YouTube users upload more than a 100 hours of new videos every minute. YouTube has a very easy to understand interface and it’s search works pretty well, but with this much amount of data, it is very difficult to find the right video, user or channel you are looking for. You can use the tips below to simplify the search process, and get more specific results on YouTube.
1. Find The Channel And Not The Video
There are videos about almost everything on YouTube. Even if you try to find a YouTube channel with its name, you may get videos and not the channel you are looking for. But you can force YouTube to show only the channels matching your search query, here’s how.
Just append ‘, channel‘ to the channel name you are in search of, and YouTube will only show the channels that match your query.
2. Find Longer Videos
There can be times when you will have to search for in-depth tutorials or interviews that you know are long and you want the full episode of them. But people have a habit of uploading small clips on YouTube and finding the complete video becomes a pain. You can limit the YouTube search to return only the videos that are longer than 20 minutes in duration by adding the ‘long’ keyword in your search query.
Apple iPhone Introduction, long
3. Find Short Videos (Smaller Than 4 Minutes)
Similar to the long keyword, you can also use the short keyword to get only the videos that are shorter than 4 minutes.
Apple iPhone Introduction, short
4. Get Videos That Have An High Definition Version
If you want to see videos that have a High Definition version available, then you can add the “hd” keyword to your search query.
Apple iPhone Introduction, hd
5. Search For A Video Playlist
If you are looking for all the tracks of an album or all the commercials of a particular product, then try finding the playlist using the search query as shown below.
Coca Cola ads, playlist
6. Get 3D Videos On YouTube
If you are looking for 3D videos on something, then try adding the ‘, 3D‘ string to your search query
Make sure you have the 3D glasses and your device is capable of showing 3D content, else there is no point watching them 🙂
7. Find Movies On YouTube
YouTube also houses full length movies. To watch any movie, just add the ‘movie’ suffix to your search query. It’s not necessary that the movie you are looking for will be available on YouTube, don’t get worried if you don’t find it. YouTube has a good collection of movies but not all.
The Da Vinci Code, movie
8. Find YouTube Videos That Were Uploaded Within A Time Range
YouTube gives you the flexibility to filter videos that were uploaded to YouTube at a certain time. You can search videos that were upload within the last hour (hour), that were uploaded the current day (today), during the past week (week), month (month) and year (year).
9. Find Live Streaming YouTube Videos
If you are in search of a live show/conference or some live event on YouTube, then you can find it by adding the ‘live‘ keyword to your query, separated by a comma.
10. Finding The Videos With Exact Search Term
There may be times when you will have results that do not match your searched query at all. This is because YouTube also takes into account, the description and the keywords of the videos, while ranking them on search results pages.
But if you want to force a particular term to appear in the title of the videos, then you can use the ‘in title’ operator like so.
Make Money intitle:Offline
If you use the above query without the intitle operator, you would see less results that give you ways to make money offline and more on how you can do that online. Using the operator, you have forced YouTube to show only the results that have the offline word in them.
11. Do Exact Match Search On YouTube
If you want all the words in the search query to be in the video results, then you can use the famous allintitle operator.
allintitle: "Get Facebook Job"
You can leave the allintitle operator and use only the double quotes to find exact-matching results too.
12. Exclude Specific Words From Search Results
Using the minus (-) sign in front of any word will exclude all the search results that have that word in the title, description or keywords.
13. Find Shows On YouTube
Did you know, YouTube has almost all the shows you watch on your Television, and there is a simple way to find them too. Just add the show operator with the name of the show.
Man vs. Wild, show
14. Find Videos From Official Channels
If you want to find videos from the official channels, than try adding the ‘partner‘ operator in your query separated by a comma(,).
15. Mix All The Above Filters The Way You Like
The best part of these filters is that you can use as many of them together in any way you like. Just combine them to find the videos that you need.
Google intitle:Developer, long, hd