How to Do Reverse Video Search?

BY Sourav

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Sourav

Do you ever find an interesting and valuable video online and wonder from where it has come? If yes, then there are many ways to find it out. 

A reverse video search helps to find the source of a video on the web. It also shows the websites that have used similar videos.

So, read out the complete article to learn how to run a reverse video search on popular search engines and other online tools. 

What is a Reverse Video Search?

You generally use a search engine to search for a word or keyphrase until you get the related page or video according to your search. But when you execute a reverse search, the search engine uses the colors and pixels of a video to find out where the exact copy appears on each web page.

Google and similar search engines match the color-by-color and pixel-by-pixel of your video to find out the close matches. Although it’s not always accurate, it can help you see the number of times a video appears online, or even when the first time the video comes out on the internet. 

Why Do You Need a Reverse Video Search?

Prevent plagiarism of video

If you create video content, a reverse video search will help you display your video whenever it comes out on a webpage. As a result, you can ask for credit for using your video or request to remove it from the site. 

Find a Complete Version of a Video

A few file-sharing sites like Imgur or Reddit have limited file sizes. So, if you want to see a complete version of a video, perform a reverse video search.

Find out Similar Content

You can run a reverse video search of a thrilling video. It’ll display all the similar or related content to your video after checking each webpage. 

How to Run a Reverse Video Search

It’s necessary to take a screenshot of the specific video to use reverse video search feature on Google

Perform a Reverse Video Search on Google

Google is the largest reverse image search engine worldwide with its huge database. It keeps updating by crawling and indexing new content and helps to locate the source of an image. However, Google doesn’t support reverse video search, but it helps you get full information about a video using a screenshot.

So, To take a screenshot on Windows:

  • Open and play the video you want to search for.
  • Press Ctrl + PrtScn to take a screenshot of the video.
  • Save the screenshot on the desktop. 
  • Now go to the Google Image search page. 
  • Click the camera icon on the right side of the search bar.
  • Click Upload an image> Choose file
  • Select the saved screenshot of the video from your desktop.
  • It will quickly show you the related images and the websites that have used similar images. You can open the most related page to get detailed information. 

To take a screenshot on Apple/Mac:

  • Press Shift+Command+4 
  • Press and drag the mouse on the area you want to capture. 
  • Release the mouse.

Perform a Reverse Video Search on Bing

A reverse video search on Bing also works well with a screenshot. 

  • Click on Browse.
  • Select the saved screenshot to upload it.
  • It’ll lead you to the SERP page and show you all the related results. 

Online Reverse Video Search Tools

Apart from major search engines, there is also some online third-party tool available that you can choose to perform reverse video search. 

Berify

Berify is a reverse search engine that helps find stolen images and videos. It mainly crawls on the web for images.  The mission of Berify is to track online images. 

It has a strong image matching algorithm that allows searching over 800 million images along with image data from all of the top search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, and many more. 

It also has an alert feature to help to register your images. They will alert you when your video comes online. 

Berify offers several search plans. But the most comprehensive one is where you can search up to 6000 images, comparing the content against social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. This plan asks for a monthly charge of $24.95 and includes a 3-day free trial. 

To run a reverse search on Berify, follow the steps. 

  • Open Berify.com on your web browser. 
  • Click Sign up for free and choose your plan to log in.
  • Upload the image in the search box.
  • Once it discovers similar results, it’ll send you an email.  

TineEye

Like Berify, the main focus of TinEye is to search for images and recognition. It has built the world’s fastest and most accurate image recognition APIs to find images on the internet. It also alerts you if your video or photo appears online. Here’s how you can use it.

  • Visit Tineye.com
  • Click on Upload to upload your image or you can also paste the image URL in the search box. 

Shutterstock

Shutterstock is one of the leading stock footage websites. It has a storage of over 1 billion photos, and videos along with millions of royalty-free stock footage. So, this site would be able to find visually similar videos. 

Here’s how to reverse search a video on Shutterstock

  • Go to Shutterstock.com.
  • Select Footage from the drop-down list located on the top left side.
  • Click on Search by image at the right corner of the search bar. 
  • Click on Upload to upload the image.
  • After that, it’ll show you all the results related to your image. 

Run a Reverse Video Search on Mobile

On Android

At first, you need to take a screenshot of the video to perform a reverse video search. Once you take the screenshot,

  • Open Google images.
  • Tap on the three dots icon from the top right corner.
  • Mark the box beside the Desktop site to load the desktop version. 
  • Now, tap the search image icon.
  • Tap on Upload an image> Choose file> select the specific image. 

Alternatively, you can open Google Chrome on your mobile and tap the camera icon. After that, select an image from your gallery. Scroll down at the bottom to see the search results. 

On iPhone

If you’re an iPhone user, open Google images> tap the aA icon> Request Desktop Website. After that, follow the above steps. 

Alternatively, install and launch Google chrome. Browse the site whose image you want to search for. Then press and hold the specific image until you see a pop-up menu. Once you get the options, tap on Search Google for This Image.

Conclusion

Hopefully, now you’ve understood what’s the benefit of reverse video search. Also, you’ve learned how to easily run a reverse search on your web browser, mobile, or by choosing a reverse video search tool. So, try out the suggested methods and share your feedback with us. 

About The Author

Sourav

Sourav’s been working as a freelance writer and blogger for over five years. She is a firm believer in big dreams and realizing them. Her work has been published in Women On Writing, Be a Freelance Blogger, Make a Living Writing and Brazen Careerist among others