Sunday, 25th February 2007
Blinkx Featured in NY Times Article But What About Other Tools?
Blinkx Featured in NY Times Article But What About Other Sources?
We've been admirers and users of BlinkxTV for several years. We first posted about Blinkx in June, 2004 back before the company switched their focus to multimedia searching.
+ Blinkx Makes More Audio Content Searchable
+ RSS Comes to BlinkxTV with SmartFeed
+ Multimedia Content from BusinessWeek and The New York Times Now Searchable via Blinkx
+ Blinkx Now Offering Podcast Search
+ Speeches, Lectures, and More Added to BlinkxTV Database
+ Blinkx.tv Ends a Busy Year with a New Feature and Some New Content
It's a positive article (as it should be) about Blinkx but the article makes no mention, even in passing, about other search resources that allow the user to search every word spoken in a video, audio feed, podcast, etc.
In fact, before Blinkx came online, Virage (now part of Autonomy and where Chandratillake used to work) was offering keyword search of audio/content and offered (and still does) it's technology on some PBS sites. We have a list of several searchable and viewable PBS programs (including the PBS NewsHour) below.
Here's a quick review of some others:
+ Speechbot from Compaq Research and then HP (no longer online) was available back in 2000.
+ Nexidia, also online for a couple of years, offers phonetic searching (phoneme) search of each word spoken in a video or audio. This is unlike what's available from other sources. Others use speech recognition, keywords (surrounding the video file), closed captioning, or a combination. Nexidia is different. It breaks down the spoken word into phonemes (about 40 in most languages). This allows for faster and more precise indexing with far fewer hours of "training" a speech recognition engine to understand jargon and difficult words. It also can work with most languages.
In October, we posted about their first public demo available here from an Atlanta television station.
+ Podscope (launched in 2005) and Podzinger (keyword search podcasts). Both services are free. Podzinger is also offering some keyword search of YouTube content.
+ Podscope's parent, TVEyes.com offers both free and fee-based services of near real-time content most national television networks and local stations in several large cities. Also, in some markets, radio search is also available. For example, in NYC you can keyword search the two all-news stations, WCBS and WINS. TVEyes has been online for more than 7 years. At one point, TVEyes also offered searchable video content from Bloomberg Business News on Yahoo Video. The TVEyes free service is accessible via the search box on their home page. More about the free service here.
+ ShadowTV, Critical Mention, and Fednet also offer near real time transcript search from both local stations and network television.
+ SteamSage, based in D.C. is now working with Comcast to develop video search tools. During the last presidential election, they offered CampaignSearch.
+ RedLasso (Fee-Based) is a new service on the multimedia search scene. First mentioned on ResourceShelf, 8/28/2006.
UPDATE: Two More Audio/Video Search Players
+ Coveo (Enterprise)
+ pluggd's HereHere Technology
Keyword Search Tools from PBS
See Also: PBS offers Several Tools (ALL FREE) that Allow You To Keyword Search Segments from Several Programs
+ Washington Week in Review
Archive of show segments back to June, 2000.
+ PBS NewsHour
Archive back to February, 2000.
+ Scientific American Frontiers
+ American Field Guide
We've collected over 1400 video clips that enable you to experience America's wilderness firsthand - simply browse the topics or search for your particular interests.
+ Nature Video Archive
Clips from many Nature programs.
+ Julia Child: Lessons from the Master Chef
Browse or search by chef, ingredient, series, or category. Material from several series.
+ Teachers Domain
High-quality multimedia from NOVA, American Experience, and other public television productions and partners
Video and audio clips, interactives, images, and document. Explanatory background articles for each resource.
ResourceShelf's 2003 Overview of this Service.
+ Wide Angle: Browse. Find Program by Title, Theme, Geography
+ Note: Tavis Smiley on PBS offers a browsable archive, audio only
++ Not Searchable but Available Online: 54 Episodes (full programs) from Frontline
++ Not Searchable but Available Online: Now
Complete programs (video), audio, transcripts.
++ Not Searchable but Complete Programs Available Online: Nova
18 shows. For a complete list of all Nova programs (back to 1974) see this page. Browse by subject, title, year of broadcast. Also of interest, Nova Interactive Archive.
See Also: A New Service from Blinkx: NowThen.com: A Cameraphone Diary (Upload, Share, View) and SMS/MMS Tools, Developed By Blinkx
See Also: Video Search Challenge Isn't Speech Recognition, It's Content Owner Management (via SEL)