Video Tagging Gets Cool


We’ve all tagged photos on Flickr. Next up, we’ll be increasingly tagging videos in new and innovative ways. I’ve seen two interesting announcements on this recently. On Sept. 14, ComVu, which hosts people’s mobile video blogs, unveiled its automated geotagging software that automatically records the location a cell phone video was taken at. The feature will allow for dynamic mapping: Say, you want to see what’s been happening at Times Square lately. You might go to a video sharing site and, using tags, do just that.

The other cool video tagging announcement comes from Motionbox, a personal video sharing site that appears to be similar to YouTube. The outfit just introduced its deep video tagging feature, allowing users to tag favorite parts of a video so that they and others can jump directly to those parts. This feature is going to become increasingly valuable as personal videos, taken by camcorders and cell phones, get longer.

As digital video takes the market by storm, it’s these kinds of capabilities that will change the face of video search. Today’s video search tends to be cumbersome and ineffective. Users of most video sites, like YouTube and Google Video, end up simply checking out the videos other users liked: the top-10 list. Tagging could change that and allow for better contextual searches.


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