Video Searches with Video Results
by Jonathan Deutsch
I think when Google Video or Yahoo Video displays results, the poster image should turn into an animated version when the mouse hovers over. Obviously, it doesn’t need to stream the whole video, but showing a different key frame each second would be pretty effective. A timeline a the bottom of the image would make the frame jumping less disconcerting to the user.
I’ve decided to whip up a little example:
hover over the image for a quick look
I’d imagine their algorithm to find a good poster frame is based on confidence, so they could either choose differing frames with the next highest confidences, or split up the video into 5 or so parts, and choose the frames with the best confidence from each part to display.