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Search Inside Video - How to Quickly Find Videos in a Large Library?

By Bareerah Shoukat & Shahan Zafar
A woman searching for videos on her laptop

Searching inside a video is about being able to quickly find a video amongst thousands or quickly jump to the part of the video, by typing in spoken words or names of specific persons. Search inside video can help you save time and quickly find the information that you need. A powerful search engine can essentially help you find that one video amongst 1000s. Consider the following scenario:

You had a zoom meeting with one of your clients in which he briefly explained what his requirements were. You understood and recorded that meeting for later use. However, a month later after attending various other client meetings, you want to verify whether the previous requirements are met or not. You don’t remember the exact details and end up scrolling the entire month’s list. At this moment, you wish you could just search inside videos and save time by not going through every video in your library.

Do you know? An average employee spends 25% of their time searching for information. Unlike text documents where search engines can easily read through, searching inside a video is a bit more complicated. However, with advancements in technology, certain video search engines can read through video just as if it were a text document. Theoretically, this ability lies in three concepts:

  1. Audio to Text: If all spoken words are converted to text, then search engines can read through them easily. 
  2. Video Analysis: AI can point out what is happening in a video such as the name of the person appearing, or the objects appearing etc. 
  3. Metadata: This is like tagging a video and telling the search engine what is inside the contents of the video. It could be as simple as the author, or just tag the topic of discussion.

Above all, you need to store and stream your videos in an application that has search capabilities to perform all of the three above. VIDIZMO, is an enterprise video content management that can help you in this case.


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How Search Inside Video Has Made Our Lives Easier!

The Old-Fashioned Way

Traditionally, users had to watch the entire video step by step for that one specific topic or line, and they would need to chase for a topic inside the video through a video library. A lot of time was wasted in searching for information. Do you remember the exact file name and where had saved it? You would not find that video easily. And if you do, then you will have to watch the entire thing again to locate the ten seconds you're searching for.

Moreover, sometimes all one can remember are the spoken word in a video but does not remember the name of the file that it was part of. Looking for such extracts from a pile of videos can be extremely time-consuming and irritable. Precious hours can be wasted on scrapping through tons of videos just to get what one is looking for.
Though, it doesn’t have to be that way!

The Smart Way With AI

Initially, you had to remember the title of the video file to find it and if you didn’t recall the title by which you had saved that file, then... my sympathies are with you. Searching for videos was only possible through titles and labels. To search inside and search for spoken words in a video, was a hassle.

Thanks to Artificial intelligence and metadata, we are now capable of searching inside videos. Not only this, we can search for the spoken words in a video too. In a few simple clicks, you can get what you are looking for. It is not only time-saving but also increases productivity. Today, searching inside videos has been enabled through video platforms that have powerful search capabilities. Finding from a bulk of videos is now a matter of minutes through metadata. Metadata has made finding words easier, enabling users to sort or locate media files.

What these video platforms do is that they enable extra information to be tagged along a video file and search engines can then search for videos based on this extra information.

An Enterprise Video Content Management System – VIDIZMO with Powerful Search

1000’s of videos? or you can’t keep count of them? No worries! Search the relevant information in seconds and jump to the relevant part with our AI enabled smart search.

VIDIZMO offers a Gartner recognized video content management system, with powerful search capabilities. You can host your videos on our platform or archive them. Once these videos are on our platform, all you need to do is just type the keyword or anything you remember related to the file you are searching for and you promptly get a list of each time that word appears up.


Using VIDIZMO’s search inside video capabilities, users can search inside the video for spoken words, images, faces, sentiments, labels, brands, and any keywords that appear on-screen during the entire video. The search will not only show the list of timestamping where the keyword pops up but will take you to the point of the video where that word was used.

Search Inside Video

To search inside video content in your collection all you have to do is enter your search phrase and VIDIZMO shows a timestamped index of all the files that consist of your phrase. You can search for spoken words in video too, simply just TYPE that word and the list is there! You will automatically be taken to the precise point within the video where your search term occurred.

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Search Inside Video Content

VIDIZMO helps you make your video library searchable through the following ways:


User-Generated Tags 

While uploading the video, the user can add single or multiple tags to all the videos such as title, labels, portrayal etc., which allows for a speedy search of videos.

Auto-generated Tags Through AI

VIDIZMO provides the ability to automatically add relevant metadata to videos using AI as soon as they’re uploaded.

For Example: You uploaded an IT video. Every video has a set of metadata such as title, author name, table of contents, index, etc. So, by using VIDIZMO’s user-defined attributes, allows uploaders to define which video it is. The feature would generate metadata with every video upload, which can be easily searched in VIDIZMO’s platform.

Custom Attributes

VIDIZMO allows users to assign custom attributes to improve search visibility and further expand search criteria using custom fields. For example, you can tag the instructor in a video, the location it was shot, and more. 

Then through VIDIZMO, you can filter videos in your library through these custom attributes. Below is a clear representation of how it could be done, using stadium location as an example. 

In the search pane, you can then filter and narrow down based on your custom attribute (by selecting stadium location as in this example).  



Search for Spoken Words

Search for exact spoken word in any language. Yes, you read it correctly. In any language! VIDIZMO offers the ability to search for videos based on spoken words or audio. Search inside video was never that smooth and cherry on the top here is search for spoken words in the video. VIDIZMO supports multilingual search. Allows you to transcribe the translation and enables you to search in your own language.


VIDIZMO Artificial Intelligence (AI) feature detects facial features of the people present in videos. Search by face empowers the users to discover and search videos and other media based on faces, holds great potential in locating individuals related to media content, whether they are speakers, participants or those monitored through video. The faces which are detected in videos are displayed on side of the video, which, when clicked, will allow the user to watch the exact section where the face appeared.

For Example:  Monitoring patients in healthcare and suspect identification for security purposes.


Through AI powered voice recognition, you can identify and index speakers within videos. Once indexed, you can easily search by entering the names of these speakers and jumping to the right video amongst a large library.  

Searchable Annotations

The annotations added by viewers on videos are searchable; through VIDIZMO’s media library, you can jump to the exact time stamp they are added at.


With VDIZMO’s search, users can search the library by specific objects, shapes building, signboards or any other familiar known object. This helps users to narrow down the search.

Through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) users can convert their documents, videos, PDF, scanned photos, etc., into machine-coded text. Each character on-page is scanned individually so that you have a text form.

For Example: You uploaded a picture of your friend's home address, days later you wanted to see that picture, just go on the search bar type the address or words which you remember related to it and that picture would be in front of you.

VIDIZMO’s dynamic robust search is the most extensive way to search inside video and search for spoken words in the video, which helps organizations discover digital files easily and quickly, reduce content search costs, save time and efficiently manage a within a growing video library.


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Not Just Search - But End-to-End Video Management

VIDIZMO does not just offer a powerful search, but an enterprise video content management system for end-to-end enterprise use cases. The search is part of this system. Be it streaming marketing and sales videos to external audiences, or training content with quizzes for employees, or managing recorded meetings and segregating their access.   

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Posted by Bareerah Shoukat & Shahan Zafar

This article is jointly written by Bareerah Shoukat (Product Strategist) and Shahan Zafar (Product Marketing Manager).

Tags: search inside videos, smart search

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