Ability to 'See' Content Sets New Video Search Site Apart

VideoSurf.com analyzes images themselves, isn't dependent on tag search
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Nov 19, 2008 3:52 PM CST

(Newser) – A new Web site that makes video searchable by actual images, rather than by often inaccurate and misleading metadata tags, is making finding the clips you’re looking for easier, Katherine Boehret writes in the Wall Street Journal. VideoSurf.com—currently in its public beta form—“sees” images rather than relying on tags and, Boehret says, it does a pretty good job.

VideoSurf is at its best when searching for famous faces. It presents results in a “filmstrip” format, allowing users to watch a video from several points, and it allows users to edit videos to specific lengths and send those portions as email attachments. VideoSurf aggregates content from YouTube, CNN, Hulu, ESPN and Comedy Central, as well as 55 other sites.