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September 12, 2008

More Advanced Search Options for YouTube

YouTube added some new options that allow you to filter search results by type. You can restrict the results to videos uploaded by YouTube partners, videos that have annotations or closed captions. There's also an option to restrict the results to feature length videos, but it doesn't seem to work yet.

Use the "partner videos" restriction to get official videos, annotations could be used for additional explanations or interactivity, while closed captions allow you to search inside the text of a video. The closed captioning features has been recently added to YouTube, so you won't find too many subtitled videos.


YouTube's interface doesn't let you combine the restrictions, but you can manually add parameters:

http://www.youtube.com/results?closed_captions=1&annotations=1&search_query=site:youtube.com (videos that have both annotations and closed captions)

http://www.youtube.com/results?partner=1&closed_captions=1&search_query=site:youtube.com (partner videos with closed captions)

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