5 Lesser Known Video Search Engines

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Are you in need of some video inspiration? Need some fresh air? Let’s have a look at a few video search engines that can help you refresh ideas for your upcoming creation (note: I didn’t mention here most popular engines, like Youtube and Google as I am sure you are well aware of those):

Video Search Engine Video Sources Search Goodies
TruveoFox news, Howcast, blip.tv,etcBoolean operators support
VideoSurfYoutube, Metacafe, Revver, Dailymotion, 5min, Vimeo, blip.tv, Spike, Hulu, Crackle, MSN video, etcRefine search based on the “face” search; exclude/include any video channel, category or content type
TagBulbYoutube, Blip.tv, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Google, Grouper and RevverTag search
CastTVYouTube, iTunes, CNN, CBS, hulu, ESPN, 5min, blip.tv, Dailymotion, etcMultiple sorting and filtering options
TagooN/AFilter by: Music / Video / Soft


Truveo is a video search engine with multi-lingual support. It supports boolean operators (OR, AND and -) and exact match search (“your search phrase here“). Another fun thing about the platform is that it has cool Twitter integration allowing to see most “Twittered videos.”



TagBulb is a tag search for images and videos aggregating several popular platforms. Its search results page is no more than a list of video thumbnails:



VideoSurf aggregates results from popular video sharing sites like Youtube and links them together using combination of facial recognition and text search (based on video description and tags).

It also offers handy search suggestion feature. It also lets you refine your results by excluding any search channel, category or content type (e.g. Slide shows, full episodes, web series, clips).



CastTV is an excellent search engine for tv shows, movies, news, sports, celebrity, and viral online videos. The site is divided into categories and also offers a handy search option.

Each search result includes a source link, description and a video thumbnail. Besides, you are able to sort and filter search results in multiple ways: by source, genre, type, etc:



Tagoo is a search platform that lets you search for all types of media-content: mp3 audios, music albums, audiobooks, music videos and podcasts. The site contains a huge database of sites to crawl but the overall result quality leaves much to be desired:


Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

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Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing,... Read Full Bio
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  • Jenny

    Great list of sites Ann. It’s amazing how many search engines their are for a whole variety of medias. I’ll definitely be checking them out. Thanks

  • Oscar

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks for the great list. Would you happen to know of any video search applications that one can license and use on their own site? I would like for it to search only a few selected sites, not YouTube, etc.

    Thanks for your help!