Do you know that more than 35 hours of video content is uploaded to YouTube every single minute? The videos were watched a total of 700 billion times in 2010 alone and with so many eyeballs, YouTube has become the second most popular search engine on the Internet.
Advanced Video Search in Plain English
Searching videos on YouTube is simple but if you know a few tricks, it becomes even more fun and accurate. The YouTube team has considerably simplified their video search function making it easier for people to perform advanced searches on YouTube without learning any complicated syntax. Let’s look at some real-world examples:
#1. Find a specific YouTube channel
royal wedding, channel
YouTube will have numerous videos related to the royal wedding but if you are only looking for their official YouTube channel, add the word channel to your query separated by a comma.
#2. Limit your search to recently uploaded videos
oprah winfrey, this week
This will only show recent videos related to Oprah that have been uploaded to YouTube in the past week. You may also use “today” or “this month” to limit your search to videos that were uploaded in the past month.
#3. Find only official videos, no fan material please
never say never, partner
If you are looking for the ‘official’ Justin Bieber track and don’t want to see any parodies or fan material in the search results, add the word ‘partner’ to your search query.
#4. Find movies on YouTube
jackie chan, movie
Yes, you can find full-length movies on YouTube (including Bollywood titles). The search operator for finding movies is, you got it right, movie.
#5. Find high-quality videos on YouTube
the king's speech trailer, hd
Add the keyword hd to your search query and YouTube will only show High-definition video clips that are either 720p (1280×720) or 1080p (1920×1080 pixels).
#6. Find 3D video clips on YouTube
#7. Find video playlists on YouTube
bryan adams, playlist
Playlists are a great option if you want to find and watch (or listen) multiple related videos in one go – like all the Old Spice commercials or your favorite Savage Garden tracks. You may also copy YouTube playlists to your own account.
#8. Find lengthy videos on YouTube
tom and jerry cartoons, long
Add the keyword long to your search query and YouTube will only return videos that are at least 20 minutes in length.
#9. Perform exact-match searches on YouTube
allintitle:"google goes gaga"
You can borrow the popular allintitle search operator from Google on YouTube to perform exact title matches. Might be useful when the original video is not available in your country due to geographic restrictions.
#10. Mix and Match
ted talks, hd, this month, long
The best part about YouTube search is that you combine multiple search operators with commas and apply them all to your query (much like the Boolean AND operator). The above example will help use find all TED talks that have recently been uploaded to YouTube.