One of the sure fire predictions for 2007 is that Internet Video is going to get HOT! So over Christmas I was poking around to discover what was new and was delighted to discover the Google AJAX Search API and the Google Video Bar. Quite simply this code allows anyone with a website or weblog to easily build Google search engine functionality and in particular video search functionality into their site. It took me just a couple of hours.
I have three very simple demo pages here:
But then take a look and see how I have incorporated the code into my site.
First, I have added a Google Video Search button to my Media Player. Now not only can you play videos and multi media files that I have embedded in my site but you can also search for and play Google Videos directly in my player. What's even better is that I have included a small number of standard searches to get you going. Take a look at the TEDTalk videos - they are outstanding!
And then finally I have started to include the video search functionality into many of my pages. Take a look for example at the profile page for Tom Peters where you will see the embedded video search bring up and display Tom Peters videos.
All in all - very cool indeed. But in my opinion we ain't seen nothing yet. There are so many stunning developments going on in this area - for example take a look at Robin Good's Video Education: Free Online Learning Resources Mini-Guide.