Below you will find a list of the top 5 video search APIs (application program interfaces) - in no particular order.

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Online Video Search Service APIs youtube

Google's APIType: Video Search and Sharing

Description: "Our new GData API allows you to do all the things you could with the old API (search through videos, get user information, and list playlists). On top of that, we have added more flexibility with filtering, querying, and alternative outputs (e.g. if you want output in JSON). Brand new feeds include video responses, full comments list, and related videos. Additionally, the Google data client libraries are now at your disposal. The Java client library even has YouTube-specific extensions, and you can check out the Java developer guide for sample code and explanations." - From Youtube

Links: Homepage | API Blog | Forum | Developer Support | Term

Online Video Search Service APIs yahoo

Yahoo Video Search APIType: Video Search

Description: The Video Search service allows you to search the Internet for video clips.

Links: Homepage | Endpoint | Forum | Developer Support | Terms

Online Video Search Service APIs aol

AOL Truveo Searchforvideo APIType: Video Search

Description: The AOL Video Search API is an index containing millions of video files available online. The index is continuously updated, cleaned and expanded to include the latest videos from the most popular video destinations on the Web. The API provide a programmatic interface to access this index and build applications that feature video search results.

  1. REST API delivers XML-formatted video search results in response to standard HTTP GET requests.
  2. AJAX API runs in the browser and lets client applications access video search results directly from JavaScript.
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Links: Homepage

Online Video Search Service APIs vimeo

Vimeo APIType: Video Search

Description: Use to exchange videos with only the people you want to. They have a bunch of different privacy options so you can choose exactly who can see your videos, and others can do the same.

Links: Homepage | Forum | Endpoint

Other Video Search / Sharing Services

Television / TV Related Video Services

Misc Video Services

Video-Capable Services

  • Prabhuraj

    Yahoo video api link is disabled ? is there any other api url from yahoo for video search ?

  • Mark Robertson

    Daniel, thanks for the comment..

    As you sent this, believe it or not, I was on a call with Eitan, the CTO of VideoSurf... Ill hopefully be writing something in the next week all about that conversation. They are doing some fascinating things. Glad you like their API and thanks for the comment.

  • Daniel Leffel

    Obviously this post is old, but VideoSurf has an API. VideoSurf's APIs allow you to search and display their index of billions of moments, along with their unique computer vision features, on your own website.

    Highlights Include:

    * Intelligently selected thumbnail images as well as a full visual summary of each video, titles, descriptions, related tags, related topics, and more.
    * Ability to refine result sets by characters that appeared in the videos (e.g. find the episode of Friends where Brad Pitt guest starred)
    * Include/exclude results by video provider (e.g. filter out Youtube videos or only show Comedy Central videos).
    * Ability to refine results by content type (e.g. show only Full TV Episodes or exclude slideshows)