How To Reverse Search A Video

How To Reverse Search A Video

October 4th, 2021   |   Updated on November 7th, 2021

The process of reverse searching for a video is quite similar for all the platforms. Mostly you need to add the video file or its URL link to the video search engine.

Some of the platforms would want that an account is registered to use the search engine. On the other hand, others charge a one-time payment or subscription fee for the same.

The process of conducting a reverse video search is dependent on the location of your video file. If your file is already online, just copy its website address and paste it into the search engine.

However, if the video is downloaded on your computer, use the following steps:

  1. Open a video search website that you want to use
  2. Upload your video file to its search engine
  3. Select the search parameters you are looking at
  4. Browse further to get matching results

At times the video search engine may only take image uploads and not video. If that is true, then open the video and take a screenshot after pausing it and then upload it.

Things You Should Know About Reverse Video Search

How Do I Do A Reverse Google Video Search?

Google at present does not have a reverse video search function. But there is a tactic that you can use to perform the same.

Google cannot read the videos, but you can use the image search capabilities that it has and get similar results instead.

Here is how you use image search on Google to get a video:

  1. First, you must take a screenshot of the video you wish to reverse search (crop it off, so you do not see any extra stuff).
  2. Now go to Google Images
  3. In the search bar, you will see a camera icon. Click on it.
  4. There will be options “Paste Image URL” OR “Upload an Image.” Click on the ‘upload image’ option, select any screenshot of the video that you wish to search for.
  5. Click on search, and Google will show you a list of images that it finds similar to the original image.
  6. Now browse through all the results you find for a source video.

Google reverse image search is not entirely accurate as it is powered by machine learning and AI. However, most of the results are pretty close to the real one.

Note: The image that you use should be in anyone of the following formats:.jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .tif or .webp.

How Can I Search By Video?

Mentioned below are some search engines that have the property of searching videos:

  • Google Video – You can use it to look for videos on other websites, like news channels, live streams, film trailers, etc.
  • YouTube –Has an extraordinary search function that will show all the related videos and even has filters for the advanced search. You can use it to find specific videos that you want.
  • Bing Video – This will not have a reverse search, but it will show you all related videos. It searches through YouTube, Vimeo, and others to give you all results.

How Do I Find Similar Videos?

You will find many websites that have an auto-play or similar feature. These are the best places to find such videos.

Go to YouTube’s suggested video feature. If your video is on YouTube, it will show you other videos that are almost related to your video. You could also check out the various playlists.

Google Advanced Video Search. This in-depth search filter will see the videos with details like author, year, etc.

You may also look for videos that have been hosted in the exact location in which the original video was hosted. Most websites host lots of themed collections of the videos.

The Reverse video searching technology is relatively new. That is why we still do not know about its full powers. But technology is expanding day by day, and pretty soon, this area will see further growth.