Video Search: Google Videos vs. Veoh

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Introduction

With the continues developments in World Wide Web combined with dramatic increase in the number of users, the demand for video feeds has exponentially grown over the few years. The continual introduction of new features and sites has revolutionized the way in which surfers locate and experience videos online. These improvements have captured variety of ways to narrow the searches to relevant videos, thus making the process more efficient. Some of these features include size of the video, tags, and description searches. Some other forms of search procedures were also developed recently. One of these developments includes deep-video queries, which analyzes the actual video’s audio and contents for relevant results.

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As the internet sector grows in size, I thought it would be useful to compare some of the most popular video search tools. In this blog, I will compare and contrast the features of Google Video and Veoh video search tools. I will then detail my experience with each of the sites, and conclude by giving some recommendations regarding the search tools. Throughout the blog, I will be listing some other useful video search tools, which can be accessed by clicking on the links. Please enjoy the blog…

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Google Videos (including YouTube)

Background

Google Video was developed by Google Inc. to feature their video archive. With the acquisition of YouTube, Google Videos has captured over 39.6% of the market share (number of videos online), which makes them the dominant leader in the industry. The introduction of embedding feature has allowed Google to grow rapidly and host numerous videos remotely. In 2009, Google stopped users’ capability to upload movies in order to preserve the quality of the search tool.

Features

Google Video

The main page of Google Video has a list of videos that are hot online at that moment and the most popular video is blown-up on the right side. There is an RSS feed for the most popular videos, which can be found the bottom left hand corner.

Once the search has been executed, the option bar shows up the on the left side of the screen. These options help users to narrow their searches to the most relevant data. Some of these features include the length of the video, the source of the content, when the data were posted, and the quality of the feed. There is also a related video section on the right side of the screen where the system scans for similar videos.

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YouTube

YouTube is a website where users can share their own feeds. The main site is very similar to Google’s webpage, but there are more categories than Google. They have most popular, spotlight, and featured video sections. There is a huge advertisement section on the main page, which is very annoying.

After the users submit their query, there are some options on the top menu bar, which consist of type of file, time when it was uploaded, and sort level. There is an advance options section that allows users to narrow their searches further. Overall there are not many options for users on this site

Experience

Both Google Videos and YouTube had difficult time retrieving the relevant videos. The ones that were located tended to be low in quality and short in duration. Furthermore, there are not many options for the users who are looking for very specific video. For example, if I wanted a high sized file while the duration is short, users will not be able to narrow the videos by size. In addition, the experience tends to be plain since there are not any unique features other than being able to upload your own files on YouTube.

On the other hand, YouTube and Google Video maintain a large number of foreign and music videos. The sites usually maintain multiple copies of the same video, which helps the users find it very quickly (this could be a drawback since it is kind of annoying seeing the same thing all over the page). As for the foreign videos, the sites maintain a large pool of movies and dramas. However, they tend to be chopped up into pieces, and the users must click on multiple videos in order to view the entire movie or drama. In addition, the qualities of the videos tend to be low in addition to some parts of the movie missing.

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Veoh

Background

Veoh is another video search engine that mainly focuses on Television contents, but also maintains large pool of movies and foreign videos. Unlike YouTube or Pod-o-matic, there are not any personal videos (the self shots or self-taped), which makes it a lot easier for users to find relevant contents. As the company grew wildly throughout the late 2007, they shifted the website strategy to focusing the developed nation and banned the service usage in Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe.

Features

Although there are not that many options compared to Yahoo Videos, which maintains variety of options such as type of file and size. Although this site lacks in options, they have a powerful category tool, which helps users narrow down their results. Each video is tagged by its channel and theme such as animation. As a result, users can narrow down their searches pretty easily. However, they do not maintain a section for duration nor size of the videos, which can be downside.

Experience

The experience on this site is not that unique compared to Clicker and Hulu, which offers many exciting homepages and unique graphics. However, since they maintain a large pool of movies and dramas, it very easy to find the relevant videos unlike YouTube. Furthermore, they have a large pool of foreign films, which I enjoyed the most. They also maintain some rare films that users usually cannot find anywhere else such as dramas from the 90’s. I especially appreciated the fact that the videos tend to be full in length and the quality seemed pretty decent for a feed based video tool.

Conclusion/Recommendation

If you are looking for some personally reviews on different products or a personal message I would go with YouTube. However, if you want a movie or some particular episode of a TV show, I would strongly recommend using Veoh. Overall, I had a better experience with Veoh than any other video search tools due to their main focus on films. In addition, I also had a easier time finding things on Veoh than Google. Therefore, I would overall recommend using Veoh than YouTube or Google Videos.

Some Helpful Videos

How to upload videos on YouTube

Google Video Tutorial

How to share videos on Veoh

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