and concise. They might have a lot of information and content that we do not need at the time of watching the video. If you want to quickly skip to the part of the video that has the information that you wish to, you will still have to go through the video and search for the content manually.
In this manual process, you may miss the point that you want initially and may end up watching the video multiple times. What was supposed to be a fast and straightforward exercise may end up taking a lot of time? This is where Google is revolutionizing the way searching works.
Suppose you are looking for some steps in a ‘how do you do it’ video, or merely an instructional video. There may be many steps in the video that you already know or you have already performed. With the new search feature for videos from google, you can skip directly to the part that you want. This will help you save a lot of time.
Google will analyze the video and find the correct place where the step you want is being played in the video. This will enable you to perform faster and more efficient searches.
Google will analyze the videos based on the timestamps that have been provided by the creators of the video content. Another useful function as a result of the search feature by google is that people who use screen readers to access videos will now be able to access videos in a better way.
The links to specific parts in YouTube videos will appear in the search results page in English. Google is also reportedly working with video content creators like NDTV and CBS Sports to make their videos more searchable.
For some videos, you can also see the keywords and some phrases that link to specific spots of the video. This will help people search for a particular point in the video without having to spend a lot of time on it.
Does the video search feature from google work on all videos?
The answer to this question is not exactly. Though video recognition software suites are being researched and built around the globe, the feature is not yet available in the current world. To analyze the videos, google depends on the makers of the video to provide timestamp information for the video in the description box of the video. Currently, the search feature for videos is limited to a small set of content providers. Google is also working with many more content creators to be a part of this program and make videos more accessible to the general public. To make this feature’s success faster, Google has introduced some forms for content creators to help them understand what they should be doing to the videos to make them more searchable than before.
The new video search feature from Google is an excellent idea. In terms of implementation, there is still a long way to go, but Google has taken a step in the right direction. When the feature was tested, it did show satisfactory results with the small set of videos that have timestamps in descriptions. Just like the text search, the video search was also able to pinpoint exact places where some of the keywords were spoken or used in the video. For some videos, many results were also being displayed if the keywords were being used many times in the video. A few spots in some sports videos were also searched for, and the results were excellent.
The feature will genuinely become successful when all content creators on video sharing platforms like YouTube start implementing ways to make their videos more searchable and more accessible. Moving forward, people will probably be spending lesser time looking for useful videos and more time watching the correct videos and the right portion of the video for their search query.