Mobento Search Enables Users to Search Videos for Spoken Words for the First Time Ever

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Announcing the next generation video search.

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So much content and knowledge is consumed by video today that finding a better way to actually mine it is absolutely critical to making better use of our time. Now what used to take you, say, two hours can be done in a few seconds.

The unveiling of a new video search technology today will transform the way video is used and searched in education, business and entertainment.

Mobento Search enables users to search video collections for the words that were spoken in seconds. This means hundreds of hours of video can be searched in an instant instead of hundreds of hours.

With Mobento Search, videos can be searched as easily as web pages. The user simply types the words they are looking for and Mobento Search finds all the videos that contain those spoken words and then shows exactly when they are spoken in the timeline.

The company behind this ground-breaking technology is the video learning company, Mobento (http://www.mobento.com).

“In the past if you wanted to find the moment when key words were spoken in a video – such as a TED talk on creativity – then you had to start at the beginning and keep going until you found it: a linear and time consuming activity”, said Sumner Murphy, the founder of Mobento.

Murphy continued, “So much content and knowledge is consumed by video today that finding a better way to actually mine it is absolutely critical to making better use of our time. Now what used to take you, say, two hours can be done in a few seconds.”

Developing user-friendly innovations in technology to help educators and students access, share and collaborate is at the heart of Mobento’s mission. And this is what drove it to innovate in video.

To enable this “video-mining” search, Mobento aims to help by organizing content better, being brutal in quality control, and being “top of the class” in innovation.

The three pillars of Mobento are:

  •     Comprehensiveness – it aims to have the best videos on the most subjects
  •     Quality – only high quality programs and videos of talks and lectures will make the grade
  •     Mobento Search – users will find what they need instantly and save hours of time

Mobento’s rapidly growing collection of high quality videos includes speeches and lectures from Stanford University, TEDx, Khan Academy.

Murphy doesn't rule out that other companies may wish to license the technology for their own video collections.

The company is also bucking the trend by pursuing a “Less-is-More” approach to video. While other video libraries are swimming in huge numbers of videos of varying quality, the videos in Mobento are subject to a minimum high quality threshold.

“We are very selective about the videos we put into the Mobento collection’ says Murphy. “We are in the process of building relationships with the institutions and the people who make the most fascinating videos. As a result anyone who comes to Mobento is guaranteed to find great, high quality videos.”

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