Blinkx Internet video search engine
Last year I downloaded Blinkx beta search engine onto my laptop. It worked fine until the volume of data started to grow, and my computer slowed down to a crawl. That's when I deleated Blinkx but actually missed it's cool capabilities.
Now they seem to have gotten it right.
Search engines that scan text are common place, Not so for video or audio clips.
Now, Blinkx has refined a video search engine that allows users to search more than seven million hours of Internet video to find exactly the clip they want.
According to Tech Review:
"Unlike most video-search outfits, Blinkx does not merely search the text or tags associated with a particular video. Instead, Blinkx’s technique employs speech recognition, neural networks, and machine learning to create transcripts of the world's videos; then, the words spoken in the videos can be searched. The method creates much more relevant video-search results."
In response to the question: what makes internet video so great?, Suranga Chandratillake cofounder and co-CTO of Blinkx says:
"The infrastructure is in place now. The bandwidth and processing power are available. Video cameras are cheap and editing software is free (or almost). Ultimately, this all represents a massive lowering of the barrier to entry, which has utterly disrupted the supply side of this enormous global industry. Previously, all production was controlled by a handful of individuals, and the distribution of that content was tied to a small number of restricted mediums: the cinema, Blockbuster, cable TV. Changing the paradigm of entertainment production and distribution matters on multiple levels. In society, the democratization of media means we're all able to participate in a global conversation or experience. Commercially, it's suddenly viable to support a diverse "long tail" of content, which previously had a hard time getting an audience.
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