Veritone search allows you to quickly and easily find your organization’s mentions in Discovery and uploaded files in CMS. There are two forms of search that can be performed in Veritone — a basic search that allows you to search words, phrases, and other criteria across a variety of categories, and an advanced search that lets you build complex search queries to get more precise results. 

While we refer to our simplified form searching as a basic search, you can use AND and OR operators to perform more complex queries and broaden or narrow your results. These options and instructions for performing various types of basic search are explained in more detail below. Once you’re familiar with the basic search concepts, head over to our advanced search documentation and learn how to get even more out of Veritone search. 

In this article, you’ll learn...


  • Keyword Search
  • Search by Category
  • Combining Search Terms With AND and OR
  • Excluding Search Terms
  • Recommended Best Practices

How To:

  • Navigate the Search Bar
  • Create a Basic Search Query
  • Edit a Search Query

Keyword Search 

Most searches in Veritone start with keywords. Keywords allow you to search transcribed text to find mentions and uploaded files that include the term or phrase you enter. There are a number of ways to effectively use the Keyword search. Enter single search terms, multi-word phrases, a portion of a word, or a combination of these to narrow your results. Results display in descending order by relevance and by date (most relevant and recent at the top). 

Keyword Search Tips

  • Phrases are searched as they are entered, with the words right next to each other. In addition, the result list includes records where one or more of the words in the phrase were found individually. To search for a phrase exactly as it appears, enclose it in quotes. Example: rock climbing This will return transcripts that contain “rock climbing” as a phrase and “rock” and “climbing” as individual words.  Example: “rock climbing” This will return matches of the exact phrase “rock climbing” as found in a transcript.
  • Keyword search is case insensitive, so whether you search with capital or lower case letters, your results will be the same. For example, a keyword search for "Toyota" and "toyota" returns the same results.
  • When searching multiple keywords, the system will automatically supply the AND operator between each word/phrase. Example: “NBA player” AND basketball will return transcripts that contain both the phrase “NBA player” and the word “basketball.” 
  • Enclose terms in quotes to search for exact phrases.
  • A space between words represents AND.
  • A comma between words represents OR.

Search by Category

Searching by Keywords allows the largest number of results, but there are times when searching for a specific type of content is a more effective strategy. To help narrow the scope of your search and fine-tune your results, you can search by a specific category. Click in the search bar to view options and choose how you would like to search — such as by date and time or by cognitive category. Category searches use a controlled set of options for searching to quickly and easily retrieve the correct information. 

Veritone currently supports the following search categories to help refine your search request. Note: Not all icons display on every Veritone account. Only icons for services that are enabled for your organization will display. 

  • Search by Keyword: A Keyword search performs a word-match to find terms and phrases in transcripts. The Search by Keyword category is enabled by default anytime you initially click in the search bar. 
  • Search by Face: Find faces of people who are saved in one of your libraries. 
  • Search by Object: Enter a word or phrase to find identified objects in your mentions and uploaded files. The Search by Object category supports full-text searching, which allows you to specify a portion of the term you are looking for and find any words that contain that fragment.
  • Search by Logo: Enter a company or organization name to search for identified logos. The Search by Logo category supports full-text searching, which allows you to specify a portion of the term you are looking for and find any words that contain that fragment. 
  • Search by Recognized Text: Enter a keyword or phrase to find text that has been detected in your video or image files.
  • Search by Fingerprint: Locate a certain song or advertisement inside of audio files.
  • Search by Sentiment: Find instances of detected positive or negative emotion.
  • Search by Geolocation: Enter an address and use the map radius tool to search by location.
  • Search by Tag: Enter keywords and phrases to located tagged content.
  • Search by Time: Find mentions and files by searching date and time. 

Combining Search Terms With AND/OR

Veritone uses AND and OR operators to combine multiple search terms from one or more categories in a single query. These operators allow you to specify whether you want to get results that include all of the keywords (using AND), or results where one or both of the keywords is found (using OR). 

AND/OR Search Tips:

  • AND: The AND operator searches for records that use both terms and narrows your results. This operator is helpful when you want to find a smaller part of a broad topic. For example, searching for “dogs” AND “Poodles” will return results where both words are found in a the same record. 
  • OR: Using OR  searches for records that use either term and broadens your results. The OR operator is typically used when searching for a topic that has multiple names or words associated with it. For example, a search for “founder” OR “owner” will return records that contain either or both of the search terms. 
  • In multiple-term searches, the AND operator is automatically placed between each word or phrase in the query. 
  • The AND operation can be changed to OR (and vice versa) from directly within the search bar.
  • Searches that use AND and OR operators are performed in order from left to right. 

Excluding Search Terms 

Some search categories feature an Exclude option that returns results that do not include a specified term. Since many words can be found across your files and mentions and have multiple meanings, exclusion is a useful way to clarify the context of your search terms. For example, the word fly can refer to an insect, an airplane, a type of fishing, and more. To search for a fly that is an insect, enter the term fishing and check the Exclude box. This removes results where the words fly and fishing are both found in the same record. 

Cognition Categories that support Exclude:

  • Fingerprint Detection
  • Face Recognition
  • Object and Logo Recognition

While the basic search options feature an Exclude checkbox for the categories shown above, you can also exclude terms in a Keyword search using special characters. See our Advanced Search page to learn more.

Recommended Best Practices

The DOs…

  • Use short, concise phrases
  • Spell out “.com” as “”

The DO NOTs…

  • Use non-English words; search for an alternative descriptive sentence instead
  • Use single characters (e.g., “I”)
  • Use common, stand-alone words (e.g., “the,” “yes,” “no,” “you”)

Navigate the Search Bar

Click anywhere in the top search bar of Discovery or CMS to access the icon panel features and options. All category icons available on your account will display inside the panel.

a. Category options that allow you to narrow your search display on the right of the panel. These include options to search by a specific cognition category (e.g., Search by Object), by Time, or by Tag. Hover over an icon to view the search category name.

b. Click an icon to read a description of how the search will be performed and view category input options.

c. Entered query elements display in the search bar. Click an item to open options to Edit, Delete, or Add a Term to Left/Right

d. AND and OR operations display between query elements. Click to open options to change the operation type or Add a Term to Left/Right.

e. Search automatically begins as items are added to your query, and results display in the background.

Create a Basic Search Query

To perform a basic search query, log into Veritone Discovery or CMS.

  1. Click anywhere in the top search bar of the Discovery or CMS home page. The search icon panel opens.
  2. By default, Search by Keyword auto-populates as the search category. To choose a different search category, click an icon on the right of the panel. The selected category name, description, and search options display. (Note: Hover over an icon to view the category name.) 
  3. Enter a search term or other specified criteria for the category you selected. Note: Some categories are designed to search against specific types of indexed data. For example, Search by Face exclusively searches for people saved in your organization’s libraries. When searching by these categories, a list of possible matches displays as you begin typing in the search bar. Select an item from the list of suggested results to add it to your search query. 
  4. Click Exclude to return results that do not include the word you entered (optional). Note: Exclude is available with certain cognitive categories.
  5. Click ADD or press enter on your keyboard. The entered term/item is added to the search bar and the search process initiates. 

6. Enter additional search terms for any category, as desired. Multiple search elements are joined by an AND operator in the search bar (which can be changed to OR). Search processing continues and updated results display.

7. Click CLOSE, X, or anywhere outside of the search bar when all search criteria is added. The icon panel closes and your final result set displays.

Edit a Search Query

Changes can be easily made from within the search bar to modify items in your search query, including the AND and OR operators. 

  1. Click the item in the search bar you’d like to change. A list of editing options opens. 
  2. To edit a search term/item, select one of the following drop-down options: Edit: Open the icon panel and make changes to the search term in the same category or change the category and enter a new term. Click SAVE or REPLACE, or press Enter on your keyboard when finished. Delete: Remove the item from the search query. Alternatively, click the X on the right of the search element to delete it. Insert Search Term to Right/Left: Open the icon panel and enter information to add a search term directly to the right or left of the selected search element. 
  3. To change a joining operation, select one of the drop-down options: AND/OR: Choose a different option to join your search elements. Insert Search Term to Right/Left: Open the icon panel and enter information to add a search term directly to the right or left of the selected search element.

Changes are immediately applied and search is performed based on the updated criteria.

Did this answer your question?