Friday, September 19, 2008

Google Showcases Audio Indexing with Gaudi

Google Labs opened GAudi this week to showcase its new audio indexing technology.

Google GAudi allows searching for keywords/phrases in the audio-stream of selected YouTube videos. Matches are represented as yellow slots on the playback slider. Top results appear as snippets of text from the audio surrounding the search term as well as information how many minutes into the video the term occurred.

The video material chosen to showcase GAudi is material concerning this year's US presendential elections as "part of a broader effort around politics", but also because of the high performance with such material and the relevance to testers and users.

Indexing does not appear to be complete, as using randomly chosen text fragments from showcased videos did not always result in a match. Google does say Gaudi is using its own speech recognition engine, perhaps the same employed by GOOG411, though most FAQs about technical details and how one could use GAudi for video are directed to email inquiries.

While GAudi is showcasing campaign material, it seems only a matter of time before audio indexing will be available for serving ad content on video.

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