The popularity of sites like YouTube and the widespread rollout of high-speed Internet connections have accelerated video's presence on the Web. Yet the sophistication of a search engine's ability to find video is reminiscent of the Web's early days, when text search was clunky and largely incomplete.

But unlike text, scouring the Web for the right lineup of video search results is technologically tougher.

One process involves scanning words, such as captions, titles or short descriptions written by the person who uploads the clip to the Web. A more sophisticated approach adapts speech recognition technology to the words spoken in a video to find the best matches.

ut those advanced technologies are still in their early stages and won't be ready for at least another year or two, said Suranga Chandratillake, Blinkx founder and chief technology officer.

"We are in the very early days of not just online video search, but online video," he said.

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