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Google: The previews of videos

As most of the video sites use flash and the software that generates thumbnails can’t handle flash, Google’s instant previews for video sites were not useful earlier. That is one of the reasons for Google to replace the standard screenshots with short clips from the videos. By default, the sound will be muted and you can change this settings if you want. However, you can have this feature with Google Video next to some search results.



"When it comes to videos, people want to spend less time searching and more time watching. That's why we added an enhancement to Instant Previews—the ability to preview videos. Click once on the magnifying glass next to the title of any video search result in universal or video mode. For some videos, you'll now be able to play through a set of four short segments from the video to see if it’s what you’re looking for (video providers have to opt to make the previews available, so you won't find it for every video yet)," explains Google.

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