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Showcasing cool new videos from across the web.
We appreciate your interest
Our recent posts about Video Sitemaps
are of interest to a wide range of webmasters, so we've chosen to post them on the Webmaster Central Blog
, rather than the Google Video Blog. As a result we've decided to retire the Google Video blog and post news and information about Video Sitemaps, as well as developments with our video index that powers the video results in Google search and Google Videos (video.google.com
), on the Webmaster Central Blog.
Thanks for your readership over the years—we look forward to seeing you in our new home
Calling Video Publishers
Posted by Amit Paunikar, Product Manager Last week, we announced that we're turning down uploads to Google Video, and refocusing our attention on building a more comprehensive video search engine (in case you're wondering, Google Video search algorithms power YouTube as well as "universal search" from Google.com). We want to make it possible for people searching Google.com or Google Video to find any video, at any time, from any site. But indexing video presents some unique challenges, and if you have videos on your site, you're probably wondering how to make sure your videos are discoverable through Google. We want video publishers to know that we've made it easier to submit your videos to Google. First, we've simplified the process that allows you to submit Sitemaps to Google. Second, we also extended our Video Sitemaps support to include Media RSS feeds. You do not have to specify the Sitemap file type—we'll determine the type of data you're submitting automatically. The more information you make available, the easier it is for us to crawl your videos. Here are a few simple things you can include in your Sitemaps to make your videos easier to find: 1) Landing page URL: This is the page where the video is hosted. It's better to have a unique landing page for each video on your site. 2) Video thumbnail URL: Thumbnails provide a strong visual cue to the user. Your video thumbnail should be representative of a snapshot from the video, and should not be misleading in any way. 3) Title & Description: If these are accurate and descriptive, they not only help Google understand your video, but also help users choose the best video search result. Providing information about category, keyword tags and duration is always helpful. Whether or not you have Video Sitemaps or MRSS feeds, of course, it's important that you make sure that Google can crawl and index your video sites correctly. Make sure you understand how Google crawls, indexes and serves the web. Review the Webmaster Guidelines that will help Google find, index and rank your site. We've also updated the Google Video Help Center to include more information for video publishers. While there's no guarantee that our spiders will find a particular site, following these guidelines should increase the chances of finding videos from your site in the search results. We hope your videos find the audience they deserve. Take a look at our help content for Video Publishers and Webmasters to get started.[...]
Turning Down Uploads at Google Video
At Google, we like to launch early, launch often, and to iterate our products. Occasionally, this means we have to re-evaluate our efforts and make difficult decisions to be sure we focus on products that make the most sense for our users.
In a few months, we will discontinue support for uploads to Google Video. Don't worry, we're not removing any content hosted on Google Video -- this just means you will no longer be able to upload new content to the service. We've always maintained that Google Video's strength is in the search technology that makes it possible for people to search videos from across the web, regardless of where they may be hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide.
There are still great options for people who want to upload content to Google, and we invite them to explore YouTube's dynamic global community or Picasa Web Albums. If you have questions or need more information please read our FAQ page.
We're confident this decision is the right one for our users, and we're looking forward to making Google Video an even better place for you to search and find videos from all over the web.
The Google Video Help Forum has moved
Our Google Video Help Forum now has a new home! You may have already heard of (or tried out) the new Google Help Forums
. Today, our Google Video Help Group
will be moving to this new platform.
The help forum
is still an area for users to come together to discuss and share their knowledge of Google Video- only now it has a new look. It's integrated with our help center
, which makes it even easier to jump into the forum while you're browsing the help center. You can search for content across both the forum and help center articles as well.
There are a lot of new features that make the forum an effective resource for users. You can vote on which responses you think answer a particular question, and even mark a response as a "best answer" to a question that you've asked. The new system will also recognize contributions from helpful posters.(image) If you haven't checked out our help forum before, now is a great time to come take a look. Post a question if you have one, or take a few minutes to answer one of your fellow Google Video users. You can find us at http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/video?hl=en
Insight for Google Video: A New Way to Track Your Videos
Have you ever wondered if anyone watches the videos you've uploaded? Or perhaps you've uploaded a video presentation and want to be able to illustrate its success with some numbers? We've added Insight to Google Video so that you can capture some of this information, and use it to optimize your videos.
With the launch of Insight, we're now offering more statistics for your uploaded videos. You can access this feature by clicking on the 'Reports' tab on your Google Video account page. The first tab gives you a convenient summary of the data.(image)
From this summary, you can access specific data pages by clicking on the links for Views, Downloads or Popularity. You can also access these specific pages by clicking on the corresponding tabs at the top. Here, you can change the date range or focus on a specific region of the world to see how your videos are doing.
Rest assured you will still be able to see the statistics that were previously available through Advanced Reports (Views & Downloads). This information is now available right from your Video Status page. You can also click on the 'Stats' link, next to your individual video's status, to view the stats for that particular video.(image)
Hopefully this feature will offer you some new Insight
into your uploaded videos and reveal some interesting facts about your viewership.(image)
Playable on Google Video
Steve Gerding, Software EngineerOne of our favorite aspects of TV view is that it provides an uninterrupted viewing experience. You can browse through multiple results pages and sort, filter or refine your search - all without interrupting the video you're watching. Videos need to be playable on Google Video in order to provide this seamless experience, and while most videos are, some are not. In order to make it easier to identify playable videos, these videos are marked with the playable icon as shown below:
(image) Videos that cannot be played directly in the TV view can still be watched by following the link to the original hosting site. If you want to see only videos that are playable on Google Video in your search results, you can restrict your search to playable videos using the radio buttons under the search box:
(image) We hope this new feature enhances your video search and viewing experience on Google Video. If you are a webmaster and would like your videos to be playable on Google Video, check out our Video Sitemaps Help Center.
Personalized Video Recommendations
Sapna Mehta, Online Operations Associate
Ever wish the sites you visit could present customized options catering to your tastes?
Our Recommended Videos feature does just that. By logging in to your Google account and visiting Google Video, you will see multiple videos that pertain to your search interests. You can find these videos underneath the hot videos section of the homepage. Just like the hot videos
, you can click on the arrow buttons in the top right corner to see more recommended videos.
While our search suggestions
give you search term suggestions for individual queries you enter, these video picks are based on trends of search queries you've used, as well as other videos that you've watched. It's yet another way to discover interesting video content from across the web - this time, personalized for you.(image)
To take advantage of this feature, you'll be asked to sign in to Web History
. It's up to you how much customization you'd like - for example, you can choose which searches are included, and which aren't. For more information about protecting your privacy while enjoying the benefits of personalized search, check out the following video - About Web History: Privacy.
Even More Hot Videos
Justin Donnelly, Software Engineer
The "Hot videos" section of the Google Video homepage offers up the web's most popular videos, determined by how often
they're being watched, shared and blogged about across the Web.
If, like me, you think this feature is awesome, you'll love our latest update. Now
, instead of only 12 hot videos, there are over a hundred available by clicking on the new pagination buttons on the upper right corner of the "Hot videos" section. Just like our TV view
, the video you're currently watching isn't interrupted as you browse through the pages.
Note that these videos are updated throughout the day and are specific to your country. (Wondering what's hot in the Low Countries? Try our Dutch site: http://video.google.nl/
.) This expanded view of what's hot can reveal a lot about what's going on in online video. For example, when Weezer released their "Pork and Beans" video recently, nearly every "celebrity" featured in the video
appeared in the expanded list within the next couple of days.(image)
Give it a try- You're sure to find something here to entertain you.(image)
Suggestions on Your Search
Kun Zhang, Software EngineerThe Google Video team continually strives
to make your video search experience more enjoyable. In an effort to do so, we have added a suggestions feature to help you discover more interesting videos. Sometimes the suggestions expand the scope of your search, and sometimes they make your search more specific--it all depends on what you searched for and which suggestion you click on.
To view your search suggestions, click on the "Also try" links
on top of the search results to refine or expand your search.(image)
For example, if you are searching for "kittens"
, you may see suggestions like "cute kittens", "funny kittens", "newborn kittens", "techno kittens", "treadmill kittens" and so on. Clicking on these suggested search terms will lead you to the respective search results page, and another set of suggestions. If you continue following
through these suggestion links, your first search may very well turn into hours of
The suggestions feature is available across all views - TV view
, Grid view and List view. We hope that these suggested search terms will add a few different flavors to your search experience
Closed Captioning Search Options
Ken Harrenstien, Software Engineer
Those of you
interested in closed captioning may have noticed a new feature on this front- the ability to search only for closed-captioned videos. Naturally this is very useful for people like myself who can't hear the audio, but of course there are many others who either want the sound off or who can understand the writing better than the speech.
If you go to the "Advanced Video Search"
page you'll see a new constraint called "Subtitles: Search only closed captioned videos". Try clicking on that check-box and doing an otherwise normal search; the results will
include those videos that are known to have captions. Fun example: to see a list of all captioned videos on Google Video
, check that box and restrict the domain to "google.com".It's still not quite as sophisticated as we want it to be - it currently only knows about videos in Google Video, and doesn't yet allow you to specify a language of interest. Nevertheless it's another small step that we hope will encourage greater awareness and use of captions.
A related feature of interest that you may not have noticed is
the ability to jump directly into a video at the point where captions of interest appear. If your search results include caption snippets, there will be a link called "Start playing at search term", which is extremely handy for long videos. In order to see it, you also have to select "List View" (the middle icon in the Results menu bar).
Here's a nice example - search for ["that's a tremendous gift"]
. Make sure you've selected List View, and you should see a video featuring Randy Pausch. Clicking on the "Start playing at search term (50:16)" link will take you to a point slightly before the appearance of that caption.(image)
Uninterrupted Viewing Experience
We know a lot of you are committed multi-taskers, and hey, who doesn't love the TV view for efficient video searching? To make you even better multi-taskers, we've added a feature that allows you to browse through multiple results pages, sort, filter or refine your search query- all without interrupting the video you're watching. The list and grid views also inherit this feature. We hope that this feature will make your video searching and viewing more enjoyable.Follow these steps to check it out:1. Conduct a search using any query and click on a result to play a video. 2. While the video is playing, scroll to the bottom of the results and click back and forth between the pages of results. For example, click "Next" or "Previous", or click on the page number. 3. You can also go to the search box at the top and perform a new search. New results will be displayed, but the current video keeps playing. (image)
A New and Improved Grid View
Hopefully by now you've had some time to play around with our different views for search results and find the one that best suits you.For fans of grid view
, we've added a new feature to make it easier to find what you're looking for. Now, when you're viewing search results in grid view you can roll over the video image for more information about the video. By moving your mouse over a video listed in the results, you'll be able to see multiple thumbnails of the video as well as the video description. This will give you a more representative idea of what each video is about as you browse your search results.
We've also restored some popular features. For those of you who upload videos to the site, you'll be happy to hear that our Community features
(comments and ratings) and Advanced options
settings (ability to restrict downloading as well as embedding and regional restrictions) are back.
To get these updates delivered right to you, click on the (image)
icon (on the blog sidebar) to add Google Video blog updates to your Google homepage or Google Reader
Video Sitemaps: How We Find Great Videos
Michael Cohen, Product Manager
As we've mentioned before, the Google Video team wants to make it possible for you to search every video on the web. This is a tall order, and we're constantly working to make sure we have the latest and greatest videos. Ever wondered how we actually discover all the videos that make it into video search?
While we receive a small percentage of our videos from user uploads, we get the vast majority of them by crawling the web. We've gotten pretty good at this over the past several years, but of course it's helpful when webmasters tell us exactly where to look to find their videos. This is where a protocol called Video Sitemaps (an extension of the Sitemap Protocol
) comes in. Video Sitemaps allow webmasters to give us links directly to their videos and provide valuable descriptive information such as a video's title, description, and length. We can then target our crawlers at these videos and pull them into the Google Video index, allowing them to show up in Google Video searches as well as searches on Google.com.
Some key information provided by a sitemap includes:
- A link to the video's "landing page" (i.e., the link you'd visit in your browser)
- A title of the video for us to display in our search results
- A description of the video to accompany each result
- The duration of the video
- An image thumbnail that we can show in our search results
- A link to an embeddable video player -- so you can watch the video in TV view
If you administer a website with video and would like to see your site appear in our search results, a Video Sitemap is definitely your best bet. To get started, create a Video Sitemap
, sign into Google Webmaster Tools
, and add the Video Sitemap to your account.(image)
Introducing TV view
Today, by popular demand, we are making TV view
the default search result view for Google Video. If you haven't seen it yet, TV view is a new interface that lets you browse search results, watch videos, and check out related videos -- all on the same page. Here's what it looks like:(image)
Videos that we are able to embed will play directly in the TV view player when you click on them. These include almost all Google- and YouTube-hosted videos, as well as videos from many other sites such as metacafe.com, crackle.com, and hundreds of others. Videos that cannot be embedded will display a thumbnail or filmstrip that links to the page where the video can be played. If you're a webmaster and would like your videos to be embeddable in TV view, check out our Video Sitemaps Help Center
In addition to playing the video, clicking on a search result will reload the list of related videos on the right hand side of the page. Next time you're watching a video, try flipping through the related videos; you might find something even better that what you originally searched for! Just like search results, most related videos can be played directly in the TV view player.
We hope you enjoy this new search experience. Of course, if you prefer either list or grid view to TV view, you can switch your view preference at any time by clicking on one of the view icons at the top of the page:(image)
Google Video gets a facelift
Posted by Greg Billock, Software EngineerAs part of our mission, we on the Google Video team want you to be able to search, browse and discover videos from across the web. More than a year ago, we described our renewed focus on organizing all the web's video. Today, in addition to expanding Google Video's search capabilities, we have a number of new browse- and search-related features we're excited to share.Now you can choose any of three ways to view your video search-results: a traditional list view, a grid view and, for those of you who like to maximize your video-watching efficiency, a TV view, where you can watch an embedded video while continuing to view your search results next to the video for a more seamless browse and search experience.Try them out by clicking on the gray icon boxes: You may have also noticed that we've given the Google Video homepage a bit of a facelift. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to find and access the web's most compelling videos, and just as before, you can see what videos people are viewing, sharing, and blogging about -- but now, with the new TV view, you can also watch many of the top videos directly on the homepage.There's something else we think you'll like. Have you ever asked yourself "What was that really cool video that everyone was watching a couple of weeks ago?" Well, you can use our timeline viewto find out. If you're wondering, for example, what was the most blogged-about video on April Fool's Day, it was Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" (thanks to YouTube rickrolling the world). If you're curious which video was shared most in October, it was Professor Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture", which has persisted as one of the most-shared titles on Google Video ever since. Try it out to discover (or re-discover) something interesting.We'll be letting you know as we roll out new features, so keep checking back for more information about what we're up to![...]
Not really goodbye, just a change of address
I want to start off by giving my heartfelt thanks to all of who have been loyal readers of the Google Video Blog. It's been a real pleasure delivering the best of Google Video to your screens. But even though you may not be receiving your daily dose of entertainment from me, fret not! There's a plethora of footage at your fingertips on Google Video
and of course on YouTube
! And if blog reading is a regular habit, do check out the YouTube Blog
to find out what the YT editors consider must-see.
And again, thank you for staying tuned. Here's to hours of happy viewing to you.(image)
Holiday Greetings from our Soldiers
Warm messages from the soldiers' hearts to their loved ones. Happy Holidays everyone!Click here to watch "Holiday Greeting from PV2 Ernest Marshall"Deployed Service Members send Holiday Greetings to their family and friends14 secClick here to watch "Holiday Greeting from SGT Amanda Soule"Deployed Service Members send Holiday Greetings to their family and friends11 secClick here to watch "Holiday Greeting from SPC Damon Pickens"Deployed Service Members send Holiday Greetings to their family and friends15 secClick here to watch "Holiday Greeting from SFC Shlonda Calhoun"Deployed Service Members send Holiday Greetings to their family and friends22 secClick here to watch "Holiday Greeting from SGT Harvey Smith"Deployed Service Members send Holiday Greetings to their family and friends14 secClick here to watch "Holiday Greeting from SPC Raymond Rinehart"Deployed Service Members send Holiday Greetings to their family and friends12 secPlease click here for more Holiday Greetings![...]
8 videos to celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah!Click here to watch "funny chanukah - hanukkah video"A documentary featuring puppets sharing their feelings about chanukah. http://www.chanukah.org2 min 14 secClick here to watch "THE LEEVEES ROCKING HANUKKAH"The Leevees are getting ready to rock Hanukkah with an original album of songs about about a forgotten musical holiday, Hanukkah. Keywords:Adam Gardner, Dave Schneider, The Zambonis, Guster2 min 33 secClick here to watch "Zola Levitt Presents: The Feast of Lights, p1: The Story of Hanukkah"Dr. Jeffrey Seif sets up the story of Hanukkah and the abominable Antiochus Epiphanes; wherein, the Syrian dictator overthrew Jerusalem and desecrated the Holy Temple. Although many throughout history have sought to destroy God's chosen people, Jeff reassures us that, "He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Also, we learn about harvesting the olive and its importance to the golden Menorah, which resided in the Holy Place.10 min 2 secClick here to watch "Zola Levitt Presents: The Feast of Lights, p2: "You Are the Light of the World""Jeff interviews Rabbi Martin J. Waldman about the increase of Messianic Jews in the world today, and we see a timely interview with Zola and Messianic believer Simcha Davidov.28 min 28 secClick here to watch "Zola Levitt Presents: The Feast of Lights, p3: The Feast of Dedication"Discover the Feast of Dedication as observed by Jesus in the Bible, and don't miss a heartfelt interview where Zola and Jean Rosenberg look at the celebration of Hanukkah in the home today28 min 30 secClick here to watch "Hanukkah Song"Daily Dancer dancing to Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler.1 min 40 secClick here to watch "I_Wish_Every_Day-lg.mov"Hoffman York (an Advertising Agency in Milwaukee) has created an original song and animation for a heart-warming Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday greeting!3 min 24 secClick here to watch "Waterloo Voca Mocha - Hanukkah! Hanukkah!"1 min 46 secShare these videos with your friends using the "Send link to a friend" feature! Learn how here![...]
Highlight: The Comedy Time Network
The Comedy Time Network began in 1994. Today, it's become a leader in original comedy content created especially for wireless handsets. Comedy Time is available on Sprint, Cingular and Amp'd and is distributed worldwide -- so you can laugh wherever you are. Today's Highlighted VideosClick here to watch "Saleem Muhamed - Blind Advice"Saleem Muhamed got some hearty advice from an old blind neighbor.2 min 46 secClick here to watch "Tim O'Rourke - Full Set"Tim O'Rourke wouldn't make the best babysitter.6 min 37 secClick here to watch "Turae - Full Set"Before getting into comedy, Turae had some really bad jobs.10 min 2 secClick here to watch "Maz Jabroni - Full Set"Maz Jabroni talks about being an Iranian-American.12 min 45 secShare these videos with your friends using the "Send link to a friend" feature! Learn how here![...]
Good Charlotte Video Contest!
Calling all Good Charlotte Fans! You've seen the video for "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl," now they want to see yours! Good Charlotte encourages you to make your own "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl" video. This is your
chance to get behind the camera and create your own version. The best video will be chosen by the band who will call you personally to talk with you about it
, feature it on GoodCharlotte.com, AND hook you up with a signed guitar!
To enter, please visit http://goodcharlotterocks.com/googlevideo/
. Hurry, deadline is this Friday 12/15.(image)
Highlight: XOS Technologies Brings You Sports
XOS Technologies brings you, the fans, sports content from more than 750 teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and more. Whether you're a football fanatic or a puck bunny - you'll find it here on Google Video.Click here to watch "Football: Marshall vs. Kansas State"Second half highlights.1 hr 13 secClick here to watch "Basketball: Arkansas vs. Xavier"Hogs take to the hardcourt to battle Xavier.2 hr 10 min 30 secClick here to watch "Volleyball: Oklahoma vs.Texas"Watch as the Sooners take on Texas in volleyball.1 hr 20 min 20 secShare these videos with your friends using the "Send link to a friend" feature! Learn how here![...]
Highlight: Football and Rivalry
I was going to try and impress you with my pigskin trivia *cough*search for football facts on Google*cough*, but I decided not to fake it and fail miserably. So, I'm just going to let these videos and the pros do all the talkin'!Happy football season!Click here to watch "OSU Band does Hollywood"Ohio State-Michigan 11/18/06. An incredible halftime show for the OSU band. They do music and choreography from a bunch of Hollywood movies.7 min 7 secClick here to watch "Hesiman Highlights: Ian Johnson"A closeup look at Broncos' star Ian Johnson.4 min 14 secClick here to watch "Michigan fan from his dorm"Upload your video and share your team pride with millions of football fans at: http://video.google.com/rivalry.html43 secClick here to watch "seminole girls"See more videos like this at, video.google.com/touchdown46 secFind more football fun at the Rivalry page![...]
Highlight: George Michael Contest
Today I'm going to share a George Michael moment with you.When my cousin and I were little kids, we'd crimp our hair, roll on our neon legwarmers, and put on our favorite jellies and scrunch socks to perform George Michael's endearing hit "Last Christmas" for our parents.I wish I had taped our little performace. If I did, it'd be uploaded faster than you can belt out "I'll give it to someone special!"Are you, your mom, your aunt, or sister a George Michael fan? If so, I've got a terrific holiday present for you.To celebrate the release of George Michael's album "Twenty Five," RCA Label Group is inviting fans from all over the world to upload their version of the classic video "Last Christmas". Every video that is submitted will go into a random draw to win George Michael merchandise!For more details, please visit http://www.rcalabelgroup.co.uk/google/us/Click here to watch "George Michael - Last Christmas"The classic video to another of George Michael's hits... George Michael Twenty Five is out on 13th Nov 20064 min 38 secShare these videos with your friends using the "Send link to a friend" feature! Learn how here![...]
What is WatchMojo.com?With more and more people turning to their computers for entertainment rather than their television sets, WatchMojo.com strives to produce original content for said people to watch. Their mission is to create informational and entertainment videos for the world wide web's growing audience.So kick back, relax, and get your mojo here.Today's Highlighted VideosClick here to watch "Guide to Ties - The Windsor Knot"Most men have no idea what they're doing when it comes to tying a tie let alone fashion in general. This guide shows you how to tie them properly and this clip shows the classiest knot of all, The Windsor.1 min 20 secClick here to watch "Guide to Belly Dancing - Part 1 Introduction"An introduction to the art of belly dancing and some of its history and definitions.59 secClick here to watch "Fashion Faux-Pas for Women - Part 4"A look at some common fashion mistakes that women make, and some suggestions for remedying them.47 secClick here to watch "Bartending Tips - How to make a Mountain Dew drop shot"Bartending Tips: A bartender shows you how to mix a Mountain Dew drop shot!40 secClick here to watch "Guide to Drums - The Double Stroke"A drummer demonstrates how to properly execute a double stroke.1 min 48 secShare these videos with your friends using the "Send link to a friend" feature! Learn how here![...]