Not yet on TechCrunch: killer video search engine (ClipBlast)

I’ve been looking for a great video search engine that includes all the videos that I’ve done. I’ve been to Dabble, Blinkx, YouTube, MeeVee, Truveo, and others. None have all my videos with the latest videos represented. Dabble is pretty close, actually, but Clipblast really blew them all away. Visit Clipblast and search on my last name, or on a topic you know I’ve covered like “Google Reader” to find the videos I’ve done of the Google Reader team. It’s really great.

I just learned about it from Gary Baker, Founder/CEO who is sitting next to me (I put a short video of him up on my Kyte channel, although that was a bit choppy because the Wifi sucks here).

Anyway, here’s the highlights.

1. Their engine has been spidering the video world for 3.5 years.
2. Three million professionally-done video clips with five million additional of user generated clips.
3. The current interface on Clipblast went live in April.

They also crawl engines like YouTube and MySpace and Daily Motion. Blip, Veoh, Brightcove, etc. are all crawled for their latest video.

Stuff they are strong on, according to Gary:

1. News video from local, national, international sources.
2. Video podcasting and video blogging
3. Newspapers that are putting video out, like New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
4. Commercials.

“Our ultimate goal is to get viewers and more views to the video.”

I’ll try it out more, but on a few minutes first look it really is great. What do you think?

Personally this is one I was happy to see before Mike Arrington and the TechCrunch crew. I have a feeling Mike will write about this pretty soon. :-)

73 thoughts on “Not yet on TechCrunch: killer video search engine (ClipBlast)

  1. Hi all,
    I’m a developer of vizhole.com – video search website.. Please review the vizhole search engine if interested…
    &&&
    Please if you know or expect that, could you tell me
    how many unique visitors per day popular video search engine sites such as dabble, blinkx, truveo seem to have?
    I’ve seen their Alexa rankings but I still don’t know how to read the daily reach standard (0.01~0.05) there..

  2. Hi all,
    I’m a developer of vizhole.com – video search website.. Please review the vizhole search engine if interested…
    &&&
    Please if you know or expect that, could you tell me
    how many unique visitors per day popular video search engine sites such as dabble, blinkx, truveo seem to have?
    I’ve seen their Alexa rankings but I still don’t know how to read the daily reach standard (0.01~0.05) there..

  3. check this VeZoom video search engine. I have found that VeZoom, returns the most relevant results.

  4. check this VeZoom video search engine. I have found that VeZoom, returns the most relevant results.

  5. Mary-

    Good analysis.

    ClipBlast is a web wide video search engine that indexes the world wide web for video. So naturally, Scoble is going to be found in multiple locations, on multiple hosts. To your point about “duplicates”, we do remove duplicates if found on the same host; a similar gesture as Dabble – we too are seeking to deliver a great user experience.

    Our index, however, honors scoble when found at multiple hosts. For example, ClipBlast’s index often has clips, often the same clips, at multiple hosts that are posted by scoble. Same for , cbs, nbc, amanda congden, wallstrip, warner music group or anyone for that matter. It’s their distribution strategy to post in multiple locations. Additionally, ClipBlast indexes platforms and sites like You Tube, MySpace, even VodPod, that enable users to share and point to video.

    While I agree that Dabble does a great job presenting video found at social bookmarking sites, ClipBlast is a web-wide video search engine that indexes video sources, platforms, sharing hosts and video across the web.

    Best

    Gary Baker
    Founder of ClipBlast

  6. Mary-

    Good analysis.

    ClipBlast is a web wide video search engine that indexes the world wide web for video. So naturally, Scoble is going to be found in multiple locations, on multiple hosts. To your point about “duplicates”, we do remove duplicates if found on the same host; a similar gesture as Dabble – we too are seeking to deliver a great user experience.

    Our index, however, honors scoble when found at multiple hosts. For example, ClipBlast’s index often has clips, often the same clips, at multiple hosts that are posted by scoble. Same for , cbs, nbc, amanda congden, wallstrip, warner music group or anyone for that matter. It’s their distribution strategy to post in multiple locations. Additionally, ClipBlast indexes platforms and sites like You Tube, MySpace, even VodPod, that enable users to share and point to video.

    While I agree that Dabble does a great job presenting video found at social bookmarking sites, ClipBlast is a web-wide video search engine that indexes video sources, platforms, sharing hosts and video across the web.

    Best

    Gary Baker
    Founder of ClipBlast

  7. Hi Robert,
    I just wanted to let you know that I did an analysis of Dabble verses Clipblast for the search: Scoble.

    Clipblast has 441 clips and Dabble has 198. I was puzzled as to why Dabble was short by 243 clips.

    I did some digging and found that Clipblast includes clips from Vodpod. Vodpod is a channels site (in other words they don’t host videos, but rather link and embed them). So most of the clips I found there were repeats where Vodpod users had bookmarked videos hosted at Podtech that both Clipblast and Dabble already have.

    We don’t post repeats, but instead aggregate the information that someone, somewhere else on the web, has bookmarked the video. We treat that as a gesture, instead of making tons of duplicates on our site.

    I also found that there were clips, if you go back a few pages in Clipblast the results, that have nothing around them at all that say “scoble” nor are they about Robert Scoble or any other scoble.

    For example, this video:
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/272189/vin_diesel_script/
    is about Vin Diesel on the Daily Show.

    Or this clip about a balloon prank:
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/271523/balloon_prank/

    Or this one about an aligator crying:
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/272210/aligator_tears/

    So when I compared the actual clips, we actually had all the Scoble clips Clipblast does and are essentially the same in terms of breadth.

    In fact, I think Dabble is less confusing, because we don’t have all the duplicates of the same videos, at social bookmarking sites, listed as separate videos.

    thanks,
    mary
    founder of dabble.com

  8. Hi Robert,
    I just wanted to let you know that I did an analysis of Dabble verses Clipblast for the search: Scoble.

    Clipblast has 441 clips and Dabble has 198. I was puzzled as to why Dabble was short by 243 clips.

    I did some digging and found that Clipblast includes clips from Vodpod. Vodpod is a channels site (in other words they don’t host videos, but rather link and embed them). So most of the clips I found there were repeats where Vodpod users had bookmarked videos hosted at Podtech that both Clipblast and Dabble already have.

    We don’t post repeats, but instead aggregate the information that someone, somewhere else on the web, has bookmarked the video. We treat that as a gesture, instead of making tons of duplicates on our site.

    I also found that there were clips, if you go back a few pages in Clipblast the results, that have nothing around them at all that say “scoble” nor are they about Robert Scoble or any other scoble.

    For example, this video:
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/272189/vin_diesel_script/
    is about Vin Diesel on the Daily Show.

    Or this clip about a balloon prank:
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/271523/balloon_prank/

    Or this one about an aligator crying:
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/272210/aligator_tears/

    So when I compared the actual clips, we actually had all the Scoble clips Clipblast does and are essentially the same in terms of breadth.

    In fact, I think Dabble is less confusing, because we don’t have all the duplicates of the same videos, at social bookmarking sites, listed as separate videos.

    thanks,
    mary
    founder of dabble.com

  9. blinkx uses voice recognition and works better than this. clipblast sucks if you try any search donot see how searching for just scoble is a test for a good search engine they probably just fixed that search first.

  10. blinkx uses voice recognition and works better than this. clipblast sucks if you try any search donot see how searching for just scoble is a test for a good search engine they probably just fixed that search first.

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