Pond5 Launches New AI-Powered Visual Search Platform

Among Pond5’s recent announcements is a revamped Visual Search platform, which boasts of revolutionary AI-driven search technology that extends to browser-focused and mobile applications. This expansion of their patent-pending search tool promises to make it easier for Pond5 users to search using images instead of words, eliminating the difficulty of converting visual concepts into words.

The first application under the Pond5 Visual Search includes browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, which allows users to search using any video or image they find online. The second is an industry-first mobile application that enables searching for media using mobile camera or media uploaded on the device.

See the press release below.

Pond5 Launches Visual Search for Video, Using Proprietary Neural Network to Power Artificial Intelligence-Based Content Discovery

New AI-driven features include browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that let users search using any imagery on the internet, plus industry-first mobile Visual Search

APRIL 5, 2018, 12PM EDT – New York City, NY – Pond5, the world’s leading content marketplace for high-quality royalty-free video and other media, today announced the expansion of its patent-pending AI-based Visual Search platform to include groundbreaking browser-focused and mobile applications.

Allowing users to search by images instead of words, the artificial intelligence that drives Pond5 Visual Search gives customers the ability to show, rather than tell, what they’re looking for.  Eliminating the difficult task of trying to put a visual concept into words, Visual Search delivers instant results for licensable media with a similar look to any file a customer chooses.

Our team used state-of-the-art deep-learning techniques to build and train a neural network that allows users to search Pond5 using visual assets that inspire them, explained Lawrence Lazare, Sr. Director, Product Management at Pond5.

By adding AI-based search into our industry-leading search experience, we also vastly reduced the amount of time it takes to find the perfect video clip, photo, or illustration.

With the continued evolution of the internet into a primarily visual medium, video has continued to gain prominence at an exponential pace, making Pond5’s introduction of Visual Search for video a game-changing development. On the site, customers can use the feature, which recognizes patterns in imagery, either by scrolling over a search result in the Pond5 marketplace or uploading a file from their own computer.


Further utilizing the neural network-based technology, the first of the new Visual Search applications is a browser extension available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that lets users search using any video or image they find on the web. With the extensions, customers can select any visual web result and use it to find similar video and image results on Pond5. The extensions even include the ability to erase parts of the selected image before searching, for more refined results. Early adopters of Pond5 Visual Search have already found it to be extremely liberating. “Pond5’s new Visual Search features make it much easier — and faster — to pinpoint clips that are exactly what we need, said Michele Kurtz, Vice President of Development at Half Yard Productions.

The second new application of the technology is an industry-first mobile web Visual Search. Giving users the ability to search for media using the camera on their mobile device or media uploaded from their camera roll, it’s an ideal solution for location scouters, traveling producers, and creators in search of ideas. By utilizing this on-the-go functionality, customers can capture imagery any time that inspiration strikes and immediately find similar results on Pond5.

“Visual Search is absolutely the future,” said Pond5 CEO Jason Teichman. “It’s a new yet familiar way to find exactly what you’re envisioning for your project. And inspiration can strike at any time, so it’s important that you’re not limited to a single method of searching. By expanding on our custom neural-network engine, Pond5 can now always give you a way to find what you’re looking for, regardless of whether you’re on the site, browsing the web, or walking down the street. It’s just the latest example of our commitment to making content discovery as easy and intuitive as possible, and to constantly innovating on behalf of both our artists and our customers.”

To learn more about Pond5 Visual Search and how each of the new features works, as well as to download the browser extensions, visit pond5.com/visual-search.


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