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The Hunt for the Best Video Search Engine

by Alane Jewel on October 23, 2012

video search enginesAs we head into hunting season, we recognize it’s sometimes difficult for us to find good videos online. Just as wild game outsmarts an outdoorsman, we sometimes find ourselves on a challenging video hunt. With our interests as diverse as our personalities, we each have our favorite genre of video to unwind with. It’s a vast online world out there and it can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Whether looking for a missed TV show, music video, how-to tutorial, viral video or that elusive full length movie, with all the variety of online video search engines, is there an easier way to find videos?  An ideal video search engine will help find the videos that matter to you.

CHOOSING YOUR TARGET

There are a ton of video search engines to help us find our video. Clearly identifying your keyword search for the type of video your hunting is essential. Let’s entertain the idea that you are trying to figure out the psyche of the crazy cat coworker in the cubicle next to you, who you can overhear giggling up a storm over feline video fiascos. You’ve finally got some time to kill and want to find out what this funny cat video craze is all about.

The Internet is a vast video wasteland of sometimes poor quality videos, so where should you look for good quality funny cat videos? We need the right weapon, but what video search engine is right for this hunt?

USING GOOGLE AS A VIDEO SEARCH ENGINE

Your initial impulse might be to do a typical Google search for “funny cat videos.” Instead of sifting through “funny cat” non-video content results, try using the domain video.google.com It works the same. Enter “funny cat videos” in the search box. Bam! Now there results are only video content and you can start sorting through, about 51,900,000 results of “funny cat videos.” Have fun with that. You’ve stumbled on months and possible years’ worth of crazy cat entertainment.

Once you finally find videos online that you want to save and watch again, use RealPlayer to download a copy to your computer. Simply hover your mouse over the top right corner of the video screen and click Download This Video.

USING YOUTUBE FOR VIDEO SEARCHES

Another common direction might be heading straight to the most popular video source YouTube www.youtube.com/ and see where typing “funny cat” in the search field gets you. About 752,000 funny cat videos to explore, that’s a little more manageable, right? YouTube has the option to sort by upload date, view count, and the video rating to help narrow down your search results. Try adding new key words like “funny cat compilations,” “funny cat fails,” “…fights,”   “…jumps” and “…videos with sound effects.” That seems easy enough, adding more details to the hunt to get better results.

EXPLORE NEW SITES WITH THIS VIDEO SEARCH ENGINE LIST

Google video search and YouTube do a great job at delivering a wealth of video results, but there are also a number of other sites that you can use to find online videos. We’ve rounded up a small representation of additional video search engines to explore. Some things to consider when weighing the quality of your search engine experience might be the design, size of index results, their rankings for various searches, advanced filtering, suggested searches and a recent search history archive.

Try searching for online videos using detailed keywords as described above.  You can decide which one works best for your individual search needs. A few might be perfect for TV shows and movies, some ideal for sharing videos on your social profiles, while others are better suited for searching mobile video sites while on your phone. Check out our the sites that made it on our video search engine list:

  1.  Yahoo! Video SearchSearch for videos from around the web on Yahoo! Video Search. It has dedicated categories for latest in videos, featured in sports, featured TV shows and featured movie trailers and a vast number of subcategories to explore ranging from entertainment to finance.
  2. AOL VideoAOL Video allows users to search videos across the Web, and also offers video on-demand channels like life tips, parenting, relationships, pets, tech, video games and many more.
  3. CastTV Video SearchThis video search engine features TV shows, movies, news, sports, celebrity, and viral videos with fan favorites and highlights on new shows.
  4. Break.com: All Categories: This site features a categorized directory of video clips and short films with channels that include fails, pranks, college break and more.
  5. BlinkxUse this video search engine to search the Web for video content, create personal video playlists, or build a customized Video Wall for their blog or MySpace page with video categories including cars, fashion, travel, teen pop and many more.
  6. ClipBlast! Live Video Clip GuideThis is a video search and directory site for finding professional and relevant video clips on the web. It also promotes a highlight of featured providers like TNT, BBC, ESPN, MTV, E! and more.
  7. Bing VideoBing Video allows users to search through millions of breaking news, hot viral, TV show and music videos by using categories. There are also subcategories that include most watched, viral and MSN originals to help narrow down the video search results.
  8. FoooooBesides being fun to say, this international video search engine has access to more than 300 million videos including categories like comedy, science, events, education, games and more.
  9. Metacafe: A video entertainment engine showcasing short-form videos including movies, video games, TV, music and sports.
  10. FilesTubeFilesTube video search engine allows users to search more than 80 million videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, RedTube, MetaCafe, Myspace and many more video sharing sites.

MISSION COMPLETED: VIDEO FOUND

Now that you’ve explored the wide range of video search engines out there, got a finicky taste of funny cat hysteria or finally found that rare video you’ve been looking for, why not download it to your video library? Think of it as your treasure chest to keep all your search rewards in and have fun building your online video library. You can download a free version of RealPlayer downloader by clicking the orange button in the top right corner of this page. You can use it to download online videos and save them to your RealPlayer library and watch your favorite videos over and over again. If the video you’ve found isn’t in the MP4 format, it can be converted, and we can help you learn how to choose an MP4 converter.

We all might find our favorite “funny cat videos” through a different video search engine, but you’ll perfect your video search technique for finding your own specific genre of video in time. Whether or not you find video search engines, besides Google and YouTube searches, necessary to find the type of video you seek, enjoy the reward of your find. Savor the hunt.

Did we miss any video search engines?  How do you find your videos online? Is there a better engine out there to deliver video results in your genre that we didn’t mention? Share your opinion on the best online video search directory by commenting below.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Craig Stadler April 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

You can also search videos using http://findthatfile.com or its sub-site http://findthatvideo.com
It only search downloadable files but finds them from all over the web, ftp, usenet, emule and more.

2 commercial mortgage uk May 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this!
Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again

3 urinary problems in dogs August 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I hardly comment, however after browsing a few of the comments here Exploring Video Search
Engines — RealPlayer. I do have a couple of questions for you if you do not
mind. Could it be simply me or do a few of these responses look as if they are written by brain dead folks?
:-P And, if you are posting at additional places, I’d like to follow you. Would you post a list of every one of all your social networking pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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