The internet is a treasure trove of videos, from educational content and entertainment to personal memories shared online. Often, you may find a video that you’d like to know more about. That’s where Reverse Video Search comes in handy.
This article will guide you on how to perform a Reverse Video Search the right way using different platforms, search engines, mobile devices, and even provide expert advice sourced from the Reddit community.
What is a Reverse Video Search?
A reverse video search allows you to find information about a video you have. This can include the video’s original source, where it’s been shared, similar videos, and more.
Unfortunately, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there isn’t a direct way to perform a reverse video search as you would with reverse image search.
Instead, you can use a combination of searching video metadata, video thumbnails, and using keywords or phrases from the video.
Reverse Video Search on Websites, Search Engines and Social Media Platforms
While Google does not offer direct reverse video search, you can use Google’s reverse image search to upload a screenshot from the video and search for similar images or instances where the image appears online.
Alternatively, if the video has any dialogue or unique phrases, you can use those as search terms in Google to find similar results.
Similar to Google, Bing also offers a reverse image search tool. You can take a screenshot from the video, save it on your device, and upload it to Bing’s visual search.
TinEye is a search engine specifically designed for reverse image searches. Just like with Google and Bing, you can use a screenshot from the video and upload it to TinEye to find where else it might appear online.
Shutterstock primarily focuses on stock images and does not support Reverse Video Search. However, you can use the keyword search option to find videos similar to your screenshot.
Mobile and iPhone
For mobile users, Google and Bing’s reverse image search features can be accessed directly from your mobile browser. The process remains the same: take a screenshot from the video and upload it to perform a search.
Reverse Video Search on Social Media
On TikTok, a popular short video platform, users can use the “Discover” feature and enter specific keywords or hashtags from the video to find similar content. There’s no direct way to perform a Reverse Video Search as of my last update in September 2021.
Twitter allows you to search for tweets using specific keywords, hashtags, or phrases from a video. While it doesn’t offer a direct Reverse Video Search, this method can help find tweets containing similar video content.
Reddit’s Advice on Reverse Video Search
Reddit users suggest that one of the best ways to find the source or similar content to a video is to use specific keywords or phrases from the video in a search engine. They also recommend using multiple screenshots from different points in the video for reverse image searches to increase the chances of finding a match.
While a direct Reverse Video Search tool isn’t available as of September 2021, you can use a combination of reverse image search with video screenshots and keyword searches to track down similar videos or find more information about a video.
The exact method you choose may vary based on the platform you’re using and the resources you have at your disposal. Always remember to use these tools responsibly and respect copyright and privacy laws when searching and sharing content online.