Google has made it possible for web searchers to find specific or "key moments" from videos in search results, which feature will come handy for those looking for a particular scene in long videos.
While there are lots of way to discover visual and even audio information on Google, which ranges from finding the useful podcasts that explains the elements in the images, but searching inside a video was not possible before now. With this new capability, Google will make all videos somewhat skimmable like text, meaning it will be easy to overlook video content altogether.
However, video creators will have to provide timestamps in their videos to make them easy for a searcher to run a quick scan of the video content, without necessarily going through the whole of the video.
Steps to highlight Key Moments in Videos on Google Search
If you search for instance, "how-to videos with multiple steps", or perhaps longer videos like a documentary, Google will also provide links to some key moments within the video based on the timestamps provided by the video creators.
So, you’ll be able to easily sift through the content to see find the particular video that has what you’re searching for, and the specific section of the video. And this will especially benefit those people who make use of screen readers, as it will make videos more easily accessible.
What Languages & Video format are supported?
For now, you can only be able to find the key moments for YouTube videos on Google Search in English. And the video creators are required to provide timestamp data in the video description for the feature to work.
Google will also introduce a way for other video creators across the web to markup their videos so that they can be more easily searchable on the search engine.
And soon, you’ll will be able to find any key moments from all videos from around the world, including CBS Sports and NDTV, as they've already started implementing the markup code to their videos, with more creators still looking to adopt this helpful feature, and perhaps it will be available in more languages in the near future.