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Video Search

Posted by Jean Paul on June 1, 2014

In this article we can explore Video capabilities & Video Search in SharePoint 2013.

Video Capabilities

SharePoint 2013 supports video playback using HTML 5 player. Video files can be stored in Assets Library where a pre-configured Video content type exists.

Search Result for videos uses the Video item template.

What is Video Search Vertical?

Enterprise Search Center page provides a Video vertical where the user can search only on Videos.


What are the pre-requisites for Video storage?

Following are the pre-requisites:

1. Enable Video and Rich Media feature at site collection level

2. Create Assets library

After performing the same, you can try uploading a Video file into the library & perform a Full crawl. Later you can search using the file name.


Let us perform a Video search.

Step 1 Activate Feature

Activate the Video and Rich Media feature from Site Collection features.


Step 2 Create Assets Library

Choose Add an App > Go to Page 2 > Asset Library


Enter a name for the Library.


Step 3 Upload Video File

Download a 1 MB video file from Internet & Upload to the library.


You can see the uploaded file shown below.


Step 4 Add File Type

Open Central Administration > Manage Service Applications > Search Service Application > File Types > Add mp4 extension.



Few video file extensions are not pre-configured & might not appear in the search results. You need to explicitly add them in the Search Configuration.

Step 5 Perform Crawl

Perform an Incremental Crawl for the content source & Wait for the completion.

Step 6 Test Search

Open the Enterprise Search Center site & search for the video using the name.


You can also see the Video preview offered by OOTB.


This concludes our article on Video Search.


In this article we have explored Video Search in SharePoint 2013.

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