Although the Yahoo! Video Search has gotten less press than the more limited Google Video Search, it’s different and better in many ways.
While Google has a very limited number of videos — all from recent Bay Area TV — indexed by transcripts, Yahoo! uses www page contexts and file names (ala Google Image Search) for their database. This means you get a huge collection to search. It also means that you can actually watch the video once you’ve discovered it. With Google, you only get images snapped at about 30 second intervals.
Frankly the two searches attack very different problems. Yahoo! is about resource discovery and not much about the content within the video at any level of granularity. Google is much more about mining the content within a video stream — but mostly by using closed captioning as a transcript (or so it seems).
You can submit your videos to either system. Yahoo! tells you to use RSS enclosures:
Enter the full URL, including the http:// prefix (for example, http://www.yahoo.com/mymedia.xml) of the RSS feed (either with Media RSS or RSS 2.0 enclosures) you would like to submit to Yahoo! Video Search. Dead feeds will be automatically detected and removed on an ongoing basis. For additional information about Media RSS feeds, see the Media RSS specification. Your RSS feed will be crawled soon. After your feed is crawled, please expect a delay before your content will appear in Video Search results
Very cool and very clued.
Google uses only a web-based form for inquiring about adding your collection.
A great benefit of being “Paul Jones” is that you can seek and find many of your name-twins’ videos. All these and more found using Yahoo!’s Video Search.
- Paul R Jones, a philanthropist and art collector in Delaware, has a nice introduction to his gift of art to the University of Delaware.
- The USS John Paul Jones is toured in a military video.
- Led Zep’s John Paul Jones is interviewed in 1972 kept at a Russian site.
- Paul Wine Jones plays some dirty blues to a poorly lit but appreciative crowd.
- Wrestler Paul Jones throws it down in a historic video (I would hate to have been Dusty Rhodes).
- Rodeo rider Paul Jones takes a dive (but that’s nothing to be ashamed of, we are told).
Google video search for Paul Jones returns nothing.