Video Search Update, Part 1: Submit Your Video!

After having indexed Dailymotion, Youtube and Metacafe, we decided to enlarge our index by enabling you to submit your videos to our crawler directly.

We currently support the Media RSS format, adopted by the majority of video content distributors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_RSS

All you need to do is send us your feed URL so our crawler can fetch it.

Once your feed is submitted, our crawler will check back regularly to verify that the video is still available.

An example of a video feed:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<rss version=”2.0″ xmlns:media=”http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/”>
<channel>
<title>My site</title>
<link>http://www.mysite.com/rss/mrss.xml</link>
<description>Videos published on my site</description>
<item>
<author>jane56</author>
<title>Interview with Tom</title>
<link>http://www.mysite.com/video/1</link>
<description>Tom responds to my questions about the new product.</description>
<guid isPermaLink=”true”>http://www.mysite.com/video/1</guid>
<pubDate>Mon, 25 Nov 2007 08:42:00 +0000</pubDate>
<media:content url=”http://www.mysite.com/player/1/interview_de_tom.swf”
type=”application/x-shockwave-flash”/>
<media:content duration=”325″ >
<media:thumbnail url=”http://www.mysite.com/vimages/1.jpg” width=”340″
height=”250″ />
<media:keywords>Tom, interview, new</media:keywords>
<media:rating scheme=”urn:simple”>nonadult</media:rating>
<media:category>Entertainment</media:category>
</item>
</channel>
</rss>

<guid>:
-The guid tag contains the URL of a page where the video can be found. When the user runs a search and clicks on a result, he/she will be directed to this URL.

<thumbnail>:
– The thumbnail tag contains a link to a descriptive image for the video.

<pubDate>:
– This tag is for the publication date of the video.

<media:content>:
-This tag contains a direct link to the video. ‘Type’ is a standard video MIME type.

<media:keywords>:
– A list of keywords associated with the video.

<media:category>:
– One or more categories associated with the video.

<media:rating scheme=”urn:simple”>:
– Indicates if the content is ‘adult’ or ‘nonadult’ (suitable for minors) in nature.

This list is not exhaustive. See http://search.yahoo.com/mrss for further specification details.

Contact us if you have any technical questions!